The Meet is Only Two Weeks Away: Don’t Forget to Bring Something for the Display Room
We’re a short two weeks away from the 4th Annual Railway Modellers Meet of BC at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Campus. If you haven’t registered yet there is still time to sign up for all the fun and camaraderie that is part of the experience. Clinics, layout tours, operating sessions and more are major activities at the Railway Modellers Meet, but it's heart is the Display room.
We love this part of the show as it allows us to get to know each other and share our interests a bit. It’s nice to put a face to a project and hear what inspires your fellow modellers to participate in the hobby. As we say on the web site, the display is wide open – you can display anything that connects to this fabulous hobby.
You don’t need to be a craftsman or even a model-builder to participate. We welcome all levels of hobby fun and want to share your enthusiasm. Our goal is to make it easier for meet attendees to get to know each other and share what they like to do with their hobby. This is one of the most diverse hobbies in the world and each of us has something interesting and unique to share.
Whether you have a locomotive, freight or passenger car, building, track work, scenery, electronics, drawings or photographs, bring it to the meet! We encourage every attendee to bring at least one thing to the display room. Everyone enjoys seeing what other people are doing, and we can all learn from others to improve our approach to the hobby.
Meet the Modeller
We have adjusted the format of this years’ meet as we respond to some of the great feedback received from attendees at last year’s meet. We want to offer a better experience in three ways: – improve the sound, improve the sight-lines, and improve seating. We think we found a way, but it’s a bit of an experiment.
This year, the meet the modeller segment will take place in the large theatre, where we can all take a comfortable seat and where sound will be projected so everyone can hear what is said. A camera operator will be in the display room, sending the video by Skype to the theatre screens.
One of our volunteers will moderate the conversation with a roving microphone, moving from person to person as the camera operator moves from display to display. As the camera moves to the next display, we will ask the modeller to put up their hand and the volunteer will ask them a few questions. As with past years, we will be working to keep it fun, flexible and moving at a quick pace so everyone who wants to speak about a model or photo or other display can do so. Hopefully we won’t catch anyone with a bite of lunch in their mouth when the roving microphone comes their way!
Nobody is obligated to take part in this event, but we try to keep it really low key and the questions are easy. For example, we might ask you to describe what you brought to the display, why it interests you and maybe something about how you are inspired to participate in the hobby.
Registration is still open, and you can even sign up on at the meet. Don’t miss this opportunity to see all the great offerings at the meet. The keynote presentation by Lance Mindheim will be one of the many highlights this year. As well there are still a few rooms available on site at Simon Fraser University. You can register <here> and arrange onsite accommodations <here>.
Register today! Tell a friend! We’ll see you at the meet.
The RMMBC Committee