We will all need to get out to GSL in 2015. That's the 25th anniversary!
For those of you who have never been to GSL, it's like Disney World for modelers. I went out in 2001 for what I thought would be a one time trip. I had so much fun that I've been back every two years, except the last two shows due to personal circumstances. It's one of those places you can go all by yourself, knowing no one, and within a short time you are friends with everyone!
The first trip I met Bob Paeth of the old Revell, who gave me the entire inside story of the release of the '57 Nomad kit, one of my favorites as a kid. Then I went out again in 2003 and just when I thought nothing magic would happen, another one of my childhood heros, Tom Daniel walked in. I never thought I'd be having a beer with him, discussing my favorite old customs. And every trip out there has been fun like that!
It's not a huge event, just a few hundred people, but it's the right people! I've met some amazing folks at GSL. And I've seen some of the world's best models. Don't let that scare you from coming and bringing models. There are also a lot of models built by guys like you and me on display. It's a well rounded event! You owe it to yourself to make the trip at least once. Most folks who do that wind up being regulars.