JerseyFest 2017 was this past weekend, September 9th and 10th, at the Newark Airport Mariott. Turnout was lighter this year than last, most likely attributable to a new venue and the odd weather around the country at the moment. That being said, there was a lot of great work on display, some fantastic seminars, and a well-stocked dealer’s room. Some photos below. If you have the chance, definitely check it out in 2018!
This coming weekend is JerseyFest at the Newark Airport Marriot hotel:
This a great sci-fi and figure modeling show. Well worth checking out. The only caveat I will give is that parking is EXPENSIVE, like $44 a day, so carpool or mass-transit it.
A few NJIPMS members made it out to the Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska, this past week, and a couple of them had cameras in-hand. You can check out Martin Quinn’s extensive coverage on the group’s Facebook page here:
And Devin Poore has uploaded his photos to the group’s photo archive website here:
Last weekend I attended Wonderfest, a sci-fi and figure show in Louisville, KY. It’s been around for a while, next year is their 30th anniversary, but I’ve never been able to make it before. It’s an impressive show. Photos have been added to the gallery website HERE.
This month’s newsletter has also been added to the Newsletter page.
Intrepid show attendee and photographer Martin J. Quinn has uploaded tons of photos from the recent NorEastCon 46 show to the club’s Facebook page. Click HERE for the page and scroll down for photos broken down by category.
The January 2017 issue of the MosquitoGram has been uploaded to the Newsletter page.
Also added were several events to the Upcoming Events page.
Finally, the countdown to MosquitoCon timer has been set on the main page. Less than 90 days to go!
On the 27th of August I made my way to the Mariott in Whippany, NJ, for the annual JerseyFest show. Walking into the contest room tells you this isn’t an IPMS event, as it’s filled with mostly large scale figure models, horror and fantasy being the predominate themes, but sci-fi hardware was represented as well with several impressive studio scale ship builds. The Bandai Star Wars kits were also well represented by several builds. Dinosaurs, mecha, and superheroes rounded out the display. I’d guess there were maybe 200+ kits on display, but I’m terribly bad about estimating such things.
The dealer’s room had a lot of resin. Again, large scale figures reigned supreme, but sci-fi hardware and dinos were represented as well. One of the more interesting aspects of JerseyFest are their seminars and classes. I wasn’t able to take a class this year due to work conflicts on Friday, but I sat in on two studio-scale modelling presentations yesterday and took away a lot of good information.
Overall, a really great show and good time. Met some new people, came soooooo close to buying a studio scale B-Wing kit that I still get the shakes thinking about it, and picked up some great tips and ideas. My photos below. As always, I made no attempt to photograph everything — as I have to do that for MosquitoCon every year — so I shot only what really grabbed my eye.
~Devin Poore, August 2016