The theme for April was "Friend and Foe". A total of 28 completed builds packed the tables, 20 of which were theme related!
First up for theme builds we have a pair of armor builds by Jonathan Wright. The 1:35 T-34 and Stug III Ausf G were voted the winner of the theme build, and Jonathan was awarded the much sought after "Golden Clamp" award by club president Chuck Connor. For the T-34, Jonathan started with the Tamiya kit, representing a unit from 1934 which was built OOB. Jonathan actually started the kit in the late 80's and dusted it off and finished it just for the theme build. The T-34 was heavily weathered using Windex and Acrylic paints.
Complimenting the T-34 is Jonathan's Stug III, which was also built from a Tamiya kit. Jonathan built the kit OOB, with a crew from a German Flak gun kit, and added stowage. Like the T-34, the Stug was also heavily weathered.
Moving ahead slightly to the Cold War Years, we have a group of four 1:144 builds by Ken Kelly. In the first corner is a pair of Academy bombers, the B-58 Hustler and B-47E Stratojet. Ken originally tried painting the B-47 with rattle can aluminum from Wal-Mart, but unfortunately it didn't react well. Ken then stripped the entire model back down to bare plastic and then repainted it by hand with Polly Scale paints. Opposing the pair of bombers are the Minicraft MiG-21PF and Arii MiG-25 also built OOB and hand painted with Polly Scale.
Ryan Turgeon brought along a more modern in-service rivalry pairing in 1:48th. His F/A-18A and F-14A both started life as Hasegawa kits. The F/A-18A was actually converted from a "C" kit, to which Ryan also added a Wolfpack Design wing fold kit, Tamiya AIM-9 and ACMI pod, and scratch built intake and exhaust covers. The Hornet was finished in the NSAWC scheme using Fightertown Decals. The F-14A also benefited from an AIM-9 and ACMI pod from Tamiya as well as a Hobby Decal pitot tube and scratch built launcher. The very challenging "Splinter" scheme was masked by hand and topped again with Fightertown Decals.
Rounding out the theme builds is this pair of modern European rivals in 1:48 by Nick Kessel. The Slovakian MiG-29AS started life as an Academy kit, to which Nick added a Quickboost resin nose and instrument probes, Aires exhausts, Wolfpack cockpit, and Eduard intake covers. The unique digi-camo scheme was applied using numerous decal sheets by Kopro. Nick compliments this with the Italeri boxing of the old Esci Mirage 2000C kit. Nick added an Aires exhaust, Black Box cockpit and TwoBobs decals.
Starting off the few remaining non-theme builds is Austin Whiteside with his trio of Star Wars LEGO kits. Austin brought along his Z-95 Headhunter which was the precursor to the famous X-Wing fighter. Accompanying the Z-95 is an AT-RT walker and Umbaran Mobile Heavy Cannon. It was apparant that the Cannon also has a taste for injection molded kits...
Steve Workman was present with a very nicely finished 52ft Mill Gondola in HO scale (1:87). Steve started with a Proto 2000 kit and replaced the floor with an American Model Builders laser cut wood deck and Kadee #58 couplers. Final markings were done in the Chesapeake and Ohio scheme to which Steve added weathering using pastel chalks and Oily Black paint.
Don Manning brought along his Tamiya 1:48 FG-1D Corsair. Don added Eduard photo etch, Ultracast wheels and Barracuda decals to represent a unit from 1945. The Corsair was then nicely weathered using the salt weathering technique.