San Francisco Bay Area – January 2018 Ship Model Meetings

With the Government shutdown over the weekend, and the closing of the National Parks, the January Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights meeting had to be cancelled. The group will meet again at their regularly scheduled February meeting, which is Saturday, February 17th at 9:30am aboard the Eureka.

However, this didn’t affect two other groups that met this month. One of these is the South Bay Model Shipwrights, which normally meets on the third Friday of each month at 7pm at the Los Altos Public Library. This is a great and very social group, with several members meeting for a pre-meeting dinner at Chef Chu’s restaurant, just up the street from the library.

This is one of the early ship modeling groups and was started by Jean Eckert in 1982. While the group is much smaller than it was in its heyday, the members still keep it an interesting and active club.

Here are a few photos from the January meeting…


Meanwhile, at the other end of the bay, an unnamed group of ship modelers had their quarterly gathering at 10am on Saturday, January 7th, at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. The group is a very small gathering, usually no more than 6-8 people, but with a high percentage of active ship modelers from the North and East Bay areas to Sacramento and beyond.

I’m personally involved in both groups, plus the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, so my same models tend to appear in every meeting.

This group also had an ongoing group build of Amati’s Swedish Gunboat kit. While the group found that the kit had numerous shortcomings, it was also agreed that this made it a perfect kit for generating discussions among the modelers.

One member who completed his model shared photos of it with us below.

Look for news about the Hyde Street Pier group’s meeting after this coming weekend. Ω



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