The "The Wildcat" newsletter is published monthly by the Central South Carolina Chapter of the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society - AMPS.  It contains the minutes of the last meeting, the tentative agenda of the next meeting, how-to articles, reviews and other information.

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The "Latest-Greatest" Issue of the "Wildcat" (Note this issue is V8-N10 October, 2017)

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Volume 8, 2017


V8-N10 October, 2017 has a number of great articles including a REALLY good one on a technique. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 13 September, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,  11 October, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "(DRAFT) 2018 AMPS Central SC Show Theme Eligibility Rules (DRAFT)", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles – How Many Projects", "Interesting Articles - REFORGER Exercises, 1969-1989", "Interesting Articles – Working with Photoetch", "New Techniques – Making Tarps", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room").

V8-N9 September, 2017 has a number of great articles and techniques. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 09 August, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,  13 September, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles – New Business", "Interesting Articles - Walk Around Websites", "New Techniques – Making Springs", "New Techniques – Finishing Tow Cables", "New Techniques – Wood Grains", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room").

V8-N8 August, 2017 has a couple really big items for discussion during our next meeting. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 12 July, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,  09 August, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles – “Facts about the Battle of FSB Ripcord”", "Interesting Articles - Aftermarket Accessories & Reference Books", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room").

V8-N7 July, 2017 has three (!) member-submitted articles in this issue. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 14 June, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,  12 July, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles – The Glorified “Hot – Glue Gun”", "Interesting Articles - Humidity and Your Model", "Interesting Articles - Book Review: Early US Armor", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room").

V8-N6 June, 2017 has a News Flash! Show Report and lots of nifty Graphs in this issue. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 10 May, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,  14 June, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles – June 2017 AMPS & Flight Deck Show", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room"). [CORRECTED COPY]

V8-N5 May, 2017 is a shorter than usual issue. Hey, the editor had to move to the beach, so he was a little preoccupied the past month. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 12 April, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,  10 May, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles - Book Review: US Army Green Beret in Afghanistan 2001-02", "Interesting Articles - AMPS 2017 International Convention", "Interesting Articles - Modeling Assistance Request", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "Don't forget about the upcoming events to show our support").

V8-N4 April, 2017 is a so-so issue. NOT! (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 8 March, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,  12 April, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles - BlitzScale Magazine", "Interesting Articles - Expansion Contest Announcement", "Interesting Articles - Modeling Assistance Request", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "Don't forget about the upcoming events to show our support").

V8-N3 March, 2017 has some interesting information in it. Really No kidding. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 8 February, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,  08 March, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles - AMPS Atlanta Show Results ", "Interesting Articles - T-34 Group Build", "Interesting Articles - How Toy Model Kits Are Made", "Interesting Articles - Today in Gulf War History: February 24, 1991", "Interesting Articles - Modeling Assistance Request", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room: 12th Issue as Editor").

V8-N2 February, 2017 is another issue with lots of pictures and even talks about a cooking appliance. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 11 January, 2017", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting,     08 February, 2017", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "New Technique - Link to Link Individual Tracks", "Interesting Articles - T-34 Group Build", "Interesting Articles - Six Day War", "Interesting Articles - Club Build Day", "Interesting Articles - Review K4Weathering Product Review", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room: 11th Issue as Editor").

V8-N1 January, 2017 is another issue with lots of pictures and even talks about a cooking appliance. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 14 December, 2016", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting, 11 January, 2017", "UPDATE: NACM Heritage Foundation "Memorial Paver Program" Donation", "Upcoming Events", "2017 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles - T-34 Group Build", "Interesting Articles - MENG vs. DEF Water-slide Zimm Decals", "Interesting Articles - How to Use a Slow Cooker to Dry Figures","The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room: 10th Issue as Editor").

Volume 7, 2016

V7-N9 December, 2016 is so-so issue of model stuff, if you are into that kind of thing. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 9 November, 2016", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting, 14 December, 2016", "NACM Heritage Foundation "Memorial Paver Program" Donation", "Upcoming Events", "2016 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Club Contest - Our Workbenches", "New Techniques - Weld Beads, Part 2 Demonstration", "Interesting Articles - T-34 Group Build", "Interesting Articles - The Tank Goes to War Part III", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room: Wildcats at the NACM Restoration Shop").


V7-N8 November, 2016 is another model-wonderful-packed issue as usual. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 12 October, 2016", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting, 09 November, 2016", "Upcoming Events", "2016 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles - Pinning the Tracks", "Interesting Articles - Weld Beads", "Interesting Articles - T-34 Group Build", "Interesting Articles - The Tank Goes to War Part II", "Interesting Article - Burnishing Metal Tracks", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room: Last Month's Meeting had an Excellent Demonstration")

V7-N7 October, 2016 is a just slightly bigger issue than usual. (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 14 September, 2016", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting, 12 October, 2016", "Upcoming Events", "2016 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "Interesting Articles - In Box Review", "Interesting Articles - T-34 Group Build", "Interesting Articles - Little Willie", "Interesting Article - Club Build Day", "Club "Contest" - Our Workbenches", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room: Don't Forget to send in your favorite techniques you've learned over the years") [CORRECTED COPY]

V7-N6 September, 2016 is, if you can actually believe it, another HUGE issue! (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 10 August, 2016", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting, 14 September, 2016", "Upcoming Events", "2016 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "New Technique - Reusable Paint Pallet", "Interesting Articles - 2016 IPMS/USA National Convention Results", "Interesting Articles - Group Build", "Interesting Articles - Finishing Sequence", "Interesting Article - Gator's Grip Hobby Glue", "Interesting Article - Humor in Modeling", "Interesting Article - What Happens to the Unused Kit Parts", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Classified Ads", and "The Day Room: Don't Forget about the Upcoming Events to show Our Support")

V7-N5 August, 2016 is another BIG issue! (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 13 July, 2016", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting, 10 August 2016", "Upcoming Events", "2016 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "New Technique - Multi Grit Sanding Stick", "New Technique - Inexpensive Display Plaques", "Interesting Articles - AMPS Central South Carolina "Wildcats" T-34 Group Build", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Support Our Local Vendors",and "The Day Room: I need your Favorite Techniques").

V7-N4 July, 2016 is another BIG issue! (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 8 June, 2016", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting, 13 July 2016", "Upcoming Events", "2016 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "The USA Historical AFV Register", "Glues – Why so Many?", "Favorite Technique - Brush Recommendations", "Maus (Mouse)", "Support Our Local Vendors", "Club Build Day, 4 June, 2016", "Recipe for Cheeseburger Sliders", "The South Carolina Military Museum", "Basic Modeling: Mold Seam Profiles", "IPMS Book Review", "Panther vs Sherman Survey Question", and "The Day Room: Join AMPS Now!").

V7-N3 June, 2016 is another HUGE issue! (Contains the articles "Regular Meeting Minutes, 11 May, 2016", "Tentative Agenda, Regular Meeting, 8 June,2016", "Up-coming Events", "2016 New Releases", "Members Build Blogs", "This Month's Tutorial",  "The USA Historical AFV Register", "FSM 2016 AMPS Show Tour Video", "Favorite Technique - Attaching Small Parts", "Support Our Local Vendors", "2016 AMPS International Convention", and "The Day Room: Guess Who?"). [CORRECTED COPY]

V7-N2 May, 2016 is another HUGE issue! (Contains the articles "March Meeting's Minutes", "April Meeting's Minutes", "Next Meeting's Agenda", "Upcoming Events", "New Releases 2016", "Punch and Die Sets", "Members Build Blogs", "This Month's Tutorial",  "Results of IPMS Region 12 Regional Convention and Contest March 19, 2016", "Olive Drab - The Mystery - Demystified or Not", "Why Do We Build Models?", "Favorite Technique", "Support Our Local Vendors", "IPMS Review Corp", "2016 AMPS International Convention", and "The Day Room: A lot has Happened").

V7-N1 Spring, 2016 is HUGE! (Contains the articles "January Meeting's Minutes", "Next Meeting's Agenda", "Upcoming Events", "Special I-Con Committee Polo Shirts", "Atlanta AMPS Regional Show", "A few sample pictures taken at Ft. Benning, GA Museum Restoration Facility", "Dangers of Modeling", "New Releases 2015 – Academy", "Your Favorite Technique", "What's With All The Military Dozer Models Arriving on the Market?", "Members Build Blogs", "This Month's Tutorial", "AMPS National Election", "Support Our Local Vendors", and "The Day Room: Your New Editor").

Volume 6, 2015

V6-N6 August, 2015 (Contains the articles "The Dog Days of Summer", "2015 "Go Trackless" Show Report Links", "July Meeting Minutes", "Club Display: SE Toy Soldier Show, SC State Museum, August 8, 2015", and "The Day Room: Contest Season is Approaching.")

V6-N5 July, 2015 (Contains the articles "Another Successful Regional AMPS Show!", "June Meeting Minutes", "Detailed Statistics for Our Local AMPS Show, 19-20 June, 2015", "AMPS Central South Carolina 2015 “Go Trackless” Show Financial Statement, 23 June 2015", and "The Day Room: Figures Often Beguile Me.")

V6-N4 June, 2015 (Contains the articles "Our Regional Show", "May Meeting Minutes", "Tentative 2016 AMPS International Convention Theme Logos", "Go Trackless AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" Show Schedule", and "The Day Room: We’ve on the Cusp of Our June Show..")

V6-N3 Spring, 2015 (Contains the articles "AMPS 2015 and AMPS 2016 International Shows", "February, March and April Meeting Minutes", "AMPS Central SC Annual Show, 19-20 June, 2015", and "The Day Room: We’ve got alot on our plates for the next year.")

V6-N2 February, 2015 (Contains the articles "We've gone and Won the AMPS 2016 International Convention", "January Meeting Minutes", "AMPS Central SC Intra-Club Contest: Heavy Tanks, 47 Tons & Up", "Low-Country-Convention (Lo-Co-Con) 2015", and "The Day Room: We’re back on the contest, show, exhibition circuit in a big way!")

V6-N1 Winter, 2015 (Contains the articles "Welcome 2015 & Review of 2014", "November & December Meeting Minutes", "AMPS Central SC Annual Show, 19-20 June, 2015", "Bid Status for the AMPS 2016 International Convention", "A Wanted Item" by Tim Darrah, and "The Day Room: Our Upcoming June Show") [CORRECTED COPY]

Volume 5, 2014

V5-N10 November, 2014 (Contains the articles "“One of Those Days”, "October Meeting Minutes", "Tank Movie Reviews" by Tim Darrah, "The Members Only Estate Sale – 25 October, 2014", "Club Invades the “Regal Sandhill Stadium 16 Cinema”!", "Scott Amey Estate Sale Part 2", and "The Day Room: One Crazy Month")

V5-N9 October, 2014 (Contains the articles "Club Members Estate Sale and Swap Meet”, "September Meeting Minutes", "2015 Club Group Build Themes", "Dioramas versus Vignettes: Emotion and Drama", "Members Estate Sale and Swap Meet", and "The Day Room: 
Our Local Show in 2015")

V5-N8 September, 2014 (Contains the articles "In Memoriam - Scott Tobin Amey", "August Meeting Minutes", "Club Donations from Scott Amey’s Family", and "The Day Room: The 2014 AMPS All-American Model Show "Clear Your Mine!" in Fayetteville, NC") 

V5-N7 August, 2014 (Contains the articles "July Meeting Minutes", "Saturday Club Build-day, July 19, 2014 and Toy Soldier Show, August 9, 2014", "A Request for Dave Varettoni", Article "Artist Oil Paint Weathering Techniques", and "The Day Room: 2014 AMPS Fayetteville Model Show in August")

V5-N6 July, 2014 (Contains the articles "June Meeting Minutes", "From Tim Darrah’s Work Bench”, "Inaugural Quarterly Saturday Club Build-day, 19 July, 2014", and "The Day Room: 2014 AMPS Fayetteville Model Show in August") 

V5-N5 June, 2014 (Contains the articles "May Meeting Minutes", "AMPS Central SC Wildcats: “Armor Model Geek Day”" Article, "Washes and “Tide Marks”" Article, and "The Armor Model Geek Day") 

V5-N4 April & May, 2014 (Contains the articles "March Meeting Minutes" and "Any US" Intra-Club Contests Results, "April Meeting Minutes" & 2014 AMPS International Convention "Unofficial" Wildcats' Results, "AMPS Central SC Wildcats: “Armor Model Geek Day”", and "The Day Room: 2016 AMPS International Convention Planning") [CORRECTED COPY]

V5-N3 March, 2014 (Contains the articles "Intra-Club Contests / Group-Builds for 2014" (reprint from V4-N12), "REVIEW: Hobby-Trax Track Assembly Tool", "2014 AMPS International Convention Judges’ Schedule" (abbreviated), and "The Day Room: 2014 AMPS International Convention")

V5-N2 February, 2014 (Contains the articles "AMPS 2014 Best Theme Award Guidance", "An Offer from Member Dave Varettoni", "February 2014 Report by the 2016 Convention Committee", "Airbrush Trouble Shooting – Understanding the Basics of How Your Airbrush Works", and "The Day Room: AMPS National Elections, Lending a Helping Hand at Contests")

V5-N1 January, 2014 (Contains the articles "An Open Letter to AMPS - Our Bid to Host the 2016 AMPS International Convention", "First Report by the 2016 Convention Committee", "What is a Vignette and How Should We Judge It?", and "The Day Room: Personal Styles vs. Judging")

Volume 4, 2013

V4-N12 December, 2013 (Contains the articles "Intra-Club Contests / Group-Builds", "Christmas Party White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules", Decision 2016: A bid to Host the AMPS International Convention", and "What Modeling Tool has made the Biggest Difference in Your Work?")

V4-N11 November, 2013 (Contains the articles "Wildcat Chat Club Forum Information" and "Intra-Club Contests / Group-Builds")

V4-N10 October, 2013 (Contains the article "Proposals for Club Activities in 2014")

V4-N9 September, 2013 (Contains the article "Finish and Weathering: Orthodoxy vs. Artistry - Part 2 "The Tools of the Trade")

V4-N8 August, 2013 (Contains the article "Finish and Weathering: Orthodoxy vs. Artistry - Part 1 "Philosophy")

V4-N7 July, 3013 (Contains detailed statistics for our 2013 Show)

V4-N6 June, 2013 (Contains essay on "The Art of Scale Model-Building")

V4-N5 May, 2013 (Loads of information on the 2013 AMPS International Show and Convention held in Atlanta, GA)

V4-N4 April 2013 (In-box kit review of Amusing Hobbies "Leopard" and photo report on the AMPS 2013 International Show "Poster Party)

V4-N3 March 2013 (Information on AMPS 2013 Rules Revisions and Expanded Table Captains and Assistant Chief Judge Training)

V4-N2 February 2013 (Celtworks T-55 Engine Compartment Review and Feature Article on "Pre-Shading and Scale Lighting")

V4-N1 January 2013 (Contains show theme, special category, and special rules for our July 2013 Contest)

Volume 3, 2012

V3-N11 and 12 were not published.  See V4-N1 for meeting minutes.

V3-N10 October-November 2012 (Contains information about our June, 2013 show)

V3-N9 Spetember-October 2012 (Contains product reviews on: Wolfpack Decals; Sticko Shimmering Silver Dots; Bead Landing Stringing Wire)

V3 Special Edition (Special Contest 2013 Club Membership Decision Paper)

V3-N8 August-September 2012 (Contains complete statistics on our 2012 contest as well as info on our "Support the Troops" efforts and the SE Toy Soldier Show)

V3-N7 July-August 2012

V3-N6 June-July 2012

V3-N5 May-June 2012

V3-N4 April-May 2012

V3-N3 March-April 2012 (Contains a review of Windsor & Newton Gloss and Matt Varnishes)

V3-N2 February-March 2012 (Contains an article about the AMPS National Elections)

V3-N1 January-February 2012 (Contains a Builder's Review Article on the Vulcan Models Vickers Mk VI B Light Tank)

Volume 2, 2011

V2-N12 December 2011-January 2012 (Contains Article on AMPS Display at CAAB Event)

V2-N11 November-December 2011 (Contains Article on Weathering using an Acrylic Tempera Technique)

V2-N10 October-November 2011  (Contains Builder Review of AM-Works WWII German Wehrmacht Insignia Decals and PE Badges)

V2-N9 September-October 2011 (Contains Builder Review of AM-Works US WWII Insignia)

V2-N8 August-September 2011  (Contains our 2011 Contest Statistics)

V2-N7 July-August 2011

V2-N6 June-July 2011

V2-N5 May-June 2011

V2-N4 April-May 2011

V2-N3 March-April 2011

V2-N2, February-March 2011 

V2-N1 January-February 2011

Volume 1, 2010

V1-N1 July-August 2010   (Inuagural Collector's Issue!)

V1-N2 August-September 2010

V1-N3 September-October 2010

V1-N4 October-November 2010

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