Saturday, 23 November 2013

Fine Scale Model RR EXPO 2013 Contest Models

This beautifully built wharf scene was just one of many models and dioramas on display at this years EXPO.

Some Great Modelling At This Year's Don Janes

     The contest room at the annual Fine Scale Model RR EXPO is always a real treat to visit and this year was no exception.  One of the highlights of attending the EXPO for George and I, besides spending all of our money, is visiting the contest room.  The EXPO was held in Pittsfield, MA at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  The main show and half the clinics were on the second floor and the other clinic room and contest room were on the 13th floor.  This meant a lot of trips up and down on the crowded elevators but the trips were worth it in most cases.  
     This year's contest categories were dioramas ranging from 2" x 2" up to 18"x 18", individual structures, rolling stock, marine and a photo contest.  There were quite a few medium sized dioramas and individual structures but only a few pieces of rolling stock and marine models.  All the models were very well done by a very talented group of modelers.   The lighting and room layout wasn't ideal for good photos but I think you will agree that the models below are some of the best you will find anywhere.  
     Since George and I didn't attend the banquet this year I don't know which models won prizes and I wouldn't want to guess as they were all very good.   Marty McGuirk e-mailed me and told me I won second prize in the photo contest so that was very rewarding.   Enjoy the photos below and see some beautiful models from this year's EXPO.

This branch line car shopdiorama was beautifully detailed both inside and out.

Marine dioramas were very prevalent, most likely due to the eastern location of the EXPO

These three models pretty much represented the Rolling Stock category.  All were extremely well done models.

Some of the other dioramas ranged from city scenes and a Vermont barn to an old abandoned large scale caboose
One of my favorites was this beautifully done UP roundhouse diorama.  The workmanship and details were exquisite.
The models above were two of the best Marine entries in the show.

     The photos above will give you an idea of the caliber of workmanship that modelers bring to the show.   The next installment will feature an exquisite mining diorama.  The workmanship will blow you away and I would have to guess it won Best in Show.  Stay tuned.