June/July Armorgator Meeting

The June/July meeting was well attended with 9 chapter members present.

Chapter poker chips were distributed and appeared to be well received.

The first chapter contest (open to the public) was then discussed.


  • The contest will use AMPS rules and categories. All categories will be open with the exception of the “Masters” category, since there are no AMPS-certified “Masters” within the chapter or the local area.
  • On-line contest registration will be available via the chapter website and its Facebook page. Bob Edwards will be responsible for updating the site and FB in that regard.
  • In addition to the individual category awards, there will be a “Best of Show” award (TBD). Criteria and award for “Best of Show” TBD.
  • Per AMPS rules, a person may enter multiple times in any given category, however, only the highest scored entry is eligible for an award. There is no limit to the number of categories a participant may enter. Skill levels will be same as AMPS.
  • Participants will be charged a base rate of $10 for up to three entries (aggregate). There will be an additional $1 an entry charge beyond the initial three (e.g., someone enter 7 models for a total of $14.)
  • Awards will be custom poker chips as shown at the meeting. Bob Edwards will fund the purchase for later reimbursement. Dog tags will also be considered at a future date. The order for the chips consists of 100 “bronze,” 100 “silver” and 100 “gold chips.
  • Advertising will be by chapter website, the chapter Facebook page, distribution of flyers at regional shows (via chapter members), signage at John’s Models, word-of-mouth and presentations at other local modeling clubs. Flayers to be designed by Bob Edwards, after electronic review by chapter members (via emails and Facebook).
  • Contest will be held the same Saturday as the annual IPMS “Modeleer” swap meet on 13 November. Entry cut-off is 11 AM. Contest results will be announced at 3 PM, with participants who have to leave early having the option of picking up packets beforehand. John will make the hobby shop available the evening (from 5 until at least 7:30 PM)before the contest to pre-register any individual. He is also providing tables and chairs for use either inside or outside (depending on weather conditions). Chapter members agreed to also bring folding tables and chairs with them, if it appears advance interest warrants.
  • Traditional judging methods may have to be modified to accommodate availability of judges, who may also be vendors. Most chapter members indicated they would participate and also be willing to help out in whatever capacity needed.
  • Ed Daniels, who has run several contests in the past in the Mobile area, will be asked for input for the running of the contest. Ed was not available for the meeting, due to illness.

Following the lengthy discussion of the contest, a discussion was held concerning track tips and techniques and members showed some of their most recent work.

John highlighted new items of interest.

With that, the meeting adjourned around 2:45PM.

October ‘gator Meeting

Just a reminder that the October meeting will be held at John’s Models this coming Saturday. Build session starts at noon, with a meeting at 1:30. Since the meeting conflicts with several shows — Modelpalooza in Orlando and another one in Louisiana — and many chapter members plan on attending one or the other, there is no set agenda. Your humble correspondent will be going to Orlando, so I cannot attend.

Here’s the link for Modelpalooza: https://modelpalooza.org/

Here’s the link for the “Cajun Modelfest” in Baton Rouge LA: https://calendar.ipmsusa3.org/event/cajun-modelfest-33

Take care!


HobbyTown USA Model Contest – September 2019

Held at the HobbyTown USA affiliate in Mobile AL, the contest featured a large number of Gundam entries, but the armor category was relatively well represented with several dozen kits. Surprisingly, there were few aircraft and no nautical entries.

The Armorgators were well represented by Mike Frisch and your humble correspondent, both of whom won awards. Follow the link for some more images…



Meet Our Members

Members who would like to introduce themselves to the chapter via these pages are invited to do so by submitting material to me for inclusion on the Meet Our Members page.

So far, I’m the only one who has opted to do so. As much as I enjoy reading about myself, I already know most of the plot.

Here’s your chance to gain international fame and notoriety, thanks to the thousands who view these pages daily! 🙂

I recently added my models to the mix to show what options are available: Bob’s Models. If you have any models you’d like to show the chapter, here’s your opportunity.

Take care until the next meeting!

Meeting Reminder – May 2019

Just a quick shout out to the chapter to remind it that the ‘gators are meeting this Saturday at John’s Model at 1:30 PM.

Assuming that the computer gods cooperate, Brian will finally be able to present his overview of air-defense systems.

There are no planned seminar topics, although your humble correspondent wouldn’t mind discussing the use and application of pigments (perhaps a full-blown presentation at a later meeting).

I am currently doing some research on caps and T-shirts for the chapter and hope to have some preliminary findings in time for the meeting.

Finally, winners at the Blue Angels Model Fest are encouraged to bring in some of their trophy magnets—hint, hint Brian—for unfettered adulation. As always, the Parade Ground will be holding a pass-in-review.

See you Saturday!

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Cap Proposal: “Goooolly, Drill Sergeant” Edition

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Cap Proposal: “Just the facts, ma’am” Edition

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T-Shirt Proposal: “Chick Magnet” Edition


Blue Angel Model Fest – 2019

The Pensacola Modeleers sponsored their biennial Blue Angel Model Fest on Saturday, May 4, at the Pensacola State Fairgrounds. The contest followed IPMS conventions, with the armor category being very well represented. There were more than 50 armor-related entries, most of which can be seen at the following link.

The Armorgators were represented by a table in the vendor area and it appears we may have three new chapter members. Several kits were donated by chapter members to help raise money for the treasury. In all, some $76 was raised, which will be used to help offset some previously incurred expenses on the part of the chapter.

Entrance and vendor area

Display area for contest entries

Tanks for the memories!