Images by Mark Aldrich >> What happens when three Tacoma Green Dragons get delayed picking up a fourth? In today’s case, they arrive 30 minutes later than expected for an event. The event in question was the first ever Blitz Hobbies Make-N-Take. Arranged by Neil Blitzstein, paid for by the Tacoma Green Dragons, and coordinated by both, the event turned out to be a great success.
Blitz Hobbies is located on Fort Lewis in the AAFES (Army Air Force Exchange Service) Mini-Mall. It used to be located in an actual room, however, it is now located on three Kiosks. Neil Blitzstein is the owner and he also has a nice website and is a member of our club. Neil brought the idea to the club months ago. We agreed to go forward with it. The plan was to coincide the event with National Make-n-Take day. We hit a small snag when we found out REVELL no longer sells the kits for make-n-takes to member of clubs so they can accomplish these great events. You have to order them through a local hobby shop. Thank goodness Blitz Hobbies is a hobby shop.
The event had already started when the four of us arrived. Neil, his wife and son were already there along with Rick Coombs and Matt Repinski of the club. Randy Colvin, Mike Reiff, George Haase, and I arrived and quickly fanned out and proceeded to assist in the assembly procedures. The kit used for this event was Revell’s 2008 Concept Camaro. This is a basic simple snap kit with a few snags in the assembly process. The snags were quickly overcome and next year, we will assemble a practice kit prior to the event.
It was fun and sometimes sad to listen to the children and parents assembling the kits. Words like “Cool”, “neat”, “this is fun” were heard as often as “I can’t do this”, “this part doesn’t fit” and “I lost a part”. In actuality, we only lost two parts. Both were steering wheels and both were quickly recovered. As the builds progressed, Mike Reiff and I started assembling a kit ourselves just to see how quick it went. This turned out to be a good thing. There was a cute little girl that had her car done and after the picture was taken, accidently dropped it. The wheel was severed in such a way as to require a glue repair. She happily took Mike’s to replace hers.
As you can see from the pictures everyone had a great time. I am hopeful that this will become a yearly event and that Fort Lewis and AAFES gets a little more involved next time.