Less than 30 minutes' drive from the event venue (downtown Cleveland)
• Groundwork for Bases and Dioramas - Dave Youngquist
Figure modeler Dave Youngquist from Last Cavalry will explain and detail simple techniques to create realistic groundwork effects using commercial and natural products in an “encore” of his seminar at the 2017 Region 4 convention. If you missed this seminar in 2017, here’s your second chance!
• Scratch-built Rigging and Turnbuckles - Mark Smith
Known for his very detailed aircraft models, Mark Smith will be sharing his “secrets” for making turnbuckles and rigging up his “early aviation” and WWI wonders.
• Wood Grain Finishes - Eric Larson
Learn how to turn plastic into wood as Eric Larson demonstrates his wood grain technique using artist oil paints.
• Advanced Weathering Techniques - Mark Smith
Mark Smith will be sharing some of the considerations and techniques he uses in creating that “used and abused” look on his award winning creations.
Other topics TBD – Check the web site for the latest updates
All seminars are FREE. Seating will be limited and entry to these sessions will be on a first-come, first served basis.
In Remembrance of Dick Toth (1936-2015)
Fellow modeler Dick Toth was a lifelong Clevelander. His education, vocation, family, avocations – his life,
were all rooted in this area. Career-wise, Dick was an architectural designer for the Jacobs Group Organization.
If you ever sat down at a food court in any of the shopping malls that sprouted in the 70s-90s in this area,
you can thank Dick for the design of those areas. Retired for twenty years, his retirement was not one of idle
days...he volunteered through his church to serve as an aide at a nursing facility three or more days a week.
Dick was a loving parent to three children and grandfather to six. He raised his kids to appreciate what life
offers us and to never settle for good enough in anything they did. He was gentle in encouraging them to succeed.
He was an example to them, and anyone else who knew him. He had a super wit and gentle nature and he was always
finding the best in people and the humor in any situation, no matter how dire it might have been.
As for his love of our hobby, Dick was a modeler from the days of balsa wood and tissue models, built from pieces
he created from plans, not plastic kits. He built those legendary Cleveland Models of the 1930s through 60s. As
plastic kits developed, he adopted them into his hobby interests, eventually joining IPMS in the 1970s. He became
a member of one of the local model clubs in the 1970s. He had a shared interest, not only in modeling, but in
modeling the history of Cleveland National Air Races, in particular, and “Unlimited Air Racers”, in general. Dick
was lucky enough to actually see the air races in person and was one of the first members of the Cleveland-born
“Society Of Air Racing Historians” in the 1970s.
Dick's favorite airplane was the P-51 Mustang - all types, all eras - warplane, racer, civil restored warbird,
whatever. He loved the Mustang so much that all three of his kids are still able to identify a Mustang flying over
unseen by the sound of the Merlin Engine alone! He taught his kids to build plastic models in order to develop
patience and appreciation of their achievements and of history, overall. His plastic modeling actually influenced
his nephew in career choices. He gave Patrick a built-up model of a Monogram M-48 Patton Tank when he was a kid in
the 1980s. Patrick became interested in military history and blamed it all on his “Uncle Dick” and those wonderful
models he built! “Patrick” is Patrick K. O'Donnel, author of many military history books over the past two decades!
In memory of his friendship, his love of the hobby, and his support of his clubs and fellow members through these
many years, we wish to express our appreciation of Dick during this event.
Mariott Courtyard Cleveland University Circle 1-216-791-5678 (Mention the IPMS Region 4 Conference)