7th Scale Models Festival in Bytom, Poland
27-28th February 2010
The show is over, everybody is already at home, emotions have almost gone. It's high time to write something about that event and share the joy with you, dear Reader...but where to start?
The organizers of the show were the Modeling Section of the Youth Cultural Center No.2, Scholar Modeling Club „Karb” with a co-operation of the IPMS Silesia and SAG Group.... Festival in Bytom is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, model expos in Poland, a country with 36millions not-modeling-yet citizens... The chief-coordinator, as always, was Mr. Aleksander Zielony. As usual the festive gathered not only the Polish modelers but also from the neighbor countries. This year we could also meet fellows from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia. Between the visitor I have also heard some french, german and english speakers. So as you can see this was absolutely an international event.
Ok, time for some statistics. At the display we could see 772 models, in all scales and categories, build by 252 modelers. Models were divided into two age categories: juniors and seniors, each of them into separate sub-categories: standard (out-of-the box) or master (scratch, upgrades etc). Of course there were separate categories for different scales and subjects, in total 51 categories plus 7 special categories for the “French Campaign 1940”. As for the Armorama statistics we could see 10 models of the artillery, 36 tanks and 28 wheeled vehicles, 11 dioramas and 7 figures made by the juniors. Seniors brought to Bytom 17 artillery models, 123 tanks and other tracked vehicles, 84 wheeled, 10 motorcycles, 39 dioramas, 62 figures, 12 busts, 9 vignettes, and 12 different vehicles and figures in the “French Campaign 1940” category.
The competition was really though, many times it was almost impossible to say whether it is a junior or senior model (of course in positive aspect for juniors). If the junior models looked like seniors and the seniors were pure masterpieces imagine the general impression.
The visitors frequency was also impressive. In the peak hours it was almost impossible to get to some tables for watching. To make the good quality pictures for the gallery with a tripod I had to come early morning before opening and even then there were already other modelers watching the display.
One of the very positive moment of the contest was the time of announcing the winners. Each modeler from the junior category got a little prize and diploma just for staring and as an encouragement for the future. I think it is important to prompt he youngest to stay in this hobby.
I hope the pictures will tell you the rest of the story about the modeling in Poland and “how-we-do-it-here” but will not tell you one important thing: the joy and pleasure of being one big glue and paint sniffing family for these two days. Thank you all for being there and I hope to see you next time as soon as possible.