Finally back home after a very enjoyable 2 weeks in Phoenix for this years US Nationals. Richard and I arrived in Phoenix on July 27th and stayed for the non-convention portion of the trip with a good friend of mine in Phoenix, Mike Reeves (he has a small resin business called Phase Hangar Resin, previously known as TwoMikes).
We did a road trip on the Monday and Tuesday before the convention and took in the Arizona Meterorite Crater, Planes of Fame aircraft museum in Valle, Grand Canyon and Sedona. While I had visited all of these before, Richard hadn't and so I got to play local tour guide. We rented a Dodge Challenger and in the course of the stay managed to rack up over 1400 miles in it (it had about 12 miles on it when we got it).
We spent Tuesday night doing final prep on our models (minor repairs for me and mounting the models to bases for Richard).
The Nationals in the US is not surprisingly, much larger than anything we have here. Official stats from IPMS Phoenix were:
Contest Entrants: 424.
Models grand total: 3,523.
Models in competition: 2,723.
Vendors room was huge and had Eduard, Kinetic, CMK/Special Hobby, Aires, Squadron, Barracuda Resin and many other aftermarket manufacturers present, along with a large number of second hand and garage kit dealers.
We stayed in hotel opposite the convention centre to make it easier to get to our room after too much drinking, which was pretty much de rigeur every night.
Results and pics of the contest can be found online many places so I won't regurgitate here, but Richard and I both fared weill in the competition. A copy of the awards banquet slide show can be found here showing all of the place getters
Richard took 1st in 1/32 Automotive Factory Stock with his McLaren M6GT and 2nd in Automotive Competition Vehicles, 1/24 Closed Wheel with his Porsche 917K
I managed a 3rd in 1/72 Large Jet with my Hasegawa Tornado IDS, a 2nd in In-Flight (Non-Diorama), All Scales with my 1/48 AV-8B, a 2nd in 1/48 Small Jet, Navy and Marine with my other AV-8B and a 1st in Aircraft Conversion, All Scales with my Hasegawa 1/48 OA-4M Skyhawk. The surprise was I also managed to get the Whizzer White Best USN/USMC Configured Attack Aircraft
Will post some pics of everything later in the week.
Because aircraft is what I do, lets start with some aircraft. These may or may not be winners, but they are aircraft that got my attention for one reason or other. Given the number of entries, I'm not going to come close to covering them, but the best coverage I have found yet, in terms of an overall gallery, and the official awards slideshow, is STILL
. The 1/48 Lysander that won best aircraft (below in French markings), was amazing, although a little stylised in finish, but there was no denying the craftsmanship and time that went into the kit, especially given that it was the old 60's Hawk kit. The same builder also did the 1/48 He162 included here and a 1/32 Fw190D9.
shaunfletcher wrote: Thanks, a nice insight into proper aircraft modelling!
That Skyhawk is a standout though, no wonder it won.
Any idea what kit the airship is?
The Skyhawk was nice, unfortunately the builder forgot to note the damaged/missing refuelling probe. It placed 3rd in its category. He also had a 1/48 A-4S conversion which did not place in Conversions.
The French airship was completely scratchbuilt, but only managed 3rd in the Scratchbuilt category, being up against these two:
1/48 C-54 which was first
Thought the airship might be, as there seem to be few/no decent kits. I have a long term dream project for an Imperial German Navy recon zeppelin, which will enbd up being scratched I'm sure, though the standard of those winning scratch kits is daunting!
And the armour (part 1). There were some amazing entries in this, and some of the easily missed were scratchbuilt in 1/72. I took nearly 700 photos, so plenty more here if there is anything anyone wants to see...
Some very nice displays there, thanks for sharing mate.
Hey you can always upload all your photos to the KM Photos sub site, you can just drag and drop the whole lot in to different folders and just share out the folders a bit like PhotoBucket used to be, it even gives you the links.
Seeing these does at least boost my own confidence, I always suffer from lack of confidence on my own work. There are some stunning builds there but some that are not that much better than mine so maybe I would stand a chance if I pulled the pins out and made something half decent
My 4 entries. Aplogies for the colour of the photos, but the contest room had half of the lights off, and we only had an hour to pick up models after the awards, and it was about 10pm at night, so not easy to get good photos on the phone camera.