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  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
OOOH ! What a great Trophy or Plaque
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 7:45 AM

How often have you heard that ? Well , I have about seventy total for fifty five years of competing. Ya know what , they collect dust ! 

 I don't really care about more of them either . I have a National Gold Medal and Silver medal  from the V.A. National Creative Arts competition .Those and the Thank You Plaque from the City of San Francisco , Mean more to me .

 Why ? Well lets just say , being able to share my abilities with any modeler that asks means ten times more to me , than what one trophy or plaque will !

 It's nice to get them for sure . But A modeler saying Thank You means more ! 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 9:58 AM

I dislike plaques. Most of them are stacked somewhere in a box in the basement. I do like the gold/silver/bronze medal that comes in the little clear case with a blue bottom. I set the medal next to the kit in the display case. They are probably cheaper than plaques and take up less space.

I have seen some awesome looking model trophies; normally a "best of" or special theme award for the show. Never won one though.

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 10:03 AM
I have never entered a competion,and probably never will,but I would enjoy getting a plaque or trophy at least once.

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 10:59 AM

What did you get the plaque from City hall for?

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 7:44 AM

Hi " G " 

 When the Cape Mohican Oil Spill inundated the bay and coast north The Companies called out were Clean bay ( Stationed in Concord , C.A. and other close ports . ) Clean Seas .( Homeport Ventura Ca. ) And marine Pollution Control , Inc ( Martinez .Ca.) We all worked to clean the harbor and it's environs .The Two lead companies shut down at Dusk. We ( Marine Pollution Control ) kept going 24-7 even under spotlights . Till all we could get out of Marinas and Anchorages were clear and clean of oil .

 This is what caused the response I mentioned . That was a hard week , but darned well worth it . 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 12:09 PM

Tojo72
I have never entered a competion,and probably never will,but I would enjoy getting a plaque or trophy at least once.

As I've often stated, if no one entered models in a show, there'd be no shows.

I entered when I was young, not in an attempt to win anything, but just to show off my work and I even got some excellent advice and pointers from a couple of guys when I was a kid in college. A couple of times, our university student center was the venue for a Long Island model show. I loved the vendor tables!

I knew nothing about clubs or shows, saw the flyer and brought a few kits I had built in my dorm room. Hand painted, tube glued, just OOB kits. Never won a thing, but had fun looking at awesome work that was light years beyond what I built, but I didn't feel intimidated.

Fast forward into the mid 90s, I attend a couple shows in Huntsville when I was stationed there. Didn't enter anything, but observed how things went. Also attended a few shows when I was stationed in New Jersey, but again didn't enter anything.

It wasn't until I moved to Massachusetts in 2001 that I started entering shows. I was surprised to win, glad to receive recognition and had fun. I mainly built 1/72 scale armor, but it was a VW Beetle that won me my first first place award, and another in ships (LCM3).

Bottom line, you won't know until you try. Even if you don't win, didn't expect to with my car and boat, but I was proud of my achievement.

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 12:59 PM

My early inspiration was models on display in Hobby Shops. Those seemed like a skill beyond anything I could ever achieve.

Tanks, I was living in Tiburon at the time of the spill. Yes that was really a bad one.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, May 03, 2018 12:40 AM

GMorrison

My early inspiration was models on display in Hobby Shops. Those seemed like a skill beyond anything I could ever achieve.

 

My neighborhood friend who was a couple years older than me had an older brother several years older than he was. That young man had model kits that were so awe inspiring to me at the time. Neatly done, details painted in silver, black, etc., were light years ahead of what I could build at the time.

I always wondered why he wouldn't let us play with his Renwal armor kits; they were designed with working features and would have been so awesome in our green army men battles!

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, May 03, 2018 7:08 AM

Hi " G " 

 Yes it was .The weather almost cost us a boat . After a  " Hang - Roll " at almost 30 Degrees we were glad to get to the protection the Bay Bridge supports afforded . Our wheelhouse interior was wrecked and a boom broke loose .

 We sorted things out and started sweeping with one boom in the morning . Being LCM6 units we couldn't go outside the gate the previous night and chase oil . We would've rolled over in that mess !

 Clean bay had boats that could , But didn't .The weather kept any action suspended till next morning . . Any sea over four feet will defeat the Skim Boom Floats anyway .. Busiest seven days I had been through in a while . Man , was I tired !

 What surprised me was the source of the spill ! The Cape Mohican had oil in her Ballasting system for long range movement during the " Storm " The workmen didn't obviously know what a red flagged valve meant . But two hours BEFORE anyone saw anything ? 

 Talk about the proof , if you can't read or speak english , stay away from that kind of job .! Millions spent for what ? Because someone couldn't read a Lock OutTag ?

 Thankfully  , no one got injured on that mission . The poor guys on a tanker at Anchorage nine .( Visible from the bridge ) had to stay aboard all week ! No offloading till the Bay was clean !

 Hey " G " did you ever get to the Bethel Island Bash ? A Street Party and Custom Bike and Car show all week long . If So you might've spoken to me and not realized it . I was manning the Lion's Club Beer venue !

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