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    Congrats to Scott Scariot, George Seletas, and Jim Tunney for their re-election as respective President, VP, and Secretary/Treasurer.

    The galleries been updated.

    TRICON is coming! Click on the TRICON button in the menu to download the show flyer.

    The club's Constitution and By-Laws can be downloaded on the "About" page.

    The next meeting will be on Friday, December 6th. It's our annual holiday party, featuring the infamous TRIPMS White Elephant Gift Swap. If you would like to participate, remember to bring a gift.


    Chuck's P-51 Scott's Raider

    The next meeting is Friday, October 5th. Scott will be making a presentation on building a flashing light circuit. Everyone who attends will receive components to build their own. Thanks, Scott!

    Duncan Scott is sponsoring a contest for November - the theme is "Then and Now." The idea is to bring in two models of the same subject: One built several years ago, and one built recently, to see how far we've developed our skills. Sounds like it will be interesting!

    JUNE News

    Bill attended the Latrobe Airshow.  His pictures are in the Gallery. 

    Next meeting is Friday, July 6th.

    The annual TRIPMS BBQ will be held at the August meeting.  There's also going to be a club contest for metal finishes.

    APRIL News

    Sorry for the delay in news updates. As you are probably aware, in mid-Febuary, the TRIPMS website was attacked by a group of hackers from the Ukraine, along with several other websites that share our domain host. It took over a month to clean and reconstruct the site - so now you know why there haven't been any updates for a while... I'm glad (and relieved) to finally have us back online.

    While all that was taking place, TRIPMS hosted this year's TRICON on St. Patrick's Day.  The show was a rousing success, and a good time was had by all.  The Best of Show trophy went to a beautiful, scratch-built alcohol-fueled dragster.  Pictures of the dragster and other fantastic models at the show are posted in the Gallery.

    The 2012 Regional for R4 are coming up quickly.  This year's Regional Convention is being hosted by Wright Field IPMS, in Dayton, OH.  They have a lot of activities planned, including a tour of the rehabilitation facility at the USAF Museum at Wright/Patterson AFB. Should be a great show!

    Our next meeting is Friday, May 4th.  Hope to see you there!


    Scott Scariot has been elected Chapter President for the 2012 term. Congratulations, Scott.  Ben Taggart and Jim Tunney will perform as VP and Treasurer, respectively, for another year.  Bill Dedig remains Chapter Contact.  Thanks to all for your service.

    TRICON 2012 has been set for Saturday, March 17th at the Beattie Career Center.  The Contest Committe will be meeting shortly after the holidays to finalize details.  Look for an update shortly thereafter.

    JULY News

    The IPMS/USA National Convention, "Omaha by the Sea," celebtating 100 years of Naval Aviation, will take place Aug. 3rd - 6th at the La Vista Conference Center, in Omaha, NE. Visit the show's link for information.

    The TRIPMS Barbeque has been pushed back one week to Friday, August 12th, in consideration of the IPMS/USA National Convention. Those traveling to Omaha, have fun, good luck, and stay safe. See you when you come home!

    Congrats to the winners of the June Contest:



    Tim Swisher paid a visit to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Centerat Carlisle Barracks, PA, and reports it to be an amazing resource for research.

    For the aviation buffs, the 2011 Dayton Airshow takles place July 23rd and 24th at Dayton International Airport. The USAF Thunderbirds are the featured performer, and the venue is just a stone's throw from the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB.

    Bill Dedig's Grumman JF-2 Duck is featured in the Fine Scale Modeler on-line gallery this month! Congratulations, Bill!

    Finally, ballots are open for the 2011 IPMS/USA election. If you are a memeber of the national organization, please take the time to read up on the proposed constitutional amendment and vote.


    June meeting pictures are posted in the Gallery.  Sorry about the quality this month - I was forced to use the backup camera (the one inmy cell phone...).  I promise to bring the real photon trap for July.

    The July meeting will be held Friday, July 1st, and will include a quarterly contest.  The theme is DEFENDING FREEDOM.

    July's SIG topic will be the F-4 Phantom.  Mr. Michaels promises a spectacular presentation for all the Phantom Phreaks.

    Rumor has it Tamiya is getting ready to release a companion piece for their magnificent 1/32 Spit: The P-51D Mustang (which is one part of my holy trinity of Warbirds... ) Get ready to give your wallets to Jim...


    TRIPMS.ORG is the R4 2010 Website of the Year! Thanks to everyone in TRIPMS for their conrtibutions, and thanks to R4 for this honor.

    Quarterly Contest coming up in July! Theme to be announced at the June Meeting.


    Congratulations to the members of TRIPMS for putting on a fantastic Region 4 show!

    We're starting an RSS feed for the site.  What's RSS?  A way to keep up to date with all the changes around here. Stay tuned for more...


    R4 Show this month!


    Show prep continues. Major updates to the show web site.


    JANUARY News

    At the behast of Mr. Michaels, we've initiated an Aircraft Special In terest Group (SIG) with will convene in conjucntion with the monthly meetings. Interested people chould contact Joe.



    The Christmas Party was a huge success! Thanks to everyone for contributing, and to Ben's wife for making enough sandwiches to feed an army!


    The results of the November election are:
    President: Bob Pauly
    Vice President: Ben Taggert
    Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Tunney
    Congratulations to the newly elected officers, and thanks to Bill Dedig, outgoing President, and John Sczcypinski, outgoing Vice President, for two years of exceptional service. Mr. Tunney, it seems, is doomed to fill the position of Secretary/Treasurer in perpetuity, so both condolences and congratulations, as well as thanks for sticking with it, Jim.

    The December meeting will be held on the 3rd. Activities include the traditional holiday party and White Elephant Gift Exchange - so start digging through your closets now...

    The Regional website is now live. Please check it out by clicking on "TRICON2011" in the menu, or on the "It's Coming" graphic at the bottom of the page.

    The next quarterly contest will be in January - start thinking about subjects now, and we'll decide at the December meeting.


    Members should start thinking now about who they want to consider for club officers in 2011.  Elections take place at the november meeting!

    The Battle of Britain contest planned for the September meeting has been postponed to the October meeting.

    Congradulations to John Szczypinski for winning the September Quarterly contest!  Scott Scariot came in second, and Craig Whittaker took third.


    John's Tank


    Scott's fighter


    Craig's bust

    This quarter's $25 participation prize winners are John Szczypinski, Jason West, and Joe Michaels. This was Joe's second win, and he joins Scott Scariot in the Maxed Out Club. Congrats to all!

    AUGUST News

    The Battle of Britain contest planned for the September meeting has been postponed to the October meeting. The September Quarterly contest will be held as normal.

    Thanks go out to the club in general and Bill Dedig in particular for a successful Summer Barbeque! There were lots of faces that had been missing in recent months, the food was great, and a good time was had by all. Thanks for doing all the cooking, Bill!

    Galleries and Discussion Board

    The Gallery contains pictures of TRIPMS member's models and models from TRIPMS shows. TRIPMS members are encouraged to participate by uploading pictures of their masterpieces to share with site visitors. Pictures from TRIPMS meeting smay also be found there. Members will be able to log in and create their personal Gallery in the next few days, as the webmaster creates your accounts. Look for an email containing your login information soon. (For the curious, there are already some pictures posted from the testing process...)

    The Discussion Board is a place where TRIPMS members, as well as the general model-building public, can interact. There are a few TRIPMS-Only areas, which deal with Club business, but the general Model discussion forums are open to all. Registration is required, to cut down on the spam posts, but it only takes a few seconds, and your information will not be given out - EVER. So please, feel free to join us in some spirited communication! Registration is now OPEN to all.