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ajlafleche

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About ajlafleche

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  • Birthday 11/17/1949

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  • FirstName
    Al
  • LastName
    LaFleche
  • IPMS Number
    30337
  • Local Chapter
    Wings & Wheels
  • City
    West Springfield
  • State
    MA
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Massachusetts

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  1. For years, there have been two related themes in the modeling world: Graying and other interests killing it. I can recall reading an article in 1982 saying that the new video game craze was going to be the death knell to scale modeling. At our get togethers, meetings and shows, grand-parents far outnumber grand-children. Many of us got our start in building cars, especially colorful race cars. Corporate greed in the form of licensing fees has all but destroyed that side of car building. There seem to be more re-releases of kits I built 50+ years ago than anything new on the shelves. Add to that, a generation that seems to have not joined the car culture. And many of those who do build cars want every contest to have a gazillion car categories and they avoid events that don't cater to them. The escalating price of decent aircraft and armor and the complexity of these kits aren't a big draw for newcomers. Good figure kits, too, are quite pricey. I'm am not familiar with ship quality and price, but I'm guessing they are similar to the other groups. Again, here, I see rereleases I built in the early 1960's. There may be hope for the hobby. Maybe even a chance at rejuvenation. Gundam. If you've been in a hobby store recently (dumb question here, right?) you seen the brightly colored boxes of frenetic things from Ban Dai. Every store owner in my area sys the same thing. They can't keep them on the shelves and a whole new generation is buying them. These are based on Japanese anime like series and are the big battle bots in the Pacific Rim movies. There are about 1200 kits in the line up ranging from $10 to $260. Most are snap tite and don't require painting. The engineering is outstanding. One sprue may have several colors. All are articulated once built and poseable after assembly. Think GI Joe with more and better joints. I was in my LHS a few weeks ago and a young man was getting a couple hundred dollars of Gundams for his birthday. This year, we introduced a Gundam class and we promoted it at the fall shows. The first time ever, we had 37 entries in the class, fully 10% of our entries. There were young people in the contest room! And they hadn't been dragged their by their parents! Three of our vendors had good selections of these kits including one who had only Gundam kits. They all did very well. So, I'm tossing this out to the local, regional and national powers that be. Open yourselves to this. Promote it as part of your shows. Reach out to a new audience. Maybe, we can get these people to join and help the local and national memberships grow, keep our LHS's solvent and keep the hobby alive longer.
  2. Wings & Wheels Modelers, an IPMS affiliated scale modeling club which meets in West Springfield presents Valleycon 28 on 25 March 2018 at the Knights of Columbus Hall 460 Granby Road in Chicopee. Doors open to the public at 9:00 am. We will have 68 vendor tables including Action Figure World, Birch Tree Enterprises, Craftec Hobbies, Farina Enterprises, The Hobby Bunker, HobbyWorld USA, Sentinel Miniatures, Time Machine Hobbies, Tom’s Trains, Tru North Paints and, Turn 4 Hobbies We feature traditional IPMS style judging for the automotive and aircraft categories where the best three models in each class take an award. All other categories are judged in the Open System where each entry is judged on its own merits with no predetermined number of awards for each class. Our 31 classes include military vehicles, aircraft, automotive subjects, figures, ships, science fiction, and diorama. Two classes are reserved for juniors under 16. 18 additiona special awards will be presented. We are introducing a dedicated Gundam class. Gundams are based on Japanese animation featuring giant robots and mobile suits. The kits have a wide following worldwide and dealers say they are bringing young teenagers to septuagenarians back into the hobby stores. Our huge raffle with models, reference material and surprise items returns, of course. Contest forms can be found at http://www.wwmodelclub.org/show_pages/forms.htm. Entrants presenting prefilled forms receive two free raffle tickets. Admission is $5.00 for the first three entries. Additional entries are $2.00 each. Children under 17 get in for free and may enter up to three models at no cost. Parking is free and lunch is available for purchase from the K of C. For more information contact Al LaFleche at 413-306-1270 or ajlafleche@comcast.net.
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    Home Guard ACW from Nuts Planet

    Thanks, Nick. During the ACW, the so-called civilized tribes joined up with both sides; it appears the Cherokee may have changed sides at one point, but they had a regimental flag based on the first Confederate national flag. This guy is a corporal in one of the Union cavalry regiments. There isn't anything to identify which tribe or nation is depicted. The long hair and the box art's horizontal white stripe along the cheek bones suggest Apache, but they weren't involved in the war. As an Apache scout in the 1880's, the hat is problematic in that the Apaches chose traditional turban like head gear and the Sharps would have been antiquated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Home_Guard_(American_Civil_War)
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    Home Guard ACW from Nuts Planet

    Home Guard album Sorry, this seems to be the simplest way to post from Flikr.
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    Meng FT-17

    Meng’s 1/35 Renault FT-17 (the version without the engine.) Painted in MIG acrylics and posed with a Bayardi tree, Hudson & Allen barbed wire and a Plus Miodels Maxim.
  6. Wings & Wheels Modelers/IPMS present its 27th edition of Valleycon on Sunday 26 March at the Knights of Columbus Hall 460 Granby Road in Chicopee. Doors open at 9:00 am and we hope to be presenting awards by 3:30 pm. We will have over 70 vendor tables, including The Hobby Bunker, Sentinel Miniatures, Farina Enterprises, Birch Tree Enterprises, Craftec Hobbies, Amato’s Hobbies, Tom’s Trains, Boomers’ Books, Turn 4 Hobbies, Time Machine Hobbies, and HobbyWorld. Our contest features traditional IPMS style judging for the automotive and aircraft categories. All other categories are judged in the Open System wherein an entry is judged on its own merits and the builder will be rewarded with a gold, silver or bronze medal accordingly. Classes include several categories each of military vehicles, aircraft, automotive subjects, figures, ship and boats and science fiction or fantasy machines and diorama/vignettes. We will again feature a Wargame Figure/Army class for those interested in this fascinating side of the hobby noted for its intricately painted fantasy or science fiction figures and machines. We have more than a dozen special awards, including best Closed Wheel Competition Sports Car, Best Display, Best Drag Strip Car, Best Muscle Car, Best Female Figure and Best Medical Vehicle. As this is the centennial of World War I, we will continue a separate category for any subject representing that conflict. These will be judged using the open system mentioned above. We continue with a huge raffle with models, reference material and surprise items. Our final draw will be for an Iwata airbrush. We have posted our forms at www.wwmodelclub.org Those presenting prefilled forms from the website will receive two free raffle tickets. General admission is $5. This allows competitors to enter their first three models. Additional entries are $2.00 each with no limit. Children under 17 get in for free and may enter up to three models at no cost. There is plenty of free parking on site. For more information contact Al LaFleche at 413-306-1270 or ajlafleche@comcast.net.
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    Long Island Figure Show Videos

    This link will take you to a set of videos I took at the long Island Show with my GoPro. I tended to go a bit too fast, but you can pause them at any time. It was an experiment and next time, I’ll move more slowly.
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    Long Island Figure Show 2016 Pictures

    Photos from this year's Long Island Showfor your enjoyment
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    Looking fpr Microscale 72-510 Instruction Sheet

    Clare came through with the scans...big thanks!
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    Looking fpr Microscale 72-510 Instruction Sheet

    Thanks! I have two other sheets whose instructions I found online, then found the originals buried with some other papers in my stash. That one, I could only locate one profile online and still haven't found. Doubtless, it'll show up as soon as your scan arrives. Thanks again.
  11. As the title says, I'm looking for the instructions for Microscale 72-510 (F4U Corsairs). I have the decal sheet but lost, misplaced, whatever the sheet with the decal placement. If anyone could scan that and email it to me, I'd be most appreciative. Email is ajlafleche@comcast.net. Thanks.
  12. UPDATE: Rare Plane Detective had to cancel but we have added Auto Attic in his place.
  13. Sponsors for this year’s show are: Al LaFleche Amato Hobbies Barrco Automotive Warehouse Brian and Cathye Knapp Carl Stoy, Jr Craftec Hobbies Connecticut Valley Miniature Figure Collectors Dave Calhoun Don Johnson Frank Woodard Gasoline Alley Auto Parts Hobbytyme Distributors In Memory Of DAVID E GREEN/Tony Kuraloski In Memory Of James Costigan/Al Lafleche In Memory Of Ron Harrison, Sr/Ron Harrison IPMS Bay Colony Modelers IPMS Long Island Historical Modelers IPMS Niagara Frontier IPMS Patriot Chapter IPMS Wings & Wheels Modelers L A Home Improvement Mercenary Figure Painter Mike Luzzi Pat Deluhery Phil Labounty Pioneer Valley Hobbies Sylvia Guillemette Time Machine Hobby Tom Irving USA Package Delivery Walt Damon Wayne Weatherwax Westfield Bank Our commercial vendors are: Amato's Hobby B&M Miniatures Birchtree Enterpri ses Craftec Hobby Bunker Hobbyworld Jane's Tools Rare Planes Detective Sentinel Miniatures Time Machine Tom's Trains Wings & Wheels Modelers (Club Table) Additionally, 13 private vendors will have merchandise for sale.
  14. Wings & Wheels Modelers, an IPMS affiliated scale modeling club which meets in West Springfield will present its 26th edition of Valleycon on 3 April at the Knights of Columbus Hall 460 Granby Road in Chicopee. We will have almost 70 vendor tables. Among our well known vendors are Rare Planes Detective, The Hobby Bunker, Sentinel Miniatures, Farina Enterprises, Birch Tree Enterprises, Craftec Hobbies, Amato’s Hobbies, Tom’s Trains, B & M Miniatures, Time Machine Hobbies, and HobbyWorld. Our contest features traditional IPMS style judging for the automotive and aircraft categories. Here, entrants vie for one of three awards in each of several classes and models are judged against each other with the best three builders taking home awards. All other categories are judge by the so called Open System wherein an entry is judged on its own merits and the builder will be rewarded with a gold, silver or bronze medal accordingly. Classes include several categories each of military vehicles, aircraft, automotive subjects, figures, ship and boats and science fiction or fantasy machines and diorama/vignettes in which the models are set up with ground work to tell a story. We will again feature a Wargame Figure/Army class for those interested in this fascinating side of the hobby noted for its intricately painted fantasy or science fiction figures and machines. We offer this since most models are small and the painters might feel intimidated at competing with more traditional figures. We have 14 special awards, including best Closed Wheel Competition Sports Car, Best Display, Best Groundwork, Best Female Figure and Best Auto Paint. As this is the centennial of World War I, we will have a separate category for any subject representing that conflict. These will be judged using the open system mentioned above. We continue with a huge raffle with models, reference material and surprise items. We have posted our forms at www.wwmodelclub.org Those presenting prefilled from the website will receive two free raffle tickets. General admission is $5. This allows competitors to enter their first three models. Additional entries are $2.00 each with no limit. Children under 17 get in for free and may enter up to three models at no cost. There is plenty of free parking on site. For more information contact Al LaFleche at 413-306-1270 or ajlafleche@comcast.net. flyer 16 full.pdf
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    Elimination of the IPMS/USA Make and Take Program

    I agree completely with the decision, Over tha llast 25 years, we have done numerous MnT's and as with others, have had 0 members from it. We did them at events, at museums, boys & girls clubs, etc. andnot one person ever came back after several yeasr and said they had become interested in the hobby from a MnT and wuld now like to join the (any) club.
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