The Southern Maryland Scale Modelers meet every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at High Tide Games, 22599 MacArthur Blvd, California, Maryland, (San Souci Plaza, between McKay's and Mission BBQ).

We are also meeting online via Zoom most Thursdays at 7pm -- an email is sent to members with meeting info.

Everyone is welcome, all we ask is that you bring a project, finished or not, theme or non-theme to share during our Show-N-Tell discussion. Okay, you don't really have to bring a project...

Monday, August 15, 2016

157: August Meeting

The Southern Maryland Scale Modelers will meet Thursday 18th August, 7pm at the Pax River Naval Air Museum.

Word of warning: the Museum moved some chairs around, so the conference room now has larger plush chairs, meaning less room for attendees.  We either need to temporarily bring in some chairs or move to the open area.

The theme for August is "Amnesty" -- any project or kit from a previous theme that you didn't quite finish.  

As always, bring a kit, or not, theme, or not, finished or in process or just a dream, but if you do bring something be prepared to talk about it.  As always, that is the only "cost" of membership!

156: July Show and Tell

156: July minutes

We had 19 members bring 21 kits to the July meeting.

Raffles: I tried to shake down a few folks regarding kits for the monthly raffles; I've got enough to last the rest of this year (through November and possibly to February) but start looking to cull your stashes! I can find a couple in mine.

Battle of the Atlantic display: The museum is trying to find the right space for the display and needs a good description, size, et cetera for the display. I've started looking in my archives for the original proposal (back in 2011!) and a computer crash hasn't been helpful.

Related to the display(s), we need to start drafting the descriptions for each model we are building.  Whether the Top Hatters, or Battle of the Atlantic, we need to help the Museum tie the display to the mission at Pax River, why the historical events we are providing are important to both history and NAS Pax River.

As an example, the Battle of the Atlantic was primarily an ASW mission, conducted in an intra-service (Naval) as well as a joint Army Air Force - Navy as well as Allied Forces (US-UK-and others) battle from 1939 to 1945.  Ultimately the air ASW development and lessons learned has been folded into the P-2 (P2V), P-3, P-4 (PB4Y-2) and P-8 squadrons flown out of NAS Pax River following the war through the Cold War and into today.  Whether long range patrols, or the aviation units involved in convoys and hunter-killer efforts, all used Naval Aviation assets and technologies tested/integrated here at NATC and NAS Pax River.