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Hobby show features mini masterpieces

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By Brian Funk, Editor

 

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Muscle cars, space ships, army tanks, aircraft and more — all in miniature but none shy of detail — that’s what you’ll see at D&J Hobby Center’s annual Hobby Show.
This celebration of miniatures will be held June 2 at the Galax Public Library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The public is welcome to come by and look and admission is free, said Darrell Burris, owner of D&J Hobby Center and organizer of the show, which has been held for more than a decade.
“I’m always fascinated every year at what shows up,” he said. “It amazes me the skill it takes to build these miniatures.”
There is always a healthy assortment of military pieces and race cars. Some of the more unique items are in the ultra-detailed diorama category, the imaginative science fiction/fantasy entries and the items build from scratch, not from a kit.
The show, sponsored by model company Tamiya, also features giveaways, raffles, and kits for sale.
People of all ages come from Tennessee, Maryland, nearby metro areas and from the Twin Counties to display their works, Burris said.
Kids and adults are invited to enter their models. Cost is $5 for the first entry and $1 for each additional entry.
Entrants each receive a certificate, Burris explained. That makes the focus of this show a bit different. “What we want to do is make the show more focused on the model rather than the trophy,” he said. It places the emphasis on building miniatures as a relaxing hobby and an art form.
Model kits, collectibles, games, comic books and more will be available from D&J Hobby Center at the show.
The store has been open for 13 years and is at 106 Nuckolls Curve Road in Galax, just off U.S. 58 west of Galax and across from Healing Springs Animal Hospital.

For more information, call D&J at 233-6852. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The store also has a page on Facebook. The library is at 610 West Stuart Drive. The library’s phone number is 236-2351.