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  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Contest and Show Issues
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Sunday, July 25, 2021 12:06 PM

So, there we were, dealing with the china virus and losing money on a daily basis while trying to stay open, at least to some extent, to do our mission of serving veterans. Now, in an attempt to raise a little desperately need funds, I'm considering hosting a model contest and show. This in itself is no big thing, but the problem is finding out how much interest there may be in my area. We have no dedicated model hobby shops here, though we have an RC shop that also sells models and a Hobby Lobby, and a Michaels. I tried to locate some local modelers through a friend and her Facebook account (I don't do Facebook); and she did communicate with several who 'sounded' interested to very interested, but nobody has contected me as of yet (been two weeks).

So, I'm asking you, my esteemed colleagues; how do I get this thing going??

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, July 25, 2021 12:17 PM

Hmmm;

 Do you have access to any modeling Forums in the Area.I would start by asking the Hobby Stores( Such as they are) if you can put out a flyer seeking interested players. That's one way.That is also the only way short of putting out money for ads to find if there's any interest.

 The other Way is this. When I had a show at the Martinez facility in Ca., The Rec. dept put it in the Local V.A. News-letter. That got it to take off.

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Sunday, July 25, 2021 1:13 PM

Good thoughts, I'll try it.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, July 25, 2021 9:02 PM

The model companies used to provide make-and-take kits, usually snap together kits with stickers instead of decals. I remember Monogram 1/288 scale Shuttle, 1/72 scale F/A-18 Hornet, kits like that, etc.

That used to be such a draw for younger builders in cub scouts or at IPMS shows.

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, July 25, 2021 9:13 PM

I suppose you could ask you community center. They could donate the space, possibly tables and advertising. 

Just a thought. 

Steve

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  • Member since
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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, July 26, 2021 4:03 AM

Some years ago I did a similar thing. I organised posters for shop windows and had an article in the local paper. Rules and judges were harder to organise.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Monday, July 26, 2021 7:12 AM

A contest or show is not a good way to raise money unless you find a free venue. Most larger show are put on by large clubs with resulting volunteers. 

I recommend forming a club, and then after it is formed consider a show.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 4:23 PM

As for venue; If we put on the show / contest, it would be in the VFW's hall, so no cost there. I was figuring on enlisting reps from local hobby / craft stores as part of the judging staff, and possibly for some prizes. There are sufficient members and auxiliary members for staffing, and we could potentially have food available too.

So, as you can see, all I need are the model builders and their work.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Massachusetts
Posted by ajlafleche on Thursday, July 29, 2021 8:23 AM

Here's a link to IPMS/USA regional map. You can see if there is a club near you who could help. You will need significant help to do a contest. There's a lot of work and there are some serious expenses: hall, maybe tables, trophies(ribbons are the east expensive). You will need several knowledgeable judges. You will need a couple bodies at entry/registration. People have little interest in just displaying models. We've invited people from other clubs to display at an event at a local air museum that wouild get them free admission and got almost 0 takers. You'd pretty much have to put out a donation jar unless you can offer something to entice the public and modelers, like vendors. The club did a dispaly at a soldiers' home for the residents and hardly anyone came over.

https://calendar.ipmsusa3.org/region-map

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