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Jaxcon 2018 "Top Gun" speaker!

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It may only be October, but we wanted to get the word out now so you can plan to attend and start building for our show!

We'll be celebrating our 15th Jaxcon in 2018 here in Jacksonville FL on our traditional "2nd Saturday in February" (2/10/18) and we plan to do so in grand style that we think you'll want to be a part of! To begin with, we'll have a guest speaker who was involved in the making of the movie Top Gun! Dave (call sign "Bio") Baranek, an F-14 RIO who's written 2 books on his involvement in making the movie Top Gun and his career flying in the Tomcat, will be at Jaxcon to give a seminar, sell his books, sign them and (if you'd like) your DVD of the movie. We're also hoping to have a couple of other seminars for our show, but those are still in the planning phase. More info on them later...

We're well under way with our preparations. The main theme (and one special contest category) for Jaxcon 2018 will be "75 years of Mayport"; so be prepared to build/bring some models of anything that's been based and/or used at Mayport since 1942. We also have a secondary theme (just for fun) of "Crazy 8s". That special category will allow anything with an "8" in its designation or ON the model in bold markings (not serial numbers, we're not THAT crazy!)

As usual we'll have almost 100 categories in the contest covering all genres. We're finishing up the artwork right now so we can get our medallions ordered. We'll also have our traditional Jaxcon pin with the 2018 artwork for attendees who enter the contest. By the way, the 2018 rules and info have been updated and are on our website ahttp://ipmsfirstcoast.org/JAXCONInfoandDocuments.html

Our vendors area is already 98% sold out! Those of you who've been to our show know we have some great vendors and 2018 will be no different. We're also known for one of the largest raffles at any show in the SE, and we're already taking steps to make it bigger and better. For those of you who may not have made it to Jaxcon yet, we have almost 10,000sqft of model and vendor tables. Our facility, the UNF University Center here in Jacksonville has plenty of free parking, is carpeted and well lit, has an on site snack bar, and even an ATM so you won't miss any deals in the vendors area! We've also been averaging 100 entrants in the contest and over 500 models on the tables, so there'll be LOTS of eye candy to drool over and be inspired by. YOU could even be one of those who's inspiring the others!

We'll be making plenty of other announcements as we get things more developed and plans are finalized. However, I wanted to let you, your fellow club members, and your modeling friends know that Jaxcon 2018 is gonna be the place to be next Feb 10th. Please pass this message along, and we hope to see YOU there!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Well done in landing a great speaker. It transforms a one day show into a real event. Wish I could be there. Maybe next year.

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