WonderFest 2019

Last weekend I attended the annual WonderFest sci-fi model show, in Louisville, KY. For those that have attended JerseyFest here during the fall, this is a somewhat similar show, yet much larger, and the break-down between ships/hardware and figures is about an even split (whereas the JerseyFest show is predominately figures). WonderFest set a record this year, it’s 30th, with over 800 models entered in the contest. The quality of work is amazing, and I was quite stunned to take away a bronze award for my USS Sentinel kit build. This year I also took part in a group build display, with the theme of Star Wars Concept Models. Each of us picked a Joe Johnston concept drawing and built a model based on it. My B-Wing wasn’t finished, but that didn’t stop me from taking it to the show as an in-progress.

The show’s dealer’s room is quite impressive as well, with at least 125 individual dealers, according to the show’s flyers, as well as personalities taking photos and signing autographs. The two conference rooms taken up by the dealers is easily 1.5 or 2 times the size of our usual MosquitoCon.

If anyone’s looking for an excuse to visit Louisville the weekend after Memorial Day, I highly recommend WonderFest. They have the date set for May 30-31st, 2020, with more information on their website: https://wonderfest.com/

I took photos, per my usual of not trying to get everything, just the stuff that really catches my eye, all of which have been posted HERE.

-Devin Poore, 6/8/2019

MosquitoCon 28 “Best Of” Winners

MosquitoCon 28, on April 6th, 2019, saw over 600 visitors and entrants, with over 500 models on the table. We’re still processing the hundreds of photos taken at the event, but in the meantime, below is a list of all of the “Best Of” winners, with their photos.

Thank you again to all who attended and continue to make MosquitoCon such a success. See you in 2020!

Best Aircraft – Andrei Koribanics Memorial Award Laird Solution Chris Egan
Best Armor – Art Gerber Memorial Award 4X4 MRAP Joseph Torres
Best Ship – Bill Marshall Memorial Award USS Wisconsin Ryan Labieniec
Best Junior  – Molly Klanica Memorial Award On to Utah Darwin Killin
Best Sci-Fi Hammerschlag Glenn Thorn
Best Civilian Subject 74 Mack Snorkel Firetruck William Ratcliffe
Best of the Rest Award Hammerschlag Glenn Thorn
Best Vietnam Subject – Walley Valechko Memorial Award F-4B Phantom VF-111 John McCormick
“Tailhook” Award F-4B Phantom VF-111 John McCormick
Theme – D-Day 75th Anniversary Bedford QLR “Gin Palace” James Guld
Judges Best in Show – Norm Kennedy Memorial Award 4X4 MRAP Joseph Torres

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Website Updates Ongoing

With MosquitoCon rapidly approaching, all data pertaining to the show is being added to the MosquitoCon 28 page, as it is received. As usual, it looks like it’s going to be a large show.

The Upcoming Events page has been updated as well, with shows later in the year. If there’s something coming up that everyone in the club should know about, let us know and it’ll be added.