The Model Boat Convention 2008
The trade was well represented over the weekend with S & M Tools, Mount Fleet Models, Speedline and Scoonie Models to mention just a few of them, but there were many more. All were busy over the weekend and it was an opportunity for face to face discussions with people that you might normally only contact by telephone or email.
Over both days there were some useful demonstrations, one in particular involving Leslie Jones, who was showing how to make miniature rope for models. He has developed a machine which is still in the experimental stage to make miniature ropes that hang in a scale-like style. This is achieved by the insertion of a metal thread through the rope, which can then be bent to stiffen the rope, such that it will hang in a proper manner.
Another useful demonstration was by Orlando Design and they showed the art of spraying models and general artwork, with a focus on weathering model boats using the range of LifeColor paints. These paints are particularly useful for spraying models with rust marks etc. and I have used them myself.
A number of the model boat clubs were in attendance showing their models past and present. Just to mention a few, there were St Helens and District MBC, Runcorn MBC, Liverpool MBC as well as others. Some super scale models were on display and although some have been seen previously featured in this magazine, I photographed some for your interest.
Moving away from model boats, there is now an interest in the making of motorised vehicles and a few such models seem to be now appearing at shows. The detail work and the skill required to build and operate these models is very high and there were also some tanks in attendance at a rather large scale.
On both days a competition was run on the portable pool outside the main entrance. This was set up with a small course of buoys to encourage juniors to have a go at steering. Much to the organisers surprise, there were around 30 juniors taking part over the two days, with prizes being donated by Andy and Steve from Scoonie Models.
On the lake and judging
Activity was continuous over the weekend with all types of vessels performing for the general public, including tug-towing, warships and even a demonstration of water skiing. As at many shows, there was an element of competition and a team of dedicated judges were on hand to judge the various classes which proved to be hard work for them, such was the standard of model at the show. The final hour of the event on the Sunday was taken up with the prize-giving for the different classes and special guest Andy Ball was kind enough to assist.
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