Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ogden show , October 1st

Models on display at the Ogden model show.

On Saturday October 1st, The Ogden modelers put on a model show for the state groups (out of state welcome also). Quite a few of our Southern Front members made a showing there as well. I have to admit that the number of models entered was very sparse, but the timing of the show wasn't too good as it was up against LDS General Conference.

In the vendors area, Daniel laid out a display of his finely detailed work with large scale planes and his resin detail kits.

Several of our club banded together to get a table where they could sell some of their surplus kits. Ryan and Clay told me they did fairly well in the sales arena.

The models in the Submarines category easily outnumbered ALL other ship models entered. It makes me chuckle for two reasons. First, Bill Schuler and I years ago came up with the special award "Trident Award" for best submarine, to help promote submarine modeling. It finally grew to be a busy category on its own for many years now, and the Trident Award has been retired. The second reason I chuckle is because Bill Schuler can almost win the category by sheer numbers. Most of the models in the picture are his.

Bill also won first place in Collections with his submarine collection (yes, even MORE subs). To be honest, there would have been another competitor but disaster struck poor Clay. Clay's collection of biplanes fell onto the asphalt while unloading the car, and his models were damaged. Clay's pretty tough though, and he persevered through the show.

Bill had a chuckle as well during the show. Kind of as a joke, he entered this model of a Guppy 2 Fleet Class sub. This submarine was filmed in the Sci-Fi B movie "It Came From Beneath the Sea." It's modeled after an actual sub, but did star in Sci-fi, so it qualified in the sci-fi category. And won third place!

Sci-Fi was pretty popular with our members. Dave R entered this amazing kit-bashed/scratchbuild spaceship. It wasn't on a stand, so it's tilted for this view.

Ryan didn't just have a table, he also entered several kits. Here's one of my favorites, the ship from "Land of the Giants" TV show.

For this post's last picture, there was one I HAD to include. Pete Bave from SLC had a lot of entries at the show. Here's his War of the Worlds MArtian War machine. It's based on the 50's George Pal film. Love the little burned up ash heap where the luckless peace-nic "used to be." This diorama also featured sound from the show, and lights in the Martian machine.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

August pictures

1/200 Yamato. A lot of details for eye candy.

Our group had about 14 people show up this month, much more than I thought there would be due to my preconceived notions of hot weather and vacations. After a quick discussion most members agreed that we could at this point begin forming our own IPMS chapter. I look forward to getting all the information we need to prepare for that. Until then, enjoy some pictures of models both finished and in progress. The Theme for August was "Cold Wars" but as usual we had a smorgasbord of subjects. The themes are very vague, so as long as you can tie your model somehow to the subject, you win bonus fictional points. Yippie! Next month's theme is "Civilian" which means anything created for, or was used by, Civilians. Thanks to Dave Flitton for taking the photos.

Yamato with its R/C guts exposed. Once detail was added to the model, it stopped making pond excursions. Thanks for bringing this giant ship in, Jared!

In Progress.

In progress.


In progress.

Beautifully modeled narrow-gauge baggage car.


Clay's for sure.

Daniel continues his incredible work on large-scale aircraft.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August meeting coming up

US Rocket collection at Kennedy Space Center. Unknown scale, approximately 1/144.

Our August meeting will be Aug. 16th, the third Tuesday, as normal. Our theme for August is "Cold Wars" which includes subjects dealing with winter warfare, the official "Cold War", or dealing with cold environments. Until then, I'm posting a few pictures of some models. Obviously, the top picture of the rockets was not built by one of our members. Actually, I think our members would have made better models.

Some of Roger's 1/700 US destroyers. Something unusual about that one in the foreground.

June's theme was "Naval" which covers a great deal of subjects. So I thought I'd show some pictures of Roger's collection and also Dave F.'s collection.

Dave F. also collects ships in 1/700.

Click on the picture to see a larger image. See you guys in August!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Meeting update

OK, it's time to turn this blog loose to do its work helping our members prepare for meetings and displaying pictures. I was unable to attend most of last month's meeting due to work, but someone had mentioned we were doing Naval as the theme last month. Checking our printed schedule, however, I see that last month was supposed to be "Lend Lease" and June is "Naval"!

I better get the word out!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Blog Site for Southern Front!

Welcome to the new blog for the Southern Front. We're a small group of plastic kit modelers living in and around Utah County, south of Salt Lake City, Utah. We are members of the SLC-IPMS club, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month up in Salt Lake City. With the rising cost of gas and the time it takes to reach the SLC meeting, some of the members wanted to meet monthly as well (or in place of) down in Utah County.

So far there are about a dozen members who meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except December) at Central Elementary School in Pleasant Grove, at about 7:30 pm. We like to bring finished models, new kits, and current projects to discuss modeling and share modeling tips.
Soon I'll be posting our calendar themes and some more pictures. Keep us bookmarked!