: For the 29th time in almost 9 years, we held
: our meeting, this time at Paul Jacobs house.
: Despite the set backs with some illnesses,
: and despite the fact that our very Northern
: California friend Bill could not make it
: down to us through the snow, we were still
: 16 participants. George Isham of New Mexico
: flew in for our meeting. In addition to
: enjoying all of our activities, this was the
: first visit from George to see Paul's
: fabulous collections of 1250 models
: displayed in 3 rooms, plus his extensive
: collection of maritime oil paintings and his
: vast library of maritime books. George told
: us that in Sante Fe, NM, the extend of his
: 1250 meetings is a regular visit with Doug
: Knowlton, Rio Grande Models.
: 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
: 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
: We have penciled in Saturday, July 28 for
: our next meeting, place to be announced.
: Here is my album with the photos:
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