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  1. Wings & Wheels Modelers, an IPMS affiliated scale modeling club which meets in West Springfield presents Valleycon 31 on 3 April 2022 at the Knights of Columbus Hall 460 Granby Road in Chicopee. Doors open to the public at 9:00 am sharp.

     

    We will have over 50 vendor tables in a fully accessible hall.

     

    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.

     

    We are bringing back our popular 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.

     

    Admission is $5.00 for the first three entries. Additional entries are $2.00 each to a maximum of $15. Children under 17 get in for free and may enter up to three models at no cost.

     

    For more information contact Al LaFleche at 413-306-1270 or ajlafleche@comcast.net.

  2. Getting right to the point…our contest is cancelled for this year. We talked with K of C and looked at their schedule and other contest/holidays into June. There really were no open dates for us to move to. Further, a move to a date still close would be no guarantee of better conditions. Additionally, given many (most) of our membership and visitors fall into the higher risk categories for Covid-19. The hall is typically very crowded, tough that might not have been an issue this year, which presents its problems.

    We booked the hall for 28 March 2021.

  3. Five weeks to the 30th anniversary Valleycon presented by Wings & Wheels Modelers, an IPMS affiliated club in Western Mass and Northern Connecticut. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus hall at 460 Granby Road in Chicopee MA. Doors will open to entrants and the public at 9:00 am sharp. No early birds, please, in order to allow our vendors time to set up their tables.

    We 31 classes including 2 each for Gundam kits and for junior modelers. General categories include all the usual: Automotive, Aircraft, Armor, Dioramas, Figures, Ships, Sci-Fi, Collections, and Miscellaneous. Aircraft and Autos are judged in the traditional IPMS 1-2-3 style. The rest use open style judging.

    We currently have 61 vendor tables reserved from 34 individuals. Among the vendors are a club table, Gundam Galaxy, Craftec Hobbies, Hobby Bunker, Hobbyworld USA, Boomer’s Book, Farina Enterprises and Time Machine Hobbies.

    Our raffle will feature new kits valued at close to $1000 retail.

    Entries are $5 for the first 3 models, $2 for each of the next 5 entries, after which any number can be entered for a maximum fee of only $15. Junior contestants may enter at no cost. General admission is only $5 and children 16 and under have no admission fee.

    Downloadable and addressable entry forms and a flyer with directions and rules can be found at http://www.wwmodelclub.org/show_pages/forms.htm. We encourage you to fill these out in advance, preferably on your computer, and print then out to make life easier for our judges and data entry volunteers.

  4. A couple weeks ago, I asked a question via email of the advertising director for the Journal regarding out contest ad and got no reply. A few days later, I submitted artwork for the ad, got no reply. Email the Pres with cc to DLC and ad director, got no reply.


    At this week's meeting, our VP told me his membership had expired. He renewed through the club and I wrote a check for him on my checking account on 11 July and mailed it within 24 hours. It has never been cashed. Left a phone message with the office manager yesterday. As of yet, that's right, no reply. 

    Are there issue at the top again? 

  5. Wings & Wheels Modelers, presents Valleycon 29 on 31 March 2019 at the Knights of Columbus Hall 460 Granby Road in Chicopee. Doors open to the public at 9:00 am.

     

    We will have 69 vendor tables including Craftec Hobbies, Deerfield River Laser, Farina Enterprises, Gundam Galaxy, The Hobby Bunker, HobbyWorld USA, Time Machine Hobbies, Tru North Paints and Turn 4 Hobbies as well as almost 20 individual vendors

     

    We feature traditional IPMS style judging for the automotive and aircraft categories. All other categories are judged in the Open System.

     

    Our 31 classes include military vehicles, aircraft, automotive subjects, figures, ships, science fiction, and diorama. Two classes are reserved for juniors under 16.

     

    We are bringing back our popular Gundam class. This year divided into basic and advanced builds.

     

    Our huge raffle with models, reference material and surprise items returns, of course.

     

    Contest forms can be found at [url=http://www.wwmodelclub.org/show_pages/forms.htm] contest forms[/url]. Entrants presenting prefilled forms receive a free raffle ticket.

     

    Admission is $5.00 for the first three entries. Additional entries are $2.00 each up to $15 (8 entries) after which additional entries are at no additional cost. . Children under 17 get in for free and may enter unlimited 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.

  6. 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.

     

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    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.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

     

     

     

     

     

  12. 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.

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  13. Here is Thunderbird Miniatures' 1/10 scale bust of Texas Jack Vermillion as sculpted by Carl Reid. The bust is based on Texas Jack as portrayed by Peter Sherayko in the movie TOMBSTONE with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. The bust is painted in Vallejo acrylics with the Scale 75 Flesh set for skin tones. The base is from Birch Tree Enterprises of Freeport LI, NY and the name plate from Dinn Bros. of West Springfield MA.

     

    The pose is based on the scene in the movie where Wyatt Earp has just eliminated one of his adversaries and his posse is standing with him. The gun is a Kennedy Whitney rifle from the same company that made the cotton gin. The character in the movie is usually seen with his beaded gauntlets in his belt as depicted in the sculpt.

     

    Texas Jack was a real persona and accompanied Wyatt on his Vengeance Ride to hunt down the assailants of his brothers, Virgil and Morgan. According to internet sources, Texas Jack rode with J.E.B. Stuart in the Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. Supposedly, when asked why he was known as "Texas Jack," he replied, "Because I'm from Virginia,"

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  14. Here is my recently completed Scale 75 Ahab figure in what else 75 mm white metal. He is painted in Vallejo acrylics while the steam box is done in Vallejo and Model Master Metalizers. As depicted, this is the famous Captain Ahab’s son, some 30 years after the incident with Moby Dick.


    The figure is stock with the exception of a steam hose from the steam box to the harpoon gun. The deck is stained balsa strips applied over the base and basswood.


    He is posed next to a Model 1870 Stanley Steam Powered Tiller which was used on whaling ships in the steam age to make controlling the direction of the ship more manageable. It is constructed of a purchased wheel, handles and smoke stake. All the rest is from the parts boxes and mostly painted in Model Master Metalizer colors.


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