South Street Seaport Model Ship and Boat Festival 2005

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  1. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

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    Just a brief report about the South Street Seaport Model and Boat Festival
    that took place this last weekend in downtown NYC. Although the vast
    majority of models on display were the expected assortment of scale wooden
    sailing ships, R/C cruisers, fishing boats and the handful of static
    warships, your's truly had on display four paper ship models on Sunday, the
    only day I could make the festival.

    Well, I was very surprised and delighted by the reaction of passersby who,
    apparently having just gone by a few dozen various static wooden or
    fibreglass models, came upon my little fleet and showing a polite interest
    in these "tiny little boats" were very surprised to learn they were made of
    paper. People actually stopped, or did a U-turn if they had almost passed
    my table, to take a closer look. I made it a point to talk to the
    passerbys, and explain a bit on how I made the models, some from kits,
    others free downloads, and how much fun I had, how interesting building
    these paper models were; I was happy to see most folks were actually very
    interested in the models, and very happier when a few , particularly some
    youngsters, asked me where they could find out more about paper modeling,
    which, of course, I provided. I could kick myself in the butt for not
    bringing along a few sheets of sample free downloads to hand out, just plumb
    forgot, but based on what I saw I would have had to have quite a few on
    hand!

    The interest by the younger kids was particularly enjoyable, and I had quite
    a discussion with one young lad who kept coming back to my table to talk
    about how I built the models and where could find more information online,
    even some free downloads; I honestly feel he might actually try one or two.
    I had suggested a web page or two where he could check out paper modeling
    various subjects (I wanted him to know the various subjects that are covered
    by paper modelers), and he came back a few minutes later with a big grin on
    his face to inform me that his Dad, who had some sort of wireless internet
    connection with him, had found the websites and he couldn't wait to get home
    to check them out.

    Another young Mother and her four kids stopped by earlier in the afternoon
    and spent a lot of time talking to me about my models (you know, the usual
    "That's really paper?" "How did you make them?"). As I was packing things
    up at the end of the festival, she returned with her husband in tow, along
    with the four kids; she had gone home and told him about what she had seen,
    and he was so interested by her apparently enthusiastic description he had
    to see them himself, or, perhaps a bit of disbelief at his wife's claim that
    they were paper? Not sure. So, I unpacked the one they seemed to have
    liked earlier, my 1/400 scale KRAKOW by JSC, and showed him. He was
    somewhat suspicious of my claim that it was made of paper, so I turned it
    upside down to show him the internal formers, etc., and explained on how it
    was built. He seemed happy to have taken his wife's suggestion to stop by
    and see it for himself. Will he build one, or any paper model? Not sure,
    but the point is I was apparently successful to a certain point of my plan
    to make people aware of our hobby, where models are made of paper, and that
    they can pretty much hold their own amongst the traditional forms of
    modeling; well, at least I think I was, if the reactions shown on Sunday are
    any indication.

    I am also planning on contacting my local public library to see if I can set
    up a little display with a few models, not just ships and airplanes, but
    others I have played around with, and see if that develops enough interest
    to have a talk or perhaps a little "do it yourself" session, as they offer
    other craft and hobby classes/talks at my library, and they seem to be
    pretty popular. Again, my thinking is to provide some public awareness of
    this hobby, because I have really enjoyed building paper models and think
    others might have fun with them too once they know there is such a thing as
    paper modeling.

    Anyway, I just thought you all might be interested in my ramblings about my
    experience at the Festival this weekend. I plan on doing it again next
    year, but next time I have to remember to bring some free samples! :lol:

    Cheers!

    Jim
  2. Jim Krauzlis

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    Just a brief report about the South Street Seaport Model and Boat Festival
    that took place this last weekend in downtown NYC. Although the vast
    majority of models on display were the expected assortment of scale wooden
    sailing ships, R/C cruisers, fishing boats and the handful of static
    warships, your's truly had on display four paper ship models on Sunday, the
    only day I could make the festival.

    Well, I was very surprised and delighted by the reaction of passersby who,
    apparently having just gone by a few dozen various static wooden or
    fibreglass models, came upon my little fleet and showing a polite interest
    in these "tiny little boats" were very surprised to learn they were made of
    paper. People actually stopped, or did a U-turn if they had almost passed
    my table, to take a closer look. I made it a point to talk to the
    passerbys, and explain a bit on how I made the models, some from kits,
    others free downloads, and how much fun I had, how interesting building
    these paper models were; I was happy to see most folks were actually very
    interested in the models, and very happier when a few , particularly some
    youngsters, asked me where they could find out more about paper modeling,
    which, of course, I provided. I could kick myself in the butt for not
    bringing along a few sheets of sample free downloads to hand out, just plumb
    forgot, but based on what I saw I would have had to have quite a few on
    hand!

    The interest by the younger kids was particularly enjoyable, and I had quite
    a discussion with one young lad who kept coming back to my table to talk
    about how I built the models and where could find more information online,
    even some free downloads; I honestly feel he might actually try one or two.
    I had suggested a web page or two where he could check out paper modeling
    various subjects (I wanted him to know the various subjects that are covered
    by paper modelers), and he came back a few minutes later with a big grin on
    his face to inform me that his Dad, who had some sort of wireless internet
    connection with him, had found the websites and he couldn't wait to get home
    to check them out.

    Another young Mother and her four kids stopped by earlier in the afternoon
    and spent a lot of time talking to me about my models (you know, the usual
    "That's really paper?" "How did you make them?"). As I was packing things
    up at the end of the festival, she returned with her husband in tow, along
    with the four kids; she had gone home and told him about what she had seen,
    and he was so interested by her apparently enthusiastic description he had
    to see them himself, or, perhaps a bit of disbelief at his wife's claim that
    they were paper? Not sure. So, I unpacked the one they seemed to have
    liked earlier, my 1/400 scale KRAKOW by JSC, and showed him. He was
    somewhat suspicious of my claim that it was made of paper, so I turned it
    upside down to show him the internal formers, etc., and explained on how it
    was built. He seemed happy to have taken his wife's suggestion to stop by
    and see it for himself. Will he build one, or any paper model? Not sure,
    but the point is I was apparently successful to a certain point of my plan
    to make people aware of our hobby, where models are made of paper, and that
    they can pretty much hold their own amongst the traditional forms of
    modeling; well, at least I think I was, if the reactions shown on Sunday are
    any indication.

    I am also planning on contacting my local public library to see if I can set
    up a little display with a few models, not just ships and airplanes, but
    others I have played around with, and see if that develops enough interest
    to have a talk or perhaps a little "do it yourself" session, as they offer
    other craft and hobby classes/talks at my library, and they seem to be
    pretty popular. Again, my thinking is to provide some public awareness of
    this hobby, because I have really enjoyed building paper models and think
    others might have fun with them too once they know there is such a thing as
    paper modeling.

    Anyway, I just thought you all might be interested in my ramblings about my
    experience at the Festival this weekend. I plan on doing it again next
    year, but next time I have to remember to bring some free samples! :lol:

    Cheers!

    Jim
  3. bholderman

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    Jim.

    Sounds great. Especially, what you mentioned in regards to kids. Whenever I sit down and try to build it seems like a magnet for them (powerful enough to get them away from the tv). They constantly want to cut, glue, etc. I just have to watch what kind of paper they have in their hand.

    One, fast food restaurant (im not sure which) had simple paper animals to assemble, so that was big thrill for them. Then of course, paperdolls from various websites like barbie.com.

    For my oldest, who is 6, I thought some of the simple models as Nasa might be a good start (simple shapes). More for a learning experience (I'm not trying to turn my kids into card modellers), than anything. When they ask why I do it, I tell them it helps me learn about history. So, I'm hoping I can turn it into a device for the futire educations.

    Jim,

    Its great that you had such a good time, I'm glad. However, which ships did comprise your fleet and do you have any pictures to pass along?

    Cheers,
    Brad
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    Jim.

    Sounds great. Especially, what you mentioned in regards to kids. Whenever I sit down and try to build it seems like a magnet for them (powerful enough to get them away from the tv). They constantly want to cut, glue, etc. I just have to watch what kind of paper they have in their hand.

    One, fast food restaurant (im not sure which) had simple paper animals to assemble, so that was big thrill for them. Then of course, paperdolls from various websites like barbie.com.

    For my oldest, who is 6, I thought some of the simple models as Nasa might be a good start (simple shapes). More for a learning experience (I'm not trying to turn my kids into card modellers), than anything. When they ask why I do it, I tell them it helps me learn about history. So, I'm hoping I can turn it into a device for the futire educations.

    Jim,

    Its great that you had such a good time, I'm glad. However, which ships did comprise your fleet and do you have any pictures to pass along?

    Cheers,
    Brad
  5. Jim Krauzlis

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    Thanks, Brad! :D

    Yeah, the kids' reactions made my whole day, to tell the truth....

    The ships I brought with me were the JSC 1/400 MEXICO VICTORY (made for my Father-in-Law last year for a birthday present; he served as part of a US Navy gun crew on a few during WWII); the 1/700 Arleigh Burke designed by Yuki Yuji; the 1:700 scale SSN Seawolf designed by our own "Seawolf"; and the JSC 1/400 scale SS KRAKOW that I recently built.

    Photos of the MEXICO VICTORY can be seen in my photo album:

    http://cardmodels.net/phpbb2/album_personal.php?user_id=39

    You can see the Arleigh Burke and the Krakow there too, as well as in the building threads:
    Arleigh Burke is at:
    http://cardmodels.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=1634
    Krakow is at :
    http://cardmodels.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=2306

    Seawolf was featured here:
    http://cardmodels.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=1819&highlight=seawolf

    Not sure why, but the Seawolf caught most kids eyes ("Hey, a submarine!") as did the Arleigh Burke; the older folk seemed more interested in the Mexico Victory and Krakow.

    Those paper models you mentioned, are those the ones that came with the Kids' Meals (was it Burger King?), the animals from Madagascar animated movie? I made one with my 7 year old daughter about two weeks ago, and she loved it! She assembled most of it, I just help punch out the pieces and tried to suggest where the parts were supposed to go. I often ask her if she'd like to build something with me, but it seems she loses interest quickly and I end up building pretty much most of it myself, with her checking in from time to time to see "how we are doing." :lol: I have to take a look at some of those Nasa models you mentioned, since she needs to have something she can get interested in...but she does love watching me build my models, just need to find a simple one she is interested in...I made her a Thomas the Train, the Sponge Bob house and the character himself, a Danish Fishing Vessel and Jeep Cherokee over the years...surprisingly, they have not suffered too badly over time, just an odd piece or two is seen missing every once and a while. :lol:
    Oh, and she seemed to really like the KRAKOW of all of the ship models she has seen me work on...must be the smoke coming out of the stack. :wink:

    I sure hope I finish my Constitution before the next show...I'd say about a year ought to do it, no? :wink:

    Cheers!

    Jim
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    Thanks, Brad! :D

    Yeah, the kids' reactions made my whole day, to tell the truth....

    The ships I brought with me were the JSC 1/400 MEXICO VICTORY (made for my Father-in-Law last year for a birthday present; he served as part of a US Navy gun crew on a few during WWII); the 1/700 Arleigh Burke designed by Yuki Yuji; the 1:700 scale SSN Seawolf designed by our own "Seawolf"; and the JSC 1/400 scale SS KRAKOW that I recently built.

    Photos of the MEXICO VICTORY can be seen in my photo album:

    http://cardmodels.net/phpbb2/album_personal.php?user_id=39

    You can see the Arleigh Burke and the Krakow there too, as well as in the building threads:
    Arleigh Burke is at:
    http://cardmodels.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=1634
    Krakow is at :
    http://cardmodels.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=2306

    Seawolf was featured here:
    http://cardmodels.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=1819&highlight=seawolf

    Not sure why, but the Seawolf caught most kids eyes ("Hey, a submarine!") as did the Arleigh Burke; the older folk seemed more interested in the Mexico Victory and Krakow.

    Those paper models you mentioned, are those the ones that came with the Kids' Meals (was it Burger King?), the animals from Madagascar animated movie? I made one with my 7 year old daughter about two weeks ago, and she loved it! She assembled most of it, I just help punch out the pieces and tried to suggest where the parts were supposed to go. I often ask her if she'd like to build something with me, but it seems she loses interest quickly and I end up building pretty much most of it myself, with her checking in from time to time to see "how we are doing." :lol: I have to take a look at some of those Nasa models you mentioned, since she needs to have something she can get interested in...but she does love watching me build my models, just need to find a simple one she is interested in...I made her a Thomas the Train, the Sponge Bob house and the character himself, a Danish Fishing Vessel and Jeep Cherokee over the years...surprisingly, they have not suffered too badly over time, just an odd piece or two is seen missing every once and a while. :lol:
    Oh, and she seemed to really like the KRAKOW of all of the ship models she has seen me work on...must be the smoke coming out of the stack. :wink:

    I sure hope I finish my Constitution before the next show...I'd say about a year ought to do it, no? :wink:

    Cheers!

    Jim
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    Yeah, Madagascar has got to be what I was thinking about. Everything looks great, Jim.

    Cheers,
    Brad
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    Yeah, Madagascar has got to be what I was thinking about. Everything looks great, Jim.

    Cheers,
    Brad
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    Hey Jim,

    Congratulations..........I think you just earned the PMA award...........Paper Modelers Ambassador award. :D

    It is neat to be able to see interest in something you like grow in someone else. I guess that's why teachers do what they do.
    Who knows we might just start seeing new members to the site because of this...........how great would that be!!! :D

    I'm glad you had fun and Thanks for spreading the word of this wonderful hobby.

    Is this a yearly thing? Sound wonderful, we do not have anything like that down here. :cry:
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    Hey Jim,

    Congratulations..........I think you just earned the PMA award...........Paper Modelers Ambassador award. :D

    It is neat to be able to see interest in something you like grow in someone else. I guess that's why teachers do what they do.
    Who knows we might just start seeing new members to the site because of this...........how great would that be!!! :D

    I'm glad you had fun and Thanks for spreading the word of this wonderful hobby.

    Is this a yearly thing? Sound wonderful, we do not have anything like that down here. :cry: