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Another question from a first timer
Posted by Billmc on Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:22 PM

So i have been trying to get a idea of what i am looking at experience wise, at this years Nationals in the land of the sun. Here is a few, please chime in on anything i have look past. 

Day to day routine in genreal, like when things open up?, shut down?. Whats the atmosphere like, is there enough going on everyday to keep you busy?, seminar schedule?, are they the the same everyday

My golfclubs wanted to come, is there enough time in to play a round or two??.

i am a planner or like to try so a littile info a head of time would be great!

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:29 AM

I have not been overly impressed with the Phoenix website.   There are holes and slow upadtes regarding schedules, vendor list, etc.

How excited are you to play golf in Phoenix?

WAG schedule based on past performance:

Wednesday noonish - Opens and rush to vendor room to find the best deal on new items.  Vendor room open utnil about 6 pm.  Contest room may be open later

Thursday:  Opens 9am to 6pm?  Contest room open later?  Is the Pima Air Museum scheduled for this day?   Is this in your list of things to do?   Seminars?  Bar and socialize dinner and later.  Diamondbacks baseball game?

Friday:   Opens 9 to 6pm.   Seminars?  Judging at night.  Are you planning on judging?   Not judged before, take the What Judges Look For seminar.   Plan on eating before because they do not feed the judges.  If not, bar, dinner and socialize.  Diamondback baseball game?

Saturday:  Opens at 9am - about 2pm is the vendor feeding frenzy.  Vendors make deals so they dont have to carry stuff home.   Raffles drawn.  Vendors begin to break down and pack, mostly gone by 4.    Banquet this evening with social hour before.  Pretty much over by midnight.

Early morning tee time to be done by noon,  ok maybe a plan.  Later tee time, what are your goals?   There is often enough to keep you busy and inside in the A/C for the duration  of the show.

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  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:57 AM

Billmc

So i have been trying to get a idea of what i am looking at experience wise, at this years Nationals in the land of the sun. Here is a few, please chime in on anything i have look past. 

Day to day routine in genreal, like when things open up?, shut down?. Whats the atmosphere like, is there enough going on everyday to keep you busy?, seminar schedule?, are they the the same everyday

My golfclubs wanted to come, is there enough time in to play a round or two??.

i am a planner or like to try so a littile info a head of time would be great!

 

 
Of course you have time for golf.  The event runs three days. 
 
I went to my first national show last year in Omaha.  It was just like your local show only much, much larger and facility it is hosted in is petty nice.    The models on display were awesome and diverse in their topics.  Everything is done the same way as the  local show but this one goes on for three days and their are different side events you can attend and one night they have a dinner with a guess speaker.
 
It was a really nice experience and I would go again if I can swing the time off.  I hope San Antonio host one some day.  I won't be able to attend the Phoenix event this year as my work schedule won't allow it.
 
Mark
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Posted by docidle on Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:42 AM

If you plan on playing golf, it is best to go in the early morning. During August, the temps usually hover around 111 to 120 with 3pm being the hottest time of the day. Just make sure you have plenty of water.

Steve

       

 

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:04 AM

Wear a hat!  And max out on the SPF in your sunscreen.

The last time I was there it was 113 degrees, and it was hot enough!  I don't like scorching heat, and swore I'd never go back.  But the mesas were beautiful.  And a buddy of mine convinced me to attend the Nats again (this is going to be #3 at Phoenix for me).  I guess I'm a slow learner.  I'm staying indoors though!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:24 AM

That is crazy heat numbers and one of the reasons I'm not going. When we had it here in Orlando in 2012 it was a fabulous experienece specially when you win a couple of trophies.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, May 26, 2018 3:35 AM

Orlando's weather absolutely kicked my butt!  Excruciating heat and humidity both in the 90 percentiles was about all I think I could take.  After returning home, I swore to never complain about the weather here in Hawaii.  Our worst day is Little League compared to Florida!  Yeah we have volcanic activity, but it is confined to the Big Island.

I did enjoy the fearsome looking thunderheads as I was flying in to Orlando though.  I never saw such immense weather formations with lightning arcing crazily inside.  When I was at Phoenix in 2004, I remember waking up and looking out the window and seeing black rain coming down with a wedge shaped leading edge, slowly crossing the desert.  That was pretty cool too.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:59 AM

G

You came during the worst month for heat being August with that pesty humidity you can cut with a knife.

July starts things and by September/October the heat diminishes. It's even worse down in South Florida where I grew up. 

At least here in Central Florida we can experience some frosty mornings in January thru March. We had about 5 mornings where the temp got down to 29. The frost burned a few of my Areca Palms out by the pool but they seem to be slowly recovering.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by Billmc on Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:52 PM

Thanks Mark, sorry you will not be able to attend. I will very much play a round and loval sites and still get a lot of time a the convention. Thanks

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Posted by Ish47guy on Sunday, May 27, 2018 1:21 AM

The 2012 Orlando Nats was my second time at a National, and my-home-away-from-home nats since I have immideiate family in the area.  I realized how well a 50mm lens coupled with a dual flash unit would work in getting great photos.  The Tuskeegee/Red Tail dio did it for me, as I was wearing one of my Tuskeegee shirts. 

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:38 AM

Ish47guy

The 2012 Orlando Nats was my second time at a National, and my-home-away-from-home nats since I have immideiate family in the area.  I realized how well a 50mm lens coupled with a dual flash unit would work in getting great photos.  The Tuskeegee/Red Tail dio did it for me, as I was wearing one of my Tuskeegee shirts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was one VERY fantastic looking display. I stood there looking at all the details for a good 20 minutes.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by laskdjn on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:35 PM

Wrong thread, wish you could delete

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Posted by Billmc on Friday, June 29, 2018 5:42 PM

So I am wondering about the awards Banquet Dinnier at the Nationals?.  Is there a dead line for buying the tickets?, do they sell out quick or is it something we can wait until we get down there?

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