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SCAHMS 2004 - A First Timers Report

There were 8 or so vendors at the show. I immediately locked my radar in on Monroe Perdu as I have exchanged emails with the owner Mike Bishop in the past. We talked for quite a bit over several different occasions about a variety of topics. For those unfamiliar with MP, Mike designs, sculpts and creates diorama set pieces that are very unique in the marketplace. His attention to detail is very evident in his products. MP’s most recent release is called “New Paint” (shown at right) . We will be doing a full review and write up on this piece so look for that soon.

A number of other vendors were on hand. There was R&K Productions, a distributor that carries the full line of Vallejo paints (soon to expand to 120 colors!) and also publishes Historical Miniature Magazine. Also there was Herb Deeks who had a new 1/72 scale WWII Russian ship on display. The Company of Military Historians was also in attendance with information about their publication, Military Collector & Historian. There were several other retailers and specialty vendors at the show as well.



As with most scale miniature hobby shows there are a lot of awards. It is nice to see people getting recognized for the hard work they obviously put into all the entries. As a first-time visitor to the show I must congratulate Diego Ruina (who I was teasing earlier) for the truly amazing number of awards he won that day. I lost count but my guess would be in the 10-15 range. His work was certainly notable. Many of the Gold winners are noted in the photos already featured in this article. I should note that Charles Reading won both a bronze and a silver for his entries. Dave Connoly also won a bronze. The following won gold awards; Mike McFadden (2 golds), Young Won (2 golds), Diego Ruina, Doug Cohen, Andrew Myers, and one other person whose name I could not discern but they made the wonderful Celtic Standard Bearer.

The Best of Show award went to Mike Blank for his Tannenberg – 1410. Mike was immediately back to receive the Masters Award for 2004. 

For more information about the show please check the SCAHMS Web site as they will hopefully have all the winners posted soon.

About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Jim Thanks for sending the time to load all those photos in the gallery. Great to see all the quality work being done. Rob
MAR 15, 2004 - 04:44 AM
I'll echo these comments, your report on the show was also first-class.... Being a little jaded with modelling at the moment, these photos have served to give me a nice little burst of enthusiasm.... For those that haven't seen them yet, these two pics are for me breathtaking....Thanks again, Jim and this......
MAR 15, 2004 - 05:31 AM
Wow, what a great collection of work and some really nice photos to go along with them. Thanks for sharing.
MAR 15, 2004 - 05:37 AM
Thanks guys. Those pics that Jim posted. Hand painted on tin. !!!!! For those that don't check the homepage (or are on armor, a/c, dio focus) I have posted the show report. The link is above in my original post. Cheers, Jim
MAR 15, 2004 - 06:24 AM
Now I realize the show was held in Kalifornia, but perhaps our esteemed leader could explain the presence of this curious example of the figure painter's art? Jim CUTE IT AIN'T.........
MAR 15, 2004 - 06:36 AM
Maybe THIS is a image of the illusive carpet monster, or in my case hardwood floor monster?
MAR 15, 2004 - 06:47 AM
Hi Jim Great report, and nice selection of photos. Thanks Andy
MAR 15, 2004 - 07:17 AM
That's a very good report and awesome pictures to go with it !!
MAR 15, 2004 - 07:33 AM
thanks a lot guys.you give us new horizons though we are so apart to these activities...very nice report and photos...... and WOWWW for those hand painted tin flags.
MAR 15, 2004 - 09:23 AM
Geeee if i ever be able to paint figures like that it will be the end of a a happy modelling life. And those flags!!!!!!!amazing Thanks Jim
MAR 22, 2004 - 10:47 PM