We’re just days away from the annual Wonderfest model show in Louisville KY. The show starts Friday May 25 and carries through Sunday the 27th. There’s so much going on at the show, there is no way to tell you about everything.
The highlight of Wonderfest is the model contest. Hundreds of models, spaceships, monsters, superheroes, and more. There is nothing quite like this contest in the western hemisphere. I encourage everyone that builds to enter the contest, regardless of your level of skill and talent. There is no greater learning experience than to see your kit sitting next to a better model. Each model is judged on its own merits. There are multiple awards at every level. And there are many special awards given as well. Registration for the contest is Saturday morning and awards are announced on Sunday afternoon.
And then there is the Dealers Room. Here you can find almost any kit ever produced and any subject you can ever want. If you like spacecraft and Star Trek and Star Wars, you’ll find your favorite plastic kits and lots of resin models. If you like the classic monsters, you’ll find incredible resin kits, that will amaze you. If you need paint or tools, you will find plenty of that. And detail sets, aftermarket parts, replacement heads, bases, light kits, decals, and everything you can imagine to improve your models. You’ll find a hundred dealers from all over the country and all over the world. Wonderfest also offers an “early bird” opportunity on Saturday, where you can get into the dealers room two hours early for an extra fee.
I’ll have a bunch of cool things at the CultTVman table. The new Graveyard Scenes and Creepy Castle Kits will be there. We’ll have the newest kits from Moebius, Round 2, Pegasus, etc. I’ll have Dragonslayer, the Cylon Raider, Romulan Warbird, Strange Change Time Machine, Dark Shadows, and much more. We’ll have light kits from VoodooFX, TenaControl, and Evans Lighting. Plus photoetch from Paragrafix, paint masks/templates from Aztek Dummy, a selection of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller magazine. I’m going to have the new Werewolf head from Cult of Personality. Plus we’ll have Mat Irvine signing his books including BBC VFX, Scale Spacecraft Modelling, and Creating Space. Look for CultTVman next to Moebius Models in our same spot in the dealers room.
From what I understand, you won’t want to miss the new spacecraft kits at Federation Models.
All weekend long you will find demonstrations and presentations. The demos are presented by some of the most talented modelers in the hobby. You find classes on painting, lighting, building and more.
Tony Hardy always puts together a great display room. The display room is now going to be called Kogar’s Korner, in honor of Bob Burns and his legendary collection of movie memorabilia. I know they are working to have some great models and props on display. I will be bringing my Swamp Thing materils, including a part of the Swamp Thing costume from the Return of Swamp Thing, and one of Dick Durock’s facial appliances from the TV series.
Wonderfest also brings in a unique selection of guests. This year’s guest list includes Joanna Cassidy, the star of Bladerunner and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Eric Chu, a Hollywood designer who has worked on Battlestar Galactica and many other productions. Julie Adams, who starred in The Creature from the Black Lagoon is making a return appearance. My friends Bob and Kathy Burns will be attending again participating in the showing of the documentary about them. Always a joy to see them! CultTVman is sponsoring the appearance of Mat Irvine, who worked many years in the BBC visual effects department including the classic Doctor Who series. There are several other great guests including John Eaves, Adam Johnson, Frank Dietz and more… sorry for not hitting all of them.
Friday, we’ll be starting the day with Sci-Fi University. SFU is a workshop put together by Federation Models and CultTVman to improve the skills of the people attending. We try to give people the opportunity to get their hands on models and learn new skills and techniques. We start at 9am on Friday and registration is required.
Friday night, the show officially begins with the Meet and Greet Party, an event held in the main hallway of the hotel this year. There will be an open bar, and several displays. CultTVman will be hosting a “show room” on Friday evening, previewing many of the products that you can purchase at the CultTVman table. If everything goes as planned, we’ll have a full display of Graveyard Scenes kits and Cult’s Creepy Castle Kits put together by Rick Evans. Paragrafix and Aztek Dummy will have some of their products on display. I’ll have some of the kits produced by Brad Hair Productions out too. Moebius Models has promised to bring some of their builds for upcoming kits so you should be able to see things like the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Bride of Frankenstein.
On Saturday, don’t miss the new product announcements from Moebius Models and Round 2. From what I understand, there will be plenty to get excited about.
Each year, CultTVman hosts a suite and we get together to talk models and watch shows. We’ll have some classic Doctor Who on Saturday night, along with Mat Irvine who worked on the programs. We may also have the suite open on Friday night, depending on how things go. Check with me about the location of the suite. Join us for a drink and some munchies.
Sunday night we’ll all get to unwind with the Club WTF (that stands for Wonderfest True Fans). Its a great way to relax after the show, have a good meal and enjoy some exclusive presentations.
Of course, you can read a lot more on the Wonderfest website. Hope to see you there!