I was made aware of this endeavour just the other day, so I thought that I should post here for the benefit of any Ex-Royals who frequent this site and may not have been aware of what The Regt was up to. Contact the curator (info at bottom) if you are interested. Anyone here going to take up the Regt's challenge? Note that the 01 Jun 04 deadline for submission of letters of intent will be 'overlooked'. Contact the Curator.
Not RCR? For those that aren't or weren't RCR, there is allowance for inclusion of your models, as long as it represents an RCR topic, and you have the sponsorship of a Regt'l member.
Here's an opportunity to aid a museum in expanding the historical knowledge through modelling. Perhaps this concept will be picked up by more museums.
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
Scale Model Exhibition, January/June 2005
The RCR Museum will be conducting an exhibition featuring scale models of regimental subject matter built by members of the regimental family. This exhibit will take place at the Museum during the winter of 2005. It is anticipated that members wishing to submit an item for this exhibit will have approximately eight months to research and complete the work.
The anticipated outcomes of this exhibition are:
1- To generate an interest in the history of The Royal Canadian Regiment
This will be achieved by restricting entries to a subject matter relevant to The Regiment. All submissions must have a direct relationship to the history of The Regiment. This can include an event, a piece of equipment or a figure. However, any submission must be accompanied with a 200 to 300 word description of the event or action being depicted by the submission with appropriate references and if available, source photos.
2- To give an opportunity to exhibit the skills and talents of members of the regimental family.
This will be achieved by the submissions them selves. We will be looking for a number of different categories of submissions including “scratch built”, “kit bashed” and basic kit construction. Within each of these categories model skills will be shown that will not only attest to the attention to detail but will show superior levels of technical and artistic talent by the builder.
3- To educate the public in the history of The Royal Canadian Regiment
This will be achieved by placing the models submitted to the Museum in the galleries during the special exhibition time frame (January to June 20050. The RCR Museum is anticipating a special advertising campaign to be conducted to draw attention to this special exhibit which should be of interest not only to members of the general public but also to military history enthusiasts, model builders and miniaturists.
4- Long term museum benefits
Following the exhibition, it is hoped that some of the modelers may wish to leave some of the items with the Museum. Should this be the case it is anticipated that we may be in a position to include several of these in new exhibits as the Museum expands its galleries in the future. Any models donated to the Museum will be eligible for an income tax receipt based on the estimated value of the model. A letter of appreciation will be issued by the Museum to the donor of the model. Models of particular interest to specific Battalions may be placed on exhibit with those Battalions
5. Recognition of the modeler
At the opening of the exhibition all members present will be asked to select his/her favorite submission. This will be done by written ballet and a plaque will be presented to the winner of each of three categories. In addition to this, every person submitting a model for this exhibit will be recognized on the label of the model and will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation in this exhibition.
General Guide lines for members wishing to submit a model.
1. Modeler’s Affiliation
Modelers must be members of the Regimental Family. This will include all serving members of The Regiment, regular and reserve forces, all members of The Royal Canadian Regiment Association and staff and members of affiliated cadet units.
In special circumstances, members of the public with no formal affiliation to The Regiment may be sponsored by a regimental family member. In such a chase, a letter stating why this individual’s submission should be included, will be required from the individual proposing the inclusion.
2. Model Subject Matter
The subject of the models must have relevance to The Regiment. All periods of regimental history may be used as subject matter. Examples may include but are not limited to;
a) figurines in Regimental period uniform
b) vehicles used by The Regiment wearing specific regimental designations,
c) dioramas of specific engagements involving units of The Regiment.
For large project, team efforts are encouraged.
3. Display of Models
Every effort will be made to accommodate all qualified submissions, however, room is limited and depending on the number of submissions, some models may not be displayed.
4. Information Needed for Display
All models must be submitted to The RCR Museum ready for display. Unfortunately the Museum does not have the staff or the resources to complete submissions. The Museum will generate a label for the model. This label will include such information as submitted by the creator of the model. Each label will name the modeler and give his/her affiliation with The Regiment, the type of model (scratch built, kit bashed or kit, scale, etc) and will give a short historical background of the subject depicted by the model.
There will be three categories for this exhibit. The categories will not be a deciding factor on where or how the items will be displayed. These three categories will be:
a) Scratch Built
A submission that is built without the use of a purchased kit. Some detailing may be purchased. However, more than 80% MUST be from a non-kit source. A major diorama of a particular action in which The Regiment was engaged (i.e.-The Gully, Victory at Paardeberg, etc.) where significant work has been placed on the scenery may qualify in this category.
b) Kit Bashed
This project may originate from a commercial kit but will have significant alterations made by the modeler. 25% to 50% of this project should consist of alterations made by the modeler to accurately reflect a specific item or situation.
c) Kit Built
This project may have some minor alterations but such alterations should be limited to 25% or less of the total project.
a) Letter of intent by 01June 04 (this deadline has been waived, but contact the Curator)
Please forward a letter of intent to the museum curator indicating that you are planning to put a model together for this exhibition. Give a brief description of your project and an approximate size of the final work (if it is to be mounted on a base, give the size of the base).
b) Submission of final project by 01 Dec 04
Your final project with all supporting documentation should reach The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum NLT 01 Dec 04. We will need the several weeks to draft labels and mount the exhibit. In rare circumstances we may be able to negotiate a late arrival of a specific project but there will be no guarantees that the project will make it into the exhibit.
The method of delivery to the Museum of the project will be up to the person creating the model. The Museum staff can give advice on packing techniques if the model is to be shipped. All packing materials will be saved for retune shipment.
If “shipments of opportunity” presents them selves, we will take deliver of modes well in advance of the due date to accommodate such deliveries. Please advise the Museum of pending arrivals so that we may be in a prepared position to receive the model.
c) Exhibition Opening 1930 21 Jan 05
A formal exhibition opening will take place at the museum on 21 Jan 05 at 1930 hrs. All members of the Regimental Family will be invited and if the creators of the models can be present that would be an added bonus. Details for this event are still to be worked out.
d) Exhibition Closing June 05
We will maintain the exhibit until the end of June in order to take full advantage of the school year and promote its existence in the school system as not only a means of learning about Canada’s military history, but also to offer the teachers an example of a different way of interpreting history. The models will be removed from display on the first Monday after the close of the exhibit and will be made ready for pick-up/retune shipment any time after that date.
e) Pickup or Return shipping
The original packing materials in which the model was forwarded to the Museum will be retained and used for the return shipment. The Museum will cover the cost of return shipment by surface carrier. If possible, “shipments of opportunity” will used.
For further information please contact:
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
750 Elizabeth Street
519-660-5275 ex 5015