Club Meeting

Matt Bittner (
Thu, 12 Oct 1995 07:12:38 -0500

Well, last night was the annual Kit Auction, held each October by
IPMS/Ft. Crook. Although not a smashing success, it went rather

I had five "lots" for sale: a bag of old books (mostly of the jet
influence), a Monogram 1/48th B-29, a Nova vacuform C-135 and all
variants, 1/48th and 1/32nd decals for the F-14 Libyan killers, and
five 1/72nd WW1 "real aircraft".

There were some real steals to be had. One individual was selling a
DML 1/48th SPAD w/Rickenbacker bust for $8.00. It actually went for
$10 (no, I didn't buy it since I already have one). Besides my
collection of five, this was the only other WW1 offering. A shame,
actually. Four years ago I picked up a RAREPlanes Gotha for $12. A
steal, when you thing about it.

There were tons of jets being auctioned - in my mind, not a real
suprise, since the more "major" manufacturers tend to overdo it in
this regard.

My purchase? Don't ask. My penance is becoming too great as it is!

Fortunately, I was able to get rid of the books - which was bidded on
strongly - the B-29 and (easy now) the stack of five. Actually, I
didn't sell them as the "lot", but one person wanted the D.VII and
Dr.I, and another bought the Pup, Camel and SPAD XIII. Surprise, I
couldn't part with a Nieuport 17 after all.

So, a good night, but also a late night. Sleeping in the dog house
is becoming regular, after club meetings. :`-(

December should be fun as well. It's the annual kit exchange, where
each person brings a kit in the $10 to $20 range - which that modeler
would build - and we go through an exchange of sorts. Numbers are
drawn, then we go in numerical order, pulling kits (wrapped,
naturally) from a central location and unwrapping them. Then, when
the next person goes, he can choose either from the pile, or
"stealing" them from someone else. Then, when a person gets his kit
"stolen", he may either choose from the pile, or "steal" from
another. And on it goes. The only stipulation we have is that when
a kit exchanges hands three times, then on the third time the person
who "stole" it keeps it, and the kit can't be "stolen" ever again.
Neat twist, huh?

Anyway, das ist alles.


Matthew Bittner WW1 Modeler, ecto subscriber, semi-new dad, PowerBuilder developer; Omaha, Nebraska
Disclaimer: opinions expressed by me are my responsibility only.

"We devour those who would subdue us." - Morticia Addams,
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