Newsletters

To Club Members:
Attached are links to two newsletters, the March issue of the Sprue Examiner (Austin) and the Flak Sheet (North Central Texas).   The Flak Sheet is particularly interesting because it has an extensive article on the green color used on the top of Japanese aircraft during World War II. 
I hope you enjoy reading both.
Boyd Waechter
Secretary

March Meeting Wrap-Up

To Club Members,
We had a large crowd (29 attendees) last night for our bi-annual club contest (18 models in total entered).  The results are as follows;
First Place – Vince Barrale (WWII Whippet), David Qu (Tiger II)
Second Place – Richard Kern (F4U-1D Corsair)
Third Place –  Vince Barrale (Sci-Fi Borg Cube), Rick Cotton (Soviet Pilot), Richard Kern (M24 Chaffee), David Qu (Katusha)
Congratulations to all winners.  The next club contest will be in the fall.  There was also about a dozen models on the tables that were for display only, so between the contest and display, we had very good turn-out of models this month. 
Coming up soon is our annual display and the Houston Downtown Library, date for set-up to be announced.
Dan Leone announced that the CAF’s annual fly-in at the West Houston Airport (north side of I-10 between Hwy 6 and Barker Cypress) will be April 22nd and 23rd.  I have been to this fly-in for several years in a row and have found it to be a great event and a great way to spend some time with the family (my 2016 report on this fly in is attached if you want to read what it is all about).  Entrance fee is $10 per car load and there is plenty of parking within a few yards of the activities. 
Lee Backsen announced that he has sold 52 (of 97 available) vendor tables for Modelmania 2017.  We are on track to sell them all out again this year. 
Member David Qu has volunteered to act as Club Photographer for Modelmania if his work schedule will allow.  However, in case David will be gone, Vince is looking for a back-up.  If you have an interest in helping out, please contact Vince.
The April meeting will be devoted to finalizing duties for Modelmania, but in May, Vince plans to put on a slide show of member’s modeling work areas.  He asks that you please send him one or two photos of where you do your modeling.  As the pictures are being shown, the members will try and guess whose work area it is.  Please send any photos you have to Vince at barrale59@live.com.
Finally, just a reminder that Mike West is having another one of his “garage sales” this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Mike lives in Sugarland at 13511 Greywood Drive.  This sale will be indoors and not in the driveway as was done last time.  Mike will have hundreds of kits out to look through, as well as the remaining stock of Cobra Co. that he bought last month.
Boyd Waechter
Secretary

RiverCon Show Report

To Club Members,
As promised, Rick Cotton sent over his report on attending RiverCon 2017 held in Bossier City this past weekend.  Sounds like he and Richard Kern brought home a lot of awards and a lot of models from their door prize table.  Richard also won a crystal beer mug for the “Best U.S. Armor” piece at the show.  Congratulations to them both for their efforts and representing our club so well.   I am sure Vince will ask for some of their thoughts on the show at the meeting tomorrow night.
Boyd Waechter
Secretary

Today’s Trends in Modeling

To Club Members;
As I wait for Rick Cotton to send me his full report on Rivercon, I jotted down a few thoughts I’ve had lately on what it now takes, at minimum, to build a competitive model.  I’ve been building a Hasegawa 1/48th A6M2-N Rufe for the past couple of months and it just seems to go on forever.  This is NOT a complex kit, so actual building time was pretty quick.  It’s all of the other steps in the process that take so much time.
If anyone has any similar thoughts they want passed along, send them to me and I’ll get them out.  Or, you can give them to Michael Martin who can post them on our web site.
See you Tuesday night.
Boyd Waechter
Secretary