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2018 NRG CONFERENCE UPDATE October 25 – 27, 2018 Registration Forms - https://www.thenrg.org/nrg-2018-conference.php The 2018 Conference dates are October 25 – 27, 2018 and the Conference Hotel is the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The hotel is just off the “strip” and has free airport shuttle service on a set schedule and free shuttle service to and from the “strip”. HOTEL INFORMATION Room rates (with $15.86 LV Resort fee) are $65.85 (+ tax) for Tuesday through Thursday nights and $125.85 (+ tax) for Friday and Saturday nights. All rooms are equipped with high speed internet access with a daily newspaper and admission to the exercise facility. Last date to get the special conference room rates is September 25, 2018. Reservation Link = https://palacestation.sclv.com/ You must use this offer code for the discounted room rate when making hotel reservations - PCINRG1 If making reservation by phone you must tell them you are attending the NRG Conference The hotel has five restaurants and a Starbucks. The Feast Buffet is one of the best buffets in LV with breakfast, lunch and dinner – open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM with $9.99 breakfast, $11.99 lunch and $16.99 dinner prices ($3 to $7 less for Boarding Pass members). The Grand Café is open 24 round the clock and has very reasonable prices with breakfast available at any time or how about a cheeseburger for breakfast? Breakfast prices from $6.99 to $13.99, lunch from $6.99 to $10.99 and dinner from $8.99 to $17.99. For the seafood lovers the Oyster Bar is open 24/7 with any seafood you can think of on the menu. Fine dining is available at the Charcoal Room, open from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM Sun –Thur. and 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. Little Tony's offers a variety of Italian and American pizza styles, including classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, New York, traditional Chicago, cracker-thin, and gluten-free. Additionally, a selection of pastas, calzones, stromboli, antipasti, and salads are offered, all with a focus on authentic Italian ingredients and organically-grown produce. Open from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM – M-Th, 4:00 PM to 11:00PM F, 11:00 AM to11:00 PM Sat. CONFERENCE EVENTS The Thursday Tour is a trip to the Hoover Dam and a lunch cruise on Lake Mead on a sternwheel boat. The guided tour of the Hoover Dam includes the entire inner workings of the Dam, not just the exterior. The cruise, with lunch and beverage provided, provides a water side close up view of the Dam. There is also a cash bar on the boat for those wishing to have an adult beverage. DESERT PRINCESS - Lunch Cruise Informal gatherings on Thursday and Friday evenings with a cash bar will be an opportunity to gather and see old friends, make new friends and can serve as a meeting place for those going to dinner together. The speaker line-up for our 2018 conference is almost finalized with an interesting group committed. As of press time almost all speakers are on board. Some names you will certainly recognize as being outstanding and respected members of the Guild or very well known in their areas of expertise. * Ken Foran will talk about Soldering Brass. * Tony Devroude will talk about carving figureheads. * Dr. Al Ross of BlueJacket will speak about kit development. * Kurt Van Dahm will speak about model size table saw use and safety. * Steve Wheeler will talk about some unique Colorado River boats and their construction. * Doug Tolbert will talk about researching the 74 gun class Buckingham. * Chris Dostal, Asst Prof at Texas A&M Nautical Archaeology Program, will speak about nautical archaeological excavations and the use of 3D rendering of the artifacts. * Justin Parkoff, Texas A&M graduate will speak about conservation work on the Union Civil War Gunboat Westfield (aka Texas City wreck). DAILY SCHEDULES (Tentative) – We will have a 90 minute lunch period on Friday and Saturday during which we encourage attendees to visit the vendors and check out the model display. FRIDAY – TECHNICAL SESSIONS * Ken Foran – Soldering Brass * Steve Wheeler – Lapstrake Hull Construction * Kurt Van Dahm – Table Saw Use and Safety Afternoon will feature several round tables – topics and speakers to be confirmed. The Annual Membership Meeting will follow the round tables. Gus Agustin's 2017 Round Table - Making Flags David Antscherl's 2017 Round Table - Frieze Painting SATURDAY – GENERAL SESSIONS * Tony Devroude – Carving Figureheads * Al Ross – Kit Development * Chris Dostal – Nautical Archaeological Excavations – 3D Imaging * Justin Parkoff - Union Civil War Gunboat Westfield – Texas City wreck * Doug Tolbert – Researching 74 Gun Class Buckingham The after dinner speaker will be NRG member and artist Peter Rindlisbacher whose talk will cover his use of ship models to help create his paintings. MEALS Lunch on both Friday and Saturday will be sandwich and salad buffets where you can select your own sandwich and salads. This has been a very popular type of lunch for our members at past conferences. Banquet meal choices are: * Sautéed Chicken Breast – Herb Roasted Marinade * Orange Roughy with Fresh Tropical Salsa * Traditional 6 oz. Filet of Beef All dinners include rolls and butter, salad, vegetable, potato, coffee, hot and iced teas and desert. If you have special dietary restrictions please let us know when you register so your needs can be accommodated. Special dietary needs can’t be accommodated if we are not notified at least a week before the event – due to the hotel’s requirements. VENDORS At press time there are two vendors confirmed. BlueJacket Shipcrafters and Train Troll will be attending and displaying their materials. The NRG will also have a sales table. MODEL DISPLAY Please bring a model; we will have a lot of space for model display. The model registration form is also on the web site. 2017 Model Display Downloadable registration forms are now on the website. The hotel registration information and link is also posted on the website.
This past Saturday a conference and show was held for ship modelers of south Florida in Venice, Florida. :DEight speakers with topics ranging from the "HMS Victory at Trafalgar " to "How to kit bash" were heard. The conference rooms were superb. The lunch was delicious. The models caused me to aspire to reach the outstanding competence displayed, All this was arraigned by Charles Gravallese, a member of the Ship Modelers Guild of South West Florida. A hope was expressed that this kind of meeting could become an annual affair.