Dear Friends and Modellers,
The news from the front, as you know, is
ever changing. The same holds true for
us here. The moment I wrote in the last
issue of our monthly newsletter the dates for E-day, damned if it didn’t change.
The new date of the show is October
1st and 2nd, 2021. Write it down…maybe if enough of us do, it won’t change
again. The original date had a monkey
wrench thrown in, in the form of another traditionally fall event, an agricultural one, that coincided with E-day.
Somehoworother, it got mixed into the
dates of our show, so the change was
necessary. The management of the venue decided to allow the other show
to keep the dates, and I take that as a
business decision that is possibly fed
by a level of sentiment towards a traditional agricultural show as opposed to
a modelling event. I guess, honestly, that I can understand it. There have
been problems with that show right
from the beginning when we changed
the venue to Lyse. It always has something to do with horses. The year before
last, the show I mentioned above was a
week before ours, and there was another horse show, something to do with
show jumping, I believe, the week after.
The venue people were trying to get us
to change E-day to after the second
horse show, because they didn’t want to
go through the process of cleaning out
the sand that is used to give the horses
a natural ground to move in while inside the hall, only to bring it all back in
a week later. Fortunately, we were able
to convince them to do just that. Perhaps some of you that attended the show
will recall the mysterious piles of sand
in the parking lot next to the hall. I have
the sneaking suspicion that it will be
the same again this year. After June’s
newsletter, we received a lot of questions, and so for that reason, I am repeating all of the information and adding
some new bits, too.
One Day or Two Day Format?
Really, this years’ E-day will be a day-and-a-half affair. Just as we did in
2019, it will begin on the Friday afternoon. Our table will be open for business, as I am sure will many others.
The concession stands will also be
open. We are planning two, and perha4
ps even three, lectures for the evening.
In hindsight, the first lecture in 2019
was a little weak, and the question remains whether or not this was due to
the subject matter, or if it as too early
in the schedule. The lecture lineup has
not yet been finalized, but the certain
thing about them is that the last, late
evening one, will be hosted by Jiri
Silhanek. I highly recommend attending! You’ll experience what you have
not yet experienced, and you’ll learn
things you wouldn’t have thought possible. The rest of these lectures should
centre around new kits that will have
their premiere at E-day. This will include the Trener in 1:48th scale, a Limited
Edition kit dedicated to different versions of the Z-126 and Z-226 , and a 1:48th
scale Mi-24D Hind, also a limited Edition release based around the Zvezda kit.
This will include conversion bits of our
own production for the D version. Then,
there will be a 1:72nd scale Limited Edition kit dubbed ‘Hurristory’, dedicated
to the Hurricane Mk.I, this time based
around the Arma Hobby plastic. There should be no shortage of speakers
to provide insight into these themes.
A Hurricane was recently flown to the
Czech Republic, the pilots of which we
know personally, and there should be
nice flying displays put on by the Mi-24
and Trener aircraft….
to be a multi-national event. But to what
extent this will hold true this year is as
yet uncertain, because the times are uncertain, leading to questions regarding
what measures and restrictions will be
in place in the fall regarding such shows
and of travel. We will do all that we can
to make sure that the show is a success
to the greatest extent possible. I think
that if we can ensure the success of the
show, word of mouth will take it from
there. On the Czech Republic Nationals,
I have already written much, and I will
just take this opportunity to remind all
that this MR SMCzR will take place on
September 11th at the Hotel Olympic in
Prague, and as of this year, we’ll travel
down our own road.
Point System, Comparative System or
Good question that I’ve been asked
countless times over the past month.
How will the entries in the Czech Model masters be judged? The answer is
that the judging system will follow in
the tracks of the system used for the
last E-day in 2019. This didn’t employ
the classic point system in the Czech
sense, where each aspect of a model is
graded in a complex judging procedure. This won’t even be possible with the
amount of time available and the anticipated number of entries. Our system
is a collection of judging criteria which
should assess the quality of the work
One Contest or Two?
on a given model, eliminating certain
For the first time in a long time, there models with specific faults in terms of
will be one contest this year. Our wor- the build, assess its compliance to the
king name for it is the Czech Model Ma- accepted standard and compare relasters. The English format of the name ted models in terms of these aspects,
suggests that it will be a multi-national execution, and level of detail. The coaffair. And that’s how it is. It is intended llection of judges will be, of course,
One Hall or Two Halls?
Two. This year’s E-day will be held in two
halls. Traditionally, we occupied Hall D,
which we all know and love so well, and
to that we add Hall A. We were prepared to go into two halls last year, which
could not go forward, and so we pick
it up this year. This will spread us out
a bit, and it won’t seem quite so crowded around any of the displays. We will
use the scheme of club displays in Hall
A, with the main displays and vendors
in Hall D. It’s possible, even very likely, that the Kettle Q and A, and awards
announcements, will be held in Hall A.
INFO Eduard - July 2021