The following are the special awards presented at Modelmania:
Ed Thacker Memorial Award
Best Storyteller Diorama
Ed Thacker was a gentleman craftsman with our club for many years, who was very dedicated to building dioramas, especially if that of the Old West. His dioramas were always conveying rich stories that were a marvel to see. A good diorama tells a story. A great diorama makes you feel the emotion of that story. That is exactly what Ed’s Dioramas did. His legacy lives on through the Ed Thacker Memorial Award for Best Storyteller Diorama. This award is not intended for the best built diorama but rather which diorama which best tells the story. The picture below is his diorama titled “The Storyteller”.
Wild Blue Yonder Award
Best U.S. Army Air Forces / U.S. Air Force Aircraft
Commemorative award for the former pilots of these aircraft.
Joe German Memorial Award
Joe German was a long time member and former president of IPMS Houston. He was a retired MSgt. U.S. Air Force Reserve with a passion for F-4 Phantoms as well as any and all U.S. armor. A retired middle school teacher who was a more than an accomplished model builder, it is only appropriate that his memory is carried on in the Junior Award passing his teaching on to the youth of today.
Sponsored by Lee Forbes
Just the aircraft, not the car.
Sponsored by Jon Baker
Best WWII German Tank, Figure, Diorama
Kilroy was Here
Sponsored by Frank Stumpo
Best WWII American Tank, Figure, Diorama