For those who weren’t aware, if you happen to be in the area of St. Petersburg, Florida this week, you should consider checking out the NRG Conference, which is being held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront hotel.
The annual conference is an international gathering of ship modelers that will take place from Thursday, October 26th through Saturday, October 28th. Local tours of interest take place on Thursday, while Technical sessions and symposiums, plus the annual membership meeting and banquet, take place on Saturday.
Traditionally, there are many members’ ship models on display and several vendors selling books, tools, kits, etc., so there’s a lot of interesting stuff to keep you busy between technical sessions.
I do recommend going to the conference for anyone who has never been, though I myself will not be attending this year. In fact, nobody from the Bay Area ship model clubs that I am associated with will be going this year, which is pretty unusual, and I’m not quite sure why that is.
Hopefully, the turnout will be okay. But, the NRG leadership doesn’t seem to be too concerned with promoting the event, and again I’m not quite sure why. There is almost no promotion of the conference on the online ship model forum Model Ship World, which the NRG leadership decided to buy a couple years ago in order to expand the reach of the Guild. So, I would have thought there would have been some regular posts encouraging attendance, but there’s been almost nothing
Even the NRG’s home page (http://thenrg.org), only has a fairly small portion dedicated to the conference. And, strangely enough, the paragraph about the conference is clearly half finished. I don’t know what’s going on with the NRG’s organization, but someone is clearly not doing a very good job maintaining the group’s web communications.
But, this won’t affect the quality of the conference. The symposiums, technical session and round tables always prove to be very interesting. What’s more, Greg Herbert and David Antscherl of Admiralty Models will be holding a two-day workshop on scratch building headworks immediately after the conference at the same hotel. You’ll find more info on this here: http://www.admiraltymodels.com/index.html
So, go to the conference, if you can, and if there’s room left in the Admiralty Models workshop, you should definitely look into attending. Ω