Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia
In 2017, The Mariners’ Museum and Park showcased the work of The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society (HRSMS) for its 50th Anniversary. Founded in 1967, HRSMS provides a venue for model builders to network and improve their modeling skills.
The exhibit contained more than 50 models crafted over the HRSMS’ 50-year history. The large array, created by about 20 different society members, was on display representing military craft, pleasure craft, small working boats, and historical boats familiar to the general public, such as the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia.
As current Skipper of HRSMS, I thanked the Museum for giving us the opportunity to share our creations, which represent a lifetime of effort by a group whose meticulous workmanship would otherwise go unappreciated.
The temporary exhibit 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.