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SCAHMS 2008 Show Report

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The Venue
As I always do, let me spend a minute taking about the venue for the show. The are few shows I have attended that take place in such a relaxing, and comfortable atmosphere as the SCAHMS Calfornia Show. The club has held it in the same place for as long as I have been going; the DoubleTree Hotel in Orange, california. This hotel is litterally an exit past Disneyland (going south) in Anaheim. The hotel was recently renovated and all the rooms are top-notch. I have never had a bad experience staying there. The convention rooms are well lit (as noted above) and very roomy and spacious. This year there was a higher number of vendors than in past years, but the space situation was still very good. There were also a very high number of contest and display entries this year. For the first time the club allowed people to display other artistic endeavors at the show. Painting adorned one wall and certainly attracted a lot of interest this year.

The Auction
Every year the club hold an auction to help raise money to pay for the event. As anyone who has organized these types of event at a nice hotel knows, they are not cheap. And this year the auction was very successful in generating much needed funds. One piece by Bill Horan went for $2,000 and another by John Rosengrant went for $1600. There were several other pieces sold at the auction and some were very good deals indeed.

About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Jim: Thanks a bunch for yet another great SCAHMS report. I know how much time goes into putting that together. I just want you to know how much I appreciate it. Boy, there sure are alot of inspirational pieces in that group. The Titantic was by far one of my favorites. I love the forced perspective, and the shadowbox presentation. Charles, congratulations are in order for your two gold medals. Outstanding. I must admit, I thought the WWI diorama was a figment of your imagination, but I see such a machine did exist. It seems so "out of this world." Mike, the figure in question comes from the Pegaso 90mm collection. You can see more pictures here: SS Sturmbanfhurer John
APR 22, 2008 - 12:58 PM
John, Thank you for your comments concerning my 'Tumbleweed Tank' diorama. Indeed, I believe it was a figment of some "Popular Science" writer's imagination! The magazine cover begged to be 'built' Cheers, Charles
APR 22, 2008 - 02:00 PM
That's a Pegaso kit, I believe.
APR 22, 2008 - 02:06 PM
John and Randy, thanks for the info! Mike
APR 22, 2008 - 02:43 PM
Thanks guys. Glad you liked it. Jim
APR 23, 2008 - 05:54 PM
Day late, a dollar shot as usual, lately. Thanks Jim, enjoyed the photos.
APR 23, 2008 - 11:49 PM
Excellent report.
APR 23, 2008 - 11:55 PM
real nice report mate, and i love the 'tumbleweed tank' dio... its really different. Was there really a tank like that??
APR 27, 2008 - 10:37 AM
The Tumbleweed Tank was based on a concept in Popular Mechanics from the '20s, IIRC. Charles Reading had a copy of the drawing from the magazine next to his display. Great idea to actually build the thing, and nicely executed too!
MAY 02, 2008 - 10:55 AM
Charles, Do you an article for Finescale Modeler? If so, do you remember which one it was? Thanks
APR 06, 2012 - 04:53 PM