SCAHMS 2008 Show Report

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The Quest for the Perfect Photo
As many of you know, from reading my past show reports, I have been going to the SCAHMS California Show for quite a few years. This was to be my fifth trip in fact. The show never seems to disappoint and this year was to be no exception. The only difference for me personally was that this year I was asked to be an official photographer for the show. So that was going to bring with it some new challenges and responsibilities. In an effort to better my photography I added a few additional items to my photo kit. First and foremost was a new macro lens. Most of the photos you will find in this report were shot with my trusty Canon 300D with a 60mm EFS macro lens. I also had purchased a wire remote for the camera last year and IF I had remembered to bring that item with me, I think my photos would have been even better this year. Oh well... live and learn. Another lesson was the addition of lighting in conjunction with a light tent. At home with zero additional lighting I had found that I needed fairly powerful lighting (2 x 150W), but the SCAHMS show venue has always been a very well lit environment. I found that, on almost all of the photos where I had used even minimal light from my two flood units, the end result was an overexposed photo when taken in conjunction with ADP (auto depth of field) turned on. Next year if I am able to do this again I think I will try to find LED lights on flex-tubes. They would do a good job in bringing out subtle details without washing out the figure.

Easter Weekend
I had planned to bring my wife and daughter along for this trip. However about 2 weeks before that weekend I realized that it was going to fall on Easter. "Hunny... the weekend of the SCAHMS show is on Easter. We would be at Disneyland on Easter Sunday." I told my wife on the phone. "We can't be away from home on Easter", was her reply. So note to model show organizers; don't plan shows on holiday weekends. Of course this year was an unusually early Easter (March 21st). And this will not happen again for over 100 years or something like that. But I was still disappointed. I had really wanted to take my seven-year old daughter to Disneyland for the day on Sunday.
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About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Jim: Thanks a bunch for yet another great SCAHMS report. I know how much time goes into putting that together. I just want you to know how much I appreciate it. Boy, there sure are alot of inspirational pieces in that group. The Titantic was by far one of my favorites. I love the forced perspective, and the shadowbox presentation. Charles, congratulations are in order for your two gold medals. Outstanding. I must admit, I thought the WWI diorama was a figment of your imagination, but I see such a machine did exist. It seems so "out of this world." Mike, the figure in question comes from the Pegaso 90mm collection. You can see more pictures here: SS Sturmbanfhurer John
APR 22, 2008 - 12:58 PM
John, Thank you for your comments concerning my 'Tumbleweed Tank' diorama. Indeed, I believe it was a figment of some "Popular Science" writer's imagination! The magazine cover begged to be 'built' Cheers, Charles
APR 22, 2008 - 02:00 PM
That's a Pegaso kit, I believe.
APR 22, 2008 - 02:06 PM
John and Randy, thanks for the info! Mike
APR 22, 2008 - 02:43 PM
Thanks guys. Glad you liked it. Jim
APR 23, 2008 - 05:54 PM
Day late, a dollar shot as usual, lately. Thanks Jim, enjoyed the photos.
APR 23, 2008 - 11:49 PM
Excellent report.
APR 23, 2008 - 11:55 PM
real nice report mate, and i love the 'tumbleweed tank' dio... its really different. Was there really a tank like that??
APR 27, 2008 - 10:37 AM
The Tumbleweed Tank was based on a concept in Popular Mechanics from the '20s, IIRC. Charles Reading had a copy of the drawing from the magazine next to his display. Great idea to actually build the thing, and nicely executed too!
MAY 02, 2008 - 10:55 AM
Charles, Do you an article for Finescale Modeler? If so, do you remember which one it was? Thanks
APR 06, 2012 - 04:53 PM