September show is right around the corner!

Well,  the summer is more than half over, and we are starting to look ahead to our fall model contest.  We’ve just posted our new flyer, with some minor changes to the categories for the 19 September contest.  Please print out copies for your local hobby shop, or send them to members of other model clubs to help us get the word out.

The special theme for the contest is 1940.  This can include anything from the fall of France, Battle of Britain,  or newest automobiles coming out of Detroit.  Only rule– had to be in use in the year 1940.

Hope to see you in Leavenworth in September!

Here is the link to the 2015 Contest Flyer

April meeting reminder

Well, the April 15 meeting is just around the corner.  We’ll meet at our normal location,, the Leavenworth Public Library at 7:00 p.m. in the Jahn meeting room,  You go to the circulation desk, take a left, and go through the children’s book section to find it.  The club build of the KI-84 Frank is on the agenda, so make sure you bring your kit and share with everyone the various techniques you used.  We are up to step four, attaching the wings and some other things.

There will also be a demo on modifying 1:35 plastic figures for dioramas– part one, since I haven’t gotten beyond the tearing them apart phase– it’s a work in progress.  The club will also so our normal show and tell of what you have been working on this month.

The club newsletter should be emailed out later tonight or tomorrow.  If you aren’t on our distro list and would like to get a copy absolutely free, please send me your email and I’ll add you to our list.

Hope to see you there!


Weekend Build Ready for Decals

Weekend BuildLeft SideRight Side Three Pictures of my ‘weekend build’  Took longer then a weekend but was happy overall with the quality of the Edmond Weekend Build Kit.  Parts fit well together and instructions were understandable.

Still the canopy and the undercarriage cause me problems.  I built it first then painted it.  Mixed feelings about building first then painting.  Though it fits together nicely that way painting, and the handling of the model was something I did not like.  I used gloves to avoid finger oil on the model, which helped a little.  Painting the details after built was a challenge, but that but will continue to improve as I build more models.  Now to add the decals.

2014 Contest Results posted

The results  from the 20 September contest in Leavenworth Kansas are now posted in the Contest Results page.  Congratulations to all of you who came and competed, and we hope to see you next year on 19 September 2015.  A special thanks goes to our sponsors for the various categories as well as the vendors who make the contest so worthwhile– and get us in hot water with our sponsors–but it is totally worth it!

Here’s the link to the results page

Congratulations to all!


Building Models of different quality

I have found that building older models that I moved all over the place while I was in the military, provides me a chance to work on many skills newer models do not. Some include making new pieces, heavy filler work, sanding (A Lot), figuring out what the instruction sheet really is trying to tell and show you buy the printing, and the recovery of old decals.
I am not complaining, rather I am taking these efforts as training sessions so when I work on newer models with new aspects, I am rather founded in the basics of model building.
Wondering what other people think about building older kits and if there is any value in building them at all?

IPMS Prison City Model Contest, 20 September

Well, it is finally here!  Our annual model show at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware Street in Leavenworth is this Saturday, 20 September.  Doors open for registration at 9:00 a.m. and registration closes at 12:00.  Judging is from 12:00 to 2:45, and then the awards presentation is at 3:00 p.m.

We’ll have vendors, a raffle going throughout the day, and the Heritage Center is cooking food and pies for those who don’t want to leave for lunch.  The Heritage Center is located in downtown Leavenworth, and there are numerous restaurants within walking distance.  For those coming with a spouse, next door is the CW Parker Carousel Museum, and not one but TWO new sewing shops, opened within the last month on our main street.

There is a bicycle race beginning at 8:00 nearby and last year much of the parking directly across the street was full in the early morning but there are numerous other lots within a one block radius.  The bike racers are an early morning bunch, and the lots emptied out by 9:30.

Hope to see you all there.  Remember, this year’s special theme is the Great War.

Updated Newsletters and in-progress build

The newsletter archive has been updated with missing newsletters from 2011, 2013, and all of 2014 uploaded.  These are the monthly newsletters we send to our members.  If you would like to get on our email list, please drop me a line.

You’ll notice that we are missing some newsletters.  These are either in between editors and no newsletter was published, or I didn’t keep a copy.  If you have one of the missing issues, please send me a copy.

Also, if you have been following along with Curt Pangracs’ build of the M2A3 Bradley, he’s placed more photos and narrative of where he is on the build.  Enjoy!


A plastic modelers club located in Leavenworth, Kansas