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Who's planning on going to the 21 Nats in Vegas this year?

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Who's planning on going to the 21 Nats in Vegas this year?
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:49 AM

I was just wondering who was planning on going the Nat’s this year in Vegas. I know the Covid thing, but what if it was waning and Nevada opened up completely, would you go?

Of course, many of you know I have a few that I want to take down, but if I don't go to this one, I fear I may not get another chance at the Nationals again.

I would enjoy meeting some of you and maybe a group of us could go out to dinner or something.
My wife will be coming and I'm planning on staying pretty close to the venue with the exception of a drive the dam or some other site of interest. I've been to Vegas several times while driving a truck and personally don't care much for the city and it's nightlife myself, but the sites outside of town are nice.
Assuming I can finish it in time, I am bring the Akagi, Oliver Hazard Perry and modern Karishma. I may bring a plane and a Star Wars build as well but ships are my strong suit.

Who else is planning on going in Aug?

Steve

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Posted by wpwar11 on Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:37 PM

I plan on going.  I think its a super idea to plan a dinner or something.

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Posted by Real G on Friday, March 5, 2021 12:16 AM

Me too.  Will I have something to bring?  I darned better.  If the Nats happens, I have a feeling it's going to be huge.

A dinner sounds great!  I'd be in for that as well.

Although I have never been to Vegas, I will be traveling with Vegas veterans, so I can just relax and nap in the back seat of the rental car.

Hopefully the pandemic will be under control by then and we will all have had our shots.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, March 5, 2021 9:02 AM

Maybe some of the Texans will show. I'm coming from Idaho (10 hour drive) and another may be coming from Ohio.

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Posted by nearsightedjohn on Friday, March 5, 2021 10:44 AM

Two of us modelers from So CA are planning to go. We attended Chattanooga in 2019 and it was fantastic. My buddy won a two awards in AFV and I brought three car models "for display only" (a nice option that I hope they do again in LV). Here's a photo I shot of the model contest hall in Chattanooga to give you some idea of the size of this contest:

There were several more larger conference rooms with vendor displays and it took more than a day to see everything. This year we're driving so we hope to bring more/ larger models to show and compete. I suspect this first post-Covid meet will be huge in terms of attendance, models entered and vendor booths. I read all the vendor spaces are already sold out.

Vegas is a crazy place, if/ when the rah-rah gets on your nerves, three interesting attractions worth checking out are 1) the Mob Museum in downtown (history of organized crime, well done) and 2) National Atomic Testing Museum off the strip and 3) Shelby Museum (never been but looks interesting).  IPMS is not sponsoring any organized excursions this year due to Covid group size restriction.

I believe IPMS is skipping the rubber chicken banquet and doing a cocktail party /awards presentation, maybe some of us can huddle there if we don't meet before? Looking forward and hoping to meet a few of the nice modelers Ive heard from on this board. John

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Posted by nearsightedjohn on Friday, March 5, 2021 10:51 AM

Oh, here's a shot of one of the many ship model tables at Chattanooga for modelcrazy,looking forward to seeing your Akagi!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, March 5, 2021 12:44 PM

I don't know if I'll show the Akagi as a display or vignette since it will be in a seascape and show a scene just prior to the first wave at Pearl.

Steve

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, March 7, 2021 6:21 PM

Um...maybe. I live in LA, so Vegas isn't too far for me. There are only a couple of things keeping me on the fence. One is the pandemic. My wife was in Las Vegas this past week, and she said it wasn't fun. With all the closures and restrictions, the options for activities were very limited. Of course I'd be much more tempted to go if things were open again. The other thing is that the Thurs and Fri of Nats are my first days of school. I could probably take those first two days off. Nothing really happens those first few days anyways. Again, I'll have to see how the school year gets rolling with the pandemic and all.

Short answer? I'm leaning towards going...

-O

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, March 8, 2021 7:52 AM

It would be good to see you O. I'm hoping the vaccine will help reopen things. Here in the Boise area, things are opening up quite a bit (we really didn't shut down completly). I still went to work even though I'm not an "essential worker"

Like I said, this is the closest the Nats have been since I've been aware of them. If they don't have it this year maybe they'll do what the're doing next year. Going back and holding it in San Marcos since it was cancled.

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:29 PM

I am hoping to go!

     “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

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:16 AM

Be great to see you there John.

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:17 AM

Likewise, modelcrazy! Big Smile

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Posted by Liegghio on Thursday, March 11, 2021 12:09 AM

My wife and I are going unless IPMS has to cancel the event. August isn't our favorite time of year there, but that's what air conditioning is for.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:12 AM

Desert in August? No it isn't plesent, but very low humidity Big Smile

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Posted by jhawk on Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM
I would like to go but am still sitting on the fence. My worries are the same as what others posted: Will it be canceled, will the attractions I want to see be closed (Shelby Museum, kayak trips, Hoover Dam tours, etc.). I'm heartened to see that all the vendor tables are sold out. I'll probably have to make a decision soon in order to take advantage of low air fares. I suppose making reservations will be a gamble...so appropriate for the venue!
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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, March 15, 2021 11:12 AM

At this time I have every intention of going. Vegas is a 7 hr drive from me and I dang sure want to attend my first Nats. I was not able to attend the one's in Denver which wholly bummed me out.

I've spent a good amount of time in Vegas as we used to have season tickets to the NASCAR race there. One of the bonuses is the awesome buffets. Another fun thing to consider doing while there is take an evening on Fremont street. This is the old part of Vegas and is closed to traffic. There are all sorts of things to do and see and the hourly light show on the giant overhead awning is choice.

I am immensely excited to get the chance to meet some of you there.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, March 15, 2021 11:45 AM

Oh yeah Joe, it will be a blast. I'm thinking they won't be cancled but you never know. This will probably be my only chance. Once they go back to the east it's just too far and expensive to justify.

Steve

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:12 AM

Oh yeah I'll be there! Got in on the last round of hotel rooms. My wife is going as well...to play the slots haha. Dinner sounds great. Hope to see you guys at some of the events as well Smile

not sure if I'll bring anything on the plane. If i do it's gonna be the AH-1Z Viper

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Posted by Liegghio on Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:57 AM

If you make it to Fremont, check if the Mob Museum at the end of the street is reopened. It's in the old post office and federal building. Fascinating tour, and they have a speakeasy in the basement with an operating bootleg moonshine production on-site. Smoothest moonshine I've ever had.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:17 AM

Well, the registration is going live, so it looks like the 2021 Nats is a GO.

IF I get my shots, IF things don't blow up, IF I can get my act together, I'll see you guys in Vegas.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Real G on Friday, April 2, 2021 7:18 PM

Oh what the heck, I pulled the trigger.  The registration form and check are in the mail.  I also sprung for a trophy sponsorship package.  Look for "The East Oahu Radical Splinter Faction Group".  Big Smile

Now I'm committed.  Stick out tongue

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, April 2, 2021 7:20 PM

Oh boy G, it'll be good to meet you. 

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Posted by Real G on Friday, April 2, 2021 10:13 PM

Yeah, I'm super jazzed to meet up as well!

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Posted by armornut on Friday, April 2, 2021 10:23 PM

  Working on it....if it does happen I'll be the quiet fat guy in the venders room.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:11 AM

armornut

  Working on it....if it does happen I'll be the quiet fat guy in the venders room.

 

But we do need to be in your magnificent presence! Big Smile  So be sure to join up with us at our informal lunch/dinner/happy hour!

We need to agree on a day and time as the date draws nearer.  Everybody stay safe and work on those kits!

I'm not exactly "The Thin Man" either, but I can be, um... not quiet.

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, April 3, 2021 6:44 PM

Real G
so I can just relax and nap in the back seat of the rental car.

Yikes! Dont forget your scuba gear!

But seriously, I hope the nats works out and you guys have a blast. Sounds like a great group and a great time.

-Greg

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, April 3, 2021 8:05 PM

   I am truely humbled by the invatation Real G and if I am able to make it then yes I would love to grace you with my "presence"  WARNING. I can tend to be alot in life as I am on the forums.....kind of a note to the rest of the " hooligans" who may be attending said " swaray" Big Smile

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, April 4, 2021 5:32 AM

Greg

 

 
Real G
so I can just relax and nap in the back seat of the rental car.

 

Yikes! Dont forget your scuba gear!

But seriously, I hope the nats works out and you guys have a blast. Sounds like a great group and a great time.

 

Well, while someone's driving, with the AC on!  I once ate a 1lb chocolate bar while lying down in the back seat while my friends drove from Alameda to Monterey Bay.

Scuba gear?  I thought it was a dry heat!  Big Smile

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, April 4, 2021 9:19 AM

Real G
Scuba gear? I thought it was a dry heat!

I meant the Hawaii to California leg, G.

Big Smile

You're right, the rest is dry. I've driven it a couple times myself. Assuming you are coming from LA, there is a neat 50's style retro diner called Peggy Sue's right off route 15, if you enjoy that sort of thing. I'm guessing yes, and according to Google, as a plus it is authentic, being reported as opening in 1954.

We stopped in on our last drive from Las Vegas to the O.C.

-Greg

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:21 PM

Greg,

Oh I see now!  Ha ha, like since I was a wee lad, I was not paying attention again.  No, we use airplanes like everyone else.  The canoe service ended years ago.  Wink

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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