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2019 IPMS Blizzcon, Regional Model Contest

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2019 IPMS Blizzcon, Regional Model Contest
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 5:33 PM

Well I did it,.... I finally attended an IPMS model contest again. Being the first model contest that I've attended in over 10 years, I was excited to see how the hobby has evolved. 

I should step back and first say that my trip to the contest started 2 weeks prior to the event. I am in the process of remodeling my basement and made a decision to sell about 1/4 or more of my hobby stash. My wife said I should just throw them out as I will never make any money on them, adding that it would not be worth the effort. I thought I would never know unless I try, so I reached out to the IMPS Eddie Rickenbacker point of contact to secure one of the 3x8 foot tables. I was very lucky that I was able to get one of the two remaining tables.

Though always being a car modeler, I had plenty of armor and aircraft in my stash too. So, prior to the event I began separating which kits I was parting with, building a spreadsheet with prices, packing boxes, etc.. The selected models totalled around 130 kits of every brand, scale, and modeling subject with a regular new retail value just under $1,750. Many were vintage kits and no longer in production while some were re-released kits as well as newer kits; here are some of them: 

In the meantime, I decided to compete in the contest portion of the show and selected seven models to bring. So now I was selecting and packing unbuilts to sell while simultaneously picking and packing kits to show. Part of the competition requires the modeler to select what class (subject and scale) my kits were to compete in. 

Next was to prepare ahead of time the entry sheet for each kit (a word fillable soft copy was available on the contest web site). I am really not expecting to win anything but rather show my skills and perhaps develop new friends and learn something from them in the process.

So, here I was picking models to sell, packing, creating spreadsheets and pricing the kits. While taking some breaks I was working on selecting the kits to enter, writing the entry sheets which also require a narrative explaining what I did to the entry out of the box, special modifications, features, etc. And lastly figuring how to pack and transport those kits on an hour drive to the show without damaging them. Nobody ever said that competitive modeling is easy (or cheap). 

The night before the IPMS Model show in Columbus, Ohio; my son, Jarrod (special needs) insisted he go with me to the show and vendor table. Considering he is a fulltime wheelchair rider, I had to change my travel plans to both accomodate Jarrod and his home health aide, Danyelle, as well as the contest kits, and the inventory to sell. 

The morning came early (0600) as we had to get everyone up and ready. The reason for the early wake-up was to be there to set-up in the vendor area before it opens. Being pro-active, I loaded my boxes of kits to sell and the larger individual boxes the night before in our family wheelchair van. I loaded my contest entries last as at 7:30 we were heading out the door (Danyelle, Jarrod, and I). 

Once on the road, we stopped at a fast food drive through for breakfast and headed to downtown Columbus. Being I had never been to this venue I found that my phones GPS worked perfectly and got us there with no drama. The show was in a school with the vendor area in a large gym and the contest section in a joint cafeteria / auditorium. 

When I rented the table two weeks earlier, they instructed me to park by the east entrance of the complex as it was reserved for vendor access to move inventory from our cars to our tables, it was also handicapped accessible. Everything was clearly marked as far as the venue, where to park, the various areas of the show, etc. Walking in we were greeted by IPMS members who gave us our vendor badges and assisted us with unloading and transporting our kits (that was a nice and unexpected service). 

Here it is, 08:30 in the morning, unpacking my items for sale and breaking them down by subject and price points on the vendor table. Right away I found out that Danyelle and Jarrod were my greatest assets. I could not unpack fast enough before people were surrounding my table and buying kits (so much for that waste of time). If it was not for them doing the selling while I was finishing the unpacking, I most likely would've lost out on many of my large volume sales. The vendor area was supose to open at 09:00 but it was busy when we entered the building at 08:30, so by 09:00 half of my inventory was sold. Once my sale models were displayed I entrusted Danyelle and Jarrod to manage remaining sales at the vendor table (which they enjoyed very, very much). 

The contest area opened at 09:00. This allowed me time to go to the contest registration desk, pay my $15.00 to enter 5 or more kits, and then bring my kits from the van to the contest area. The contest area was clearly marked and the classes or categories well defined. There were 11 categories for youth and teens and 7 main categories with 58 sub-categories accross those 7 for all adults. Basically, they had a category and space for any kind of model anyone would want to bring. They did not have it divided into skill levels such as novice, adult, and master class; instead it was one (adult/master) class with 7 main and 58 sub-categories. 

I set my contest entries up and immediately began walking around the contest display to get some photos. Since I was early, I found that I had to go back into the contest area later to ensure I got photos of many of the wonderful builds before 12:00, when it was closed for the judging.

Throughout this cycle of running around between my vendor table and the contest area I was met by many friends (new and old) from the modeling community. It was really nice to see them again to catch up on not only modeling, but life in general. I also ran into my daughter-in-laws dad, Dennis, whom I did not even know had any interest in scale modeling. In just about any area of the show I could locate someone I knew and that was very refreshing. I also found several former employees and co-workers from where I retired. Heck, I did not even know they were scale modelers either. This whole interaction with these P-E-O-P-L-E made the show a huge success for me; I enjoyed thier time immensely.... Outside of the time with my son, this was the highlight of the show.

During my final trip for photos i could see that every table and category was well represented with quality builds, every one of them a potential winner. Now it was time to go back to the vendor table and see how my two sellers were doing.

When I got to my table I saw that between Jarrod and Danyelle they sold over half of the remaining inventory using the prices on my spreadsheet. They both indicated they were still having lots of fun so I stepped out to get them lunch and drinks. 

When I returned I was still taking photos of the event to include the vendor area, now a little less crowded as people went to lunch:

There were raffle tables where anyone could buy tickets that would enter them into drawings pulled every hour for new models, hobby products, etc; and a silent auction area where anyone could write in thier bids to buy various built kits (nicely done) of most any modeling subject.

Before I knew it my table was down to just under 20 kits. In the end I kept a couple, gave away a couple to friends, and then donated the remaining 15-19 to the IPMS chapter for future give aways / raffles / and veterans donations. Once again, I was so please with Danyelle and Jarrod's efforts I rewarded them with a nice cut from the sales.

When the show was over and the awards were handed out I got two first place awards, one second, and one best German vehicle overall show award. 

Another nice thing about selling what you brought to the show is that you dont have anything to re-pack into the van except the built contest kits. I have close to 70 photos of contest entrants that I am going to add in separate replies to this thread. 

The trip home consisted of a traffic jam

and a very nice dinner with my son and Danyelle.

As I mentioned up front, there was a decision of selling, or disgarding part of my stash. My decision to sell them versus toss them earned the three of us $1,208.00 . That is also much better than selling them in bulk to an on-line buyer. They were only offering $400.00 and I had to pay for the shipping. Danyelle got $200, Jarrod $200, so everyone was very happy and full from dinner. 

I cannot state how enjoyable it was to see many old friends, make new ones, and just fellowship with fellow modelers in general. If you have not taken the time to attend a ligitimate IPMS or other sanctioned modeling event, I suggest you give it a try. There are many options there for showing, buying, bidding, or entering raffels. You may even find you have more friends there than you would've thought, even new ones.... Overall, it was a very nice ending to a really enjoyable day. 

Contest entriy photos in the next posting....

v/r,

Ben

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 6:45 PM

Here are some of the military / armor kits in the contest:

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 6:49 PM

One of the categories not often covered in contest photos, figures:

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 6:54 PM

Car/ civilian wheeled vehicles, all types:

 

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 6:57 PM

Space and Sci-fi kits:

I should've taken more....

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 6:59 PM

And now, all aircraft types:

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:06 PM

A couple ship / naval kits:

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:06 PM

Ben,

Thank you for sharing your ecperience with us!  It is great that you got to share it with your son AND you liquidated some of the stash.  Oh yeah, and congratulations for pulling down THREE awards!  Well done all around!

Nice contest photos!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:11 PM

I hope between my story and the photos I might encourage some of you to go to a modeling event near you sometime soon. 

A special thanks to all participants who approved of me taking photos of thier contest entries. Thanks to the Columbus IPMS chapter for thier both kind and professional attention during the entire event. 

Now go build something.....

v/r,

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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    April 2019
  • From: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:44 AM

Big Smile 

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Friday, February 28, 2020 2:27 PM

Ben,

Glad you had an enjoyable event and even made some money!  I bet no one even commented on the Kubelwagen's tires!  Big Smile

Thanks for the write-up and hope to see more from you in the future.

Gary 

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    February 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, March 2, 2020 2:37 PM

Hi Ben,

So happy to hear you had a great time. This is my "home" show (I love in Cleveland now, but spent the first 23 years of my life in Columbus), and I always remember great models on the tables, nice organization, and a well attended (and stocked!) vendor area. it used to be at a little larger venue, but that one got torn down. 

Now I attend a show on the east side of Cleveland where I live, and it's a little smaller than the Columbus show, but still fun to attend (and buy things!!!)

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    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:57 AM

Your right, it use to be near Easton in the Shriners Temple which is a larger venue. Prior to that it was done at Capitol University's Student Union. I do think the current venue and the Shriner's are just about the same size. 

Perhaps next year you can stop down at the Columbus show?

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, March 6, 2020 12:49 PM

Hey Ben saw you there! Glad it was a great time. Congrats as well on the win. As luck would have I snapped a pic of your build as well Big Smile

In the pattern: King George V (back on the bench) - the Tamiya 1/350th version, and a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:36 PM

Oho!

     What a wonderful story about Family doing the show! Your pictures started out with a kit my Son found last year for my Seventy Sixth birthday! Yes, it's being built as I write this. Drying time from glueing parts last night. The last show I have attended was three years after my Second wife's passing.

 It was no where as near the fun level I had with her selling and me roaming. We had a 3/4 ton Chevy ( older) Window Van. Filled it to the roof with kits. Came home with half a box of new plus the models I entered .$2,650.00 for the show. She got that new Bracelet she wanted. She talked about that show like a kid in a candy store!

     Oh, by the way Ben. The F-100 on display is a twin to the one that got me the Gold Medal in the Veteran's National Craft show sponsored by the V.A.. The only difference probably is mine was all foil chromed for the Natural metal finish. 

      Thanks for all the wonderful pics and the story. 

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