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Things to bring

Post by WedgeCharlotte » Tue May 09, 2017 11:52 am

Thought it would be nice to have a thread where people can add stuff they bring with them for the weekend, maybe it will remind people not to forget something, or put a new idea in peoples heads

Repair kit for model entries:

Past few years it seems to have gotten harder to find people that have a well stocked repair kit - usually a tackle box arrangement of stuff. I'm going to try and pack one up this year; Joe Nejberger who runs the figure demos usually has one too. It's a lot easier to have one if you are driving.

super glue and a precision applicator for it
touch up paints and microflat or similar for when you see that glue splooge you missed the other 20 times you stared at that spot
cotton gloves
small brush
magnifiers of choice
tweezers
couple of small files and sanding sticks if you need to reglue a fiddly bit and clean the join

Other stuff

camera
comfortable shoes or flip flops, there can be a lot of walking to do!
lightweight rain jacket or umbrella (occasionally the Louisville weather just gets weird)
fan or noisemaker for your room to help you sleep, as you are going to need some rest!
allergy pills
cooler for ice, the bucket just doesn't usually cut it
large plastic bags to help carry your vendor swag to the car easier, if you can get the thick nice ones like clothing stores have, you might be able to hang the bag from a clothes hook on the luggage cart


Well I guess you can tell I'm getting restless to get out there LOL

any other ideas?
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Post by Stu Pidasso » Tue May 09, 2017 1:00 pm

Deoderant! :oops:
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Post by Targallian » Tue May 09, 2017 1:37 pm

If you are able to bring a cooler, as Brian suggested, bring along drinks and snacks. It will be cheaper than the vending machines and restaurant, and you'll have more money for the vendors' room.

Plenty for cash for those vendors that don't take credit or debit cards.

A small notebook to write down things you might learn in the demos.

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Post by rossjr » Tue May 09, 2017 1:59 pm

Some people use their phones or tablets for taking notes and pictures.

People that are flying need to be aware of what they are packing and if they will be checking those bags or carrying them on.

Best idea for tools is to put those in checked bags. TSA doesn't like to let hobby knives or blades in carry on.

If you are bringing touchup paint make sure its not flammable, the same can be said for glues or other solvents you choose to bring with.

Also for fliers or drivers, zip lock bags can be your friend by keeping things together or at least helping if you develop a leak. I've also had complete tubes of CA arrive cured because they were packed in a zip lock bag that also contained the accelerator.

Also when flying you can pack Pop or soda's in checked bags. I recommend plastic bottles and have never had any issues. Avoid trying with cans as I know someone that tried and had them explode other everything, I mean, everything in his luggage.... I bring my own because they don't have my brand in the hotel, it's cheaper and I don't have transportation to go buy it locally.

Make sure all of your chargers for all your devices are in your bag.

Leave room in your checked bag for what you anticipate bringing back.

If bringing your airbrush, take it in your carry on, but be prepared to explain it's not a bong or other paraphernalia. It's also a good idea to back the needle into the body to protect the tip.

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Post by robiwon » Tue May 09, 2017 4:33 pm

MONEY!!!!
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Post by rossjr » Tue May 09, 2017 10:10 pm

robiwon wrote:MONEY!!!!
While they have a money god in the lobby, I've often heard that it's empty by Noon on Saturday....

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Post by veedubb67 » Wed May 10, 2017 10:05 am

We used to bring a portable gas grill but for some reason they didn't like us using it on the concrete patio...

Definitely bring cash even though many, if not all the vendors accept credit cards.

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Post by WedgeCharlotte » Wed May 10, 2017 10:32 am

We've worked with the hotel to stress the importance to our vendors of keeping that ATM filled, and they do engage the ATM service company to check it multiple times over the weekend. This was a bit of a personal crusade of mine a number of years ago, and the hotel staff always brings it up to us now at our pre show meeting instead of the other way around.
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Post by Neb » Wed May 10, 2017 4:31 pm

Clothes.

Nobody wants to see any of us naked.... :8)
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Post by naoto » Wed May 10, 2017 5:07 pm

WedgeCharlotte wrote:We've worked with the hotel to stress the importance to our vendors of keeping that ATM filled, and they do engage the ATM service company to check it multiple times over the weekend. This was a bit of a personal crusade of mine a number of years ago, and the hotel staff always brings it up to us now at our pre show meeting instead of the other way around.
I do remember back in 1997 at Anime Expo, the ATM at the LAX Hilton (where the convention was held) was empty before noon of the first day of the convention, by that afternoon, all the ATs within a mile radius were drained (and remained empty the rest of the weekend). It was a different story in 2000 -- the ATMs were being refilled several times (gotta hand it to "The Mouse" to handle things quite well).

Aside from purchases in the dealer's room, you'll obviously need cash for stuff like food.
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Post by Lonewolf » Wed May 10, 2017 8:08 pm

rossjr wrote:
robiwon wrote:MONEY!!!!
While they have a money god in the lobby, I've often heard that it's empty by Noon on Saturday....
In the (I think) 10 WonderFests I've attended, I say that you are pretty near 100% correct on that one.

They fill it on Friday, and they don't show up again until late Saturday. Unfortunately, that's after the Early Birds have been through, plus all the regular attendees.

People go through the funds in that ATM faster than Tammy Faye Baker uses mascara!
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Post by Arronax » Thu May 11, 2017 9:07 am

A few slightly odd things to consider:

A monopod for your camera. Less intrusive than a tripod and allows for taking photos without flash. Might not be needed for fancy cameras but useful for point-and-shoots.

A lanyard to hold your WF ticket/badge. Less likely to get lost that a badge pinned to your shirt.

A shopping list and a plan of who you'll visit first to get that personal grail kit.

Tool kit. Look at your models and ask yourself what will break first. Then plan on what you might need such as specific paint colors for touch up, pins for those tricky delicate joints, fresh CA, CA kicker, microbrushes to apply CA kicker, plastic or tin lids to use as paint palettes, painter's tape, paper towels, dusting brush and lots of other things that you hope you won't need. Oh and a fresh X-Acto blade.
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Post by RossW » Thu May 11, 2017 3:11 pm

All great suggestions, although I think George is being a little wistful about the clothes thing (You were the belle of the ball back in '09 when you went clothing optional!).

Don't waste your time or money with one of those Styrofoam coolers - over fill with ice & drinks and it will bust all over the floor. How do I know? Because I'm a scientist, dammit, so back off! I deny this ever happened to me!

A can of Dullcote is also a good idea - the one year I finished my Hunchback of Notre dame in my room on Friday afternoon was the year I forgot to bring a can. Luckily, Saul Alvarez sorted me out thanks to the figure painting class across the patio.

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Post by rossjr » Thu May 11, 2017 3:14 pm

13 posts and no one reminded people to pack their UGLY shirt for the contest....

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Post by Stu Pidasso » Thu May 11, 2017 6:25 pm

rossjr wrote:13 posts and no one reminded people to pack their UGLY shirt for the contest....
I thought it was pants?
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Post by Kylwell » Thu May 11, 2017 7:37 pm

Booze. Copious quantities of booze.

and those tiny paper umbrellas.
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Post by Lonewolf » Thu May 11, 2017 8:18 pm

I picked up a CoMMiES-appropriate hip flash in which to carry my Scotch. :wasted:
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Post by veedubb67 » Fri May 12, 2017 10:54 am

Lonewolf wrote:I picked up a CoMMiES-appropriate hip flask in which to carry my Scotch. :wasted:
Nah, just a big cup...

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Post by Lt. Z0mBe » Fri May 12, 2017 12:15 pm

Stu Pidasso wrote:
rossjr wrote:13 posts and no one reminded people to pack their UGLY shirt for the contest....
I thought it was pants?
For you Jimi, it's a kilt and thong combo. :lol:

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Post by Kylwell » Fri May 12, 2017 12:16 pm

Lt. Z0mBe wrote:
Stu Pidasso wrote:
rossjr wrote:13 posts and no one reminded people to pack their UGLY shirt for the contest....
I thought it was pants?
For you Jimi, it's a kilt and thong combo. :lol:

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Post by M3 » Fri May 12, 2017 3:38 pm

Lt. Z0mBe wrote:
Stu Pidasso wrote:
rossjr wrote:13 posts and no one reminded people to pack their UGLY shirt for the contest....
I thought it was pants?
For you Jimi, it's a kilt and thong combo. :lol:

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Would that be a kilthong? Or a thilt?
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Post by naoto » Fri May 12, 2017 9:17 pm

M3 wrote:
Lt. Z0mBe wrote:
Stu Pidasso wrote:
rossjr wrote:13 posts and no one reminded people to pack their UGLY shirt for the contest....
I thought it was pants?
For you Jimi, it's a kilt and thong combo. :lol:

Kenny
Would that be a kilthong? Or a thilt?
How 'bout what Hanagata is wearing in the 2nd episode of Saber Marionette J to X ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI9gxcmjcfY
(see at around 15:26)
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Post by Gouf » Fri May 19, 2017 11:08 am

Neb wrote:
Wed May 10, 2017 4:31 pm
Clothes.

Nobody wants to see any of us naked.... :8)
Dang it! That means less room for models. ;)

And a respirator or filter/mask if you are doing Iron Modeler.
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Post by Stu Pidasso » Fri May 19, 2017 2:26 pm

Kylwell wrote:
Fri May 12, 2017 12:16 pm

Oh dear lord no. His toes are gross.
But quite delicious. ..
I got a sweater for Christmas last year. hope I get a screamer this year...

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Post by naoto » Fri May 19, 2017 3:12 pm

Stu Pidasso wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 2:26 pm
Kylwell wrote:
Fri May 12, 2017 12:16 pm

Oh dear lord no. His toes are gross.
But quite delicious. ..
:? :? :? :? :? :?
(becomes extremely confused when image of a person with 12 dozen toes comes to mind. Hrm... :-k there appears to be a problem in the grammar subroutines)
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Re: Things to bring

Post by Rocketeer » Sat May 20, 2017 10:23 am

Man, this thread went to pieces pretty quickly!

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Post by naoto » Sat May 20, 2017 11:51 am

Imagine how much room you'd have in your luggage if you had one of these:
http://spiderman.wikia.com/wiki/Symbiote_Costume
You could have it shape-shift into any style of clothing you'd want. And imagine if it sustain itself by feeding on stuff light sloughed off skin, excess perspiration, excess body oil, etc. Although there is the concern of what it does the entity would have its own sort of B.O. or what it does to poop.. Hrm... :-k maybe not such a good thing...
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Re: Things to bring

Post by Stu Pidasso » Sat May 20, 2017 11:42 pm

Let me preface this by saying this is not a reflection on the show or the staff. Everyone who has rooms booked in their name, call and confirm and make sure everything is right. Every year we hear stories of reservation screw-ups and difficulties. Well, I did today, and of course, they screwed up my reservation. Good luck all!
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Post by Jim NCC1701A » Mon May 22, 2017 5:30 am

Stu Pidasso wrote:
Sat May 20, 2017 11:42 pm
and of course, they screwed up my reservation.
Every. Darned. Year.

Somehow it just wouldn't be Wonderfest if they didn't screw up at least one reservation. It's like they're obligated to do it. Or something...
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Post by Rocketeer » Mon May 22, 2017 12:51 pm

Following your advice, I just called to check mine, and everything is good--but thanks for the reminder!

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