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February 16th, 2016

Valentine's Day weekend is the Northwest Scale Modeler (NWSM) club's big annual model show at the Museum of Flight. This weekend, we had 1,758 models on display Saturday and Sunday.

I attended and brought most of both my Dad's and my collections, which managed to fill up eight tables. There were some truly outstanding models there (besides ours).

The dislay in the picture is two tables wide (left to right) and four tables long (bottom to top). Dad's models are dislayed on the four right-hand tables, and my models are on the four left-hand tables. Dad's were arranged in chronologivcal order from the 1930's to the 1980's, and showed the progression of model airplanes from the days of solid balsa models built from magazine 3-views, right up to modern-day plastic injection molded kits of the 1980's.

One of the favorites of Dad's display (besides the very rare un-built solid balsa model kits that people was oohed and aahed over) was his Big Gee-Bee 'Z' that he built from a Cleveland Model Supply kit in the 1940's. It's a built-up stick and tissue model finished in dope, and for a model that is nearly 70 years old, with cracked and split tissue, it's still pretty awesome! All the small lettering was done by hand, and still looks good!



My favorite model (besides our stuff ) was a fully lighted two to three foot long resin model of an Imperial Star Destroyer. The builder achieved this by drilling over 4,000 holes, inserting fiber-optic line, and attaching it to LEDs on the inside.




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