As you can see in my photo album below, Paul's large dining room table and 2 side tables were loaded, again, with new and second hand models.
In November 2016, during our last SMSC meeting, Steve Cowdin had donated two 1/200 models to the USS Iowa Museum: USS Iowa and USS Arizona. As a thank you, the staff of the Iowa gave Steve the kit of a 1/200 Bismarck. Steve brought his work-in-process. You can see this impressive model in my photo album.
Paul had just received a shipment from Shapeways. The IJN Katori, from MoM, is probably one of the finest detailed models that we have seen so far from Shapeways. You can see the kit straight out of the box in my album. And for your information, this model is also available in finished painted form from CD1250 in Germany.
John Youngerman brought 30 of his new models. And I can let you in on a little secret: in return for attending our meetings, John will sell his models at a nice discount.
During the formal sit down part of our meeting, Phil Woodruff showed us the Certificate of Appreciation from the Veterans Day Santana Row event. Our group will participate again this year, but at more central visibly location.
We will also participate again at the Spirit of '45 event in San Jose in August. Phil Woodruff will be in charge, again.
And if that is not enough, we have been approached by the organizers of the 4th of July parade in Morgan Hill for an exhibit on the evening of the 3rd of July. Harold Andrews will coordinate this event.
Harold Andrews still has our large SMSC banner that Tom had created for the SMSC meeting in San Jose---it has come to many uses.
Barry Schrock will coordinate our possible participation at a Modeller Show the 2nd weekend in May at the Alameda Air Museum.
And if anyone is interested in a visit to Las Vegas: The Civil War Round Table will hold their event in June. Contact Barry Schrock for details.
Last, but not least, we discussed at length our upcoming SMSC meeting at Kingspoint, NY. See the announcement from John Olsen further down. Several of our West Coast members are planning to attend. I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing Kingspoint again, and also to seeing many of our other US collectors.
We have penciled in Saturday, July 28 for our next meeting, place to be announced.
Here is my album with the photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/haraldscheel/albums/72157688491838560/with/40638751661/
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