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Anyone headed to San Marcos for the 2023 Nats?

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  • Member since
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  • From: Apex, NC
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

 

daniel

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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.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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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.

TJS

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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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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
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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  • From: Maryland
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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  • From: Apex, NC
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. :)

 

d

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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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