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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Next month's IPMS-Seattle Spring Show

Sorry to have dropped off the face of the earth temporarily. There has been a nasty cold/flu/bronchitis going around the family the last couple of weeks that well and truly knocked me for a loop. But I am currently in an upright position, so all should be well.

Nothing has been moving on the production line either, so in lieu of a construction report, let me give you some information on the upcoming IPMS-Seattle Spring Show, to be held on Saturday, 4-12-2014. This is club's major annual show, and it tends to be a good one. I'm told it is the largest show north of San Francisco and probably east of Chicago. There are usually around 700 models on display, both for competition and in display-only areas.

Vendors are arranged around the outside of the large display room (two gymnasiums side by side). Some are professional, some just fellows reducing the stash, but there are always interesting things on sale. I'll even be out there doing some creative stash reduction myself.
Each year I take photos of all the 1:72 entries and list them in my Photobucket account, but of course there are entries in all scales, formats, and subjects. We seem to have done especially well in 1:32 and naval subjects in years past, but be aware there is no way to predict the distribution. It's just potluck for whatever shows up on the day.

It will be held, as it has been for the last few years, at the Renton Community Center near the intersection of I-405 and Hwy 167 in Renton. It's a nice facility, but our show does tend to overwhelm the available parking, so getting there early is a wise choice unless your feet are looking for a workout. As I noted, we occupy two full gymnasiums so there is enough room for all.

Here is the link for further information: Spring Show

The fee is $10 for unlimited model entries ($5 for juniors) and $5 for spectators only. The floor opens at 9am, registration ends at noon, and awards usually are distributed around 3 or 4. It is a fun day for all. Hopefully some of you can make it; I hope to see you there! 

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