2023 W.Britain 130th Anniversary Symposium

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Celebrate our 130th Anniversay!  CALL US AT 740-702-1803 to register for workshops or mail in the sign up form!

JUNE 23, 24, & 25, 2023

The Seventh Annual W.Britain Model Figure Symposium Will be Hosted at the W.Britain World Headquarters, Chillicothe, Ohio

We are pleased to announce our 7th Annual W.Britain Model Figure Symposium. It will take place in historic Chillicothe, Ohio, home and World Headquarters of W.Britain Model Figures. Chillicothe is located in scenic southern Ohio, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians. Chillicothe is 45 minutes due south of Columbus, Ohio.
The symposium starts off on Friday with workshops taught by the creative staff of W.Britain. This year we are offering two hands on workshops. The first is a World War Two, Spring of 1945 11” x 16” diorama featuring roadwa,ys, a stone wall, propaganda posters, military stencils and various greenery, bushes, and grasses. The second workshop is a hands-on painting workshop where participants will learn to whitewash and distress a German 88. Participants of both workshops should be able to complete their projects during the workshop.

With a shift in tradition, the W.Britain Evening Banquet will be held on Friday night at The Postmark, a Post Office built in 1903 and repurposed into a banquet hall featuring the Prohibition Bourbon Bar (with over 100 bourbons to choose from!). Our evening speaker will be Robert Cairns who will talk about The American Revolution: Continential Operations in the Ohio Valley. There will also be the traditional Silent Auction of Preproduction Figures and One-of-a-Kind Conversion Figures as well as our famous Everyone-Gets-A-Prize door prizes.

Saturday will find us at the Historic Adena Mansion for the symposium. Lectures include talks on The Battle of Franklin, by Joseph Ricci of the Battle of Franklin Trust, The 73rd Ohio in the American Civil War by Stuart Dempsey, The American Doughboy in WWI by Cyrus Moore, and Ohio Militia Uniforms from 1812 through the Civil War by Larry Strayer. A box lunch and refreshments will be served in the Pavilon with one of the best views in Ohio. Saturday evening will find us at the Ross County Historical Museum where we will have a heavy Hors d’Oeuvres reception and a chance to view the museum exhibits. The History Store Toy Soldier Shop will be hosting light desserts and a chance to shop some incredable sales.


WWII - Spring of 1945 “Push Into Germany” Scenic Diorama with Ken Osen Workshop Runs 10:00am – 4:00pm, Friday, June 23, 2022

The class will be taught by W.Britain Chief Sculptor and Model Maker Ken Osen with demonstrations and individual instruction given to each person on techniques such as assembly and fabrication, staging the scene, and the various styles of painting including dry-brushing and washes. All of the materials including paint, glue, scenics supplies, stone wall components, posters, and tools will be included so that each participant will be able to build a section approximately 11 inches wide by 16 inches long. This workshop is limited to 10 participants. Participants must be registered for the Full Weekend Symposium. If you are flying into the symposium we will gladly arrange to ship your completed diorama to you.

$145.00 Workshop Fee includes Box Lunch

Whitewash a German 88 with Jef Verswyvel Workshop Runs 10:00am – 4:00pm, Friday, June 23, 2022

Master Model Maker and W.Britain staff member Jef Verswyvel will teach you how to use an airbrush to apply a whitewash finish to a German Flak 88 then weather and chip the whitewash for a realistic battle worn look suitable for the Battle of the Bulge or the Eastern Front. All materials needed and Flak 88 are supplied. This workshop is limited to 3 participants. Participants must be registered for the Full Weekend Symposium. If you are flying into the symposium we will gladly arrange to ship your completed Flak 88 to you.

$435.00 Workshop Fee includes Flak 88 and Box Lunch


The American Doughboy by Cyrus Moore
Cyrus Moore will walk us through the experience, uniforms and equipment as used by the American Doughboy in World War One.

The Battle of Franklin by Joseph Ricci
Joseph Ricci of the Battle of Franklin Trust will bring to life the Second Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, fought on November 30, 1864, it was one of the worst disasters of the American Civil War for the Confederate Army.

The 73rd Ohio in the American Civil War by Stuart Dempsey.
Stuart Dempsey, Civil War Historian and noted battlefield guide will be talking about Chillicothe’s own 73rd Ohio Infantry Regiment (also known as the 73rd OVI - Ohio Volunteer Infantry) and it’s service during the American Civil War.

Ohio Militia Uniforms from 1812 through the Civil War by Larry Strayer
Noted Ohio Historian and Author Larry M. Strayer will be bringing parts of his militia collection and sharing with us the changing look of militia uniforms from the War of 1812 through the American Civil War.


The 2023 W.Britain 130th Anniversary Symposium Event Figure is the Flagbearer of the 26th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry that was muster out of Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio beginning June 8, 1861.


We have reserved a block of rooms atThe Fairfield Inn, 300 N Plaza Blvd, Chillicothe, OH 45601 - 740-771-9090. Rooms have a special rate of $170 for a King Suite, or $155 2 Bed Queen Room (plus taxes). To call and book a reservation, please call 1 (740) 771-9090 and ask for the Group Rate by referring to W.Britain Symposium.


 Friday -  Pre-Symposium Workshops & Banquet                              

10:00am – 4:00pm - Workshop, W.Britain HQ, 20 E. Water St., Chillicothe, box lunch provided

6:00pm - 9:00pm - W.Britain Evening Banquet at the The Postmark, 105 S. Paint St., Chillicothe. Robert Cairns talks about The American Revolution: Continential Operations in the Ohio Valley. We’ll host our ever popular W.Britain Silent Auction and our everyone-gets-a-prize raffle and Ken Osen will give a Sneak Peak at upcoming releases.

Saturday -  Symposium & Evening Events   

9:00am - 10:15am - The American Doughboy by Cyrus Moore

10:15am - 10:30am - Break

10:30am - 11:45am - Militia Uniforms Post 1812 through the American Civil War by Larry Strayer

12:00pm - 1:15pm - Break

1:30pm - 2:45pm - The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee by Joseph Ricci

2:45pm - 3:00pm - Break

3:00pm - 4:15pm - 73rd Ohio in the American Civil War by Stuart Dempsey

4:15pm - 6:00pm - Free Time

6:00pm - 8:00pm - Saturday Evening at the Ross County Historical Museum, 45 W. 5th St, Chillicothe. The Museum is opening its doors for us with special evening hours. We will have a large variety of heavy Hors d’oeuvres available in the lobby for all to partake in. From the lobby, you may tour exhibits focusing on the history
of the Northwest Territory and founding of the state of Ohio; how and why Chillicothe became Ohio’s first capital; the prehistoric cultures of the Scioto River Valley; Ross County’s involvement in the Civil War; Camp Sherman & World War I; historical toys & dolls; early Ohio decorative arts, folk art, fine art
& portraiture; and historical vehicles & transportation. Once done with the museum please feel free to continue on to The History Store, 101N. Paint St., Chillicothe, a charming toy soldier shop around the corner from W.Britain where lite desserts will be served and a Symposium Special Sale will be taking place.

Sunday -  Field Trip

8:00am - 6:00pm - Meet at the parking lot aross the street from the W.Britain HQ, 20 E. Water St., Chillicothe where a bus will be waiting to whisk us all to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. We will meet at 4:30 to return back to Chillicothe.


Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, 16062 OH-104, Chillicothe, OH 45601 - The site of earthworks and burial mounds from the Hopewell culture, indigenous peoples who flourished from about 200 BC to AD 500

Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta Road, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601, tecumsehdrama.com Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700’s . The huge, outdoor stages of the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre afford the audience a unique viewing experience. Sit beneath the stars as sheer spectacle surrounds you with a herd of galloping horses, live military cannon in action, and the most dazzling battle sequences offered on the American stage

Directions to Chillicothe, Ohio

FROM JOHN GLEN AIRPORT IN COLUMBUS OHIO Take the international Gateway towards Downtown Columbus, take I-670 West to SR315 South to I-270 East. Take the next exit (exit 52) to US-23 South. Follow US-23 South to Chillicothe.

FROM CINCINNATI AND POINTS SOUTH/WEST Follow I-71 North toward Columbus to Exit 65 to US-35 East. Follow US-35 east to Chillicothe.

FROM POINTS EAST (NY, NJ etc.) Take I-78 west to I-81 South. Follow I-81 to I-76 West. Follow I-76 to I-70 West to Columbus. Then take I-270 South to US-23 South to Chillicothe.

FROM DETROIT Take I-75 South to Dayton. Take Exit 52 to US-35 East towards Xenia. Follow US-35 to Chillicothe.

FROM CHICAGO / INDIANAPOLIS Make your way to I-65 South to Indianapolis. Take I-70 to I-75 South. Take Exit 52 to US-35 East towards Xenia. Follow US-35 to Chillicothe.

FROM RICHMOND, VA Take I-64 West to US-35 West. Follow US-35 to Chillicothe.
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