In recent years we have noticed an increase in the exhibition part, even though we have a long road ahead to the size you can see in the continental competitions. An exhibition serves the purpose that anyone is be able to show their models. We want to see many and fun models. The cut-throat competition will shine by its absence. All builders, young and old, just-for-fun-builders and competition fanatics can display their models. We will have three special exhibitions: Matchbox, the Special Interest Guy and the theme exhibition. These are pure exhibitions, without any judging, we do however require advance registration of the models.
Many models are built each year to participate in competitions. When the competion season is over the model will be put into the display cabinet (or in the worst case, in the closet) and will never be taken out to be seen again. Participating in exhibitions alters the picture. We want to see many models, new and old, and have the opportunity of a dialogue with the builder.
Matchbox has a place in every model builder’s heart, many still remember their first Matchbox model in multicolored plastic. Matchbox was unique in many ways and gave out items that we did not even know existed. Matchbox has long since discontinued as a manufacturer, although Revell sometimes re-issue the old Matchbox moulds under their own name. The goal of this recurring exhibition is to show off all Matchbox models, so if you have an old Matchbox model in your display cabinet, bring it along or build the old kit that has remained at the bottom of the closet for years. If it says Matchbox on the box or moulds the model is welcome at the exhibition.
Some photos from the Matchbox SIG in 2013:
This year’s theme: Rescue
The special theme of the year is rescue, so we expect models related to first responders, but alternative interpretations are sure to appear.
There will be a non-competing exhibition on the rescue theme as well.
Special exhibition, ”Work in Progress”
This year we thought that even those modelbuilders that have difficulties in completing a model would get a chance to show what they are working on. As a test this year will will have an exhibition with the theme ”Work in Progress”.
We believe that there are quite a large number of interesting projects/models under construction that shows different ideas, techniques and solutions that can be displayed and and discussed and commented with and by other builders. Here every builder gets a chanche to show what they are working on despite the fact that it is not finished. This way every builder can participate in 08-Open.
We still want a registration of your models so that we can better plan our tablespace.
Special Interest Guy
The Special Interest Guy of the year is Stellan Schroeder Englund, a person with a wide range of interests and a tendency to create alternative interpretations of the original models. Some samples of his production: