Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ransart 2012

On 28 and 29 of January the show "Pleins Feux sur le Maquettisme" was held again in Ransart Belgium. Because of the very soft winter until then I decided to go this year also. Unfortunately for me I became ill just a few days before the weekend. But with my bag loaded full of paracetamol and a box of figures I was prepared for the trip to Belgium. Me and the family left Saturday morning at 8 o'clock. After dropping of the family in Bergen op Zoom I continued my trip to Chareloi, were I arrived at 12:45. Luckily I found a parking spot and entered my figures into the contest. It's a big show with three floors for collectors, club and contest tables. The traders were located in a big botanic garden next to it.

Soon I came across the first dutch friends. After some chatting I met also other friends from Belgium and France. One of them was Stephane from Figurines TV who I always see in Girona at 'Soldat de Plom'. He was so kind to introduce me to Roberto Chaudon a great sculptor from Mexico, who is sculpting for companies like Pegaso and Knight models. He was giving a sculpting demonstration and it was instructive to see him at work and to be able to ask some questions. Time was flying and after visiting the fair in the botanic garden it was already time to leave to Bergen op zoom were we stayed for the night. Before I arrived on Sunday a lot of time was already lost. When I arrived I started making pictures of the figures in contest. But soon this was impossible because the room was filled with people for presentation of the prizes. For me it was very hard to follow because all was done in french and my french isn't that good.

All I could figure out were some names of the different classes. At a certain moment I heard my name and I found out that I won a bronze medal in transformation. After the ceremony was finished I picked up my figures and soon we on our way back home. After some delay were we arrived home around 10 o'clock in the evening and went to bed. The end of nice weekend.
The rest of the pictures I could take can be found on my facebook page: