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Hobby Expo 2013

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HobbyTown USA of Petaluma is a proud sponsor of the IPMS Santa Rosa annual Hobby Expo. HobbyTown USA provides space for other regional hobby clubs to participate in this event and provides materials for many hands-on hobby activities.


The theme of this year's Hobby Expo is “Models from the Movies,” and will include displays by local rofessional model building and effects companies including: 32Ten Studios and Fonco Creative Services.


Activities being hosted by HobbyTown USA of Petaluma include:



  • Model Make-N-Take

  • Lego Make-N-Take

  • Slot Car racing


A model contest and local hobby club event including displays and demonstrations of the following:



  • Hundreds of plastic models in the IPMS Santa Rosa contest.

  • Historic displays and re-enactors of the Civil War.

  • A battle bot demonstration by the North Bay Bot Builders

  • Wooden ship models by the Redwood Empire Shipwrights.

  • Radio controlled combat ships by the Western Warships Combat Club.

  • Radio controlled battle tanks by the Bay Area Tankers

  • Radio controlled boats by Sonoma County Boaters

  • Radio controlled airplanes by Wine Country Flyers

  • Radio controlled race cars by Redwood Empire Ground Pounders.

  • Radio controlled 1/5 scale race trucks by 101 Off Road RC.

  • WWII miniature gaming by North Bay Gamers Group.

  • A narrow gauge HO train layout by North Coast Historical Model Railroad Society. 

  • Creatures and Models display by Niddspace Productions.

  • Fantasy and SciFi models by the Fantasy Modelers Club.

  • Star Wars re-enactors from the 501st Garrison and Rebel Legion.

  • And More!

HobbyTown USA January 26, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Expo Update We have some great additions to the Expo including: A Model Maker Forum starting at 1 pm with a panel of Industrial Light and Magic veterans who have worked on many famous movies. Members of the panel will discuss behind the scenes stories, design inspirations, and most importantly model making techniques. After a 30-40 minute discussion, the panel will be opened to questions from the audience. Bay Area Engine Modelers - displaying working scale models of internal combustion engines. Additional displays from Rancho Obi-Wan, Voodoo FX, Shawn Thorsson & Associates Workshop, R2-D2 Builders Club, and more.
Scott Lesher January 28, 2013 at 03:50 PM
This is THE place to be if you're a current model builder or are considering venturing into the hobby. Every area of the hobby is represented from military to cars to aircraft to watercraft to space ships and monsters. The show will give everyone the opportunity to ask questions of the various clubs and their members about their particular genre. The show is also very kid friendly as we all hope the next generation will keep model building alive and well. Admission is free, so you can't beat the price! Mark February 9th on your calendar and come check out the world of modeling. There may be something there just for you.
HobbyTown USA February 01, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Download the Expo Schedule and map of attractions. Only one week until Hobby Expo 2013 at the Petaluma Community Center! Free admission and free activities. Here is a link to a map and schedule showing what rooms the clubs and activities are located in. http://www.htupetaluma.com/images/Expo/schedule.jpg For full details and a list of participating clubs go to: http://www.ipmssantarosa.org/hobby_expo.html Steven Elliott Owner, HobbyTown USA Petaluma Plaza, next to Trader Joe's http://www.htupetaluma.com
Walter Hansen February 08, 2013 at 05:47 PM
The Western Warship Combat Club will be there! At least a dozen combat ships will be on display. Our R/C warships fight each other and sink each other. We pull them back up, patch them and go out again. Great Fun! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j915nYKJ8Ts http://www.westernwarshipcombat.com/
HobbyTown USA February 09, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Hobby Expo is today! I saw the robot from the Lost in Space TV series being brought in last night! Come see models, trains, games, robots, and radio control and it is all free.

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