Inspiration and execution: This U.S. Air Force photo (top) of an interception off the American east coast was the template for an animated, multimedia display that won “Popular Best of Show” at the 2008 IPMS/USA national convention in Virginia Beach, Va. Props spin, lights and afterburner flash, and audio crackles with Russian and American radio transmissions while the whole tableau slowly rotates over an intricately wired, motorized display base.