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Anyone headed to San Marcos for the 2023 Nats?

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Anyone headed to San Marcos for the 2023 Nats?
Posted by gomeral on Thursday, March 16, 2023 9:26 PM

This years IPMS National Convention is not too far from where I grew up, so I've decided I'm going to my inaugural Nats this year.  Anyone else planning on going?  I'm signed up for the Lewis tour and intend on visiting the CAF museum nearby, as well.  Going to make it an aviation-filled couple of days, gawk at models in other categories for inspiration to maybe branch out a bit, maybe even learn a thing or two about these contests and see about volunteering for some in the future.  Would be cool to meet some of the folks I've gotten to "know" here on the forums.

Anyway, who's up for central TX in August?  Can't possibly be worse than Las Vegas...Wink

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, March 17, 2023 9:26 AM

Just too far Sad

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Posted by Real G on Friday, March 17, 2023 12:22 PM

Sadly no.  I would have liked to get some real Texas BBQ.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, March 17, 2023 12:26 PM

I may.  My daughter lives in San Marcos and I'll have my second grand daughter by then.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, March 18, 2023 4:15 AM

Yes I'm going.  My first Nats.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Saturday, March 18, 2023 3:44 PM

I can't make Texas this year ($ and too hot) but I'm definitely going to the Nationals in 2024 when they're in Madison.

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, March 18, 2023 4:07 PM

 Wpwar you will be overwhelmed by what you see, both on the tables and in the vendors area remember to breathe, be fruggle....oh heck GO NUTS!!

    I'm up in the air...may take a road trip, definitly want to plan for Madison in '24 however.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, March 18, 2023 6:08 PM

As Soon:

      When I get more info, I probably will. Only as an observer and maybe a vendor customer. I only live 37 miles away. Believe it or not, I have NEVER been to a NATS!

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Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, March 18, 2023 8:49 PM

armornut

 Wpwar you will be overwhelmed by what you see, both on the tables and in the vendors area remember to breathe, be fruggle....oh heck GO NUTS!!

    I'm up in the air...may take a road trip, definitly want to plan for Madison in '24 however.

 

I'm excited.  I have a buddy in San Antonio that I will also visit.  Several guys from my club are going including the Modelgeeks podcast guys.  It's going to be fun hanging with them.  Im hoping to meet some of the characters on this site too.  Trust me.  I will go nuts.  

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Posted by gomeral on Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:23 AM

Since this will be my first national convention, I'm going to follow Armornut's advice and go nuts. Told my wife I was going to pack my bag inside another bag so I had room to bring stuff back. :) I'm definitely renting a vehicle while there because my folks are still in S.A., plus I need to go shopping for another pair of boots, mine are quite worn! (You can take the boy out of TX, but....) So, if we can get a crew together from here, I'm happy to drive for BBQ, either to take folks or to bring back.

I'm looking forward to the trip, since I haven't had a chance to get home to see my folks for years and I'm especially excited to get to the CAF museum. As a kid, one of my neighbors was with on the crew of the Yellow Rose back when she was in Hondo, so I got to go to visit it on the weekends and hand-crank oil into the engines while the old guys stood around and did some 'hangar flying'. You can imagine what it was like for a 13-yo to get to crawl all over a B-25J unsupervised! My hope is to connect with the CenTex wing ahead of time and make arrangements to visit her again and take a lot of photos to document her markings so I can make up some decals. That's been high on my list of model to-dos and is starting to look like a possibility!

@Wpwar11, looking forward to meeting you there, and TB, I hope I get to meet you, too! @RealG, I'll have to look at shipping some BBQ so you can be there in spirit. :)

 

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:40 AM

  I'm strongly considering driving down myself, great fun in meeting folks plus a good excuse to buy models....just can't leave without a few momentos LOL. Will keep y'all posted as to my final disposition, gotta convince wife it is in my best interest and health to attend.

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Posted by EdGrune on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 2:20 PM

I have to.   I'm the Head Ship Judge.  My job is mostly herding cats and if I don't make it there will be a bunch of cats left un-herded

Besides it is only 3 to 4 hours away.

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Posted by Space Ranger on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 11:27 AM

I'll be there. Like Ed, I'm only a few hours away, and I haven't been to one in years.

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Posted by armornut on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 12:51 PM

 Flight, car, and room booked. See y'all there.

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Posted by gomeral on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 1:42 PM

Woohoo!

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Posted by armornut on Friday, March 24, 2023 9:40 AM

  The more I think about it the more excited I get. Vegas was so cool, meeting people from here, yea it was hot, COVID, and I was early in my recovery...bit of a vodkaholic...so my body wasn't up to the task. This time my body is still broke but better so strolling around should be easier.

   I would love to put a face to the names I have met here, met GREAT folks in Vegas and would truly enjoy growing my list of " friends".

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Posted by Real G on Friday, March 24, 2023 12:24 PM

Armornut,

Looks like you are the "Mob" veteran, so please continue to get the FSM guys together for a meet-n-greet.  I had an awesome time getting to hang out with the other forum members in Vegas.  Make sure that what happened in Vegas gets EVERYWHERE.  Big Smile

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Posted by armornut on Friday, March 24, 2023 3:31 PM

I'll do my best to make them offers they can't refuse.

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Posted by gomeral on Friday, March 24, 2023 4:20 PM

armornut
I'll do my best to make them offers they can't refuse.

Sold!

Glad to see others looking to do the same; I'm the newbie here but would love to meet folks and put faces to names, etc. 

I also hinted at a visit to the CAF museum in San Marcos, that's now definite, as I've received approval for a climb-all-over-and-document visit for the Yellow Rose.  I haven't quite determined my travel dates, but once those are set, I'll pick a date and let folks know, if anyone is interested in joining me.

Side note: As a kid growing up in San Antonio, I had a neighbor that was with the CAF who used to take me down to Hondo to visit the Rose when they were doing maintenance work on her.  As payment for getting to crawl all over her, I got to hand-crank oil into the engines while the gentlemen smoked outside...  Anyway, I'm hoping to get enough detail/photos to create and print custom decals and make my own miniature version of her, so this is turning into a heck of a week for me!

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Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, March 24, 2023 5:40 PM

Made room reservations a couple months ago.  Just booked flight.  

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Posted by Bigb123 on Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:17 PM

I have my car and room booked.  Just need to get my plane ticket.  And make sure I don't have to work that week Sad

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, March 26, 2023 8:19 AM

  Bigb, this is your perdonal physician, you have a terminal case of " GottagettotheNatsitus" very severe...only treatment is to be in the middle of Texas from August 2nd to August 5th 2023. As your prescribing doctor my recomendation is to leave a few days before and return a few days after.

    Side effects of NOT receiving treatment will be, depression, self pity, lowered production at work, poor communication, more self pity.

     Other side effects if treatment is received, joy, permagrin, overwelming satisfaction, lowered production at work, and a sense of personal achievement.

    Pass this on to your superior and let him know the FSM Mob now has his number LOL. We will be expecting you.

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, March 26, 2023 12:05 PM

Warning:  Attending the Nats for the first time may cause low wallet pressure.  Be sure your wallet is healthy enough to for the vendor's room before going.  Wink

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, March 26, 2023 12:18 PM

  I must second what RealG stated...I know from experience and will be well prepared for this temptation.

    I might also suggest a list of things you want to find...this will insure complete examination of all available items and provide many many opportunities for " MAD SPENDING."

    Side bar for first timers, while I had no problem using debit/ credit card in Vegas, access to cash or ATM is advised. Also if you bank as I do LET YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTE know you are out of your normal spending areas....my card was blocked and I spent an hour proving I was infact in Vegas using my card.

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Posted by Bigb123 on Monday, March 27, 2023 8:42 PM

armornut

  Bigb, this is your perdonal physician, you have a terminal case of " GottagettotheNatsitus" very severe...only treatment is to be in the middle of Texas from August 2nd to August 5th 2023. As your prescribing doctor my recomendation is to leave a few days before and return a few days after.

    Side effects of NOT receiving treatment will be, depression, self pity, lowered production at work, poor communication, more self pity.

     Other side effects if treatment is received, joy, permagrin, overwelming satisfaction, lowered production at work, and a sense of personal achievement.

    Pass this on to your superior and let him know the FSM Mob now has his number LOL. We will be expecting you.

 

 

I do need treatment. And, you bet I am passing this on to my boss!  Thanks you all!

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Posted by armornut on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 8:22 AM

  RIGHT ON BIGBBig Smile, while the event is a few months away it might be prudent to start figuring out a face to face meeting for those interested. On site? Off site, lunch, dinner? 

    Be advised that there is no obligation to meet however at the same time don't be shy. I met some of the coolest people that I still talk to today...and look forward to spending time with again....Real G...ya gonna make Madison in 24?

    I think the PM function works here again or we can create a thread purly to inform the herd of cats err I mean new mob members where to link up.

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Posted by gomeral on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 11:57 AM

Well, I haven't been back home in years, but as I understand it, both San Marcos BBQ and Hays County BBQ are very good and both are about a mile north of the convention.  Also, there's usually a free "evening reception" at the Embassy that we could use for meet-up and then head from there to wherever we decide.  And as excited as I am, we clearly don't need to decide that today.  Big Smile

As mentioned earlier, I'll have a vehicle, so I can either drive some folks that need it or volunteer to bring back stuff if that's the preferred option.  It's an Embassy Suites, so they'll have a breakfast area that we can probably sit in to eat takeaway.

As an aside, anyone else signing up for the Lewis tour on Friday morning?  I'm going, so I'll be out until after lunch on Friday.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 12:36 PM

Armornut,

I'll be out of the Nats circuit for a little bit.  But as the Terminator said "I'll be back." Stick out tongue

You guys get together and have a great time!  Yes

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Posted by armornut on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 4:54 PM

   You will be missed Neal, not sure I'm gonna pull off a last minute paint job in the parking garage...but we can hopeSurprise

   Gomarel, you are correct today is way to early. I just wanted to put it out there as much as  a PSA as a memory jogger....the only thing I jog anymore...and rarely LOLBig Smile

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Posted by EdGrune on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 7:03 PM

gomeral

Well, I haven't been back home in years, but as I understand it, both San Marcos BBQ and Hays County BBQ are very good and both are about a mile north of the convention.  

There's also a Black's BBQ in downtown San Marcos.   Blacks is one of the three long standing families of Lockhart BBQ (Black's, Smitty's, and Kreuz).  Lockhart itself isn't too far away for a great introduction to Texas BBQ.   No trip to the area is complete without some smoked meat.  

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