Tuesday, September 19, 2006

TIDEWATERCON Region2 Convention October 20-21 - Update

We are about a month away from the Region 2 Convention on October 20th and 21st. Please mark you calendars and plan to attend, this will be a exciting event. Let me elaborate on what is new.
- A FLYOVER by a Fighter Factory warbird. As you may have heard, Jerry Yagen has moved his operational planes to Virginia Beach. He has agreed to a flyby weather, airspace and maintenance permitting. We are optimistic! He is leaning toward either his Spitfire or Yak 3! The event will be sometime Saturday morning and I will send out an email when the time firms up. So plan to get to the show early, you don't want to miss this one!
- We also have a tour of the Fighter Factory operational hangars scheduled for Friday afternoon. There is no charge for this event, but given the late notice there is no bus, we will caravan in private vehicles. The hangars are only 20-30 minutes south. Departure will be 3:00pm from the Virginia Beach Convention Center and we will return by 6:00pm in time for the seminars to start. Included in the collection are a PBY, F4U, Avenger, Sea Fury, Spitfire Mk IX, Hurricane Mk XII, P-51D, P-40E, Stearman, Tigermoth, AD-4 Skyraider, PO-2, I-15 Bis and I-153. There is more info at his website: http://www.fighterfactory.net/ . There is currently no limit on this tour, but if you want to attend please email me by October 13th.
- Speakers - will run from 6:00pm - 9:00pm on Friday and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday. Here are the highlights:
Friday: 6-7pm - National gold winner Joe Koenig on Armor Detailing or Professional modeler Richard Morgan on Modeling from Plan to Plastic
7-8pm - Author Lynn Ritger on the BF-109 (what else!) or Sci-Fi/Fantasy modeler Wes hawkins on Figure Painting
8-9pm - Entrepeneur Dave Klaus "How Meteor does historical Research" or locals Dave Thomas and John Gunther "your field/battle box"
Saturday 9-10 am - Author and Historian Dana Bell on "US Air Force Colors"
10-12 am - CAPT Dana Potts (former CAG) on the Legacy of the F-14
11-12am - Video star Floyd Werner on Modeling Techniques or National Gold Winner Scott Bregi on Working with Future
12-1pm - Noted illustrator and Naval historian David Baker (AD Baker III) on Boat Plans and illustrations
1-2pm - Dave Klaus on SBD Markings or IPMS Web warrior John Ratzenberger on modeling techniques
2-3pm - Andrew Rogers Preparing CAD Files for CNC/Stereolithography Work or David Jacobs Armor Weathering
The schedule may change so check the Region 2 website http://www.ipmstidewater.org/2con_home.htm for updates.
Vendors - Meteor (2 tables of their latest releases), Pace hobbies, Black Box, Cobra Co., Chesapeake Model Design, Nostalgic Plastic, Rare Plane detective, Iron Ship Wright.
Displays - The Elite Fleet RC ships, RC tank batleground, RC Big rigs, and a Monster stretched pickup.
There will be a Raffle both Friday and Saturday with some very nice prizes
Last but not least a contest that promises to bring out some really fine workmanship.
If you plan on attending - please send in your registration to save time and hassle at the door. If you need a hotel the great rate at the Double Tree is good through 20 September, don't wait to get a room.
Trophy Packages - We have too many packages left for sponsorship, almost all at the basic rate of $35 for category 1st, 2nd, 3rd and OOB. We have a few "best of" awards left - Diorama and Space Sci-fi. We would appreciate the assistance of clubs and individuals in trophy sponsorship. At no additional charge to you, we are adding an engraved plate with sponsorship information to each award. But there is a lead time for the engraving so please act now if you want to sponsor an award. Our websites lists the categories still available.
A lot of dedicated people in IPMS Tidewater with help from Hampton Road Scale Modelers and Northern Virginia have put in a lot of time to bring Region 2 and our friends in the surrounding regions an exciting show. This is an event that you do not want to miss! See you in Virginia Beach!
Best regards,
Charles Landrum
President IPMS Tidewater

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