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The event
The HeritageCon Model Show is an event organized by the IPMS Hamilton Model Club. The club makes its home in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, located at the Western shore of Lake Ontario. Each year the club hosts this show and it is one of the larger events in scale modeling in Canada. This event is the club’s fundraising activity for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM), which is where they are fortunate enough to meet and have their regular meetings.

This year saw the eighth HeritageCon show held on Sunday the 9th of March in one of the museum hangars at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario. Numerous vendors were on hand selling all forms of modelling related items as well as books and artistic works. Let’s also not forget about the opportunity to look at some 1:1 scale aircraft.

A major part of the show program is the chance for modellers to enter, display and have their models judged in the hope that their work would be recognized and receive an award. There were ten major competition categories available including Aircraft, Military Vehicles, Automotive, Ships, Figures, Dioramas, Paper Models, Miscellaneous, Junior and Bantam. Each of these was in turn further subdivided into 70 individual subcategories. The number of subcategories varied from category to category but for each, a first, second and third prize award was available. This year there were also eight special categories where the prize was a distinctive trophy. There were no less than 13 subcategories devoted to “Armour” related subjects and one to armour dioramas.

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About the Author

About Jan Etal (tread_geek)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I've been building models since about age 10 with the occasional hiatus due to real life events. First armour model was a 1/76 Airfix Tiger I and was followed by a 1/72 Revell F4U Corsair. I've built primarily 1/76 and 1/72 armour and aircraft but occasionally have tinkered in other larger scales....


Comments

I really wondered if there might be something about this show and am happy to see you guys fulfilled my hope. There was so much to see that I'm sure that I missed a lot. To Jan, I hope you did well as I didn't stick around for the awards (it was just so long a day). I saw several of your builds on the table and I have to say that they were better in person than your posted images here. I also have to say that the Braille, monster gun I saw blew my mind! All in all, the small scale kits were in many ways superior to their bigger cousins. Regards, AJ
MAR 18, 2014 - 01:30 PM
@firstcircle -Matthew, Thank you Matthew for editing and getting this feature up. @weathering_one -AJ, Thanks for the compliments and glad that you got to the show. Yes, it can be a bit of long time but it might not seem so if you had entered something. The monster gun you mention is a Hobby Boss "Gustav" 80cm railway gun and was built by a member of my local club. It took the fellow a little over a year to build and I believe he mentioned that the kit contains 2000 or more parts. He got it from a mail order place out west for a little under $200 (MRSP is $325). We can consider ourselves lucky to have seen it because he doubts it will be entered in too many shows as it's just too big and unwieldily to transport. Cheers, Jan
MAR 19, 2014 - 03:09 AM