Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Housekeeping Facts & Figures.

I just got this email from Peter Heesch(yes the same one of H&B Precision Card Models)

Well it is unanimous no one received my email and the computer from which I thought it was sent has crashed, so no way to recapture - so sad - it was such a masterpiece :+). So let me try to remember what I said:

We are still on for our 12th International Paper Modelers' Convention over the weekend of 23-25 October 2009 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 22700 Holiday Park Drive, Sterling, VA 20166 (phone 703-537-7800). The schedule is much the same as we have had in the past: Friday (23 Oct) set up starting 5/6 PM with a sandwich buffet; Saturday (24 Oct) open to the public (hours to be determined but probably 10 AM to 6 PM); Social adjustment hour and then supper starting around 8 PM to include normal auction. I am having trouble downloading the menus for both events and they will have to wait for the next update. Based on comments last year, I asked about lunch on Saturday - response was that they could provide that for approx $20-$24 with a minimum of 12 participants - if everybody agrees, we could perhaps get two different menus each with 12 participants - more to come on this.
1. Hotel room will be $79 vice $69 last year; we have ten king and 10 double queen rooms blocked at this rate, but can increase numbers if there is more interest.
2. We have two rooms based upon indication from last year that there would be more interest with advance notice (I hope that someone captured those who would have attended if they had know about the convention); one room is the Washington Monument combination room we had last year (approx 18 tables - cost $800.00) and the Caucus Room (one of the two we looked at last year with approx 10 tables for $400.00) if we need, but decision must be made by the end of September.
3. Friday sandwich meal is approx $20.00 with a minimum guarantee of 20 folks.
4. Saturday buffet is approximately $40.00 with a minimum guarantee of 25 folks.
5. With estimated 24 attendees, I suggest that we charge $110.00 just like last year which breaks down as follows $50.00 for both rooms; $20 for Friday and $40 for Saturday. I tend to lean toward one fixed price, but do not want to chase anyone away who could only attend meals (and help meet requirements - sorry about the cold economic fact) and definitely add to the atmosphere.
6. We have already paid $500 toward the cost of the rooms, but I would prefer to ignore that fact for the purpose of trying to maintain/improve the financial health of this wonderful event and get away from dependency upon the benevolent benefactors who have subsidized the event in the past.

I will take care of the newspapers and I hope that Peter Ansoff will take care of the financial details (Peter please provide everybody with an address to send their payments if you don't mind performing this function again this year).

Much has happened in the paper model industry since last year - PMI has changed hands and is now owned by an individual in California (sorry, but I do not remember the person's name). Effect 1 October, the Moewe Verlag/Wilhelmshaven will sell most of their business/line to Scheuer and Struever. Mr. Wolter and I will continue to offer most of his line (and any new ones developed by his new company) in the United States. Mr. Wolter is looking into the possibility of attending this year's convention.

Well that is what I can remember - sorry if I forgot anything. I apologize for spelling errors, but I am not certain that the spell check option will work on this version of my software.

PLease check the addressees and if you see someone who is missing please forward the email and let me know so I can try to add them to the list.

Still to come menus for selection.

Thank you for your patience and can't wait to see you all in less than two months.

If you want to be kept abreast of the convention news, and you trust me, I can send Peter your email so he can add you to the list.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Contest Time

As we inch closer to a fun filled weekend, I got an email from Alan, one of our denizens and leading voices for the Convention.

The International Paper Modelers Convention Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2009 series of convention awards. The 2009 Convention will be held October 23-25 2009, in Dulles, Virginia at the Hampton Inn Hotel and Suites.

For 2009 the popular "People's Choice" competition will return. Each convention participant and visitor will have the opportunity to vote on the model displayed at the convention that he or she deems to be the very best representation of the paper model art at the show.

Additionally, your committee announces the following judged awards:

1. Best Architectural Model. This competition was created to spur the inclusion of models of buildings, a category somewhat under-represented in recent years. Each succeeding year will have a different model category in the competition.

2. Most Unusual Model. There have been many of these in the past, and it is time that their creators and modelers are recognized.

3. Best Display Table. This award is to encourage more attractive and appealing displays. It is easy to simply put your models and items for sale on a table. But to make that table grab visitors' attention and make those visitors want to delve further into card or paper models is the purpose of this award.

Your committee is further pleased to note that the awards for each category will include (among other things) a mint, sealed Domus model. These highly sought after models are long out of print, and the models presented are among the the most sought after collectors items.

We hope that the 2009 competition will bring out the best in paper models created and built during the preceding year and that this year's competition will be as exciting at the one in 2008.

Your committee,

Alan Wheeler, Chairman
Donald Boose, Chief Judge

In addition to the mint Domus kit, there are extra prizes, like special glues, craft knives, and other goodies.

Better get building then......

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Making and Taking

I have mentioned the Make & Take table in a previous post, and I thought it could interesting to some to see some of the models which are provided to any visitor to the convention, to make and take.

I took some of the sheets, and built them, all of them took about an hour or so to score, cut, fold, and glue.

The schoolbus is a JSC designed model, and the two motoryachts and the Esslingen Townhall are from JFS Schrieber.

If you think making one of these models would be a good start for you or a young one, drop on in, spend some time cutting and pasting at the convention this October.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Blast from the Past

I was trying to gather some of the other pictures I took from previous conventions, and I was able to download from some older galleries I created.

I re-posted the pictures to my Picasa Gallery, a 2003 and a 2004 album.

2003 International Paper Model Convention
2004 International Paper Model Convention

I hope that you like the pictures, and maybe these and the ones from 2008 might convince you to come join us in October.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mark Your Calendars....

Or miss out on THE event for the discriminating(sic) paper/card modeler.

Just got word that October 23-25 2009 will be the weekend for the 2009 rendition of the Internationa Paper Model Convention.

We have asked the Hotel for 3 of their conference rooms, so we will have alot of tables to go around, and spread out, we also will be able to pick our own tables.

If you want to bring your kids/grandkids, we will also be setting up our Make It and Take It table, with models donated by Digital Navy, JSC, Schreiber, and Wilhelmshaven.
In past conventions, the M&T table was a hub of activity.

I guess I need to build some of the models that are usually used for the M&T table, and I will post them here, to whet anyone's appetite for the actual models.

Friday, November 7, 2008

If A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words, What Would Be Video?

If you are still on the fence about attending, how about some photographic persuasion?

I have taken some video and pictures of the event and uploaded them to my picasa online album

2008 International Paper Model Convention

A couple of other attendees have posted some pictures, most can be viewed over at www.papermodelers.com

click on the 2008 IPMC post, and if you want to read all the posts in the thread you can, but if you go to page 7 and 8, you will be able to see the pictures others have taken.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I am thinking of a date....

And you get to choose.

We just wrapped on the 2008 edition of the International Paper Model Convention at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Dulles VA.
Even though we took last year off, this year's edition was a hit, even with the late information push.

So with the euphoria of the past weekend still fresh, 3 dates were offered for the 2009 iteration.

In September 2009, the weekend of 25-27
In October 2009, the weekends of 2-4 and 23-25

If you want to attend or swing on through, check your calendar, and let me know.