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Our club meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. We meet from 7pm to 9pm at Fundemonium in Rohnert Park. Our general format is a brief business overview for the attendees followed by Show ‘n’ Tell. When members are finished discussing their models, we have a demonstration/presentation and a door prize giveaway to round out the evening. The executive branch holds the club business meeting during the hour before the regular meeting, at 6pm. All are welcome to attend our club meetings, and everyone is highly encouraged to bring any completed projects or anything in progress.

Fundemonium is located in the Expressway Center located at 579 Rohnert Park Expy, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

 

Meeting! 02/06/2023

Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 6th, 2023 at 7:00pm. We’re now holding the business meetings prior to the meeting at 6:00pm. We meet at Fundemonium: Expressway Center, 579 Rohnert Park Expy, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Our theme this month is “Yout Oldest Model”. So dust off those ancient relics and bring them in to show off – finshed or in-progress, it doesn’t matter. If it’s old enough, we’ll all marvel at it with a gleam in our eyes. Except for the younger members, they’ll just look at us weird. This month’s demonstration is provided by Jack Riggar and covers painting a wood grain surface.

IPMS Santa Rosa Auction!

Yes Virginia, we’re having an Auction! Lots of kit, aftermarket, books, and other stuff. Some new, some not so new, all well-loved and going for low, low prices. Now, some details:

5:30pm to 10pm, February 4th, 2023: Viewing from 5:30pm until approximately 6:30pm, and then the action starts!

Petaluma Community Center at Luchese Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954

Show Update!

Hi Folks,

It’s me… again… with my trusty sidekick, the Tombola Machine with a little bit of an update.

The club show is fast approaching. We’re starting to reach out for prize support and will have more information for prospective Vendors shortly.

The big news I’d like to announce is that the great Chris Bucholtz, author, Coordinator of IPMS District 9, Managing Editor of IPMS Journal and all around nice guy from our sister clubs IPMS Silicon Valley and  IPMS Fremont Hornets has kindly agreed to be our Head Judge for the show! A huge thanks to Chris for donating his time to helping us out.

In the same vein for those thinking of entering the contest, here is a full run down of our categories. We are wanting to really encourage folks to participate, no matter what their interest so if you have something you would like to enter, but don’t know what category it would fit into, bring it along and we’ll be happy to help you position it in the right category.

 

Categories:

Adult

 
Single Engine Jet 1/72 and smaller
Multi Engine Jet 1/72 and smaller
Single Engine Prop 1/72 and smaller
Multi Engine Prop 1/72 and smaller
Single Engine Jet 1/48
Multi Engine Jet 1/48
Single Engine Prop 1/48
Multi Engine Prop 1/48
Single & Multi Engine Jet 1/32 & Larger
Single & Multi Engine Prop 1/32 & Larger
WW1 Bi-Plane All scales
Civilian Aircraft All scales
Rotary Wing Aircraft All scales
All Aircraft 1/100 scale and smaller
Military Vehicles – Soft Skinned 1/35 to 1/16
Armoured Fighting Vehicles 1/35 to 1/16
Armoured Fighting Vehicles – Open Top 1/35 to 1/16
Towed/Tracked Artillery 1/35 to 1/16
Military Vehicles – All types 1/48 and smaller
Military Vehicles – All types 1/16 and larger
Ships Powered – All types All scales / All types
Ships Sailing – All types All scales / All types
Submarines All scales / All types
Automotive Stock 1/24 & 1/25
Automotive Custom 1/24 & 1/25
Automotive Competition – All types 1/24 & 1/25
Automotive – All types 1/16 and larger
Automotive – Misc All scales
Motorcycles All scales / All types
Space Vehicles Sci-fi & Fantasy All scales
Space Vehicles and Missles – Real All scales
Figures – Real and Historical All scales
Figures – Sci Fi and Fantasy All scales
Gundam & Articulated Mecha All scales / All types
Dioramas All scales / All types
Miscellaneous All scales / All types
Collections 5 or more All types / All scales
Out of the Box Must have instructions / All scales
 

Junior 10-17

 
Aircraft All scales / All types
Military Vehicles & Ships All scales / All types
Automotive All scales / All types
Dinosaurs and Figures All scales / All types
Sci-Fi & Fantasy All scales / All types
Miscellaneous All scales / All types
 

Junior 9 & Under

 
Real Vehicles, Ships & Aircraft All scales / All types
Dinosaurs and Figures All scales / All types
Sci-Fi & Fantasy All scales / All types
Miscellaneous All scales / All types

 

The Return of the Scale Model Show!

It’s the Return of the Scale Model Show

We’re baaaaack.

After a rough few years for everyone, it’s that time! IPMS Santa Rosa is back with a show not to be missed!!! We will be hosting this year’s show at our Friendly Local Hobby Store – Fundemonium! But don’t worry, we will still have many lovely vendors as well for you to support!

Saturday, May 20th, 2023 at Fundemonium from 10am to 5pm.

We’ll have the usual model show goodness: vendors, models, a contest, a raffle, friends!

Activities:

  • Model Contest
  • A Raffle – of course!
  • Build & Take
  • Speed Build
  • Vendors
  • A whole hobby store to explore!

Registration 10:00am to Noon.

Awards 3pm

 

Registration Details:

$10 per entrant, for the first 3 models. Then it’s $2 for each additional model with only 1 model per category.

We believe that this limitation will help us to work within a smaller space, plus, it helps avoid sweeps in any category.

We will follow judging guidelines and regulations as described in the IPMS/USA competition handbook available online at www.ipmsusa.org. Categories have been set up to match IPMS guidelines where possible. The head judge reserves the right to split. A No Sweeps rule is in effect. A unique winner will be selected within each category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. The contest is open to all scale models except those winning a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place finish at the IPMS Nationals or a 1st place finish at an IPMS Regional contest.

 

Categories:

Adult

 
Single Engine Jet 1/72 and smaller
Multi Engine Jet 1/72 and smaller
Single Engine Prop 1/72 and smaller
Multi Engine Prop 1/72 and smaller
Single Engine Jet 1/48
Multi Engine Jet 1/48
Single Engine Prop 1/48
Multi Engine Prop 1/48
Single & Multi Engine Jet 1/32 & Larger
Single & Multi Engine Prop 1/32 & Larger
WW1 Bi-Plane All scales
Civilian Aircraft All scales
Rotary Wing Aircraft All scales
All Aircraft 1/100 scale and smaller
Military Vehicles – Soft Skinned 1/35 to 1/16
Armoured Fighting Vehicles 1/35 to 1/16
Armoured Fighting Vehicles – Open Top 1/35 to 1/16
Towed/Tracked Artillery 1/35 to 1/16
Military Vehicles – All types 1/48 and smaller
Military Vehicles – All types 1/16 and larger
Ships Powered – All types All scales / All types
Ships Sailing – All types All scales / All types
Submarines All scales / All types
Automotive Stock 1/24 & 1/25
Automotive Custom 1/24 & 1/25
Automotive Competition – All types 1/24 & 1/25
Automotive – All types 1/16 and larger
Automotive – Misc All scales
Motorcycles All scales / All types
Space Vehicles Sci-fi & Fantasy All scales
Space Vehicles and Missles – Real All scales
Figures – Real and Historical All scales
Figures – Sci Fi and Fantasy All scales
Gundam & Articulated Mecha All scales / All types
Dioramas All scales / All types
Miscellaneous All scales / All types
Collections 5 or more All types / All scales
Out of the Box Must have instructions / All scales
Junior 10-17  
Aircraft All scales / All types
Military Vehicles & Ships All scales / All types
Automotive All scales / All types
Dinosaurs and Figures All scales / All types
Sci-Fi & Fantasy All scales / All types
Miscellaneous All scales / All types
Junior 9 & Under  
Real Vehicles, Ships & Aircraft All scales / All types
Dinosaurs and Figures All scales / All types
Sci-Fi & Fantasy All scales / All types
Miscellaneous All scales / All types

 

Meeting! 01/09/2023

Happy New Year! Another exciting trip around the sun for us. As January 2nd, 2023, is the legal holiday for New Year’s Day, we’re moving our meeting back one week. Our next meeting will be on January 9th, 2023 at 7:00pm. We’re now holding the business meetings prior to the meeting at 6:00pm. We meet at Fundemonium: Expressway Center, 579 Rohnert Park Expy, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

We will be collecting Membership Fees for 2023 starting at January’s meeting. We are setting the rates at $25. We’ve been slowly ramping up the dues each year and now we’re getting back to normal. (Is there really ever a “normal”?) This will help us fund the club show as well as all our other events for the coming year.

This month we’ll hold our last quarterly contest of 2022 in 2023! As nobody brought in something they received as a gift in December (surely you received something model-related as a gift), the theme for this quarter is “Gifts I Got Last Year.” Any model you received as a gift within the last 12 months is eligible. As always gift certificates will be awarded for first, second, and third place.

Our theme this month is New. So bring in those New models/builds to show off, or bring the latest and greatest (also New) project on your bench. This month’s demonstration will cover scribing by Randy Bumgardner.

2022 in Review

Well it’s that time of year – time for some pompous ignoramus to wax lyrical about all their thoughts that nobody really wants to read. So here I am!

I am now about halfway through my tenure as president of IPMS Santa Rosa / IPMS Sonoma County (delete as applicable). It has been a humbling experience and I have greatly enjoyed it. The club is not the largest in IMPS or even in our district but I enjoy spending time with each and every one of you. We have seen a few new folks starting to come regularly and, I think, started to rebuild the club activities back beyond the more restrictive offerings that we had during the trials of the pandemic. I am keen to keep developing both of these things but I can’t do either alone.

Are there things that we need to change?

Are there things you’d be willing to take on?

Please, please let me know!

I am excited at the prospect of resurrecting our club show and this is another area we need all the help we can get! A huge thanks to all the people that have been active in the planning during our business meetings. Chris, Ray, Jack, Randy, Greg, Mark, Mike – This show wouldn’t be happening without your participation. If you aren’t on that list and want to help out just come along to one of our business meetings that are the hour prior to our regular club meetings.They are open to everyone!

One of the things I have been mulling over for the last couple of months is encouraging folks to branch out into areas they may not normally try. We started this a little with the Super Deformed quarterly contest at the start of the year but I would love to build on it. We have folks that love Ships, or Gundam or BiPlanes… I’d love to see everyone in the club dabble a little bit in a lot of these areas so we all relate to each other that little bit more and maybe, just maybe, discover a new subject passion!

Thank you all for joining me in this hobby voyage through 2022. Here’s hoping we make 2023 even bigger and better!

A thought on Hobby Blocks

Hello Folks!

I suppose this is the space for me to post my thoughts and musings to any who might find them of interest.

I have really struggled to do much in my hobbying this year. Some commissions and occassional teaching gigs have really put me in a place where I was no longer prioritizing the hobby itself. I was still coming up with plenty of ideas for things to work on, grand plans for dioramas and of course purchasing plenty of kits that will no doubt live out the rest of their days on my shelves, slowly gathering dust. So I had ideas, I had kits and yet… nothing was getting done.

Why?

Part complete Eindekker

Was it that freehanding details on my thrice cursed 1:72 Fokker Eindecker was the worst idea in the history of ideas? Was I just another millennial blaming ‘Burnout’ for what was really just another facet of laziness? Probably…

So how to fix it?

Well there lies the rub… There are a few things that I’ve done in the past to help me out of a rut:

  • Work on a totally different subject that’s completely new to you! Try a Gundam kit or a Submarine subject, maybe give figure painting a go?
  • Work on something low stakes – a beginner kit maybe or something from the backlog that maybe’s been superceded by a nicer, newer kit.
  • Try a new technique! This combines great with the previous option – get yourself a new kit and test out a new gap filling method, or practice panel scribing, maybe work on a new camo style. And if it doesn’t work? Well it was just a test kit! Give it to nephew or a cousin to strap some fireworks to and move on to the next thing!
  • Work on something super familiar. A bit of a pivot from the previous suggestions but sometimes going back to a familiar kit or subject can take a lot of the pressure off and just make for an easy subject – Just ask anyone who’s built a Zaku before! For me, it’s often a case of going back to gaming pieces, I have a seemingly infinite supply of them, they’ll get use on the table and I can bang a squad out in a weekend.
  • Work to a deadline? This can cause even more stress for some but for others this will really drive people to get through a model and call it done. Maybe they’re doing it for an IPMS show, or to gift it to someone or even just for your local IPMS show and tell next month.

Not an exhaustive list and I’d love to hear your suggested additions. 

What have I done to break out of this latest funk? Well I’ve returned to the familiar and have an added deadline! I am working on a host of Warhammer Underworlds miniatures that have been sat in a drawer for far too long. In a week I’ve already painted a half dozen pieces of terrain, a half dozen warriors and another dozen or so nearly completed!

Terrain from the Warhammer Underworlds Beastgrave set

Warhammer Underworlds Sons of Velmorn

Warhammer Underworlds Chaos Sorcerer

It’s almost Christmas… almost…

Can you hear it? The ringing of sleigh bells, or perhaps the cursing of a modeler that just had another gift stolen! Yes, it’s time again for the IPMS Santa Rosa Holiday Bash!

We’re gathering at Mountain Mike’s Pizza on Cleveland Ave on December 17th at 6pm. The club will provide the pizzas and soda for all who attend. If you’d prefer an adult beverage, beer and wine are available at the bar compliments of your own wallet. We’ll be having our annual “White Elephant” gift exchange as well. Each gift is limited to 3 steals and we play until the pile is gone. Each attendee should bring one gift, or more if you would like more chances at the pile.

A note on the gifts. Each gift should be approximately valued at $30, or if you want to spend more go for it! Please, do not bring any kits that have been started, missing parts, or in a condition you wouldn’t want to receive.

It’s going to be a blast, so we hope to see everyone there! Mountain Mike’s address: 3125 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Meeting! 12/05/2022

Our next meeting will be on December 5th, 2022 at 7:00pm. We’re now holding the business meetings prior to the meeting at 6:00pm. We meet at Fundemonium: Expressway Center, 579 Rohnert Park Expy, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

This month we’ll hold our last quarterly contest of 2022! The theme for this quarter is “Gifts I Got This Year.” Any model you received as a gift within the last 12 months is eligible. As always prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place.

Our theme this month is Weathered. So bring in those weathered models to show off, or bring the latest and greatest project on your bench. This month’s demonstration will cover scribing by Randy Bumgardner.