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SCAHMS 2008 Show Report

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There were many wonderful things to see at this years show. Michael Volquarts was traveling from Germany and brough an impressive collection of figures with him. He won a gold medal for his entire collection. Nearby to my photo area Mike McFadden had his "Titanic" shadowbox diorama. I had actually seen this back in 2006 at the Dragon Expo show in Anaheim, but it was great to see it again and it was a favorite at the show. I got a chance to see inside the shadowbox at one point and was amazed at what he had gone through to light the interior. A major project indeed. This shadowbox won the coveted "Best of Show" award. Note to modelers: Shadowboxes (if done right) are a good way to win awards.

There were several very unique collections of items at this years show. Greg Pierce brought in a wild and diverse set of fantasy pieces. Everything from Edgar Rice Buroughs Tarzan scenes, to cave-girls being chased by Dinosaurs, to Yul Brenner from West-World. There was also a great collection of Nazi alternate-universe war machines (think German tanks mixed with Star Wars Imperial walkers).

Another favorite was Matt Wellhouser's 1/16 scale diorama entitled "Hans, I think they want it back!" which had a Soviet T-34 with two German soldiers atop it. The water and mud was beyond perfect and Matt also did a great job on scratch-building the house which formed the backdrop for the scene. It was a great job all around.

John Rosengrant brought two civil war soldiers both scratch-built by him. One of them was available in the auction. Bill Horan also had his work on display for the show. All of which you can see in this report.

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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