The annual gathering of O scale modelers just happened in Lombard, IL. The meet was well attended and attendees were spending money and enjoying the fellowship.
I always thought that this gathering is the defacto benchmark for scale O shows. Mike Hill and his wife have maintained a high quality show with many sellers, dealers and few manufactures to boot.
Bill McConnell’s O Scale Turnouts exhibited his line of switches. Bill offers assembled turnouts in standard O gauge and Proto48. His show display is 1/4″ finescale and features a super fine GP-9 the reflects the art of Lee Turner with a very realistic weathering treatment. The model is battery powered and radio control. Bill provided me this description of the GP-9
- Kelly Reagan’s Finescale 360 frame with Atlas GP9 fuel tank and speaker.
- The motor mount is conduit hanger used in the electrical industry. It is called Hanger Lok. A lot cleaner than the RC variant.
- Maxon 25mm motor.
- P&D brass trucks with scale wheels.
- Paint work by Lee Turner.
Shows like this offer a great opportunity for O scale modelers to find parts, kits and completed models. As we all know, there are fewer hobby stores let alone ones that stock 1/48 scale models. A number of my friends restock their parts cache at shows. I have done this for years.
The other value for shows is social. Meeting new friends and renewing friendships is a great value in this hobby. We are a minority scale and rarely encounter a place full of modelers in our scale.
The above group is seems to be enjoying fellowship and a good meal. From left to right: Norm Buckhart, Rod Miller, Dick Harley, Frank Peacock and Jim Wolf.
So the group was larger on the second night of dining. This time Bruce Blalock, Mike O’Connell, Charlie Morrill, Lee Turner and a few others that I don’t recognize. Looks like some good grub at Brio.
A frowning Mike O’Connell standing next to Dan Pantera in his expansive shop. For those who don’t know Dan, he is a custom builder of passenger equipment in O scale. Looks like a few Nickel Plate Road passenger cars are being prepared for a client.
Our smiling group seems to be enjoying the opportunity check out a great model builder’s shop.
The show holds a model contest. I read that there were only 20 models entered. Jim Zwernemann entered a scratchbuilt war emergency boxcar. The prototype for this car is the Alton Road (later GM&O). The model won first place in the freight car category. Jim has won this event a number of times.
I think that I am going to try to attend this show next year. It has been a long time since I attended the event when it was held at the Sheraton in Rolling Meadows.
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