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Train Show-What? Ships again?

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Train Show-What? Ships again?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, April 11, 2022 8:45 AM

Hi Everyone.

     Our Spring Train Show( The main Event for NBMRRC and Museum!) Was a fair dinkum event. Everyone left with something. Vendors were very happy and most everyone was way more relaxed than our October event.

       The Title? Well it's funny you should ask. It seems that though I am president and Board Chairman of both the train Modeling Club and the Museum here, I have an unusual habit.

        Somehow, no matter where the Train Show event is. If I go to one I always come home with Ships! What's with that? Who knows.I seem to find rare kits and convertible Toy Boats( I buy these for yacht Hulls) at Train shows. Rare Car models too.

          Imagine My surprise this time when I met a new Vendor! he promotes and Runs a Comicon. A yearly respected event. He was there and - he had some Gundam Robots I have looking for for some years now .Why? The brainless Build fun and " Cuteness" factor.

       Then I turn around in the Aisle and there's one of our members standing behind me holding out Revell's version of the Olympia! I couldn't say no! My question is this, I know, no one has the answer to this. Why do the rare ships I am looking for show up at Train Shows?

        This applies to friends finding those rare Car kits too. Is a conspiracy of rarity coupled with more relaxed situation making this happen? Who knows? But it is all great. If you belong to a group or not.Support your local all types,Why? You might run across old friends and older models.


  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Monday, April 11, 2022 1:09 PM

Many model railroad catalogs have model ships in them.  Model railroad layouts are modeling transportation systems.  Cargo must arrive at a site within the layout area and much of it may leave that area.  Some model railroaders like to include such sources or destinations for exchanging freight at some sort of terminal.  As a result they may include some intermodal terminal.  If it is a ship to railroad terminal, it may look nice to see a ship or two in port. Problem is, the layout size may limit the size of the ship!  Some of these ships are correct in width and height but shortened in length.  Also, some catalogs may include stuff to build an aircraft freight terminal (or part of).

I suppose some day soon some catalog may include stuff for a spaceport :-)


  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 11, 2022 8:21 PM

Well, you never know what will show up. I picked up four 1/48th Hasegawa Japanese Navy Zero kits years ago at a car show.  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, April 28, 2022 8:03 AM


     That's what I was getting at . The idea of going to say a Model Car specific show and walking out with not one but four yacht models is indeed strange. I went to a Model Armor gathering with my Adopted son( Humper Beam) some years back, and came out with a boat and another Buick RIVIERA to add to my collection of them.

 Our last Train Show was a success, but model Cars and Planes walked out the doors as fast as folks got in the main Vendors area. Went to a BOOK signing some years back, Got to meet the Auther( Clive Cussler) and walked away with a model by Revell of the Calypso, And my signed Book!

 A friend was telling me that he went to a LEGO event in Chicago and came home with three Gundam kits from a Vendor there. Strange what you find at even product specific shows, Isn't it?


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