Chuck Seiler

Who is going to NRG 2016-San Diego?

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This was also my first conference and would like to thank the directors for doing such a great job especially with the last minute changes imposed by the hotel. I would also wish to thank Kurt for inviting me to be a speaker and affording me the opportunity not only to present, but to also answer many questions during the round table groups in working with brass and other topics that popped up.

 

Driving back we also discovered and jewel of model ship collections and 15th and 16th original Dutch maritime paintings at the Ventura/Oxnard Maritime Museum. Very many jaw dropping examples of models dating back to 1780 to the present. All collections are on loan from private collections and I would encourage all to put this on their must visit list and plan at least a minimum of 3-4 hours to enjoy. I would recommend this as a future site for a conference if it were not for it isolation from a near large airport.

 

Here is a link explore their site and enjoy!

http://www.cimmvc.org/models/

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I thought that the Fireman's drill in the hotel Saturday nite was particularly effective...........

Those of us in the lounge, on our 4th cocktail, found it interesting and amusing.  Those that had to walk down the stairs from the 20th floor didn't seem to be as amused. 

 

The appropriately be-decked parade of firemen was interesting (although none were wearing Hawaiian shirts...that I could see).  Top that St. Petersburg!!!

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We were on the 19th floor and with a bad back I decided to sit it out in our room waiting for updates since my wife called down and they said that they would call us back with updates. In the meantime, we watched the firemen below with the trucks and gear and also watched the smoke billow out what must have been an elevator shaft vent. Once we saw the firemen packing up their gear and no more smoke out the vent we figured it was all over even though the alarm still blared away. We finally got a call back to stay put in the room. The TV news said that a curtain on the 7th floor was set on fire which caused all the excitement. 

This will be hard to top next year!

 

Looking down on the trucks.

 

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We were on the 22nd floor and made the trip down the stairs. All the while cursing ourselves out for picking a room with a view! On our return, the elevator stopped on 7 and we got to see the firemen standing around the brunt remains of the curtain. Polyester really sinks when burned!

 

Luckily for us anyway, the smell did not make it to our floor.

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To fill in the folk  who did not make it to San Diego, shortly after the banquet finished on Saturday night, there was the aforementioned fire.  Of note is that during all the commotion (the alarms were so loud you could barely hear the person next to you) the hotel bar was doing a land office business!  

 

It was a great conference I would like to thank everyone for coming.  Hope to see many more of you next year in St. Petersburg.

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I have photos being delivered to me - but both parties are still not home from the conference.

Kurt

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I want to add my special thanks for including me as a speaker (co-speaker, really) on Japanese boat modeling, and with one of the round table discussions. I don't know that everyone got a lot out of it, but it turned out pretty well overall and people I talked to afterwards seemed very appreciative.

 

Regarding the fire, I was one of those at the bar, so it was more exciting than scary or unpleasant. Lots of blinky lights and alarm noise.

 

On the unrelated emergency on Friday, any word on how Michel Mantin is doing?

 

Clare

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I attended the NRG Conference in San Diego and had a really good time.  I enjoyed the presentations and the round tables.  I took lots of pictures and met many MSW members there.  San Diego was the ideal place to hold a nautical themed Conference.  There was so much to see and not enough time, even though my wife and I were there for a week.  There were a lot of ship models on display that were brought in by Conference attendees and I have attached some pictures of them.

 

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Chuck Seiler's Gunboat Philadelphia

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Dave Yotter's Gunboat Philadelphia

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Mike Lonnecker's LSS Model of the Fair American with full rigging

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Some more pictures of Conference attendee's ship models:

 

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Here are two pictures of Don Dressel's LSS Model of the Halifax with full rigging added:

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Here is a picture of Brian Weikert's Armed Virginia Sloop.  I took many pictures of the details on this model but failed to take an overall picture of the entire model.  This is one of the nicest AVS model that I have seen.  You can check out his build log (GuntherMT) by clicking here: Armed Virginia Sloop

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Some more pictures of the Conference:

 

Ken Foran (xken on MSW) did an excellent presentation on Brass Work in Modeling.

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Here are two of his models that he brought to the Conference:

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Notice his Constitution in the background.

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Here is Dave Yotter giving a round table session on using jeweler's tools.  He must have a large inventory of tools as he seemed to have a tool for any modeling need.

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Here is Mike Lonnecker giving a roundtable presentation on building a Swan model.  He was assisted in this presentation by Toni Levine, Bill Maxwell and Don Leyman.

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Here are some photos of the excitement with the seventh floor fire on Saturday night.  Those rubber backed curtains really created a lot of smoke.

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The last group of pictures Ryland posted were from the miniature display currently on the Berkeley.  To give you an idea of the scale, if I recall the AGAMEMNON is about 5 inches long and the VICTORY is about 6 inches long.  "Holy cow!" indeed.

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I thought they were quite a bit smaller than that, but I'm bad at size estimating.  I took pictures of this display when I was at the museum a month before the show, but for some reason I never took my camera down to the model room at the show to take any pictures of the models there, which is a shame as there were some great models on display.  I'm glad Ryland and some others got photo's!

 

Here are some photo's of some of the models on the display in the Berkeley that I took in September.

 

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Thanks for the pictures, Brian.  It's been probably 10 years since I visited the Berkeley.   I think at some point a road trip is in order as it looks like a lot of models have been added.

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