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Memorial Day

Pearl Harbor Display 2011


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The club held a one day model display at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (a.k.a. our club meeting place) on Memorial Day, Monday May 30, 2011, and ran from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. The theme was US military forces from WW I to the present day. Although we had some last minute cancellations, we had more than enough models to fill the six tables.

Thanks to all who helped put on the display, whether it was providing a model or manning the tables. Special thanks go to Mac Macomber who ran the show while Jay and Marshall were away. Thanks also to Lloyd Ogata, who once again stood out in the burning sun greeting visitors. (We need to get a bikini clad mascot girl to hold an umbrella for him, and to spritz him with a water mist when it gets too hot.) And last but certainly not least, a big thank you to Danny Martinez for accommodating us!

In order to improve our future model displays, we have been doing informal post-mortems to determine our strengths and weaknesses. One thing that stood out was that dioramas have a much greater impact than a standalone model. Dioramas tell a story, and place men and machines into context of how they were used. I know firsthand that building a diorama can be costly, and they take up a lot of space, but a well executed diorama is 100% eye candy for the visitors, and helps them better understand what we are trying to show them. Designing and building a diorama is a great way to get out of your comfort zone, exercise your creativity, and learn something new.

For a start, I suggest that we make some generic bases for different eras and locales, start a collection of figures, support vehicles, and some additional “props” like structures and scenery, all to be used in our future displays.

And weaknesses? You know, I honestly can’t think of any major ones. You guys have been doing a great job supporting the displays. We seem to be getting better and better with each one we do, and member participation is going up. It’s the people who make a club, and you guys make IPMS Hawaii a great club! (Hey we even got a plaque for that!)



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