THE SMOKING HOLE
Antelope Valley Group
Meetings Held the Third Saturday of Each Month
Edwards AFB Skills Development Center
2 PM to 5 PM
||Volume 5, Number 8
NEXT MEETING, 8/19/00
Our most important issue for August is the status of our AVG flyers which will help promote the November
contest. We will also hold our "Same Kit Contest" with the 1/48 Rafale fighter. Other issues of significance
include our AVG website, and the possibility of sending future newsletters out via e-mail to those members who
have internet access. We expect to hold a raffle which may include a Minicraft 1/48 XF5F Skyrocket, an ICM
1/48 Yak-7, and a Hasegawa 1/48 F-16, to name a few possibilities. Refreshments provided by David Newman.
PREVIOUS MEETING, 7/15/00
Attendees- Sorry, no list available
Our account balance is currently $578.94. "This includes a debit of $4.50 to print the July newsletter, but does not
yet include costs which were incurred at the July meeting. Of note however, was a recent reminder from David
Newman that we still have not paid our fees to A.V. College for the use of the cafeteria for last year's contest. We
have not been negligent, but simply have not been billed as yet.
Fall Contest Flyers: We need to have the contest flyers ready for distribution by this coming meeting. They are not
only needed to distribute to businesses and clubs, but are also needed to send to potential sponsors for the contest
raffle sponsorships/merchandise, etc.
Fall Contest Categories:
The following changes to the November contest categories were made:
*Reduce automotive to two or three categories, from four
*Keep 1/32 scale as a titled category with specific awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd
*Add an additional figures category (this was unclear and will be verified at the next meeting)
*Add a category for smaller than 1/72 scale, i.e. 1/100, 1/144, etc.
*Add a helicopter category
Fall Contest Fees:
Entry fees will be $5.00 for the first two models and $1.00 for each model thereafter.
Our AVG Website:
Apparently our AVG website will be up and running in the not too distant future. Look for an
update on this issue at the August meeting.
Sending Newsletters Via E-Mail: Several members have made the suggestion that we go toward an e-mail format
for sending out newsletters each month. There are several benefits to doing this, the foremost of which is cost
savings. Currently, each set of monthly newsletters we send by regular mail costs from $4.00 to $8.00 for printing
and a little more than $5.00 in stamps. Over the course of the year, this my add up to $140.00 or more, which is
money we can spend in other ways. Using e-mail for newsletters will also be slightly easier for the AVG
Secretary/Treasurer (me). Of course, for those AVG members who do not have internet access, we will still send
out a regular mailing. Let's bring everyone's e-mail address up to date at the August meeting and give this matter
New AFFTC Museum Building: The new Edwards AFFTC museum building is now open! The interior space is
reported to cover 12,000 square feet, and additional aircraft have been located outside for visitor viewing. Also,
don't miss the display case with models on display built by our own AVG members.
Members' Projects- partial list
||1/72 Dark Star
||1/350 Tamiya Missouri Battleship
Unfortunately due to my absence from the July meeting, and other factors beyond myself, I may have missed details
which were not included in this newsletter. Also, sorry if I failed to list everyone who may have brought projects
for display in July, or who may have won a raffle prize, or who may have made some other contribution last month.
Thanks to David Newman who provided most of the information I was able to print.
Report on Kit Collectors' Swap Meet, Buena Park, August 13th
We've all been to this event before. This latest edition wasn't much different, albeit less crowded than usual and
no charge for parking. One goes looking for a deal, but finds plenty of high asking prices. Nevertheless, I picked
up and old Hawk F-104 in a mint condition box for $4.00; not bad! I'll never build it, but the Hawk F-104 has
sentimental value. I also picked up three vintage Revell box coverings (the printed box art before it's attached to
the box) from Mike Machat for $10.00. I also picked up the latest Skylancer decal and print catalogs. Look for
more decals for '50's jets in 1/48 and 1/72 scales from Skylancer in the coming months. Mike Warman and I were
out of there by 10:30 and off to see the rest of the hobby shops in the area.