Hosted by the KC Slammers modeling club, 2011 marks the 20th year for this model show and swap meet. The most talented model builders from the area, as well as some of the more prominent model car dealers from the Midwest, packed the Overland Park Convention Center for some small scale fun.
Typically, my first motivation for attending this event is to check out the vendor tables. My dad started collecting dealer promotional models when he was a kid in the 1940s and '50s, and we've had a great time building the collection and filling in the holes for years.
There were quite a few tables with vintage promos for sale. Although I have to admit, it's harder to find a deal than it used to be. I don't know if it's just because they're older, or that Internet sites like eBay have changed things, or if they're just more popular for some reason, but they are asking big money for these little cars nowadays. Usually too big for my budget.
If promos and projects weren't your thing, there were diecast race cars, Franklin and Danbury Mint cars, Hot Wheels cars, and much more.
Some of these folks go to an amazing level of detail. I've been building models for more than 30 years, and I still don't know how they do it. But it is fun to look at.
I took more than 140 photos, and you can see them in the slideshow below. Most of the pictures aren't even that blurry, so even though my model building might not be improving, perhaps my photography skills are getting a tiny bit better.