Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia
FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION / July 19, 2017
The Mariners’ Museum Celebrates Hampton Roads Ship Model Society’s 50th Anniversary
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – The Mariners’ Museum and Park will open a new exhibition on August 5 that showcases the intricate work of The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society to honor the society’s 50th Anniversary.
Founded in 1967, The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society provides a venue to exchange views and improve modeling skills for members interested in maritime history and the art of building quality ship models.
The exhibition will showcase 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, will be 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.
Gene Berger, president of the Hampton Roads Ship Model Society, stated, “The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society is honored The Mariners’ Museum is giving us an opportunity to showcase our art. This exhibit represents a lifetime of effort by a group of modelers whose meticulous workmanship would otherwise go unappreciated.”
The exhibition opens on Saturday, August 5 and will run 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.
Bringing it home
Moving the boat into its permanent place at home was challenging. The boat had to be carried thru the house and into the “Gallery Room.” It took five of us to wrangle the model into place. This evolution took the better part of an hour.