Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia
In 2017, The Mariners’ Museum and Park showcased the intricate work of The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society (HRSMS) for the society’s 50th Anniversary.
The exhibition contained more than 50 models crafted over the society’s 50-year history. A large array of ship models, created by about 20 different society members, were on display representing military craft, pleasure craft, small working boats, and historical boats familiar to the general public, like the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia.
Founded in 1967, HRSMS continues to provide a venue to exchange views and improve modeling skills for members interested in maritime history and the art of building quality ship models. As its skipper, I thanked the Mariners’ Museum “for giving HRSMS the opportunity to share our creations. This represented a lifetime of effort by a group of modelers whose meticulous workmanship would otherwise go unappreciated.”
The display opened on Saturday, August 5, 2017 and ran through February 11, 2018.
IPMS Old Dominion Open, Richmond, Virginia
On February 24, 2018 the annual International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) competition and exposition was convened in Richmond, Virginia. I drove up from my home in Hampton to take part in the event. The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society (HRSMS), of which I am a member, both sponsored some of the trophies and participated enthusiastically in the Old Dominion Open contest. The ride up to Richmond went trouble free, albeit not without a few frayed nerves as construction on the highways left the ride less than gentle. The event went well and was enjoyed by all.
The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society set up shop and showcased some of our models. The multi-media display brought a lot of attention to our table.
The SS UNITED STATES model took First Place in its Civil Ships category, Best Maritime Award and Contestant’s Choice Award. I couldn’t have been more pleased.
Home in Hampton, VA
Moving the SS United States into its permanent place was challenging. The boat had to be carried thru the house and into the Gallery Room. It took five of us and the better part of an hour to wrangle the model into place.