Thursday, August 15, 2013

My favorites, so far

Greetings from day 1 of the IPMS 2013 Nats! Well, it's day 1 for me as I spent the better part of yesterday sightseeing and meeting a new friend for dinner in Boulder. And speaking of Boulder, I found the house used for the exterior shots of the Eighties TV series Mork & Mindy.

I'm feeling a bit under the weather, like I'm on the verge of getting a sinus infection, so I'll keep this short and sweet with a handful of random thoughts about the Nats and some pics of a few of my favorite contest entries so far.

My thoughts:

There are roundabouts leading into the show location. I haven't seen those since I lived in Boston!

Good selection of vendors that should satisfy all but the most picky attendees. The biggest absence, HobbyLink Japan.

Lots of book vendors! I wish I could read French and Russian.

Speaking of books, we modelers spend a helluvalotta time complaining about the prices of models, but books have become quite expensive in their own right!

At the end of the day today, a good number of the tables were filled. Closed-top armor was particularly full.

I bought my first model today not at the Nats, but in an antique shop in nearby Fort Collins.

And now the pictures. Enjoy!

Wingnut Wings 1/32 Gotha G.IV. HFS, what a stunning airplane and model!

Stunning Revell 1/32 He-111.

AMD Laffly 80AM with subtle painting and weathering.

Incredible scratchbuilt USS Langley. I think it's 1/120?

Revell '85 Mustang NASCAR Modified. Perfectly detailed and painted.

CMR 1/72 Sikorsky S-38 with a stunning paint scheme.

Vulcan 1/35 Light Tank Mk VIB, beautifully weathered.

More to come tomorrow, with a Scale Model Soup twist!

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