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SCAHMS 2011 Show Report

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Every year like clockwork, the folks at SCAHMS (Southern California Association of Historical Miniatures) put on their 27th annual “California Show”. On a gorgeous spring day in March, Charles Reading and I both attended the first day of the show held in Orange, California. The Double-Tree hotel used for the show for at least the past 8 years is but a stone’s throw (perhaps using a catapult) from Disneyland in Anaheim. This would be my 8th trip to SCAHMS and I have enjoyed all the past shows. This one would be no exception.

What I do love about the 2-day show is that it is indeed two days. It use to start late on Friday but the past couple of shows have opened earlier on Friday. What I also enjoy about this show is that it is a very social affair. The show has all the ingredients of a typical show; tutorials, contest entries, vendors, awards, and raffles. In addition they hold an auction of world-class miniatures made by some of the clubs master figure artists like Bill Horan, John Rosengrant and others. Sadly this year I opted not to go to the auction so I can’t really report on what happened there. I am also sad that I missed Anders Heintz’s sculpting seminar. I wish the show was longer. I swear no matter how long they are the time always seems to rush by. This is mostly due to the many people I get to meet and talk to at the event. And it’s not just me, there always seem to be people engaged in active discussions when I make my way around the room to shoot photos or just people watch. It’s most definitely a social event. And modelers need that I think.

Writing this has given me pause to consider starting an editorial portion to KitMaker. So if this sort of thing interests you (the future of shows/events in a post-Internet world) than stay tuned for more. And now… back to the show.

Note to Readers: You can click through the numbers at the top or bottom of this page to view all the pages of this story.

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About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

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...


Comments

Thank you for a great report of a truly great show. Hisham
JUN 13, 2011 - 06:30 PM
Great report! Your SCHAMS articles are always a pleasure to go trough and I want to thank you for sharing the pics, Jim. I like how you made "groups" of pics based on the author/artist and I love the info you provided on each of the figure masters... I love the work of Young Won, really dynamic vignettes. Mario
JUN 14, 2011 - 05:14 AM
Great shot's of amazing scale models. Thanks for sharing Jim.
JUN 14, 2011 - 06:08 AM
Thanks for posting Jim. I'll be adding this one to the club archive (with your permission of course )
JUN 14, 2011 - 12:51 PM
Great report! Thank you for your effort and time! Mark....
JUN 15, 2011 - 09:28 AM
Inspirational figure work. Al
JUL 06, 2011 - 06:44 PM
WOW! Incredible dioramas and figure painting!
JUL 07, 2011 - 04:39 PM
Thanks for the photos, some amazing work. my favorite: An old friend, great figure painter, and 100% gentleman. RIP Henri.
JUL 07, 2011 - 07:43 PM
Thanks Jim great pictures. My favorite was the US M5 and figures it had great "action" .
DEC 13, 2011 - 09:11 AM
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