March 20, 2015 McKinstry Meeting
Theme: Peeping Toms and Queers
Program: Charlie Scardon – Scratchbuilt wooden props
It seems everyone must have understood the theme was to be interpreted in the military vernacular. Not so many theme oriented models appeared this month – not a single Prowler on the table. But there were a few “peeping toms” including a U2, F4G, SR71, Scout car and Russian Viktor class sub…
But first – contest winners!
Also built by Charlie – USS Tuscaloosa 1/700-Trumpeter; Almost everything altered, modified or scratchbuilt. Backdated 1942 San Francisco kit to pre war 1940 fit.
Filled and redrilled portholes, built new deck using plastic card and laser etched wood, corrected the armor on hull, rebuilt entire bridge to correct it, rebuilt 5″ guns, added multitude of small parts, SOC biplanes are 15 parts each, catapults are 16 each, added utility boats on hangar, opened hangar, rigging is .003 stainless wire and stretched sprue, added Roosevelt’s wheelchair ramp, corrected searchlight tower-it has 23 parts; all total there are about 490 parts on kit.
And another – Russian coast defense ship Novogorod. 1/700 Modelkrak resin kit. Drilled out funnels,scratched the mast, davits, boats, flags. PE/stretched sprue railings and rigging.
And now, on to the theme subjects…
PROGRAM: Wood Props
An interesting and very useful program was presented for the evening. Charlie Scardon brought along all of his various types of wood veneer – some loose scraps of veneer, other pieces laminated, glued and clamped together. Then he demonstrated show how to make wooden props, starting with a piece of laminated stock, then applying a paper plan view of the prop and carving the piece to make the blades.