June 17, 2006: MiniCon. This was my first time at
the IPMS Ontario chapter's MiniCon. Saw alot of familiar faces (folks
that go to ValleyCon and OrangeCon) There were a few things from previous
shows, but alot of new stuff. I met a couple of modelers from Fresno,
yeah, they drove down here from Fresno to take part in this comp. Very
well rounded modelers and good people to chat with.
I had forgotten my mini tripod so I was stuck using the "auto"
function on my camera, hence the crappy pictures and some flash pictures.
Did the best I could. I ended up entering two different categories with
my kits I brought: Shin Matsunaga's Kampfer and the VF-0S Battroid went
into the Miscallanous category which included paper models, sci fi, etc.
The FSS Phantom, Mitsuki, and Lynx Girl went into the Resin, conversion
kit, vacuform category. The categories were a bit confusing since most
of the kits in the figure category were full resin. Scifi/fantasy is again
shunned from that category even though they are figures. Oh well, no big
deal. It is one more reason I enjoy OrangeCon so much. They really try
to split the categories into clear areas instead of lumping them all into
one category. I walked away from this comp with a 3rd in the Miscallanous
category for the Kampfer, and a 3rd in the Resin, conversion kit, vacu
form category for Lynx Girl - there's something to be said about nudity
in a modeling contest that's judged and spectated by 95% men.... All in
all, I had a fun time.
The interesting thing is that the San Diego's IPMS chapter delayed and
rescheduled their IPMS show for the same day as MiniCon, today... I'm
pretty sure the turn out would have been much different if the IPMS shows
were held on different days. I know alot of the San Diego modelers come
up for OrangCon. Oh well, nothing I can do about that. Enjoy the pictures.
Another fun convention to go to that's a local event. Will be going again