I returned from the road trip to the IPMS National in Omaha. It was a fun trip.
It started out when I drove out to my son and daugher-in-law's house in Lexington, KY. Rob and Dan met me there as they drove from Florida. The next morning, we trans-loaded the stuff I was carrying to Rob's pick up with a camper top. We made it to Omaha in one day with stops in St Louis to see the former Union station and to have some awesome BBQ at 3 Bay BBQ.
|The Anderson House, home of a wealthy merchant, |
was to be a field hospital but ended up in
the thick of the fighting.
We also stopped in Lexington, MO to tour the Missouri State Park for the Battle of Lexington, 1861. This was the site of a siege early in the war when the status of Missouri was still being decided. Missouri was a slave owning state, but the majority of the citizens were pro-Union. Lexington, MO was the last point on the Missouri River that steam boats could navigate, so it was an important transportation town. The siege lasted 4 days with the heavily outnumbered Union soldiers surrendering largely because they did not have a good source of drinking water.
|Did we reach the end of the world? Sunset in Nebraska|
|A U-2 in flight. I took the photo at the museum and added a background with Photoshop.|
The next morning we toured the Strategic Air Command Museum in Ashland, NE. This is a fine museum similar to the USAF Museum in Wright Pat AFB, but with a smaller scope focusing on SAC. They have two hangers full of aircraft including a few that are not at Wright Pat such as a British Vulcan bomber. They had some of my favorite aircraft there including a really weathered B-58 Hustler. The museum is privately funded. Most of the aircraft sat outside for many years and need restoration.
|I liked this diorama of Ike with the paratroops.|
We entered our models in the meet at the hotel later that afternoon. There were about 900 registered attendees, 600 walk-ins, and 2800 models entered at the meet. That number of models is actually an under-estimate as several entries consisted on multiple models. So 3,000 is probably a closer guess.
|Luis Vargas and the kit he gave me|
|The Big Boys|
|Paul De Luca's NYC|
|Steve Rodie's Multideck MIL Layout|
We also stopped at Steve Rodie's new free lanced Milwaukee RR. He and his crew were busy working on track and benchwork. His layout is multi deck and includes a narrow gauge branch.