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The 2002 IPMS Nationals are being held at the Pavillion Convention
Center at the seaside resort town of Virginia Beach in Virginia.
Hopeful visitors were being turned away from the door
early this morning as scores of vendors set up under the distinctive
twin cylinders of the Convention Center ceiling. For four days, this
venue will be the biggest hobby retail outlet in the world.
If people are not
travelling as much as they used to, nobody told the vendors. They
are present in remarkable numbers, including an international
presence from the British print magazines SAM and SAMI. The most
imposing vendor to date is Meteor Productions, with what looks like
a city block of space, plus (believe it or not) a genuine MiG-21
forward fuselage. Budding VVS fighter jocks may sit in the cockpit
and have their photos taken.
Other traders include Eagle Editions (with stock of my new book,
"Stormbird Colors"), Victory
Productions, North American Hobbies, Pacific Coast Models,
Aeromaster/Eagle Strike/Aries and many, many more. I will
attempt to acquire a full trader's list by tomorrow night. Plenty of
individual traders are also present with large numbers of models at
Many new products are being announced and released here over the
coming days. These include a new Macchi C.200 serie VII in 1/48
scale from Pacific Coast Models (due around September); an Aires Bf
109F conversion for Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Bf 109G-6, and Aires 1/32
scale cockpit for the same big Bf 109G-6, and a rather spectacular
looking decal sheet for British and Commonwealth Spitfire Aces in
1/48 scale from Victory Productions. I will post more news and
reviews on HyperScale over the course of the Convention.
By 3pm the eager crowds were permitted to register and enter the
Vendors' Hall. The weather was hot enough, but even more heat was
generated by the frenzy of the early visitors to get to the vendors'
It looks like the organisers have done a great job, and the vendors
have certainly lent their support. Everything appears to be set for a great IPMS National Convention!
Keep in touch with news at the Nationals
via daily updates on HyperScale.
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