Due to health and safety concerns
regarding the possible spread of the
Corona Virus the Greenbelt Community
Center where we meet remains closed
to meetings and events.
to MAMA's Diner, the official home
of the Maryland Automotive Modelers' Association (MAMA),
where we serve entrees of fun, friendship, and model cars.
|| MAMA's current leadership team is:
President: Tim Powers
Vice-President: Dave Toups
Treasurer: Matt Guilfoyle
Newsletter Editor: Tim Sickle
Notes from the MAMA President:
MAMA is 33 year old! I just wish we could
have gotten together to celebrate.
Sorry I wasn't able to push out the monthly
call for model photos for this month's virtual pseudo-meeting,
but a confluence of events (including repeated ISP/email
provider failures, loss of a famliy member, and an emergency
surgery) prevented that.
There were also a few items that I wasn't
able to push out via email: First was a note from Ron Drescheler
about a new FIOS TV program on Motor Trend: "Steve
Magnante's Super Models" on Friday nights. Ron
had just viewed Season 1 Episode 1 which was a 1/2 hour
show with Steve building a model of the Jimmy Addison Silver
Bullet 1967 factory built drag car using a Revell Sox &
Martin GTX kit as a starting point with part substitutions,
etc. Ron reports that it looks like Steve will be doing
a series with episodes based on some well known vehicles.
Ron said it might be "On Demand" for FIOS and
that he doesn't know if other providers carry the Motor
Trend station. He set his DVR on 'record series'...we'll
see. Based on Motor Trend's website, it looks they have
completed four episodes so far: The Silver Bullet GTX, an
altered wheel base 1967 Chevelle, a Little Red Wagon wheelstander,
and a 1968 Charger R/T from his own past. All four appear
to be available through Amazon's
Prime Video as well.
Another item I didn't get to push out was
shared with us by John Jacobus. John let us know that Jim
Grace of Carthropology.com
has completed the second part of his YouTube series on the
Amazing Cars of the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild (FBCG.)
If you have any interest in the FBCG or automotive desgin
history check out both Part
1 and Part
2 of this informative series.
John also sent an item from the Dayton
Daily News about an FBCG
display that Randy Derr had organized for the Dayton Concours
d’Elegance on September 19. One of the neatest models
scheduled for that display is a 90-year-old Napoleonic coach
built and entered in the first FBCG contest in 1931 by Russell
Nielsen of Minnesota.
Another cool item that came in was a link
to Doug Whyte's Model
Car Muse site on YouTube. In his series, Doug will explore
the cars, the tech, the automobile art, and legends, that
inspire modelers to build scale replicas of their favorite
rides or craft their dream car. Model Car Muse was created
to preserve the stories behind the models. Mark Gustavson
called it, "...a thoughtful and spectacular presentation
-- exactly what our hobby needs.
Word came in from David Hoffman, National
Capital Model Soldier Society (NCMSS) Adjutant/Secretary
that they are still planning to have their 60th Washington
Show at the Springfield Hilton, this weekend on September
25th. Check out their Show
Flyer for additional information.
Availability of COVID booster shots for
Phizer and Moderna vaccines is opening up. I got mine already.
Please do yourself, your familiy, your friends, and your
co-workers a favor and get yours as soon as you can. As
with the initial vaccines, it won't prevent you from catching
the disease, but it can greatly reduced the chances that
you will catch it and it will help to reduce the severity
of the symptoms (less chance of dying) if you do.
Please keep using your masks and hand saniizers
to help reduce the chances of spreading COVID and other
diseases. It would be great to see the flu at an all-time
low again this year as well as a rapid decrease in the COVID
Scenes from our nineteenth pseudo-virtual meeting
Due to public health and safety concerns and Maryland
State restrictions on gatherings aimed at preventing
the potential spread of the Corona Virus, the Greenbelt
Community Center where we meet has been closed to meetings
since March, 2020. We have had really good results over
the previous months with members and friends sending
us photos and descriptions of the model cars they would
have brought if we'd had physical meetings, or just
any model cars or projects they wanted to share. This
month we're doing it again.
This month we start with a first-time visit from Mike
McCloskey who shared with us four photos of some
of the models he's built and is hoping to enter in contests
soon. In order, the photos are the engine in a yellow
1932 Ford hot rod, a silver 80s Corvette with custom
wheels, a red Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, and a hot-rodded
blue 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe.
This month's selection from Paul Lee includes
a Monogram 1955 Ford Panel Truck, Revell 1955 Ford Pro-Stock,
Revell 1950 Ford Pickup, AMT 1957 Ford Coupe, and a
Revell/Monogram 1957 Ford Station Wagon.
Steve Buter brought an in-progress project this
month. Says Steve, it seems like wrapping up a mystery
every Saturday morning before noon should rate more
than a slice of pizza at the local teen hang-out. Scoob
'n Shag have been quietly squirreling away money for
several years now towards the ultimate goal of having
their own "Machine" for fun 'n frolic on their
days off from Mystery Inc. Shown here is the Polar Lights
Mystery Machine given to Steve as a Christmas present
in 2020 by his daughter. The most difficult challenge
so far has been "burying" the turquoise plastic
that the snap-kit was molded in. First Steve primed,
then primer-sealed, then sprayed chrome silver as a
base=coat for the Krylon gloss white.In pursuing a "surf"
theme (surfboards will come later) Steve punched out
openings for port-hole style windows out back. The window
glasses are the clear section of 5/16" "wiggle"
eyes from the craft store that he set into the body
shell with Testors clear parts cement. The wine bottles
were a craft store find as well. The figures are all
American Diorama, pre-decorated. At "1/24th scale,
Steve feels that they complement the size of the Polar
Lights Shag 'n Scoob figures better than some of the
stuff like YUFAN which he's been more used to working
with. Future touches include "Zoomie" style
headers (think Mad Max's car) made from the rounded
off parts trees included in the kit. And yes, that is
indeed an Edsel grille that Steve set into the nose
of the van.
Lyle Willits shared the photos he shot at this month's September Fire Museum Gathering.
Norman Veber shared the photos he took at last month's August Fire Museum gathering..
Sorry, no cookies this month. We have cake! Well, virtual Anniversary Cake, anyway (no carbs or calories!)