"Star Wars" R2-D2 featured guest at expansive exhibit of scale models

SEATTLE, Feb. 1, 2013--The robot R2-D2 will be among the guests at the annual NorthWest Scale Modelers Show at the Museum on Feb. 16 and 17. The NorthWest Scale Modelers membership will push the envelope with a massive show of modeling force with the largest model show in Pacific Northwest. A lecture at 2 p.m. will detail the design and building of a full-scale, operational replica of the "Star Wars" robot, R2-D2. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free with admission to the Museum.

On display will be thousands of model aircraft, cars, tanks, ships, spacecraft and more from the NWSM collections. Expert modelers will be on hand to answer all questions about the fascinating hobby of scale modeling. The show will feature a special exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Seattle chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society. Models of "Star Wars" creatures and hardware will also be on display.

Children age 6 and up are invited to learn the art of modeling during free "Make and Take" workshops sponsored by Galaxy Hobby and Skyway Model Shop. NWSM members will be on hand to help children build a scale aircraft model to take home.

"Robot Dreams - Building R2-D2"
Master Modeler Bob Jacobsen
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m.
Master modeler Bob Jacobsen will talk about how he designed and built a life-size, operational model of the movie star droid R2-D2. Jacobsen will share the stage with the popular robot, and both will field questions from the audience following the presentation. The presentation is free with admission to the Museum.

Image: Scale models of all kinds are on display at the NorthWest Scale Modelers Show at The Museum of Flight. Here a young visitor meets the droid, R2-D2. Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight, Seattle.
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Mike Bush
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Ted Huetter
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