Greetings to all IPMS Niagara Frontier members.

On behalf of the entire executive board of the club, I wish to say that we had yet another successful BuffCon this year and a heartfelt thanks to all of those who worked very hard last Sunday to make it happen.

Another big thanks goes to all of our sponsors, vendors and a special "high five" to Jason Ignatjew for providing us with two new club banners that you saw on display on Sunday. They look marvelous! Also, thanks to Roc City Modelers, Peel Scale Modelers, IPMS Hamilton, IPMS Syracuse and IPMS Three Rivers for coming out to support us. I know you all took some hardware home with you!

The judges did a difficult but splendid job in helping to make sure those that deserved recognition for their work received it, so a big round of applause to you folks - we couldn't be successful without you, too.

As is tradition, we will be celebrating our success with pizza, wings and pop at the meeting on Monday night for all club members in good standing (i.e., those who are current with their membership dues). Treasurer Tom Faith told me that we have collected about 66% of renewals since they were due on January 1st. This leaves about a third of the membership who are in arrears. So, for those who still owe their dues and would like to continue to enjoy the benefits of the club, please see Tom on Monday night with your $20 bill (or check paid to IPMS Niagara Frontier). It is vital that we have 100% of the membership paying their membership fees because this pays for our monthly hall rental, the Christmas/Post BuffCon pizza parties and other ancillary items needed to keep the club running.

Beginning in May, we are going to start our "Annual Tony Bartozek Memorial I'm Not A Modeling Loser Model Building Challenge". This very popular voluntary internal club "contest" challenges all who participate to finish a model of their choice before the September club meeting. IPMS Niagara Frontier Director of Awards, Paul Hines, told me that he has two trophies this year specifically for this contest. The first being "The Best Completed Model As Judged By Those In Attendance At The September Club Meeting" and "Not Even Close". More details on how the contest works will be issued in the next newsletter.

More importantly, club Executive Board nominations and elections will be held at the Monday, April 16th, 2018 club meeting. Here are the current positions and nominations for the next two-year term:


Incumbent: John Zaranek
Challenger: None

1st Vice-President

Incumbent: Ed Button
Challenger: None

2nd Vice-President

Incumbent: Larry Osolkowski
Challenger: None


Incumbent: Tom Faith
Challenger: None


Incumbent: Al Germann
Challenger: None

1st Member-At-Large

Incumbent: Paul Hines
Challenger: None

2nd Member-At-Large

Incumbent: Tom Brown, Jr.
Challenger: None

3rd Member-At-Large

Incumbent: Bill Borkowski
Challenger: None

4th Member-At-Large

Incumbent: Frank Blonski (Not Running)
Challenger: Open

5th Member-At-Large

Incumbent: Joe Sczygielski (Not Running)
Challenger: Open

6th Member-At-Large

Incumbent: Clint Keidel (Not Running)
Challenger: Open

During this meeting we will be accepting nominations and placing them on the ballot. As of today, I have Maryann Germann and Jeff Keenan interested in running for an "At Large" seat on the board. You can nominate yourself for any of these positions if you so desire.

I hope to see you at the meeting on Monday.

John R. Zaranek
IPMS Niagara Frontier
IPMS USA No. 47993

We would like to encourage all club members to join the national IPMS. Help support your hobby on a national level. IPMS provides the insurance that allows us to have our events, and membership includes a nice monthly magazine. The website can be found at: IPMS, and an application form can be found HERE.

Model tables from the March meeting:

Mike Martinez had on hand an entry into BuffCon 35. His 1979 Kooka Racer based on the MPC Super Bee kit. Mike is applying heavy weathering as if the car were out "behind the barnfield" and will have a figure driving it poking out of the roof in the classic "odd rod" style. Mike also said he used the rear wheels from a Lindberg Dodge model.

Jim Greenfield brought in his F2G2 Super Corsair that was converted from the 1/48th scale Hasegawa F4U Corsair kit. Jim explained that it's his oldest surviving kit.

Derek Keenan shared his Airfix 1/72nd scale RAF RE8 airplane kit he recently finished.

Al Germann had a nearly finished Revell Volkswagen Bus in 1/24th scale. He's building it for the 1960's theme award at BuffCon35. Al added a bed, mattress and a blanket made from a paper towel along with verious dents, scratches and paint chips using the salt and chipping fluid techniques.

He is also planning a diorama featuring a Brengun Jeep in 1/144th scale depicted alone after the bomb drop on Hiroshima in 1945.

Larry Osolkowski displayed a kit he'd brought in previously, a 1/24 Hobby NuNu BMW M6 GT3, but with the addition of some new decals for a different livery. Larry said he got the decals from an online store based in Australia called Patto's Place. They have a large selection of automotive decals that are designed for slot cars, and most of them are available in several scales.

Larry also brought in another stack of old model magazines for anyone to take. He said he's cleaning out his basement, and will be bringing in more magazines to future meetings.

Maryann Germann learned figure painting techniques by watching YouTube videos on the subject for her figure bust "Excelsey" in 1/12th scale. She is using paints by Testors and Vallejo and it is her first model.

Maryann is also working on another figure entitled "Mother of Dragons" in 1/10th scale by Nuts Planet.

A co-effort by Brian Yurko and Carey Miller has resulted in a finished Airfix 1/72nd scale A6M2 Mitsubishi Zero. They used paints by Tamiya and Humbrol via traditional paintbrushes and a clear coat applied from a spray can.

Josh Keenan had his MPC 1/25th scale Dukes of Hazzard "Sherrif Roscoe P. Coltraine's Police Car" kit on hand for all to see.

Dick Schulenberg had his models for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's WWI exhibit at the meeting. The kits portray the Roden 1/32nd scale Nieuport 28, the Academy Nieuport 17 in 1/32nd scale and the Roden SE 5a, again, in 1/32nd scale. Dick built them all out-of-the-box with resin accessories for the Nieuports. Rigging was made from invisible mending thread, turnbuckles crafted from fly fishing tying tubing and twisted wire eyes. He also added an artist's oil wash to the Nieuport 17 (thanks for the TopTip to Justen Hanna).

Steve Weller's project for the library exhibit is the Meng British Male Mark V tank in 1/35th scale. Steve states that there were "lots of fit problems" with over 800 pieces involved and about 200 hours to complete it. He also explained that he needed to learn new painting systems and it was difficult to top the detail included in this kit.

Mark Gadek is working on the Trumpeter 1/48th scale C-47 Skytrain portrayed in Polish airline (LOT) livery. Despite encountering difficult and weak engine mounts, Mark was successful with a solution for this. He used the "marbling" technique for pre-shading and used khaki colored paint by Gunze and Tamiya.

Jacob Gadek was challenged by his father, Mark, to build something different other than his usual superhero/comic book characters. He picked up the gauntlet by building the 1/25th scale AMT Rio Truck kit. Jacob was lamenting the 1970's-era instructions, parts not numbered and lots of flash to clean up. Paint by Tamiya and Testors were used to finish the model. He added chrome details by using a chrome pen.

Dan Marafino summed up his experience with his 1/32nd scale Hansa Brandenburg W-29 as "Not an easy kit to build. Patience is a virtue; won't be building any more Wingnut Wings kits; 'nuff said". Well. He did complete it using paint by Tamiya and Model Color.

Mike Butry's Tamiya 1/48th scale 7-ton British Armored Car was finished out of the box except for tarpaulins made from aluminum foil and/or Kleenex. It was painted with the Tamiya and Model Master lines with oils and pastel chalks for weathering. He also had a Hasegawa 1/48th scale P-40N Kittyhawk in progress along with a future build of the Tamiya Bf-109G-6 in 1/48th scale as well.

John Zachritz built several Bandai Petit'GGuy Bear kits. The orange one is right out of the box, and the tan one was painted to match the charachter from the film "Girls Und Panzer der Film". John made modifications to the kits by trimming down a bandage for its equivalent in scale, cuts to the back of its head added with a hot knife, stitches applied with texture craft paint, cloth tape used for bandages and an arm sling trimmed from an old t-shirt.

John's die-cut cardboard scorpion was built from a punch-out book. The only modifications he made to it were by using tape and Elmer's glue to reinforce the joints with the intent to hang it on a wall.

He also finished a 1/700th scale US submarine as depicted in the movie "Operation Petticoat".

Dave Armitage displayed a large scale stagecoach and some figures.

The continuing line of artwork by Paul Hines this month includes three prime examples of some of the "best muscle cars of the late 1960's-early 1970's": a Ford GT 350 Mustang, Chevy Chevelle SS and a Plymouth "Cuda".

There were only two other items on the tables, so we're getting better! Please remember to fill out an information sheet and make sure that John gets it before the end of the meeting.

Finally, some around-the-room photos.

Thanks to Al Germann for handling the tables, and to Larry Osolkowski for the photography.

2016 - 2018 Officers and E-Board Members
President John Zaranek 544-3444
First Vice President Ed Button 860-4562
Second Vice President Larry Osolkowski 695-1224
Secretary Al Germann 934-24476
Treasurer Tom Faith 683-4897
e-Dizpatch Editor Larry Osolkowski 695-1224
Internet Coordinator Larry Osolkowski 695-1224
Chief Judge Tom Brown 604-8482
E-Board Members Frank Blonski 681-3703
Tom Brown, Jr. 238-5441
Bill Borkowski 839-5496
Paul Hines 681-3760
Clint Keidel 207-5549
Joe Szczygiel 828-1102
Chapter Contact Dick Schulenberg 934-2161

The Next Club Meeting:
The next meeting of the Niagara Frontier Chapter IPMS will be on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00PM at The Knights (formerly the Knights of Columbus), 2735 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, New York, near Union and William.

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