Notes from the President

Welcome to 2016

posted Feb 14, 2016, 6:06 PM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers's already February, and we've already met once, but welcome everyone to 2016.  2015 was a very good year for CMSM.  Another successful TigerCon.  The introduction of our Club diorama at the annual gathering to honor the Tuskegee Airmen the week of the Salute to Veterans airshow.  And some truly awesome models submitted in our model of the quarter challenges.

2016 started off club meeting wise with a truly excellent presentation by T Mike on how to work with photo-etch (and other teeny tiny parts).  The pictures are posted below...the picture with T Mike wearing 3 sets of glasses is priceless.


December for One and All!

posted Dec 15, 2015, 2:05 PM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers

Greetings fellow modelers!

This Thursday, Dec 17th, will be the regular monthly meeting AND (as it's the last meeting of the year) our annual pot luck.  BBQ will be provided.  Bring something you enjoy to share... or pick up some sodas.

Also at this meeting we'll be covering several Quarter Challenge models.

First: Time is up for 2015 Quarter 4.  Bring your completed (or mostly completed) ship model.  I hope we have a wide variety to judge.  I admit after working on mine I think I'll recommend a monthly demo or "how to" on running rigging and antenna wires.

Second: Bring the Armor model you'll be working on for 2016 Quarter 1.  Remember... you ~can~ have started this one. But, started or not, bring it in... show us what you're building.

Third: To kick off the build clock for 2016 Quarter 2, bring in the aircraft model you've selected.

Provided we all haven't eaten enough to pass out, T.Mike will be doing another program on photo etch.  Which brings me to a personal request (thinking of how PE is often very small parts)... try to bring in whatever your personal favorite tool is for working with "very small parts". (Hopefully it's NOT something nicknamed "the catapult"... You see where I'm going with this...)

Finally we will be electing 2016 club Officers and begin collecting dues for 2016.  It's still a great deal at $15.  And speaking of club dues... remember we do need as many of the club members as possible to be IPMS National members as well.

Looking forward to a fun evening!  See you all Thursday night (except for Colin S... who has decided he needs to go Awaken the Force).

CMSM/IPMS Club President

October Meeting This Thursday, Oct 15

posted Oct 12, 2015, 11:25 AM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers

Greetings Fellow Modelers!

Our monthly meeting for October will take place this coming Thursday, October 15th.

As this will be the final full member meeting before TigerCon, it stands to reason, much of the discussion will be focused on that topic.

If you've sold any sponsorships, bring in the funds.  Also if you have any models to donate to the raffle, please bring those as well.

To assist in preparing judges for TigerCon...and to help us as modelers understand where we need to focus our fixes...please bring some of your completed models for "sample" judging.

Also a good time to show off your progress on the 4th quarter challenge build (ships/boats), and the 1std quarter for next year (armor).

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday night.


March was a fun month!

posted Apr 2, 2015, 8:42 PM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers

Our gathering in March saw the finals of our 1st Quarter Challenge - Corvettes.  There were seven entries (ok...just six and a partial...but the partial is a very nice piece of modeling).  Tim O'Conner came storming out of modeling semi-retirement (noting this is the first car he's completed in many many years as he gets back into the hobby).  A great job with a 1953 Corvette.  Great job Tim!

Jack Andrewson presented a nice refresher program on using an airbrush and compressor.  Thanks Jack!

Also in March, Jim Reese and Kent Barnes represented the club at the 2015 Corvette Cup, held at the Stoney Creek Inn on Saturday March 28.  We were able to interact with many of the attendees, and had the pleasant surprise of visiting with a couple from KC whose grandson fondly remembered the Make-N-Take from TigerCon 2014, where he made a Camaro.  It so happens that we brought a completed (i.e., painted and built like a normal model...glue and all) example of our Make-N-Take Camaro's, as we were a bit limited on the number of Corvettes to show off.  This "bright green" Corvette (which can be seen on the club's FaceBook page) went home with the couple from KC, who said their grandson would appreciate it, and they knew he would be anxious to get back to TigerCon this year.   Special thanks to Tim O'Conner for letting us display his Quarter winning 53 Corvette.  There were many positive complements on it.

March 2015 Meeting Reminder - Rev up your Corvettes!

posted Mar 16, 2015, 5:57 PM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers

Just a reminder that our regular monthly meeting is this coming Thursday evening, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Sunrise Optimist club.

Key activities: Corvette Judging, Airbrush Demo, Discussion of Club Project - Diorama of the Red Tail's air field, and introduction of next quarter's Club Build Challenge - Trucks!  

So bring your completed Corvette, and...
...your subject for next quarter.

As always invite others to come share the fun.


What a GREAT February Meeting!

posted Mar 2, 2015, 6:44 PM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers

If you were unable to join us in February you missed a GREAT meeting.  A very special thanks to Jack Andrewson for inviting Craig Adams as a VERY special guest, who gave an excellent presentation on 3D Printing.  And an even BIGGER THANKS to Craig.  Folks...scratch building is a very rewarding task for those with much skill (and even more patience).  But in the not very distant future...if you can imagine can be "printed".  Craig had one request for us...think up "challenges" for his students to attempt.  I think I now know how I'm gonna build that "special space craft" for which they make no kits.

Progress on the Corvettes was interesting as always.  Only 1 more month (or bit less than 3 weeks as I finally get this update posted).  Rev the engines, paint paint paint...and be sure and use the timely polishing tips presented at the February meeting by Scott.  Thanks Scott!

A last note.  Don't forget KC Con is Saturday, March 14.  Visit for more info.

Welcome to 2015!

posted Jan 13, 2015, 1:06 PM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers   [ updated Jan 13, 2015, 1:07 PM ]

Happy New Years Fellow Modelers!  Welcome to 2015!

Just a reminder that our regular monthly meeting is this coming Thursday evening, January 15th at 6:30 pm at the Sunrise Optimist club.

The basic agenda will be as follows:

-- Treasurer's report and club dues (for those who might have's $15/year)
-- New club business and open forum
-- Progress on quarterly model build: Corvettes (the cars...not the boats)
-- How-To Demo Time:  Sharpie Painting

I appreciate all the help and support so many of your have given since our last meeting when I was,... I mean blessed with the opportunity to serve as president for 2015.

So this email is also my first "request".  Please consider the following and come to the meeting with any ideas/specifics you might have.

One of the great things about this club is the willingness to go forth and proclaim the joys of modeling to the community by being part of local events.  Jim's efforts to connect with the Corvette Club is an excellent example.  There are many other's like the meeting each year around airshow time that honors the Tuskegee airmen.

Just as we all have different interest and focus in our choice of modeling subjects, most of us have contact with a variety of outside groups (such as those named).  Last year Pablo identified an excellent potential opportunity to connect, that I hope we can pull off in 2015.  My request to each of you is this.  Think of the outside groups you associate with.  Try to envision which might offer a good opportunity for us to spread the good word (if not actual glue) about scale modeling. Especially any groups that allow us to make connections with kids. 

That's it for now.  Come to the meeting and enjoy the fun, fellowship, and always the learning experiences that happen along the way.

Lets have a GREAT 2015....and remember HAVE FUN!

CMSM President


posted Oct 8, 2014, 4:19 PM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers

Hello, All!
Coming up Thursday October 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Sunrise Optimist Club on Parker Ave in Columbia, our Monthly Meeting. 
The latest theme for our "Model of the Quarter Challenge" for October-December is "Figure it Out"  This week we'll be presenting the figure subjects we will be submitting.  While I respect Brian's request for using a Barbie, that subject will not be allowed due to unnatural scale proportions.

For our Clinic, Rusty will be preparing us for the Challenge by sharing his techniques in the art of figure painting.


The Agenda:

6:30  Welcome
6:35  Treasurers Report/Dues
6:40  TigerCon Committee Update
6:45  Calendar/ Old Wheels Car Show
6:50  Model of the Quarter Intro:  Figure it Out!
7:15  Clinic:  Figure Painting Basics
8:00  End of regular Meeting


Hope to see you there.  The More the Merrier!
Scott Adams
President, CMSM

2014 is Coming Soon...

posted Nov 18, 2013, 11:53 AM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers

Greetings fellow modelers,

I am putting this message out a little earlier than usual because there is something special we want to do at our December meeting.  Rusty Ratliff pointed out that we have not done a ‘Model in a Month’ in quite a while.  We will start this again in December.  Actually, it is a model in two months.  All members are encouraged to bring an UNSTARTED model to the December meeting.  It will be your "assignment" to build that model and bring it back to the February club meeting.  We will judge the modes at that time.  Rusty pointed out that we have had a lot of people start these models and never finish them.  Rusty hinted that there might be fines for failure to complete your model on time.  We will have to wait to see what he means by fines (*grin* we're kidding!).  We will get him to explain this further at the December meeting.  I have already picked out my model, but now I am frustrated that I cannot start it until after the December meeting.

Also, we will be electing new club officers for 2014.  We have the following members who have so far volunteered to run for club office:

                Scott Adams  -  President
                Jim Reese  -  Secretary
                Brian Lloyd  -  Treasurer
                T. Mike Curry  -  TigerCon Chairman

If you would like to run for office, we will also take additional nominations at the meeting.  In addition to these officers, Brian Lloyd has agreed to continue our outreach program, and I will continue to try to co-ordinate Technique programs for the meetings.

The program for the December meeting will be decals.  Scott Adams will do a demonstration on applying decals.  I hope he brings in a Nascar racer that has to be covered in a boatload of sponsor’s decals.  I will also do a repeat program on making your own decals on your home computer.

January starts our new club year.  Dues will be coming due again.  Our new officers will begin to chart our club’s course for the coming year.  You must remember that this is OUR club.  This last year was not just my club and next year is not just Scott’s club.  It takes input from all of us to have a successful year, and I am sure you will all support Scott and the new team like you have supported me this past year.  I have enjoyed being your Club President and I am pleased to see the growth in our club.  Let’s keep this going and growing through 2014.

Thank you,
Jack Andrewson
CMSM Club President

November Club Meeting

posted Nov 12, 2013, 8:55 AM by CentralMissouri ScaleModelers

First off guys, Thank You for all the work that went into putting on the contest last weekend.  It is your efforts that are making this club a success.  This Thursday, we will have our November club meeting at the Sunrise Optimist clubhouse at 6:30.  We will not have a program this month.  Instead we will just kick back and let our hair down (those of us who have hair).  We will be providing meats from Buckingham’s and buns for sandwiches.  We ask that the rest of the members bring snacks, condiments, sandwich fixings, etc.  We will be showing our pictures from the show and talking about how everything went.  What can we do to make next year’s show even better?  We may also discuss club officers for next year.  Remember, members who do not show up, may find themselves nominated.

Thank You again,
Jack Andrewson
CMSM President

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