19
May
09

I’m back from kentucky!!!


Yeager himself flew this baby!!

Yeager himself flew this baby!!

the last of the rocket planes

the last of the rocket planes

the X-10, my fav of the X planes

the X-10, my fav of the X planes

WOW!!! the X-5

WOW!!! the X-5

the lethal X-3 stiletto

the lethal X-3 stiletto

Well I just got back from Kentucky and have had my fill of fried chicken and sweet tea!!! Really need to hit the gym now!!! Wonderfest was a great as always and the show reached record attendance, and model entries in the great modeler contest counting into the 500’s, I Got a lot  of laughs when I read the comments to my “end of the blog” prank and especially liked being cussed out in bad Chinese!! HAAAA! Sorry for the scare but couldn’t pass up a good joke!!! Went to the Air force flight museum in Dayton on the first day there, and saw so many incredible planes and rockets!! This museum was so amazing and have to go back for more next year,,,,, got lots of pics from both the museum and the convention, and  I’ll put up a few everyday this week..   Met a lot of great folks and venders that make some awesome model and figure collectibles. I’ll start posting those as well with links to the venders that had everything for those looking for that hard to find kits. Deg and his brother Greg hung out with My friend Nelson and I over the weekend and had a lot of good fun, food and laughs!!  Just to much fun.  So with that said I have to get to work but here are some treats from the show. Enjoy,  and happy Tuesday

this was THE most beautiful model of the X-15 I have ever seen.  Superb painting and modeling skills seen here!!!

this was THE most beautiful model of the X-15 I have ever seen. Superb painting and modeling skills seen here!!!

this was a huge extremely detailed model over at the Martin Bower table

this was a huge extremely detailed model over at the Martin Bower table

a way cool entry in the show!!!

a way cool entry in the show!!!

Frank holds one of the ST creations at his booth..

Frank holds one of the ST creations at his booth..

here are a couple of beautiful orion kits from the Starship modeler booth.

here are a couple of beautiful orion kits from the Starship modeler booth.

the some from the ST shuttle series

some from the ST shuttle series

here are some of the entries from the SCI-FI/Mecha table

here are some of the entries from the SCI-FI/Mecha table

some beautiful busts kits from the dealer room

some beautiful busts kits from the dealer room

awesome model kits from Yeager's First Contact armada

awesome model kits from Yeager's First Contact armada

this was an unbelievable entry!!! the ship floated freely above the base via a brilliant magnetic set up. Quite impressive amount of engineering.

this was an unbelievable entry!!! the ship floated freely above the base via a brilliant magnetic set up. Quite impressive amount of engineering.

the Hawk from Space 1999

the Hawk from Space 1999

this is Robert on the left and the other Robert is on the right, These guys had a great vender booth set up and is called AMP or Avery Model products. these guys put out some awesome kits and have a beautiful Star destroyer in the works!!!

this is Robert on the left and the other Robert is on the right, These guys had a great vender booth set up and is called AMP or Arvey Model Products. these guys put out some awesome kits and have a beautiful Star destroyer in the works!!!


70 Responses to “I’m back from kentucky!!!”


  1. May 19, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Glad to hear you’re back and had fun at Wondercon! Thanks for the cool model pics, I love the Akira and Steamrunner models!

  2. May 19, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Yay! Welcome back John. I too love that Akira Model.

  3. 3 Richard Knapp
    May 19, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Welcome back John! Nice pictures – glad to hear you had a great time.

  4. 4 Suricata
    May 19, 2009 at 8:31 am

    My god, I’d of been in heaven there, definatly the kind of event where I’d have to leave my girlfriend at home, as well as my wallet, I’d go bust!

    Some of those models look really well done, especially that floating Star Destroyer. Would be cool to see a studio sized model of the new Battlestar Galactica, the onyl one I can see in the pictures looks like its a small desktop sized one.

    I really need to plan a trip to the states again, so many museums I never got a chance to see on my last visit over the pond🙂

  5. 5 Matt Boardman
    May 19, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Looks like a fun trip! Glad your back safe! I love seeing the models that people put together at these shows because they are always so well done! Can’t wait to see more of the pictures you brought back with you!

    Air Force museums are so cool! I love seeing the intricate lines of these beauties up close and personal.

    John! I’m going to be in L.A. this week from Thursday through the end of Sunday. It would be fun to meet up for root beer floats or a can of whole chicken mung!😉

  6. 7 the bluesman
    May 19, 2009 at 8:52 am

    John

    It was great to see you again and talk a bit. I’m glad you liked the EICS John Eaves. Ha !

  7. 8 DeanneM
    May 19, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Looks like a great weekend for all! I love the shots from the museum…I must get to that one!!

  8. 9 ety3
    May 19, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Wow, look at that refit 1701, all lit up and gorgeous. Are the shuttle bay doors open there, and lit up, too? Got any other closeups of that model, John?

    The magnetic floating Venator-class Star Destroyer takes the cake, though.

  9. May 19, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Looks like a great time… glad you had fun… next year, baby… next year…

    • 12 johneaves
      May 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm

      yes you must,,, we can do a team show and table,, would be great to have you come next year!!!

      • 13 Jay
        May 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm

        Well if you guys are gonna both be there next year then I have to be there next year. I’m still kicking myself that I wasn’t able to make it. Glad Louisville treated you well, JE. Its a great little city.

  10. 14 Matt Wright
    May 19, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Wow all sorts of cool stuff🙂 The floating Destroyer would have been something to see!

  11. 15 Scott
    May 19, 2009 at 9:26 am

    That floating Venator was brilliant! (BTW, notice the little Millenium Falcon at the bottom and an NX-01 off to the side?)

    But I love those models of the Steamrunner and the Akira. And of course Frank’s Constellation was nice and detailed as well.

    • 16 Dan S.
      May 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm

      Not just an NX-01, but a Mirror Universe NX-01.

      But, I’m astounded by the mag-lev Venator.

      • 17 DeanneM
        May 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

        Dan, wow I don’t know how I missed the mirror NX! That’s my current pic on Facebook…I like it lots!

        I guess I was just too focused on the nice levitating Destroyer.🙂

  12. 18 Freak
    May 19, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Good to see you back John, Looks like you had a great time there.
    I would love to visit Air force flight museum, it on my to see list when I final get to do a proper visit of the States. I been to UK Royal Air Force Museum, before it got Refurbished. If you are ever over in the UK I reckomend you visit the WWII Bomber Command bunker at RAF Uxbridge, It’s a great little Museum and everything has been prosived form the last time it was used. Unfortunaly it not open to the public on a day to day basis. however the Public can get to see it, if they ask the base CO.

    • 19 johneaves
      May 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm

      we just had another earthquake here, so I am going back to Kentucky and will not be returning to California!

      • 20 Jay
        May 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm

        Think twice, John. When the New Madrid fault went off near Paducah in 1812 it changed the course of the mighty Mississip and rang church bells in Boston!

  13. 21 the bluesman
    May 19, 2009 at 9:45 am

    There were 501 models to look at. I didn’t get a shot of the back end of the refit to see if it was lit.

  14. May 19, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Wow! Real hardware, sci-fi models – it must be heaven. Love that UFO SID model. And the “floating” destroyer — what a cool idea. Thanks for the shots, John.

  15. 23 _pole
    May 19, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Yay, he’s back…..

    The hovering star destroyer is ingenious. How high above the ground was it? Also loved to see that space ship from 2001 right behind it. One of the coolest miniatures in all of science fiction.

  16. May 19, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Someone does Steamrunner models? Why was I not informed?

  17. 26 the bluesman
    May 19, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Lee

    Get a streamrunner a http://www.federationmodels.com

    • 27 johneaves
      May 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

      thanks for the link to the models, I had a brain fart going all day and couldn’t remember “Federation Models” for the life of me!!!

  18. 28 Carl
    May 19, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Welcome back!! My jaw just dropped after seeing your pictures of the starship models!! My God!!

  19. 29 Sojourner
    May 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

    In that Shot of the Ent-A, is that a Decatur class further down the table? Got any shots of it?

  20. May 19, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Indeed, an über-GREAT time, esp. with such exceptionally cool company to enjoy it with, John and Nelson (super-nice dudes!) as well as Pat McClung (VFX sup on many films, latest being Wolverine) who also joined us at the Wright-Patterson air museum (super nice dude as well). And OMG, that museum, like none I’ve ever been too. Incredible! One word: Go! And go to WonderFest too, awesome fun time!

    We also all went to an off-sight theater screening (introduced by Veronica Cartwright!) of Alien with the WF peeps Saturday night (awesome to see it on the big screen again!), as well as John, Nelson, Greg and I went to see Star Trek together late Sunday night after über-fun WF banquet. (Thanks for the great (fast and safe) drivin’ to get us there on time, Geg!)

    And such great presentations too by John and Pat, as well as by Tom Woodruff Jr., Steve Wang, Bob Burns, and Steve Johnson, as well as others. Thanks for a great time together and a great presentation John!

    Good to hear you are home safe and sound after 3AM, chili-burger sides… Is that what you called ’em?😉

    Good times.🙂

    _pole:

    Also loved to see that space ship from 2001 right behind it. One of the coolest miniatures in all of science fiction.

    Yeah, that Aries IB model was a thing of beauty, eh. Same guy had a bunch of other excellent 2001 (my all-time fav film) models.

    LLP,
    deg

  21. 34 Barrie Suddery
    May 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    He hath come amongst us once again!

    Anyone who likes the work of Tim Earls should check his website:http://web.me.com/coventrycat/Site/Home.html.

    He’s done a Warlock post on his blog too.

    Welcome back John! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

    • 35 DeanneM
      May 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

      I checked out Tim’s site over the weekend and like what I saw! The effects video was a pie full of lots of fun slices from many different things.

    • 36 johneaves
      May 19, 2009 at 2:40 pm

      WOOO i was just there!!!! great to see Tim’s page,,, I have had a link up in the blog spot for Tim but it doesn’t show on the surface,,, looks like only the first ten, alphabetically show!!!

  22. 38 James_M
    May 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    WooHoo! He’s back with a bucket load of eye candy. I love the pics from the museum. Looking forward to more pics. Very inspirational stuff.

    I know this is a little off topic, but I was wondering if you could tell me the demensions of the USS RAMJET? I’ve been working on it for a while, and I am still guessing about the actual size. I’d like to set up the internal compartments before I do the detail pass. Sorry to bug.

  23. May 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Hi John!

    Rob from ARVEY Model Products here.

    Wow. I’m honored. I made your blog!😀

    The Rob on the Right is Acreations and does the awesome aztec decals everyone was geeking over.

    It was a pleasure meeting you and hope you can come next year as well.

    Rob (No, the *other* Rob)

  24. 46 Andy
    May 19, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Some great pictures of aviation history there. Some of those models at Wonderfest look stunning, only wish I had the time to make and the space to display them.

  25. 48 George Seletas
    May 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    John—

    Hi it’s George. You talked to my wife Marci and I Thursday night at WF about going to the Museum. I’m so happy you got a chance to check out the X-plane annex. I’m even more happy that you think so much of my X-15 model. High praise indeed. I’m so happy the way it came out that I smile every time I look at it.

    Now I’m REALLY proud of it!

    Thank you soooo much!

    G

    • 49 johneaves
      May 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      that was one amazing model,,,,just seeing the real one a few hours earlier was great so as to see how perfectly you caught the color and little incidentals and micro details. it was a pleasure to meet you and your wife for a chat as well!!!

  26. May 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Great pics !! I love Martin Bower’s work, hope to see more stills of his work from this show !!

  27. May 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Looking forward to it !!🙂

  28. May 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    johneaves:

    I keep thinking about that Billy Mumy segment about Alfred Hitchcock and can’t stop laughing!!!

    Totally! Greg and I were doing impressions of Hitchcock’s “terror-direction” to Mumy on the way home and crackin’ up, and did it for Christina and she was like OMG, and laughed out loud when I did Mumy’s final dead-pan quip: I hate Alfred Hitchcock.

    That was perfect-funny.🙂

    LLP,
    deg

  29. 54 JNG
    May 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    The Steamrunner model is superb.

    That hovering Star Wars model…I’m really wowed by that.

  30. May 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Wish you were there too, De.🙂

    PLL,
    deg

  31. May 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I didn’t know anyone had made a model of Janeway’s shuttle to buy, very cool. And the Akira… man, if I wasn’t hopeless at painting models I’d buy one of those.😀

    Glad you had a cool weekend, John. Welcome back!

  32. 57 Tim Earls
    May 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    John, you mad cowboy!! Did you ever get to meet the great Martin Bower whilst you were there??? (I posted this on the wrong page before…sorry)🙂

  33. 58 Mark A-C
    May 19, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Grrrreat photos John, especially of the models on display, and yes, keep them coming.
    Wow, now I feel like some fried chicken….

    Mark

  34. 59 sam moreno
    May 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Good to see ya back johnny! did you get any of those sweet dealer model kits?

  35. 60 DeanneM
    May 19, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, Jay – I don’t believe I’ve ever heard that before! I didn’t realize there had been an earthquake that big in that area…wow!

    You and me next year, right? I’m saving my pennies now.🙂

  36. 62 meshula
    May 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Hi John, loved the X-series photos! Have you been to Chino? You can catch a few more there.

    I took a few wide field panos you might enjoy –

    http://meshula.net/photos/chino/index.html

  37. May 20, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Brilliant pix from the museum. I’d love to see more of the X-3, if you have them.
    Also nice to see my fellow countryman Martin Bower’s stuff in the USA – I’ve often seen his work at UK conventions. That SID 2 is his “next-gen” version of the Space Intruder Detector from ‘UFO’; and I think the “way cool” flyer is from the anime series ‘Last Exile’…

  38. 64 Tallguy
    May 20, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Ahhh, Wright-Pat. I thought that was the Valkyrie over the X-24. Gosh, I miss that place!

  39. 65 the bluesman
    May 20, 2009 at 5:15 am

    DeAnne

    Wonderfest is a great time. There’s alot of models to look at, classes and workshops, guest presentations, Iron Modeler competition and alot of other thigns going on.

    You’ll enjoy it.

  40. May 20, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Yeah De, I believe that is the largest fault-line in NA (if I’m not mistaken). We have had 3 shakers that I recall in the last 25 years. Not devastating like in CA (yet) but one around ’87 shook my whole apt. in Chicago at the time and made my pictures fall off the walls. Lasted a lil’ under a minute. Didn’t know what the heck was goin’ on (as I didn’t know of the fault-line at that time). It was pretty wild.

    LLP,
    deg

  41. May 27, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hey John,

    Great seeing you again and thanks for posting pictures from the Air Museum.

    Paul

  42. 68 Steve H
    July 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    The “way cool” little green vanship is my model. It started as a resin kit with several problems, and after some thought I made a bunch of modifications intended to give it a ‘Thirties air-racer look, stubby and purposeful like a GeeBee.

    Thanks for the kind words, and for publishing the photo.

  43. 69 Kitbasher Girl
    November 18, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Bow! When you say “Lethal Stiletto X-3.” you aren’t kidding.
    I went to that museum the year before and met that plane face-to-face.
    Well, actually, more like Head-on.
    I hit the wingtip with the side of my head so hard that one of the CoMMiES who was with me (Robb Merrill) heard the hollow *Bong* as the impact reverberated through the wing.O_o

    Anyway, I just thought that was a great title for that picture and it brought back the memory.😀

    Namaste,
    April

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