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Hobby Expo is Back!

Postby HobbyTown USA » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:47 am

Yes, just two more weeks until Hobby Expo at the Petaluma Community Center!

The popular, fun for all ages, Hobby Expo returns to the Petaluma Community center on Saturday, February 9th, 2013. The event is hosted by the Santa Rosa and Mount Diablo Chapters of the International Plastic Modeler’s Society, with the sponsorship of HobbyTown USA of Petaluma. It is free to the public and is open from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

For seven years the Hobby Expo has combined a regional scale model contest with informational displays, demonstrations, and hands on fun provided by various hobby clubs from Sonoma County and the nearby Bay Area. The event features hundreds of scale models in the categories of Aircraft, Military Vehicles, Ships, Automobiles, Spacecraft, Science Fiction, Figures, and Dioramas. The contest draws model builders from all over northern California to compete.

The theme of this year's Hobby Expo is “Models from the Movies,” and will include displays by two local professional model building and effects companies including: 32Ten Studios and Fonco Creative Services. It will also have displays from Rancho Obi-Wan, Voodoo FX, Shawn Thorsson & Associates Workshop, R2-D2 Builders Club, and more.

A Model Maker Forum will be held at 1 pm and it will be a panel of Industrial Light and Magic veterans who have worked on many famous movies. Members of the panel will discuss behind the scenes stories, design inspirations, and most importantly model making techniques. Don Bies, owner of White Room Artifacts will conduct the panel which will include some of the most respected names in the model movie business including Lorne Peterson, Larry Tan, Nelson Hall, John Goodson, and Kim Smith; more panelists will be added as the date gets closer. After a 30-40 minute discussion, the panel will be opened to questions from the audience.

With the sponsorship of HobbyTown USA, kids will enjoy free hands on activities for plastic model Make-n-Take and Lego building. At the plastic model Make-N-Take professional model makers, from the Model Maker Forum, will help kids build their models. The public will also be able to observe demonstrations of radio-controlled helicopter and aircraft flying, radio-controlled ships, battle-bot matches, operating train layouts, and more.

For full details and a list of participating clubs go to:
http://www.ipmssantarosa.org/hobby_expo.html

Steven Elliott
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Petaluma Plaza, next to Trader Joe's
http://www.htupetaluma.com
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Re: Hobby Expo is Back!

Postby HobbyTown USA » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:41 am

Only one week until Hobby Expo 2013 at the Petaluma Community Center!
Free admission and free activities.

Here is a link to a map and schedule showing what rooms the clubs and activities are located in.
http://www.htupetaluma.com/images/Expo/schedule.jpg

For full details and a list of participating clubs go to:
http://www.ipmssantarosa.org/hobby_expo.html

Steven Elliott
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Petaluma Plaza, next to Trader Joe's
http://www.htupetaluma.com
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Re: Hobby Expo is Back!

Postby gandalfretlaw » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:48 am

The Western Warship Combat Club will be there! At least a dozen combat ships will be on display. Our R/C warships fight each other and sink each other. We pull them back up, patch them and go out again. Great Fun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j915nYKJ8Ts
http://www.westernwarshipcombat.com/
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Re: Hobby Expo is Today!

Postby HobbyTown USA » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:37 am

Hobby Expo is today! I saw the robot from the Lost in Space TV series being brought in last night! Come see models, trains, games, robots, and radio control and it is all free.
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Re: Hobby Expo Thank You!

Postby HobbyTown USA » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:38 pm

Thank you to every one who worked at, volunteered, displayed at, or just came to see Hobby Expo 2013 in Petaluma! This Expo was our best ever with a record setting number of models on display and great attendance.

A very special thanks to the staff of the Petaluma Community Center. Their professionalism and helpfulness ensured a safe and enjoyable event.

Please add your comment about what you liked about the Expo!

Click the link below to see our gallery of pictures.
http://www.htupetaluma.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=614&Itemid=57

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Huge thank you to HobbyTown for sponsoring this!

Postby jmoore145 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:21 pm

We went for the first time and were very impressed! Will definitely be going back next year! Great to see kids and adults having a good time out there

the only thing that could have been improved was the sound on the panel talk. It was very hard to hear anything at all- maybe the talk can be moved to another area?

Either way, looking forward to seeing what you have in store for next year!
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