MiniCon Wrap Up

This past Sunday, IPMS Eagle Squadron presented MiniCon, and by all accounts (including feedback I got from a number of attendees) things went pretty well and most folks enjoyed the opportunity to gather for an event that was long overdue.

That said, one of the things I’ve learned in recent months is that there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to executing a show and swap meet.  Logistics, funding, venue, advertising….the list goes on.  As such, I want to express my thanks and gratitude to the following folks who helped make this event possible:

The ES Contest Committee

Ron, Steve, Ryan, Dave, Lee, Larry, William, and yes, even you Chuck (despite having moved away!) for your efforts to coordinate and execute quickly and managing the stress and pressure of getting this event organized.

The ES Club Members

My thanks to all the members that helped with the judging efforts.  I for one learned a LOT about judging and the judging process.  Everyone chipped in, and even though the turnout was smaller than we anticipated, the fact is that judging concluded in about 2hrs, covering approximately 20-24 active categories.  Specifically, I also want to thank Ryan and Dave for their guidance during club meetings where members were introduced and got some “basic training” on judging, but I also want to personally thank both Ryan and William for their efforts to help us newbies during the show.

Hangar 18

I also want to thank Brian of Hangar 18 for his support both for the event, as well as his assistance in securing not one, but two areas for us to run MiniCon.  That one piece alone allowed us to conduct the show; without a venue, there wouldn’t have been a MiniCon. Thank you Brian!

Sidewalk Swap Meet

As if this hobby wasn’t addictive enough, we had more than 8+ “vendors” who helped our styrene addiction with a multitude of kits, supplies, books and other reference material along the sidewalk swap meet, and some hung around well after the conclusion of the event.

Participants and Attendees

Let’s face it, a venue is one thing, but having people show up is something entirely different.  I’ve saved this paragraph for last because for me, it represents the linchpin for everything above.  Fact is, had it not been for all the folks who showed up, MiniCon would not be the success that it was.  While we weren’t sure how many folks would attend, this event was–first and foremost–about everyone who visited, modelers and spectators alike.  It’s been a very long time since most of us have had a chance to go to a show, and it was great to see old friends, and make a few new ones as well.  Some only had to come from across town, others travelled more than 2hrs, including Wilmington, NC, New Bern, NC, and Roanoke, VA.

With that, we put a close to MiniCon.  I’d dare say that this event was the first of it’s kind given the smaller space and limited categories, but it is with much gratitude and thanks to everyone who participated and supported us!

Rob Rode, President
IPMS Eagle Squadron

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Welcome to the online home of IPMS Eagle Squadron

First, I’d like to welcome you to our little corner of the world here at IPMS Eagle Squadron.  We’ve got a rich and diversified history of model builders and we continue that legacy with a growing base of modelers, history-buffs, and those who just enjoy the hobby as a whole.

Second, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that 2021 couldn’t come fast enough.  This past year has been difficult and challenging in so many different ways, and I’d like to thank last year’s board for their extraordinary leadership; they did a wonderful job in 2020, and it is my intention to carry that forward this year.

And as we look forward to the coming months in 2021, here at Eagle Squadron we have a few things we’re working on to make this year better than ever, so I strongly encourage you to stop by—we meet formally on the second Sunday of every month at the American Legion in Fuquay-Varina, and we’ve got a growing number of folks who meet informally on the last Wednesday of the month for a “build night” at Hangar 18 in Cary, NC.  You can check out our Meeting page for more information, so if you’re interested in any facet of this hobby, whether you’re into building aircraft, armor, cars, ships and more, or just want to hang out with a group of like-minded folks, I encourage you to join us.  And yes, we’re continually committed to the health and safety of our members, so masks will still be required for the foreseeable future.

With that, allow me to offer 3 things to consider this year:

1) Again, if you build models now, please consider joining.  And it doesn’t have to be with us here at Eagle Squadron.  No matter where you live, find a group near you.  Visit the IPMS USA page for a listing of clubs in your area.  If you’ve never participated in a club meeting before, make this the year you do so.  If you’ve participated in contests or swap meets in the past, then I definitely ask you to consider joining a club as well! I think you’ll find that getting together with folks who are as interested in this hobby as you is a fun and rewarding experience.

2) If you’ve never built a model before, give it a try. One of the spectacular elements to this hobby is that there’s no shortage of subjects you can explore, and more are being offered faster and more than ever.  Whether you’re into cars, aircraft, space, Gundam, or sci-fi, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll find out there.  Coupled with advances in 3D modeling and printing, there literally is something for everyone to discover.

3) Challenge yourself.  Whether you’re a seasoned builder or just starting out, it doesn’t matter. You never know…you might learn something more about yourself and what you can accomplish.  If all you’ve ever built were planes, then try a tank.  If armor is your “go-to” then try a ship.  What I think you’ll discover is that while basic techniques stretch across every genre, there are nuances to every subject, whether it’s a mirror-like finish to a sports car, rigging a bi-plane, or weathering treatment on a tank.  Or try this on for size: if you’re a detail hound like me, pick a model, build it straight out-of-the-box, and get it done in a month!  Whittle down that stash of kits that have been sitting on the shelf for the last few years!  That way, you can make room for more on the shelf!  Bottom line: challenging yourself can take on any aspect or strategy you want; the larger point is that growth only comes from doing something different.

Make 2021 the year for something new and different. Again, no matter your interest or skill level, anyone and everyone is welcome; we’d love to meet you and have you visit us. The old adage of “strength in numbers” absolutely applies here, and as I speak for our club, I think you’ll find that getting together with like-minded folks who enjoy this hobby makes for a good time.

Thank You
Rob Rode, President
IPMS Eagle Squadron

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