2010 IPMS/USA National
Convention - Phoenix, Arizona
I live in the Phoenix suburbs I am a member of one of the chapters that
hosted this years Nationals. My role was to organize and manage
the seminars. We wound up with about 40 sessions over four
days. One idea that Dick Christ, our event chair, came up with
was the Adult Building Classes (ABC). This is an idea he got from
the model railroaders. We did four classes and they were very
well received for the most part.
So all that kept me pretty busy. The show ran well overall and I
sensed that attendees had a good time. It was not the biggest
show ever, as we had about 1700 entries in the model contest and a
little over 600 people register. When we did this in 2004 we had
2300+ entries and about 730 people. I know some folks could not
attend due to family or work issues, and certainly the poor economy had
its affect on attendance.
The space entries and attendance by the "usual crew" was also
down. We only had ten people show up for the usually
well-attended space seminar (someone scheduled it against Daniel
Martinez - oh, wait that was me...). And I was too busy to
socialize much with the folks who did attend. But David Weeks won
judges best in show with his scratchbuilt 1/48th scale Saturn IB (which
he gave a seminar on building and researching it). So that was
photos see http://www.ipmsusa.org
and follow the links to their photo gallery from the show. Else
we have this photo of the judging team from Manny Gutsche.
Left to right:
Mike Mackowski, Mike Ronnau, Dave Weeks, Manny
Gutsche, Shawn Gehling, Nelson Davis Jr., Walter Reuter, Jim Werth, Tom
Gaston, and Jay Andry.
David Weeks amazing
scratchbuilt Saturn IB.
Dave with his award
after the ceremony Saturday evening, August 7, 2010.
This page revised Aug. 22, 2010