April 7th/8th, 2001
Palais des Expositions, Charleroi (Belgium)
Charleroi was already up to its 9th International Model
Expo and I had never attended it before. Time to bring a change in this.
Model Expos are usually all about miniatures.
You not only get to see everything about plastic scale models but also about railroad
bits, slot car racing, R/C stuff etc... The whole event is directed in the first place as an
introduction of all miniature hobbies to the general public. Though they impressed
me as well with such a thing like an airborne (indoors!) R/C Rockwell Bronco. Really
IPMS Charleroi had found themselves the best spot for their yearly contest
being right next to the large and only window. I liked this, until I discovered
it's a real challenge to get good pictures with so much light in the background.
The contest table (one long table, just like on the previous IPMS Charleroi
show) held many models, some very very unusual and/or original though quality of the
models in general was quite average, though still good enough to impress the audience.
I visited the event on both days as it was a weekend happening,
this to increase the possibility of more great shots. On the second
day I treated myself on some brand new kits like the all new MPM
DC-2 and Fairey Battle.
All in all, it was a nice weekend for me and next time I will visit it again,
despite being it an occasion where you have to deal with an entry fee.