NordicCon 2008



This Years NordicCon was concidered a great success. It was held at the North Aire Banquet Hall (Knights of Columbus) on Sept. 27, 2008. It was are first year at this venue and with almost 4000 sq.ft. We had plenty of room, and lighting was decent. We had several vendors at NordicCon with 25 tables sold.

We had a total of 90 entrants, with a total of 343 models in competition. We had 288 models in Open, 48 in our theme "Back to the Fifties", and 7 models in our Junior category. We gave out in awards a total of 15 golds, 18 silvers, and 16 bronzes.

For the first time that I know of at a model contest. This years NordicCon had food available on-site. A special thanks goes out to Vicky and Judi and the rest of North Aire Catering for putting on a great spread. The spaghetti dinner was a big hit and I hope this is something that will be considered for future NordicCons and other model contest as well.

And another special thanks to Steve Jantcher, and Mark Hembree at FineScale Modeler for taking pictures. This helps promote our contest and our local clubs.

The only complaint that I heard was some people were disappointed that it was not a judged contest. I have decided that I will take over as head judge for the next NordicCon and if it works out, I will continue as head judge. So my hopes is that it will only get better in the future.

Thank you for all the volunteers and help we received the day of the contest. NordicCon is one of the premier contest in the states, and it couldn't be this way with out your help. And a "Very Very Special Thank You" to Bob Maderich who helped me out with advice as well as hard work when I needed assistance.

Thank you for a great NordicCon,

Bernard Kugel
2008 NordicCon Chair
Twin City Aero Historians


Special awards
Best Competition Vehicle by RPMJim MulliganMcClaren M8B
Best OrdinancePeter RasmussenSdkfz 251/9
Best German Jet (1937-Present) by MN Luft SIGL HektorHe.162
Best ShipClayton JohnsonVASA
Most Unique Model by Minnesota Scale ModelersChris OlsenLogging Scow "Bull of the Woods"
Best Polish subjectRob FolderPZL P.24
Best Figure by MMFSScott Premeau82nd Airborne

Theme awards
Best of ShowPaul OoiSupermarine Seafire
GoldTom BauschFJ-1 Fury
GoldBernard KugelUSS Antietam
GoldMerrill AndersonF-84G
SilverJohn BernierF4U5N Corsair
SilverBob Maderich'50 Ford pickup
SilverBob FolderGrumman Bearcat
BronzeJim Schnettler'57 Chevy
BronzeEric Zabel'55 Chevy
BronzeDave GatzBell H-13

Open Category
GoldEric ZabelF-4B Phantom
GoldTim Streeter"Mail call" Diorama
GoldScott JohnsonSdkfz 251/22
GoldJim Mulligan'49 Ford
GoldSteve EricksonSpitfire Mk.V
GoldJim ThiewesSS Sturmtrooper
GoldScott Premeau82nd Airborne
GoldPeter RasmussenGrille
GoldGeorge RamonoStalenetz
GoldRay SmithBa.349 Natter
GoldChris RossImperial Star Destroyer
GoldMike BedardDUKW
SilverEric MorningstarP-47D
SilverTom MorganNeiuport 28
SilverJohn BernierTemplar Sgt
SilverHal HitchcockA-1J Skyraider
SilverJim KloekUSS Alaska
SilverScott JohnsonJu.87 Stuka
SilverRick RasmussenFerdinand
SilverClayton JohnsonVASA
SilverKyle NelsonT-34/76
SilverMerrill AndersonNeiuport 17
SilverBill Reed'70's Garage Diorama
SilverTom BauschRyan Dark Shark
SilverRobert HaymanBeverly Hillbilly's truck
SilverSean BrzozowskiPolish F-16C Block 52+
BronzeScott HarvieuxUSS Enterprise CVN-65
BronzeRob SchapeTiger I
BronzeKirby Hughes'74 AMX
BronzeJim RossNX-01 Enterprise
BronzePaul OoiIJN Yamato
BronzeJim Johnson'70 Plymouth
BronzeCurtis WackerYugoslavian AA tank
BronzeRob FolderCH-47 Chinook
BronzeJohn DillonOhka Bomb
BronzeJohn DunphyKi-84
BronzeJohn LarsonT-65 X-Wing fighter

GoldDakota KnightWilly's Jeep
SilverJohn Schnettler'40 Ford Coupe
BronzeAriana VermilyeaKuragone
BronzeJoe OoiGundam