Airbrush Demo a success!

Hobby Town in Gainesville hosted a airbrush basics demonstration class on Saturday, February 12th put on by the Gator Modelers. This is the first in a series of tutorials in the various aspects of the hobby that the club hopes to offer over time at Hobby Town.

There were about fifteen interested modelers in the audience who participated in the two- hour session. Bill Winter and Jack Mugan, who covered the basics of airbrushing, presented this class. Answering questions about the equipment, paint materials and providing hands on opportunity to use the airbrush was the goal of the class.

Bill handled all the questions regarding acrylic painting, and Jack fielded the questions on lacquer and enamel. Ed Ingersoll and Bob Lundeen were also on hand for moral support. Many of the audience already had an airbrush, but were not confident enough to venture into the unknown. Jack, Bill and Eric felt the class was a success.

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IPMS 2011 Nats Update

2011_logoJack received an IPMS update from Tony that contained a lot of information about the upcoming IPMS 2011 Nationals in Omaha.

via Randy Fields at IPMS Fort Crook:
The registration links on our web site at will be up shortly (it is available via IPMS USA website~Andy)

The contest rules, categories and special awards plus the tentative convention schedule and the banquet menu are posted as

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Gator Modelers make strong show at JaxCON

Eleven Gator Modelers made the trip the Jacksonville to attend JAXCON. The Jacksonville folks put on a fantastic show and it is located in a great venue. Even though this is only a one day event there about 435 models entered and the Vendor area was over flowing.

Bill Winter, Michael Martinez and Frank Pupello all entered models this year.  Bill Winter won a Bronze Metal in “1/35 Armor-46 and Later NATO” with his M60-A3 and Michael won a Bronze Metal in “Humor in Modeling” with his AVC-10. Don’t forget to read about the article about the AVC-10 in the February 2011 newsletter.

Bill, Frank and Ed shared a vendor table where they managed to sell off some of their stash. All three added to their stash with new purchases at the contest. There were lots of nice kits in the raffle. Bill won six kits in the raffle and Ed won one. We ran into past member Ken Wilson at the contest where he was loading up on kits to take home with him. We extended an invitation to come to our next meeting.

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Bronco's new Modern Armor

Bill Winter writes:
Dear Modelers - I am probably more interested in modern armor than armor in any other time period. The variety of modern armor is staggering. 3 items that you should be aware of if you like modern armor include 2 new Merkava IV's and a new Hummer. Academy is coming out with a new version of the Merkava IV. Previously their original Merkava IV was criticized for not having enough texture over the non-slip surfaces. I don't know if this has been addressed in the new version. A totally new Merkava IV is being released by Bronco. Bronco is also releasing an unarmored version of the Hummer: the M1114 Up-Armored HA (Heavy) Tactical Vehicle. This looks to be a winner! Below is a description of the kit from an e-mail that I received from Dragon USA.  Click HERE for more!


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Presidents Message- Feb 2011

Boy, have we had some cold weather or what though January? The good part of that is you don’t have to shovel it (a comment from a refuge from the snow belt), and the other good part is that cold weather makes for some quality model time in my book.
After last month’s announcement of the new newsletter format and the club website, I was wondering what news I would have to share with you this month.
More Meeting Space!
First off, we are going to have a lot more space for our meetings at the hobby shop, so that is another big plus for the club. Eric has done some rearranging in the store to achieve more meeting space as well as a larger space for demos etc.

Member in Great Scale Modeling 2011
You might want to pick up the new Fine Scale Modeler 2011 Special Edition of the Year’s Best Model where Andy’s Sherman M4A3E8 is pictured in the World of Sherman’s section. Congratulations to Andy for another winner. The magazine is on sale at the hobby shop, and features great looking models of aircraft, ships, armor, cars, figures and dioramas from around the country.

Website looking good!
I recently was looking through the IPMS Home Page, to see how our website looked compared to others around the country, and I’m proud to say we look pretty darn good.  While I was doing my research, I found it very interesting to see what other clubs are doing. Most of the websites have archived their newsletters on their site, and I found it interesting to browse though their articles, hints and tips and various club events. There is a lot of interesting information to be had.

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