Ages of Sail at IPMS Silicon Valley Scale Modelers 2019 Classic

The Silicon Valley Scale Modelers will be holding their model show again, the SVSM 2019 Classic on Saturday, March 17th, March 16th, 2019, and Ages of Sail will again be there.

Ages of Sail table at the Silicon Valley 2017 Classic.

The South Bay Model Shipwrights club is also expected to have a table there, and will likely be located right next door again, making for a whole ship modeling section at the event.

South Bay Model Shipwrights members manning their table next to ours at the SV 2017 Classic.

This is officially an IPMS event, which is the International Plastic Modelers Society. However, they include models of all types, including ones of resin, paper, and wood. Expect to see an increasing number of ship models and this and future events, as the South Bay Model Shipwrights takes a more active role of getting out in front of the public to support the hobby of ship modeling.

We’ll be sure to bring lots of stuff for all to look at and purchase. Hope to see you there! Ω

NRG Conference, Oct 25-27 in Las Vegas

The Nautical Research Guild’s annual conference is coming up fast and Ages of Sail will be there this year!

Model display and vendor room, San Diego conference, 2016

This year, the conference is at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time to make the late registration date. But, even if you miss the late registration, you can still pay at the door, it’ll just cost you a bit more.

Details on registration and hotel can be found on the NRG website:

The last conference we attended was in San Diego in 2016, so we’re really looking forward to the event. Please stop by our vendor table and say ‘hi!’ Hope to see you there. Ω

Fantastic Work of Japanese Ship Modelers – THE ROPE, Tokyo

THE ROPE, Toyko, is Japan’s largest ship model society, and they have some extremely talented ship modelers. Every Spring, they have a ship model exhibition, and photos of the exhibited models are posted on the group’s well-organized website.

With their next exhibition coming up in April, it seems a good time to take a look at works from their prior events.

Mr. Toshio Takahashi’s Viking Ship built from an Amati kit

The Rope has an excellent website with an english language section. They even have downloadable copies of their newsletter in english. The site is really worth checking out, but the best part is the gallery of models from past exhibitions.

Royal Caroline by Mr. Makoto Kato, built from a Panart kit (Mantua).

Most of the text in their photo gallery section is in Japanese, but much of the essential information is also given in english. Check out the models from last year’s event – Click Here.

The Japanese website for The Rope is here. The English language site is here. Ω


Ages of Sail at IPMS Show “Silicon Valley Classic #4”

The International Plastic Modelers Society’s Silicon Valley Scale Modelers club will be hosting a model show and contest on Saturday, March 4th in San Jose. Ages of Sail will be participating this year with a table in the vendor section. Come visit us!

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The event is free to the viewing public, with a charge only for entering models in the show. It takes place at:

Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expwy, San Jose Ca 95131

Models are mostly plastic, and mostly modern armor, aircraft, cars and sci-fi, but there are occasionally wooden and other models entered, sometimes sailing ships.

The South Bay Model Shipwrights club will have a table set up to talk to people and show them about wooden ship model building, and will be right next to the Ages of Sail table.

If you have some time on Saturday, come visit us and check out the fantastic models you’ll see on display!