April 14, 2017

FRIDAY'S WITH FARLEY: Easter Edition = The Chicago Shows!

It's  Easter weekend so you're getting a shortened Farley Friday edition as there a lot of eggs to be boiled up, colored and of course hidden...

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Two of the best shows in the world for Toy Soldier & Figure modelers take place this year in Chicago. Below is a overview of the shows. Both get a Farley 5 Star endorsement!

World Model Expo Chicago 2017
When:  July 7-9, 2017
Where: Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave Chicago Il, 60605

After the last three successful shows in Europe—Stresa, Italy (2014), Montreux, Switzerland (2011), and Girona, Spain (2008) the World Model Expo is returning to the USA for the first time in a dozen years. The 10th edition of the event is scheduled for July 7-9, 2017 at the down-town Hilton Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan, Grant Park and the Museum Campus and is being hosted by the Military Miniatures Society of Illinois with experience in running one of the most popular local modeling shows in the world for the last 40 years

The event is staged every three years by the World Model Soldier Federation. The inaugural Expo was established by top modelers in Washington, D.C., in 1993. Subsequent host cities included Rome, Paris, Glasgow and Toronto before the conclave returned to the USA in Boston in 2005.

The show features Model & Figure competitions geared for hobbyists of all skill levels and are based on  “The central premise: to recognize good modelers and encourage promising ones” 

The Expo will also afford collectors of model figures, toy soldiers and wargaming armies an oppor-tunity to exhibit treasures from their collections. Of course, vendors will all types of goods will be on hand too including Michigan Toy Soldier.

Three days of seminars will begin Friday, July 7, with presentations by renowned sculptor Alan Ball, Napoleonics modeler Ivo Preda of Italy, diorama builder Dan Capuano, expert flats painter Catherine Cesario from France, Dennis Levy and Nick Infield on “The Art of Box Dioramas,” and John Rosengrant on “Modeling for the Movies.”

Saturday, July 8, German fantasy modeler Ben Komets is scheduled to demonstrate painting human skin tones with acrylics. Other presenters will include master modeler Bill Horan, fantasy sculptor Michael Kontraros from Greece, historical artist Keith Rocco and Adam Wilder with tips for weathering armor.

Sunday, July 9, the new book 
“Shep Paine’s Armor Modelers Guide” will be the subject of a panel discussion by various experts en-listed as contributors to the late great modeler’s last book. The event’s final seminar will feature Swedish master modeler Mike Blank demonstrating how to use color 
harmoniously to 
compose vignettes 
and dioramas.

Hope to see you there.
Visit the Show Website for Complete info >>> WORLD EXPO CHICAGO 2017
Follow the show on >>> FACEBOOK

2017 Chicago Toy Soldier Show
When: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173

The Chicago Toy Soldier Show premiered in 1980 as a spinoff of the hobby publication, Old Toy Soldier Newsletter (OTSN), which began publication in the mid-1970s. The five founding OTSN partners—Steve and JoEllen Sommers, Joe Wallis, Don Pielin, and Roger Garfield—envisioned a publication dedicated solely to the toy-soldier-collecting hobby. Collectors were enthusiastic about the venture and suggested a Show of their own.

All but the first two of the past Shows have been held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. The Show venue helped to create the culture of the Show. Room sales, for which the Chicago Show is famous, start 4 days prior to the Sunday Show. The room sales started because vendors and friends looked forward to seeing each other at the Show and would arrive prior to the Show to socialize and trade. Over time, this informal trading became formalized into Chicago Toy Soldier Show room sales.

When first founded, the Show was primarily a showcase for vintage and antique toy soldiers and related items. As the hobby evolved, manufacturers began to produce toy soldiers in the manner of the original toys. More recently, manufacturers began to produce exquisite model figures that are detailed and not intended for use as toys. Today, visitors to the Chicago Toy Soldier Show will see vintage and antique toys, original toys that are compatible with the old toys, and reproductions cast from the same molds as the original toys. There is also an array of exquisitely detailed models that are made to be admired rather than played with. Because of its longevity and size, the Chicago Toy Soldier Show has also become a trade show; many manufacturers will debut new lines and products.

Visitors to the Show will find toy soldiers made of metal, plastic, composition, paper, and other materials. There are toy soldiers for every taste and every budget.

Visit the ALL NEW Show Website for Complete info >>> CHICAGO TOY SOLDIER SHOW 2017
Follow the show on >>> FACEBOOK

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