2012 NorthWest Scale Modelers Display
NorthWest Scale Modelers is a loose confederation of modeling enthusiasts that is privileged to hold its monthly meetings at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. In exchange, NWSM assembles museum-quality themed model displays which are rotated every three months. In addition to that, NWSM coordinates with the Museum of Flight to stage its annual February model display.
This year, the challenge for NWSM was to have 2500 models on the tables; that’s heady stuff, and the display organizers knew it would take many modelers from NWSM, IPMS Seattle, IPMS Vancouver, other modeling organizations, as well as non-affiliated modelers to make it happen. John Newcome and Tim Nelson of NWSM were the ringleaders for the most part, urging any and all participation in the display. NWSM even collected donations from the group to cover van rental for a couple of the modelers to bring their entire collections. (one of whom, Bill Osborn, brought over 400 by himself!).
This event was very well attended by the public and modelers. In the end, there were 3030 models present, brought by over 80 modelers! It shattered all records for model displays and competitions in the Pacific Northwest, and possibly far beyond. Museum attendance that weekend also achieved record numbers. While there have been 2500 or so through the door on a Presidents’ Day weekend, the 2012 model display helped the museum bring in over 5000 in attendance.
All modelers, NWSM as well as other organizations, need to thank Tim Nelson for doing a magnificent job in coordinating this massive event.