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Old Jun 06, 2005, 07:49 AM
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GLMBA Model Expo 2005...July 2-3, 2005

I just received the following information:

Golden Triangle Marine Modelers are hosting the Great Lakes Model Boat Association Model Expo 2005:


Kitchener City Hall,
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada

July 2-3, 2005


7 classes of judging, with prizes for scratch-built, semi scratch, and kit-built. I have posted the flyer and registration form I received, If anyone from the Golden Triangle Club is a participant here, would it be possible to post an itinerary?
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Old Jun 13, 2005, 03:30 PM
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Last day for pre-registration is June 15th.

Is anyone else planning on attending? I am hoping to bring the new boat in whatever condition she is in.
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Old Jun 15, 2005, 09:09 AM
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I spoke to Jack Kipfer last night, and got a few more details on the Expo. There will be in the neighborhood of 100 boats at this show, with builders coming from all over Ontario, and many from "south of the border". Many of the boats are reported to be museum quality.

Setup begins at 6:00 am, with things getting under way around 10:00 am. There will be narrated runs in the 60' x 100' pond in fromt of Kitchener City Hall.

I've never met Mr. Kipfer, but apparently he knows what he's talking about ... Some of Jack Kipfer's Models.

So... my registration has been sent in, the boats not finished, and I suspect I'm a lot out of my league, but I'll be there with a camera!
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Old Jul 03, 2005, 04:51 PM
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What an eye-opener.

Here are some pics from the show. I didn't get as much opportunity to browse and chat as I would have liked, as we were there with three young children. (I think I understand why the average age of the serious modelers was about 20 years my senior.)

The pictures don't do the boats justice. This was the first show of this nature I have attended, and the workmanship was a pleasure to behold.
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Old Jul 03, 2005, 04:54 PM
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And some more
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Beautiful models! Thanks for posting the pictures.

Those identical twin brothers with identical wooden runabouts are amazing.
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Old Jul 03, 2005, 06:18 PM
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*Doh*

I'll leave the duplicate there just so everyone will get the joke .
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Old Jul 03, 2005, 07:31 PM
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Nice pictures RG.
Looks like a lot of large scale or just large boats.
I want to know what the "whale" does!?!
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Old Jul 03, 2005, 07:39 PM
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Sorry I can't tell you a whole lot about the whale. When it was on the water I was up to my uhhh... "elbows" in gremlins. I believe my son said it squirted water, but aside from that it was a pretty "simple" model.

There were a lot of large scale boats there; Hood, Bismarck, Prinz Eugen, and Graf Spee all 5' or longer, plus the big freighters.

All in all nearly 120 boats were entered
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How was the water???
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Old Jul 03, 2005, 07:58 PM
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The water was pretty shallow at maybe a little over 6". (I need to get more memory for my camera!) There was no submerged subs running, but boat launch and retrieval was easy .

The pond was plenty big enough for more than a dozen boats to be on the water with no cramping.
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Old Jul 04, 2005, 03:07 PM
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Judging

Each boat was judged by three people.

I entered my boat in the competition for the feedback this would provide.

Ok... Well thats what I'm telling myself now.

Prior to realizing my boat wouldn't be finished, and before seeing the competition, I may have had delusions that I would stand a chance at placing.

Considering the fact I brought a simple, incomplete boat to stand amongst the masterpieces you see, I was quite happy to recieve an average score of 61 out of 100 possible points! With the judges scoresheets in hand, if I can complete the boat by next year, I may even manage a solid 'B' .
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Old Jul 04, 2005, 06:15 PM
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RGin,You get a 100 in my book for the legacy you have left your boys,and for the integrety this will no doubt instill in your kids.Bet your budget is 10% of any of those boats, built by hand starting with 2x4 lumber? Pricless!! There is nothing you can do for the world that could mean more. Hats off to ya mate!! P.S. start that doll furnature yet?
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Tha whale actually has a working rowboat that runs in front of it and yes it does squirt water. The model is affectionately named Mobey Dick if I remember correctly and is one of a few funny boats run in the clubs in Southern Ontario. There is also a water spitting duck made from a decoy, An RC Shark Fin (My creation) that is a full working submarine and a Radio Controlled Iceberg that sinks when hit by a model of the Titanic.

I have had the pleasure of running with most of the boats you saw at the show as I was once Vice President of the Metro Marine Modellers. The Golden Triangle Modellers are also a great bunch of guys with some exceptional modellers.

Alex
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