Okay! After a slight delay, Hornets June Meeting 2011 has now Pictures available, so none can be Bugged by lack of them to accompany the minutes, which precede this posting. Here's link: http://s919.photobucket.com/albums/ad35/smilodon49/Fremont%20Hornets%20June%202011%20Meeting/ Next, as a favor to a friend, I have posted ALL my Flying Boxcar pics that came out, taken at SVSM meeting in April. If you're at all fan of the "Dollar Nineteen" or the "Packet" (original a/c sourced for "The Flight of the Phoenix") maybe these will catch your eye in 1/72. Find them here:http://s919.photobucket.com/albums/ad35/smilodon49/Fine%20Flying%20Boxcars%20Modeled%20by%20Jim%20Lund%20April%202011/ Lastly, some shots from Hollister Air Show 2011: Pantera http://s919.photobucket.com/albums/ad35/smilodon49/DeTomaso%20Pantera/, 1956 T Bird http://s919.photobucket.com/albums/ad35/smilodon49/1956%20T%20Bird/ Lister Replica http://s919.photobucket.com/albums/ad35/smilodon49/1958%20Lister%20Replica%20by%20Mick%20Burton/
Hornets Nest 6-10-11 Minutes of a sort taken by Brian Sakai and massaged some by Mick Burton (CLICK ON LOWER RIGHT "Read More" to get entire Minutes)
called to order approx 845 pm, approx 20 present. Eloquent Elucidator and Club Executive Brian Sakai called us into order (such as he might) and gained intel that we had a returnee!
Which is just my overlong way of introducing the summary highlights of Hornets' Nest May 2011, aka our monthly meet. Approximately 24 members present, including some seldom seen ones and of course plenty of later arrive. Empathetic President Brian let meeting time start a mite later so we'd be able to get our shopping (thanks to Mark Schynert, Lou Orselli and a surprise visit by John Heck, we had things to mob over and mull about buying) done as well as sharpen our insults for the evening. A review of upcoming air shows, symposiums, contests and BBQs was handily spent and Brian led us in to Model Talk. Whereupon we began the sarcastic slicing and practice of perfectly timed rude interrupts for a goodly 90 minutes or so. Thankfully our only audience was us, so no one was truly offended, only offensive! Among highlights (sorry, didn't take notes and haven't gotten any as yet, only pictures to trigger my memory for this) were a fine WIP Trumpeter 1/72 F-107A Ultra Sabre by Jim Priete and progressing nicely WIP 1/72 Airfix HP Hampden by Mark Schynert. In the "Eyes in the Skies" project category, Mick Burton had his completed 1/72 RF-86F in JASDF markings, Miquel Barquero had some "salvageable" 1/48 Skyraider items as well as an as yet unbuilt Esci AD-4 "Fleet Eye" and Matchbox AD-5Q 'Raiders alongside. Frank Babbitt has his RF-84F in 1/48 started, Ray Lloyd has a FRG AF RF-4 ready to start, Lou Orselli has two "recce Swallows" (aka Me-262) going, one in 1/48 from Monogram kit with vac form recon camera nose bulges, the other a 1/72 kit unknown lineage with spares box camera bulges. So there was recorded that at least a few "meeting theme" subjects were present as requested. Check this all out and MORE at link to my selected photo set : http://s919.photobucket.com/albums/ad35/smilodon49/Hornets%20May%202011%20Meeting/
Well our own Frank Babbitt did indeed make his way to two shows over the April 9-10 weekend, and we have the shots to prove it. There is also another Hornet currently still in Seattle who can also attest to Frank's presence, namely our Contest Director Woodrow Yeung. Check out some of the many many lovely pictures Frank took while up at the Seattle Spring Show : http://s919.photobucket.com/albums/ad35/smilodon49/Seattle%202011%20Spring%20Show%20by%20Frank%20Babbitt/ Congratulations Frank, on being the 2011 R-9 Uber Competitor so far. Seattle WA then Stockton CA in the same weekend, Go Mr B
Sunday, April 10 at the Stockton Fairgrounds proved to be a very rewarding and award winning experience for many who made the journey. While Grumman "Cats" were the theme, all manner of entries were welcome and did show up. Among the Hornets entries winning were a Robby the Robot, Batmobile, Porsche EVO, AS-3 Kangaroo ASM, Hypothetical JAAF 1946 FW-190! Jim Priete's Fair Lady Z car did very fairly, Chris Bucholtz's sojourn into small scale armor vehicles again brought home its own rewards. There was a very gratified and surprised gent we know from many shows, one John Ferdico of Oakland, CA who took home 3 special awards back to back for his First Place in Category F6F Hellcat. Congrats John! Other winners from all around Region 9, and several first time contestants to this show who definitely found plenty to be happy about by day's end. Also on the notable news delivered at this show, Regional Coordinator announced the R-9 Chapter of the Year is going to YUBA CITY/IPMS Dragon Lady.He requested we all be patient, as he's going to deliver the news again with the trophy in hand, at the R-9 regional being hosted by those same folks, so the entire team who worked and earned this prize can all amply be applauded at the same time. Great effort great result, Go Dragon Lady
Select photos (my poor camera didn't get a lot) of the excellent Catfight 2011 event are viewable here: http://s919.photobucket.com/albums/ad35/smilodon49/CATFIGHT%202011%20Stockton%20Contest/