October 22, 2013

High Plains Con XXIV A Success!

     On Saturday, October 12th, the High Plains Modelers put together their 24th annual High Plains Con Model Show & Contest. Modelers from far and wide gathered at the Ranch in Loveland to show off their skills and compete for prizes that were nearly as fabulous as freshly cooked bacon. Although entries totaled on the low side at 168 models and 36 entrants, our vendors more than made up for it. The selection was nearly as good as any contemporary hobby shop as more than 12 vendors arrived to hawk their wares at extremely friendly prices.
     Within the High Plains Modelers, the following club members won awards:

New Scott
1st in SciFi Spacecraft and Best Spacecraft (Sponsored by CoMMies) for his Fine Molds 1/72 Y-wing.
3rd in 1/72 Armor for his Revell M60A3.

Jeff
 1st place in 1/48 Softskin with his Tilly and a 2nd place in Spacecraft/Sci-Fi with his Slave I. Jeff’s son Ayrton took 1st in Junior Auto with his Ferrari Enzo, a 1st in Junior Armor with his M3 Lee, and Best Junior for the Ferrari.

Mark S.
2nd place in the Military Vehicle, Soft Skin class, 1/35, for his
US 2-1/2 ton 6x6 cargo truck.

Pablo
1st Place: JASDF Phantom II (1/48 multi-engine jet)
1st Place: A-4 Collection (Group builds)
3rd Place: P-47 "Flying Penguin" (1/32 Single Engine)
3rd Place: 1/72 Br.86 (Miscellanea)

Jerry
Third place in Figures for his Frankenstein /w skeleton model.
  
Gary
 1/350 Nautical - 1st Place with his I-400 Japanese submarine; Diorama - 1st Place with his 'Operation Milkman'; Best Diorama sponsored by High Plains with his 'Operation Milkman'; Modern Armor - 2nd Place with his Israeli M50; Heavy Commercial - 2nd Place with his Kenworth 'Honest John' Hauler; Softskins - 3rd Place with his 1/35 15cwt Truck.

Chip

Military Multi-Engine Jet, 1/72nd and Smaller, 2nd Place, SR-71 with D-21 Drone
Military Single Engine Jet, 1/48th and Larger, 1st Place, F-86F-30
Military Single Engine Jet, 1/72nd and Smaller, 1st Place, F-100D  

Military Single Engine Jet, 1/72nd and Smaller,  2nd Place, F-8II

Congratulations to all!

     High Plains Modelers would like to thank each and every participant and vendor, and not least of all the crew and volunteers, for helping to make this a great show. Thanks!

     Now let’s ogle some pics! Click each pic for a larger version:

Vendors arrive to set up.

A good looking snowplow, fresh out of the county wash bay.

This Cookie Monster is not PBS approved. ;)

An overview of the show in progress.

Mark Persichetti brought leftover Nationals gear to sell. Unfortunately, he eluded the photographer.

Our esteemed compatriots-in-styrene from Denver, the CoMMiES, arrived with a veritable plethora of goodies.

This tank destroyer vignette was very impressive.

Chuck Yeager's ride. 'Nuff said.

An impressive diorama of a Coast Guard station.

You don't see many TBM's in Atlantic ASW colors, but this one pulled it off nicely.

P-40 Warhawk. A curvy, classic steed of the air.

Achtung! Fockewulf!

An impromptu Build & Bull broke out at one of the tables.

The judges take their job seriously.

That windshield looks way too clean. ;) Give that mainainer a raise!

A tough call on this great looking bike.

The awards ceremony in full swing.

After a long day and a successful show, the High Plains Modelers ride into the sunset.