Tom Clark read the minutes from the last contest subcommittee meeting:
- Typical expenses for a contest:
- $525 for the facility
- $47 for a business license
- $70 for forms (which is not every year)
- $1415 for trophies
- $100 for miscellaneous expenses.
One concern (witnessed at a recent contest) was the fact that modern vendors are heavily dependent on the internet, an interruption to the wifi can seriously impact them. The Huntsville Library has wifi hotspots for rent, $10 for a week. It was recommended that the club obtain one or two before the contest and have them available for the vendors to use.
The club also discussed having a silent raffle at the contest, and having forms that invite critiques from the judges. This last was rejected because of the time and effort involved.
Other Old Business
At the March meeting, it was decided to sponsor the Real Space category at the Columbia Nationals. The contact information was provided to the club treasurer for action.
The club has supported a Make-and-Take event at Hama-con for the last two years, and this year will be taking over the event, procuring kits to support the activity and conducting it. Tom Clark did some research and determined that sufficient suitable kits can be procured for approximately $200. The club voted and accepted the motion to conduct the make-and-take, with the understanding that we will lose about $50 for the event.
Anniston Show Report
Several club members attended. Overall, attendance and entries seemed about average (approximately 300 models were entered) and vendors were well represented.
Show and Tell
Ed Kiker brought a sample of simulated sand floor on a rubber mat, that could be used to simulate a larger scale desert terrain. It was procured from the pet store, where it is used in lizard habitats. Ed also brought 1965 vintage Focke-Wulf Condor and Dornier Pfiel kits.
Tom Clark brought his custom-painted AR.drone hull.
Andy Brezinski brought the sleeper cab and scratch-built toolboxes for his Intergraph "Enhanced 911" demo truck. Looking good!
Eli Geher had his kit of a Fairchild UC-61Forwarder.
Ed Maslin had his latest
abomination creation - converting a Star Trek Scorpion fighter into a sports car.