There were 12 of us this time. An improvement over the 8 the last few times, but not as good as the 18-23 that we used to average a few years ago. We were happy to greet George Isham, all the way from Colorado. And Bill Laferriere drove the 6 hours all the way from close to the border to Oregon. Scott Calzia was also a nice surprise since we had not seen him in a while.
Our tables with models for sale were especially full this time, and there was quite some activity.
In the formal part of our meeting we talked about last years "Spirit of "45" event, where our San Jose chapter put on a display of Normandie landings. They told us that a Veteran came by, checked out the display: "Yes, that what it looked like!" They plan to do another display again this August. Thanks to the generosity of our attendees, we have already $20 of the $50 tent fee.
From the 18th to the 20s of September, there will be a ship modeller meeting in Hamburg at the Tamm Museum. I told the group that I will be going. This get together is for all scales.
Don told us that the Iowa is expanding its tours. There will be a behind the scenes tour and a visit to the Combat engagement center. In addition, one of the main turrets has been opened up for visitors.
The longest part of our discussion was about the upcoming SMSC meeting from November 12-15 at the Wyndham Bayside in San Diego. With Fleetweek at the same time, there will be ample opportunity for Navy related events.
Robert Liu did not attend our meeting, but he had emailed me in the morning that he might be able to give us a power point presentation about his upcoming new book on 1200/1250 naval ship models of WW II.
Any one interested in given demonstrations or presentations related to our hobby, please let me know. Our San Jose chapter is contemplating to show us how they perform their war games.
We scheduled our next meeting to May 2 at Paul's house. Paul has offered, weather permitting, to grill his fantastic burgers for us at that meeting.
I will try to publish photos of our meeting later today, tomorrow.