The first meeting in November was a field trip for attendees to visit Hobby Lobby at its new location in the building formerly occupied by Menards on Springfield’s far south side. Those who we knew had expressed interest in being a part of the trip had arrived at the AeroKnow Museum office by 6:15, rarin’ to put the rubber to the road. Job posted a note advising anyone who might have been interested in coming along but had not contacted us on Facebook regarding that interest or had not been able to travel to our trip staging location that we were leaving early.
Mark Houpt drove his wife’s van, containing him (above left), Eric Dellaquila (right) and Job Conger (behind the camera) to the store in surprisingly heavy traffic.
Chuck Beuscher (left) greeted us as we approached the model kits area. Chuck is an airline pilot and a regular attendee at CIPM meetings.
I was impressed to find the new Minicraft 1/72 kit of the Martin PBM-5A Mariner on the shelves. Member Mark Houpt already has one and reports it is an excellent kit.
Chuck shows off an AMT kit that was a major collectors’ item for decades. It was great to see it re-released.
Every time another member of our club arrived I took another picture and was happy to do it. That’s Brian Wilburn, second from left along with Mark and Eric.
But wait, there were more: Dan Bacon, AFV modeler extraordinaire (second from left) and his young son also dropped by to chat and check things out. Dan lives reasonably close to Hobby Lobby, and this was probably his third or fourth visit since the relocation. While there we introduced ourselves to the store’s co-manager and gave him some flyers about Central Illinois Plastic Modelers and AeroKnow Museum. He said he would display them in the employee lounge. Corporate policy forbids sharing such exciting news with the customers.
We visited the two “Clearance” displays and art supply areas. I am probably the only modeler who ever visited a Hobby Lobby to purchase an airplane kit and came home with a new desk lamp instead; also some white poster board for model photography and some paint for my Mach 2 PBM model now under construction.
After we paid for our purchases, Eric Mark and I also visited Michaels, a hobby & craft store near Springfield’s Barnes & Noble. Then we returned to where we started and discussed what to do regarding the second November meeting which is slated to take place the night before Thanksgiving. At least a few of our members are planning to be out of town that night, so we’re considering just calling off the meeting for November 27. What do YOU think? If we planned the meeting, would YOU attend? You can make a difference. Tell us what you think in the COMMENTS area that follows this post.