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As part of the 1/87 Vehicle & Equipment Club's ongoing
efforts to broaden the appeal and strengthen the number of 1/87 scale
vehicle modelers and collectors, we have reached an agreement for
the 87scalecars e-mail/chat list to become a club function.
Dan Goins, club president, released this announcement:
Chris Holliday, moderator of the "87scalecars" e-mail
list hosted on the Onelist site, announces that an agreement
has been reached with the 1/87 Vehicle & Equipment Club
whereby the "87scalecars" e-mail list will become
the official interactive on-line component of the club's activities.
Since its inception in late 1998, the "87scalecars"
list has been the "unofficial" place for 1/87 Vehicle
& Equipment Club members to share views, ideas, questions,
and comments in cyberspace. The list has, in return, promoted
the club's activities and membership efforts.
As part of this "merger", Chris Holliday will become
an officer in the 1/87 Vehicle & Equipment Club and will
continue his duties as moderator and host of the e-mail list.
The list's name will remain the same. The 1/87 Vehicle
& Equipment Club is pleased to have Chris join the club
as an officer and we look forward to continued cooperation and
membership growth with current and future participants on the
"87scalecars" e-mail list.
We are excited to welcome Chris on board and would like
to reiterate the e-mail list, like the club's web site, will remain
open to non-member as well as club member 1/87 scale vehicle modelers
and collectors world wide. In case you're not already a subscriber
to the e-mail list, click here;
it is available, without charge, to anyone interested in subscribing.
2000 Convention Plans - For the past 5 years
the 1/87 Vehicle & Equipment Club has held a yearly convention
that has served to promote 1/87 scale vehicle modeling and collecting
on the national level. For the year 2000, the club will provide
our members and the public two single day regional events with which
to attend. Besides model displays and clinics, there will be vendor
and manufacturer tables (available on a limited basis; book early).
Each of our meets in 2000 is being held in conjunction with other
modeler activities in the same area on the same weekend to both attract
a larger member audience and to target non-members attending other
modeler functions nearby. This presents an exciting opportunity for
both our East Coast and West Coast membership to each have an
event to attend in 2000. We hope as many of you as possible take advantage
of one of these meets.
The West Coast event will be held January 23, 2000,
at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. This meet is being
held in conjunction with the Railroad Prototype Modelers' (RPM) group
meet being held the same weekend at the same hotel. Members may purchase
tickets for just the 1/87 Vehicle & Equipment Club meet or a combo
ticket for both meets at a discount!
The East Coast event will be held on April 2, 2000,
at the Sheraton Hotel in Towson, Maryland. This meet is being held
in conjunction with the Timonium Great Scale Train Show held in Timonium,
Maryland, on the same weekend in the area. This presents a great opportunity
for members who are railroad modelers to enjoy a very exciting weekend
in the Baltimore area and the club to present itself to a very large
number of modelers through the Timonium train show!
Because of the nature of these two shows we will not have outdoor
displays of prototype vehicles, tours, or a banquet. With the exception
of booth space, advance registration is not required. However,
tickets may be purchased in advance by mail. Please note that we have
not blocked hotel rooms as both events are 1 day shows. Members may
call either of the hotels for room reservation directly or make arrangements
at alternative locations. We hope one of these locations provides
you the opportunity to attend one of our club shows next year. Hope
to see you there!
The Hobby Industry Association/Model Railroad Industry
Association show in Chicago, held on October 30-31, 1999 held some
fascinating news regarding new products for the forthcoming year in
1/87 scale. Check the 1999 Chicago Hobby
Show report for additional information.
The 5th Annual 1/87th Scale Model Vehicle
Convention, held this past March in Portland, Oregon,
has garnered more press coverage than any previous club meet. The
latest article appears in the September 1999 issue of Railmodel
Journal. This excellent article, by club member and noted
intermodal modeler (and, not coincidently, webmaster of the www.modelintermodal.com web site) Brian Kreimendahl, features four pages of text and exceptional
color photographs taken by Brian at the convention. Brian's photographs
for the magazine article are of models different from the contest
winners. [Note: Brian also furnished photos of the contest
winners for the club's use here on the web site] A special thanks
goes to Brian for all the behind-the-scenes effort to persuade the
publisher to commit this much print space for the club convention
coverage! With all the convention press coverage this year and the
many vehicle modeling articles presented in this year's modeling press,
it has been absolutely the best year  for vehicle modelers in
The 5th Annual 1/87th Scale Model Vehicle Convention report appeared in the May 1999 issue of Model Railroad News (subscription info: 541-955-1096; $15/yr. for US subscribers; e-mail: [email protected]). Prominently displayed
on the front page with an additional four full pages of color photographs
and text, the report by Mike Lindsay had excellent photos of the award
winning models and new products displayed at the convention. Special
thanks to Mike and Model Railroad News.
The 1999 convention of the 1/87 Vehicle & Equipment
Club in Portland, Oregon, featured the model show open to the public
(check the 1999 Model
Contest page for photos and details), annual press conference,
and public display of prototype trucks. Check the 1999
Convention Report. A production facility tour of the Portland,
Oregon, Freightliner truck plant highlighted the
first day of the convention. Check the Freightliner
Once again Model
Railroading magazine has published a special vehicle
modelers' insert in the March/April (1999) issue of the magazine.
Usually printed in time for the 1/87 Vehicle & Equipment Club's
annual convention, this year's issue is running a little late. This
issue includes articles titled Modeling
Trucks Using Alloy Forms Kits by Ken
Package Delivery Car by Gary Walton, Model Vehicles
Help Set The Scene: Automobiles for the Transition Era by
V.S. Roseman, Vehicle
Reviews: Don Mills Models' 1952 Bullnose Kenworth & Resin Unlimited's
1956 Cab-Over Semi-Tractor by David
A. Bontrager, Nostalgia
-- Modeling From Memory ICX (Illinois-California eXpress, Inc.) by David A. Bontrager, and Generic
Detailing of Truck Tractors by Gary
Walton. Be sure and pick up a copy of this magazine! The club
would like to thank publisher Randy Lee and Chris Lane, National Sales
Manager for their contributions to 1/87 scale vehicle modeling!
If you are interested in participating in a 1/87
vehicle "chat list" or e-mail subscription list,
you are invited to join the 87scalecars list at [email protected].
For further information, check the E-Mail/Chat
List page. Although this list is not an official club activity,
we wholly endorse participation by club members to discuss topics
The 1998 Model Railroad Industry Association show held in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL, on the weekend of
November 1, 1998, produced some very good news for 1/87 vehicle modelers.
Check our show report.
"Hobby within a hobby: HO scale vehicles"
is the title of the lead article in the August 1998 issue of Model
Railroader magazine's MR News! section written
by MR associate editor, club member, and convention attendee, Jeff
Wilson. A report on the 1998 convention in Dallas with several photos
can be found on page 46. Special thanks to Jeff and the folks at Model
The 4th Annual 1/87th Scale Model Vehicle Convention report appeared in the May 1998 issue of Model Railroad News (subscription info: 541-955-1096; $15/yr. for US subscribers). Prominent
front page article with excellent photos of award winning models
displayed at the convention.
Railroading magazine's March 1998 issue has an extraordinary
20 page insert titled "Vehicle Modeler". The magazine
publishes this special insert each March to help the club's annual
convention held in March. This year's issue has kit reviews, how-to
articles, and 1/87 vehicle advertising all in one section. The club
would like to express our gratitude to publisher Randy Lee and National
Sales Manager (and club member) Chris Lane. Check pages 37-56 in the
March 1998 issue. Note: In subsequent issues there
have been several letter to the editor commending the magazine on
the quality of this special section.
1/87 Vehicle & Equipment Club Announces
Internet Web Presence - See the press
release for more details.See the press conference report