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My Next Japanese Boat Models Display Next Month

For those of you in the Bay Area in March and interested in models of traditional Japanese watercraft, I’m setting up my first display of 2018 next month. The models will be in the display window of Union Bank’s community room, located inside the Japan Center’s East Mall, from March 1st through March 31st, 2018.

Models will include kit build models from Woody Joe and Thermal Studio, as well as four scratch built models, two of which will be brand new to the display.

Here’s my original post on wasenmodeler.com: https://wasenmodeler.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/my-next-wasen-model-display-march-1st-31st-2018/

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Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures

While this event has already come and gone, I thought I should make a mention of this annual event that takes place this time every year in San Jose, CA. This is a big showing of vendors, primarily serving the doll house miniatures enthusiasts, of which there are apparently many.

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Every year, one of the members of the South Bay Model Shipwrights club is invited to display a couple of his models. This year, there was more room, so the club was asked to participate. Three large and three small models were provided by club members, giving some great public exposure to ship modeling. I participated with two models, my Mary Taylor model and my in-progress 18th Century English Longboat model based on a kit from Model Shipways.

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In addition to the models, the club provided a human presence to answer questions about the models and about ship modeling in general. It was a two day event and it was fun to work a shift meeting people who were interested in knowing more about the models.

I worked a few hours one day and discovered that a couple of the vendors were ship modelers. One of them, Steve Goode, has a mail order wood supply business that I’ve used many times in the past. I forgot that he was a friend of ship modeler Lloyd Warner, who also used to sell milled woods for ship modelers and still sells linen rigging line and some of the best rigging blocks available.

I’d never met Steve Goode, so it was nice to finally get a chance to meet him in person. I looked as his sample of wood again and realized that his is about the best modeling wood available. As he put it, he is more concerned with quality rather than price. So, his stuff is a bit pricier, but the quality is top notch. I’ve included his contact info on my Resources page in the menu above.

In any case, I’m looking forward to participating in this event again next year.

Ship Models on the Jeremiah O’Brien This Saturday, June 22nd

There will be a small, but special one-day display of ship models from San Francisco Bay Area modelers on board the Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien at Fisherman’s Wharf this Saturday as part of the ship’s 70th anniversary celebration. The display was organized by the South Bay Model Shipwrights club in Los Altos, CA, and local ship model clubs were invited to participate.

The bulk of the models will probably be from the South Bay club. Those of you in the area might be interested in stopping by and seeing what’s there. Plus, there is the tour of the ship. And, the SF National Maritime Park is just down the street, so you can make a day of it!

If you can’t make it, hopefully, this will just be one of many attempts to organize and promote ship modeling in the SF Bay Area.

Details on visiting the Jeremiah O’Brien are here: http://www.ssjeremiahobrien.org