As I said in the previous post, this was my 14th or 15th Nats. I usually go for the entire show, arriving on Wednesday and leaving late on Saturday or early on Sunday. This year, the modelwife was working which thru a monkey wrench into my plans as we could not both be away from the modelchild for such a period. Therefore, I wasn’t able to fly to Va. Beach until Friday morning. I flew on Southwest via BWI to ORF. Thanks to the Dr. Terry Hill Chiropractic office and limosuine service, I was picked up at the Norfolk airport when I arrived a little after noon. I was already registed at the show, again thanks to Dr. Hhill and thus we travelled from the airport straight to the convention center.
Vendors! Ah, the world’s largest traveling hobby shop. Of course, upon arriving, we went straight to the vendor area, since my meager supply of available spending money was begging to be spent.
After a quick pass thru the vendor room and a parting of some hard earned cash in exchange for magazines, books, decals and resin, it was off to the model room. This year there were 2500+ models entered. It looked like less since the model display room was so large. My only complaint was that the convention center lighting gave the models a yellow cast, which made some of the colors appear odd. Here is a photo of the display room.
I shot a lot of photos. Naturally I concentrated on 72nd scale aircraft. I will cover those in a subsequent post. However I’d like to post a few photos of other models entered.
This was a beautiful 1/48th scale Corsair construction dio. Very nice indeed.
In honor of the modelwife’s employer and my transportation to the show, I took this photo of a very nice 1/144th scale 737 in the Southwest Sea World scheme. The decals are by Jet decals, which I don’t think you can get anymore.
I love 700th scale ships, especially those of WWI and before. Here is a stunning 700th scale HMS Cumberland.
Part 3 will follow tomorrow with a selection of 72nd scale aircraft. Check back for more photos.