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


SEATTLE, Feb. 8, 2012--The robot R2-D2 and other Star Wars characters will be among the guests at the annual Northwest Scale Modelers Show at the Museum on Feb. 18 and 19. The NorthWest Scale Modelers membership will push the envelope with a massive show of modeling force, attempting to stage the largest model show in Pacific Northwest history. 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 exhibition will feature special displays of models representing famous Russian "MiG" aircraft produced by the Mikoyan-and-Gurevich Design Bureau. 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. 18, 2 p.m.

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.


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