Day 3...

And here we are on Friday.  They are calling this the Thin Air Nationals.  Well, Dumb and I drove to the Thinner Air.  A mid day trip up to Rocky Mountian National Park was a great decision.  After driving around up there, and getting out an walking a bit a something probably a little over 9000 feet, even Ken had to admit that as beautiful as the Smokies and Appalachians are, they really kind of look like foothills.'s a link to some more of the pictures I've taken.  Again, this isn't all the models.  And it even isn't all the pictures I've taken.  But I'm having some technology challenges.  Look for more tomorrow.  I doubt I'll get anymore up today.  I've got about 20 minutes until it's time for the judges meeting and then it's off to judging.

Sorry HERE for the pictures link!





Day two of the 2013 Nationals Dumb and Dumber trip

Another great day at a model show.  After initially not thinking that I was too terribly impressed with the vending, I hit the vendors rooms in the morning...I don't know how much I spent, and I don't WANT to know.  Besides, the missus will be more than happy to enlighten me later.  When the CC bill arrives...

As with any nationals, Thursday is when it really starts to happen.  The vendors room(s) fill up.  The model rooms gets crowded (really crowded.  I'll try to get a good overall picture tonight during judging), and more of those good friends you only see once a year show up.  Gil Hodges got here with a huge grin on his face after finding the local Hooters.  Phil Hale made it in with his typical 'Bama hat.  And best of all, getting to meet more great guys.  I'll save you the names, just rest assured it's been a great trip so far.

And now, on to some more pictures.  No, these aren't all the models, they aren't even all the great models, or all the models that caught my eye.  They're just a sampling of what caught my eye on day two:

She does know it's a model show, right?  Ok, quick survey.  How many of you think a self respecting modeler is going to spend money on a gift for SWMBO rather than another model goodie he doesn't really need, and will likely lose somewhere after he puts it into the stash, not that I'd know anything about that!


partial shot of the model room

should be pretty self explanatory. If not, I really can't help you!Right

I've seen this several never ceases to catch my eyefor Petty...the Monogram kit!pardon the flash...but the interior is coolnope...your eyes don't deceive you..two guys built the Valkyrieno smart aleck comment this timeA very nice scratch builld/kitbashand another one...ok...just for funjust a very nice car...

Very cool scratch built drop tank racer!And...finally for today...if this thing isn't the George Lee Judge's Grand, I'll be shocked!  It is 100% scratch built, and it really does look like you could jump right on and start it up.  It is just exquisite.  Has Joe Youngerman said, and I can't disagree, "there's just a level of modeling that I just can't even aspire to."  Amen Joe, Amen!




2013 IPMS USA Nationals

The Dumb (Ken) and Dumber (Mike) road trip.

The first idea that sounded good at the time was to drive. Note to self...20 hours in the car at 50 years old is WAY different than 20 hours in the car at 35 years old. Getting old sucks...and the trip home is REALLY gonna suck!  But oh well, we left Chattanooga at 6pm last night, and 21 hours later we pulled into the convention site at 1pm this afternoon. By this evening we were through all the registration hoops (a seamless and flawless process with pre registration, and had our entries on the tables. A quick pass through the vendors to get a feel for the landscape, a few hours of meeting up with guys we haven't seen for a year, and here are a few highlights of the entries as of about 5:30 this afternoon. 

Mark "The Duke" Deliduka (apologies to The Duke if I mispelled that) and his Magnum Opus Dora Rail Gun in 1/72.  If you aren't familair with Mark, I have three things to say about him.  First, he is a world class nice guy!  Second, he builds only 1/72 scale.  Third, he has more fun just building models than probably anyone else I know.  And fourth (yeah, I know, I said three things, but as noted at the start of this missive...I'm Dumber), he's prolific as all hell.  The rail gun is just one of his 100 entries this year!


Ok, that's all for now.  Highlights from yesterday.  Check back for more later!


A few new things we've tripped across....

From Horton Herrin, a cool look at the Mighty Eigth AF....

And something I tripped over ... a 19 foot wingspan RC B-36 with six pusher engines.  Who ever built and flies this thing has more guts, and money, than I do!

And a RC B-29 big enough it takes two guys with a radio each to fly it!

This RC B-29 has a 30 ft wingspan...and a short career...

And a monster RC B-52...with real jets...

And a different flight of that RC B-52...




Warning, things may be farther back then they appear in your mind...

Sorry folks, in a way it seems like only a couple weeks ago that we wrapped up ModelCon '13 on Saturday evening, and I flew myself and my shorts to Minneapolis on Monday.  And yeah, you do get some odd looks wearing shorts in Minnesota in January.  Go figure.

There's a few new things to check out for now.  Check the galleries page for some show pictures from this year, as well as some pictures of a recent trip to the National Musum of Naval Aviation.

I've uploaded all the newsletters I have to make them current.

And, there's a show flyer for ModelCon '14 on the show page.