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The SCAHMS California Show, 2005

Despite the threat that many international and East coast modelers would stay away this year, due to the fact that the World Expo is happening in Boston later in the year, the annual SCAHMS California Show was a big success and definitely put a smile on this attendees face. As the photos in this report will attest, there was more than enough talent on display to satiate even the most ardent figure modeler. There was even enough armor and dioramas on hand to make an Armorama member giddy. This was also the first time that Armorama officially was in attendance for a North American show.

The Journey is half the fun

I decided to leave early on Friday; as for me it was a 4-hour drive to the show. I had booked a room at the Double Tree hotel in Anaheim, California, where the show is held. When I arrived I noted that the hotel was undergoing some major renovations. The lobby area was completely closed off but the hotel did a nice job even so. I got my cookie (thanks for blowing my diet Double Tree) and went up to the room to relax for an hour. The view was great and the room was very nicely appointed. My only complaint was the old TV set. Let’s get with the times guys. Of course I think this room was yet to get the renovated look, so next year it may look a bit different.

When I got downstairs I was right on time for the vendor setup, but alas the hotel was running a bit late with some of the preparations. I walked up to Dave Kennedy and tried to explain who I was, he looked at me rather quizzically and asked me to be patient. As Barry King had been nice enough to offer us a table at the show I was eager to get setup and put out all my new toys. So after running back and forth to my car to get all the stuff for our table, I finally was able to track Barry down and let him know I was there. He graciously carved out a space for the Armorama table and I went to work. Dave was still giving me quizzical looks though. In retrospect it was all rather funny, but you had to be there.

As I was setting up all the vendors were carting in their wares. I saw Mike Bishop of Monroe Perdue almost immediately but didn’t recognize many of the others right away. There seemed to be more vendors for 2005 than the 2004 show. I noted this as a good sign. With our table setup I started to walk around a bit to see some of the early entries. The tables at the SCAHMS show are really nice. Many of them are on elevated PVC legs that put the pieces at chest level and make them much easier to view and photograph. The red tablecloths also lend a very luxurious look to the show.

Let the show begin

The doors opened to the general public at 6pm and it was time to “man the table”. In a very short time Chuck Shanley (crs) arrived to help. It was great to meet him in person and his being there allowed me precious time to get out and scout the show. I want to thank him again publicly for doing that. There were quite a few Armorama regulars who attended the show and I would like to thank them all for stopping in and saying hello (and wearing your name badges!).

Above from left: Gino (HeavyArty), Louis (Spades), Charles (CReading) and Harrison (TsunamiBomb)

It was a pleasure to meet many new faces at the show, as well as some I had met last year. I rather bungled my introduction to Bill Horan by asking him if his laptop was working on the hotels wireless system (which it wasn’t). I was so eager to get my laptop working on the internet that I’m sure I made a poor first impression. Sorry Bill! :)

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    My room at the DoubleTree
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    The view
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    The vendors setting up
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    Norman Lawson from Armies in Miniature setting up his tables
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    The early entries and viewers as the show opened on Friday
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    A european church was one of Monroe Perdu's newest creations (www.monroeperdu.com)
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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...


I get around. Thanks! Jim
MAY 12, 2005 - 06:00 AM
Jim Thanks for posting, some great photos. Rob
MAY 12, 2005 - 07:34 AM
Wonderful photos! Thanks a lot Jim! Cheers and happy modelling! Prato
MAY 12, 2005 - 07:56 AM
Excellent pics and pretty high level in most works. Thanks a lot Jim
MAY 12, 2005 - 08:09 AM
Jim: Holy cow! What a high calibre of talent! And I must say your presentation of the show was very nicely put together. Thanks for all the effort you put into identifying the individual pieces. Great Job! I'd love to think that the horse blankets/covers on the russian figures were decals, but I'm guessing they aren't...it absolutely blows my mind. Thanks again Jim, John
MAY 12, 2005 - 08:44 AM
First off, THANK YOU for taking all those photos, and posting them, enjoyed seeing them all. 1. It was good to see the fellow members.... including Harrison..... LOL :-) :-) Now I know what the young fellow I chat with looks like..... 2. Loved the figure of Yogi Berra..... today is his 80th birthday, and he lives right down the road from me in Monclair, but alast, he forgot to send me the invatation to his BBQ. The older he gets, the more he looks like my step-father did...... :-) :-) :-) 3. What a wonderful surprise to see Dave Kennedy still going strong...... Back in our younger days we bent many an elbow down at the old Chester show.... (MFCA) Us old guys still have our favorite Dave Kennedy stories from those shows, and my van...... :-) :-) :-) :-) 4. Totally amazing work..... one of these days, I'll have to make that show.... probably after I retire, and hit the lottery.... :-) :-) :-) 5. Jim was from Turkey yesterday, France today..... where will he be from tomorrow?????? Once again Jim, thanks for taking the time to take the photos, and posting them.
MAY 12, 2005 - 01:58 PM
LINK LINK Those belong ot Matt Wellhouser, Its on ww2mm
MAY 12, 2005 - 02:43 PM
Excellent show report Jim. Lots of outstanding work. The Russian figures are simply mindblowing. Thanks for lots of great photos Jim. Yesterday Turkey, France today. Where will he be tomorrow? Are you on a world tour Jim? Denmark is right there, just above Germany. Feel free to drop by.
MAY 12, 2005 - 06:28 PM
Wow! Those figures are mind blowing! Wish I was there so I could see those magnificent figures in person. Angela
MAY 12, 2005 - 07:12 PM
Very nice models there.thanks for taking us to the show Jim. Best regards
MAY 13, 2005 - 12:02 AM