We held our annual election at the January meeting and the club’s Board of Directors has not changed from last year. Rob McQuown continues as President, Eric Stone as VP, and Mike Stucker as Secretary & Treasurer.
Our first kit raffle of the year was won by Skylar Allred, who promptly selected the 1/16 scale 1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Roadster by Minicraft.
Our first meeting of the new year is this Friday (January 13 – ooo… Friday the 13th). You won’t want to miss it for two reasons:
1. Officer Elections
2. Our first kit raffle of the year. (All dues paying members present at the meeting are eligible.)
IPMS-Houston member and “Friend of HAMS” Piotr Gamola has started a new business called Toys4Joys that, as modelers, is of some interest to us. He has starting selling COBI Building Blocks which are similar to and compatible with LEGO. COBI are made in Poland, and being Polish himself, Piotr knew of this product and thought Americans might be interested in them.
The Cobi sets build into models of different planes, tanks, trucks, etc., and are a great way to introduce children to the hobby of model building. Now, while there aren’t any civilian cars in the line right now (except for a radio controlled Jeep Wrangler), there are quite a number of kits for police, fire, emergency, and city service vehicles. You can see the entire COBI catalog on-line at COBI.PL.
Unfortunately, I cannot post Piotr’s price list (too large a file), but Piotr and Toys4Joys (located in Katy, TX) and can be contacted at…
(Note that at this time, although the email address is functional, the Toys4Joys web site is not yet on-line.)
Aoshima has announced new 1/24 scale kit of a Brian James A4 trailer, due to be released this month (December). This is a modern trailer, the prototype of which is manufactured in England. The retail price appears to be in the $30 range, with the usual Japanese on-line stores pricing in the $20s.
The December HAMS meeting will be our annual Christmas Dinner. It will again be held at the Buffalo Grill near the corner of Voss and Woodway. They have catfish, burgers, tacos, chicken, and more. The Buffalo Grill web site has a full menu and map of their location.
Their exact address is 1301 S. Voss, Houston, TX 77478. (The Voss exit off I-10 is one exit farther west than if you were going to the usual meeting place on Wirt. And Woodway is south of I-10.)
Remember, don’t go to the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center on the second Friday in December (December 9, 2016). Go to the Buffalo Grill at Voss and Woodway.
It is with a heavy heart that we report that HAMS member James “Jack” Houston recently lost his battle with leukemia. James was an avid racing fan, whether they be sports cars, Indy Cars, or stock cars, and a font of knowledge on the subject. He was a regular visitor to the SEMA Show is Las Vegas and the sponsor of the Best Short Track Racer award at the club’s annual model contest.
Funeral services will be at the Darst Funeral Home, 796 Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood, TX 77339, on October 4. Viewing from 4:00 to 6:30 PM with the funeral service at 6:30.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Why? Because we will have our first ever quarterly club kit raffle. One lucky HAMS club member will walk away with a free model kit!
Beginning in October, HAMS will have a model car kit raffle once a quarter during the club’s monthly meeting. The raffles are open to any dues paying member of the club. We will bring 3 kits (bought by the club) to each raffle meeting (January, April, July, & October), put everyone’s names in a hat (or model kit box), and draw one name out. That person will then choose which one of the three available kits they’d like to have – FREE!
The kits raffled off will not be just any old run-of-mill kit, either; they will be high-end styrene kits, listing for over $50 each. Good stuff.