Here it is already nearing the end of October…2014 has been a blur. We’ve covered thousands of miles traveling between events, meetings and retailer visits. In fact, we recently participated in an Open House at Bobe’s Hobby House in Pensacola, Florida at their new store. It was just a little less than a year ago we were there on our way west along the Gulf Coast.
Following our visit to Bobe’s we attended the IPMS event at the USS Alabama. Great venue for a modeling event, although if you’re there as a vendor you don’t have enough time to take in the USS Alabama. So, we’re going to visit it later while we are still in the area.
Since our departure from Wisconsin right after AirVenture we hauled east towards Hampton, VA to attend and represent Xuron Corp at the IPMS USA National Convention and it was a great time! From there we made it north as far as Hudson, Massachusetts for a local contest before turning once again south. We had planned on visiting the Xuron Corp headquarters, but due to a major mechanical breakdown on our motorhome and the delay it caused in our travel schedule we were forced to skip it this year.
We made several stops along the way…Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Alabama. Met with some great people, modelers, store owners and other vendors too. Our plans from this date forward will have us spending November thru January in Florida to try to stay warm and cover as many of the events as well as visiting stores in the areas we’ll be staying. We’ll be leaving Florida right after the Jacksonville IPMS event, then our plans have us in Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio just to name a few. Our summer east of the Mississippi will essential end with our attendance at the IPMS Nats in Columbus, OH. Plans from then on have us on the west coast starting in Portland, Oregon at the National Model Railroad Assoc. national convention. We’ll finish out our fall in the northwestern US, before wandering south towards Southern California and into Arizona for the winter.
Its been a long time since I’ve picked up a model and actually worked on one. Well, recently I started building again. My wife has been after me to do so and after spending time with a friend and fellow modeler I did. Felt good too! I’ll share what and what progress I’ve made soon.