As usual our 2000 show was held at the National Guard Armory in the
Interbay district of Seattle on Saturday March 11. There were 582 entries
in the contest and about 200 models on the display tables; a turn out
influenced, no doubt, by Contest Chairman Andrew Birkbeck's sterling efforts
at publicizing the event and soliciting all those door prizes - over 200.
For every model entered or displayed, up to ten, participants received
a door prize ticket. Drawings were held regularly throughout the day and
each winner got to pick their prize. At the end of the day all the drawn
and undrawn tickets were remixed and two drawn for the grand prizes -
two Aztek airbrush outfits in custom walnut cases. Each entrant in the
Junior categories was given two entry prizes of their choice at registration
and each was also given a ribbon for participating. This attention to
juniors is part of our ongoing effort to attract new blood and to make
these future Nationals winners feel good about their early experiences
This year instead of the traditional ribbons for category
winners we had very nice certificates of award for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
Norm Filer did the design and production work on these attractive awards.
Terry Moore arranged for the caterer who supports his company's events
to be on-site for the day offering hot and cold food and beverages. Because
of the Armory's out-of-the-way location this was a real convenience to
everyone. I quite enjoyed my German sausage with sauerkraut, etc.
About 15 of the usual suspects turned up Friday afternoon,
making light work of the big job of setting up for the contest. The only
problem we had was that the paper table cloth, which came on lonnng rolls
could not be torn. It had to be cut and no one had either a large knife
or scissors of any kind. This minor detail caused a lot of frustration
for those dressing the tables and a lot of laughs for those who were not.
Chairman Birkbeck was also very successful in recruiting more vendors
than usual, to the extent that we had to have two vendor rooms instead
of the usual one. I spent about $60. How did you do?
It appeared to me that the overall quality of the entries
this year was at least as high as usual and there were many more than
usual individual models that were truly outstanding. This made the judges'
jobs even harder than usual, but then that's why we pay them so well.
I hope to see a fair number of these models at the Nats in Dallas in July;
they are certain winners.
The same gang of usual suspects (about 20 this time)
struck down the show, packed and removed everything and cleaned up the
Armory before repairing to Louie's in Ballard for an attitude-adjustment
(mine was a Martini), dinner and a review of the day along with the usual
swapping of lies, tall tales and horror stories. On March 28 the Contest
Committee met for a full review of all aspects of the contest - what worked,
what didn't, who did we offend, what can we do better for the Northwest
Scale Modelers' contest at the Museum Of Flight June 3?
Some of the strength of our Seattle events flows from
the long continuity of the organizing team (Those "usual suspects"), the
linkage of the IPMS and NWSM contests to reinforce one another and the
post-contest reviews, which make each successive contest, be it IPMS or
NWSM, bigger, better and more smoothly running. But the greatest strength
we have is in the large body of enthusiastic, dedicated, hard working,
excellent modelers who are the members of IPMS-Seattle and the NWSM. Our
Pacific Northwest is truly a modeler's heaven: there are active and enthusiastic
IPMS chapters in Portland, Yakima, Spokane (they have the Regional this
year June 17), Tacoma, Whidby Island, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Vancouver
BC, and Seattle.
All the winners and judges are listed
here. But it is not just contestants and judges who make a contest
happen. Our Contest Chairman, Andrew Birkbeck cannot be praised enough
for the excellent job he did in making it all happen. He organized the
whole thing, solicited door prizes and sponsorships and coordinated the
myriad specific activities assigned to others. Jill Moore had a great
team of registrars to ensure that all entrants were well received and
helped. They were: Brian Cahill, Norm Filer, Bill Johnson, JoAnne Ludwig,
Will Perry and others who volunteered ad hoc. Andrew Bertschi and Keith
Laird, with the help of Nick Ferruiolo, were kept running all day taking
care of the Junior door prizes and the main door prizes drawings and distributions.
Robert Allen ran the contest room with the able help of: John Amendola,
Matthew Burchette, John Cate, Lamar Fenstermaker, Jon Fincher, George
Hasse, John Frazier, Steve Holmes, Les Knerr, Donald Lake, Paul Ludwig,
Don MacBean, Steve McKinnon, Mike Medrano, Paul Peterson, Scott Taylor,
Stephen Tontoni, Tracy White, David Whitmore, Paul Youman and others dragooned
Thank you all for making it happen. Now we've got to
get to work on that NWSM contest; June 3 is nearly upon us. The Contest
Committee for NWSM is the same as for IPMS and we hope that everyone who
participated, in any way, in the IPMS event will do the same for NWSM