Scale Model Show & Contest – NOREASTCON 43 – A Photo Essay

Fred Manzo May 4, 2014 0
Scale Model Show & Contest – NOREASTCON 43 – A Photo Essay

By Fred Manzo 

Bob DeMaio and the Long Island Scale Model Society hosted a Scale Model Show at The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York this weekend (Sorry, no Zeds seem to have shown up).  One of the really nice things about this show was that it was put on right among full scale examples of the models being presented. So, for example, you could judge models of P-40 or B-24’s against the real thing only feet away. The museum is also famous for having cut away example of many of its exhibits, so with the help of a museum employee, you can actually walk through, say, a B-24 or sit in the cockpit of a World War II fighter or bomber. Very cool.

Although I took a good 4 dozen photos, here are only some of the more interesting ones.

Model 1 - Museum


Model 26 Bob Demaio

Bob DeMaio at the front desk


Model 2 - Nike

An example of a Nike anti-aircraft missile from Battery D, 3rd Missile Battalion, 51st Artillery at the Museum’s entrance.

One of the many nice features of The American Airpower Museum is that it just doesn’t have the feel of a typical “Museum.” That is, the exhibits aren’t all under glass or remote. And so you are free to walk up to them, touch them and sometimes even get inside  them. And the few barricades they do have project the look of temporary fencing thrown up at a real airport to stop kids from getting into trouble on “Bring your children to work day.”

Now, one of the ways this museum presents such a look is that it IS located at a real, working airport. But still, things from the past where presented in such an informal and friendly manner that you got the feeling you’ve been here before (at least you do if you are an Air Force veteran) . For example, when I went looking for something to drink while examining the aircraft I headed for the snack bar, which turned out to be “manned” by a manikin and decorated in a 1940’s style. The presentation was so convincing I was stopped at its doorway by a couple of attendees who informed me it was only a historic exhibition set in 1943 and didn’t actually sell anything, no matter what the sign said. Now, that was only half true. Yes, the manikin and the 40’s snack bar were an exhibit but the coke and snack machines also present were absolutely modern and took my dollar bills just fine.

Model 11 Britiah WWI tank

British World War I (Mark I) tank

Model 12 M2A2 US tank

A model of a M2A2 US tank (The Mae West)

Model 6 - Sherman at Okinawa

A U.S. tank at Okinawa

Model 8 Armored Train

An Armored German train model with a tank turret


Model 12 Tiger Tank

A Tiger Tank model


Model 10 USS Arizona

The USS Arizona


Model 9 Prince Eugene

Prinz Eugen was an Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser, the third member of the class of five vessels. She served with the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. – Wikipedia


Model 24 HMS Surprise and "Goony" ship to its left.

The HMS Surprise, with the “Goony” ship to the left in this photo.


Model 24 Saber tooth Tiger

A Saber-Tooth Tiger apparently staring down a Sherman tank to the left.


Model 23 Over the Top 1918 Somme

Over the Top – the Somme – 1918 (On permanent display)


Model 14 German WWI Albatros

World War I German Albatros


Model 25 P40 Up close

P-40 up close


Model 31 inside a B24

Inside a B-24


Model 26 various

Various models on display.

Model 15 US Airbase WWII

A World War II U.S. airbase model on permanent display.


Model 16 DC 3 towing Glider

DC – 3 towing a glider as part of the same U.S. airbase display.


Model 9 Conan in the Pit

A “Conan and the Pit” model

Barbarian King – 6″ version. The person standing next to him is simply an example of forced perspective.


Model 8 Beatles

The 6″ version of the Beatles

Model 26 John Grasso

John Grasso, the full scale version, selling me a copy of Arnheim 1944.

Bob and his gang produced a remarkable show that was a pleasure to attend.

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