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‘gator Update – March 2019

Hello ‘gators!

Just back from the Atlanta Show and created a page dedicated to the entries. Click here, if you want to see them. There is also a link to my Dropbox account, where you can download the images en masse.

The March meeting of the chapter will be on the 16th. Hope to be able to see a lot of you there. Here’s a tentative agenda:

  • Old Business
  • New Business
    • Discussion of Atlanta Show (slides)
    • Judge certification process
    • Seminar: Modulation/Weathering with Oils (Hands On — hope to bring some materials so everyone can practice, if they’ve never done this before)
  • Parade Ground
  • New kits

See you on the 16th!

Bob Edwards

Merry Christmas!

MerryChristmas_TankAll the best to the Armorgators and their families for Christmas! We also wish you a happy and healthy New Year for 2019, along with a lot of fun modeling!

The December meeting of the Armorgators was productive. We discussed the upcoming show in Atlanta. Although several members indicated they might go, they still needed to confirm with work and other schedules.

Members were reminded that the Modelpalooza show in Orlando in October 2019 will be needing certified judges and other helpers. Certification will be available at the Atlanta show and the Friday before the Modelpalooza show kicks off.

There was a round-table discussion on track, to include different types of hobby track, methods of construction and techniques and tools for painting and weathering.

There did not appear to be any conflicts for the January meeting, although the topic for the round-table discussion has not been decided. If anyone has any ideas or would like to lead a discussion, please contact me or John.

The February meeting will not be held, due to the Atlanta show.




Chapter Update – November 2018

“Everything but the kitchen sink” Update

Hello, fellow Armorgators!

Sorry for the long hiatus in updating the site, but I have been decisively engaged with moving from the wilds of East Milton to the hustle and bustle of Pace. Things have finally calmed down here a bit—the “honey do” list is almost caught up—so I have a few minutes today to bring you up to speed.

  • Modelpalooza: With more than 500 entries, the Orlando IPMS chapter’s Modelpalooza was quite the success. Granted, not all of those entries were at the pinnacle of modeling, that is, armor related, but a goodly number were. AMPS was represented by its southern VP, Ed Ingersoll, and a number of volunteers. He and his crew also provided judging for the armor entries, using an IPMS Orlando variant on AMPS-judging rules. Next year, the armor portion of the show will be run 100% according to AMPS rules, and Ed has already asked for everyone to lean forward in the saddle to anticipate requested for judges, runners, administrators etc.
    In the meantime, I’ve posted some images of assorted armor entries. You can find them here.
  • Annual Modeleer Swap Meet: Because of the Modeleer swap meet being held at John’s Models next Saturday (November 16), there will be no regular meeting of the Armorgators. Instead, I will set up shop in the grassy lot to flog the virtues of being an Armorgator. I will have some items for sale, with the proceeds going to the (currently non-existent) chapter treasury.
    If anyone cares to join me to help impress members into the chapter, he is welcome. Also, if anyone has an item or two they would like to donate to the cause to help raise money for the chapter, that would also be appreciated.
  • December Meeting: The December meeting will revisit the issue of the Atlanta AMPS show in February, as well as the proposed one-day visit to Fort Benning on the preceding Friday. Ed Ingersoll is already pressing for names for attendees to the Fort Benning visit, so please let me know as soon as possible, if you plan on going.
    The theme of the December meeting is everyone’s favorite: Tracks—assembly and weathering, to be specific—and everyone is invited to bring their war stories, horror stories and tips & techniques for show and tell. John has volunteered already, and I can bring some of my favorite cheating methods for assembling individually linked tracks.
  • AMPS Atlanta February Show / Fort Benning Visit: The theme is “Armor in the Hedgerows.” If anyone plans on entering under this theme, please let me know, as I would like to be able to group the chapter entries together for display at the show. (They will still be judged under their respective categories for potential awards, so no worries there.)
    One of the highlights of the Atlanta show is the AMPS-sponsored visit to the Fort Benning armor holdings, which are normally not available for viewing by the general public. If you’ve never had a chance to crawl around on a tank, this is your opportunity. Please let me know ASAP, as Ed needs to get a headcount for the folks in Atlanta.
    Here is a link to the AMPS Atlanta website. Here is the show flyer

Hope this update finds everyone in good health and spirits, and I hope to see everyone at the swap meeting this coming Saturday.

Bob Edwards
Armorgators Chapter AMPS POC


Round Up the ‘gators!

August Meeting 2018 Agenda

  • Call to Order at 1:30 PM
  • Attendance: Nine members in attendance
  • Old Business
    • Secretary/Treasurer: Membership agreed to create a post of secretary/treasurer. Members requested to consider running for the post by the next meeting.
    • Logo: Logo design for chapter adopted. See image above/below. Requesting final permission from Alice Bruderer/Hydrothrax for permission. Sent to Southern region rep for incorporation into regional promotional material. Membership agreed to provide Bruderer with complimentary materials wherever logo is used (e.g., T-shirts, chapter coins, etc.)
    • Dues: Collection of dues tabled until account can be established. Chapter POC to check on options.
  • New Business
    • Modelpalooza: Orlando, September 14-16. One member definitely going; one tentatively going. In addition, chapter sponsor will be recovering from surgery. Correspondingly, chapter meeting in September to be largely informal affair.
    • Website. Website is up and running. Cost is $48 annually. Membership agreed to reimburse chapter POC for start-up costs, once chapter treasury established.
    • Future meeting topics and chapter projects:
      • Group build (chapter POC will check to see what Atlanta is doing to coincide with its February 2019 show);
      • Modeling demonstrations (Potential topics: Application of Zimmerit; weathering techniques; shading techniques; viewing of local armor)
      • History topics (Chapter POC has volunteered to discuss topics of modeling interest from his books on German armored recon forces))
  • Parade Ground / Pass-in-Review:
    • Duxford slide show (John Struck)
    • AMPS Nationals slide show (Bob Edwards): Tabled due to time constraints.
    • Demo on static grass for vignettes/dioramas (Bob Edwards)
    • Member projects
    • New kits at John’s Models
Membership-approved logo for the Gulf Coast AMPS chapter, the “Armorgators.” Illustration used with kind permission of Alice Bruderer/Hydrothrax. See her web pages for more fantastic designs.


Chapter Logo – Part Two

Since the last post concerning a logo for the chapter, I was able to find some artwork that seemed to fit perfectly with our chapter theme. These come from a very talented industrial designer and self-described “resident lunatic,” Alice Bruderer. I am currently waiting to hear back from her as to whether we can incorporate her artwork into our design, but I submit some possible examples here for consideration. Of course, we could always have a rotating logo…


Chapter Logo

Like any self-respecting AMPS chapter, we need a catchy and eye-pleasing logo. John Struck has volunteered to check with family member to see whether anyone there can help. We welcome any submissions, however.

Obviously, we would like to get our chapter name in there, as well as, possibly, some sort of armored alligator and, perhaps, an LVT1 “Alligator”.

Images on the Internet of armored alligators are few and far between, so it may be necessary to enlist help in designing our own.

We’ve posted some possibilities below as a jumping off point for further discussion.


Inaugural Meeting

Depending on how you count these things, this was either our first or second meeting. Since we didn’t even have a name for the group, we still may not have ever had an official meeting at all!

Thanks to the efforts of John Struck, the proprietor of John’s Models in Cantonment FL, a group of individuals met in June to discuss the formation of a local AMPS chapter. Ed Ingersoll, the senior AMPS representative of the southern region and member of the North Florida Armordillos, did a long-distance teleconference with PowerPoint presentation discussing the benefits of establishing an AMPS chapter and membership in AMPS.

Needless to say, Ed was convincing (although, truth be told, we didn’t need a lot of convincing!).

We decided to meet again on July 21.

Although attendance was down from the first time, we did see several new faces.

Among the items discussed:

  • Chapter name. Although the meetings are held in the Pensacola area, we had several members from Alabama and, potentially, Mississippi. Therefore we settled on:  The Gulf Coast AMPS — The “Armorgators”.
  • Chapter logo. A logo is still being developed. We are trying tocome up with something that incorporates an “Alligator” LVT and some sort of an armored alligator. John Struck is approaching his niece, an artist, to see whether she might design something for the chapter. See also the following blog for suggestions. Motion was tabled until the next meeting.
  • Organization of the chapter. Most present seemed content to simply have a chapter point of contact (Bob Edwards) to the national organization, the only requirement the national organization imposes. It was suggested that a secretary and/or treasurer might be appropriate, especially if we develop a “kitty”. Motioned was tabled until the next meeting.
  • Raising funds. Dues and raffles were discussed as ideas for raising money. It was accepted that membership dues should be $10 annually to help offset any chapter costs. Additional money-making efforts, e.g., donations and raffled, would be entertained as the chapter develops product (e.g., T-shirts, awards) or sponsors shows.
  • Website. Voila! Here is a first attempt at a chapter website. We could use some content. There is a member info page, for those who decide to participate. It is hosted through WordPress at a cost of $48 a year. The chapter POC is currently fronting the cost, with hopes that the chapter will agree to reimburse at the next meeting!
  • AMPS Atlanta. Images from the AMPS annual show in February 2018 were shown and discussed. These images are now posted on the website.
  • Meeting topics. It was suggested that some sort of modeling tip or technique be discussed or demonstrated at each meeting. John Struck said he would show images from his visit to Duxford in Great Britain; Bob Edwards said he could show images from the AMPS nationals in Dayton OH in May.
  • Parade Ground. John Struck showed new kits he has received and said that anyone who is a dues-paying member of the chapter will get a 10% discount at his shop.

The next meeting was scheduled for August 18 at 1:30 PM.