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May Car Shows

Warm weather is here and you know what that means? All the classic cars are out on the road! Here's some of the upcoming car shows in May for those of you looking for model inspiration and reference photos.


4th - Kernville Rotary Car Show - 1975 or older cars, trucks, street rods, stock or custom. 

5th - Antique Truck Show and Swap Meet - Antique trucks, trains and trolleys.

10th -12th - San Diego Streak 40 Car Show

11th - Cruisin' Back to the 50's Culver City Car Show - classic cars and hot rods.

11th - Villa Park Car and Bike Show - Pre 1974 classics, hot rods, motorcyles, newer vehicles.

18th-19th - Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival - hot rods and customs.

31st- June 1 - Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show - motorcycles and German cars.




Sponsorships and IPMS

We are still looking for people to sponsor categories for the San Diego Model Expo! Sponsering a cetegory is only $25, but it goes a long way towards making events like this possible. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, the form is available on the flier or you can contact Timi at our monthly meeting.

In other news, for those of you interested in military vehicles, the San Diego IPMS will be doing a trip to the Camp Pendleton Mechanized Museum sometime in May or June (date has yet to be finalized). If you are interested, you can get in touch with IPMS here.



Round 2 to Produce Popular Land, Air, Sea & Space Models – Adding to AMT, MPC & Polar Lights

For Immediate Release

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – 03/18/2013 – Round 2, LLC, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Lindberg and Hawk Models brands and assets from J. Lloyd International. With the transaction, Round 2 adds these two well-recognized and historic plastic model kit names to their existing trio of AMT, MPC and Polar Lights mode kit lines, licensed from Learning Curve Brands, Inc. in 2008 and purchased outright in 2012.

Consumer trust and excitement has been building over Round 2’s efforts with the initial three brands since 2008. Now, with the assets of five major model companies in its stable, Round 2 solidifies its position as a top producer and fierce competitor in the plastic kit sector of the hobby industry. Thomas Lowe, President and CEO of Round 2 states, “The addition of Lindberg and Hawk results in a combined product catalog for Round 2 that is so diverse, it will include virtually every type of model kit genre imaginable and in a wide range of scales. Whether you’re looking for cars, trucks, aircraft, ships, sci-fi, space exploration, anatomy and figures or even crazy monsters, we now have it all! We’ve made plans to hit the ground running with these brands and are ready to go. As we progress into the future, we will be working with the vintage Hawk and Lindberg tooling to resurrect more exciting kits that haven’t seen the light of day in decades, just like we have with AMT and MPC. We’ll also be happy to put the 1934 Ford Pickup tooling back under the original AMT brand, from where it originated.”

Lowe continues, “Like our customers, we love model building. Lindberg and Hawk models are sure to excite modelers of all ages. From the connection with history to a hunger for an understanding of how various machines, both human and mechanical function, the kits created by the original brands have always offered a wide variety of subject matter for model makers, and we plan on continuing that long standing tradition.

About Round 2

Round 2, LLC is an innovative collectibles company located in South Bend, IN. The team at Round 2 is dedicated to producing detailed, high quality collectible and playable items appealing to the young and young at heart. Round 2 brands include Polar Lights®, AMT® and MPC® model kits, Auto World® slot cars, Forever Fun™ seasonal products and the licensed brands American Muscle®, Ertl Collectibles® and Vintage Fuel™ die cast.

For more details on all the product lines produced by Round 2, visit our website at:

AMT, Polar Lights, MPC and Round 2 and design are trademarks of Round 2, LLC. ©2011 Round 2, LLC, South Bend, IN 46628. All rights reserved. ###

Sale at Hobby People

Hobby People in El Cajon and San Diego are running a sale. 25% off Revell kits, and 20% off all the other plastic kits. The one on Convoy in San Diego has a nice selection. They also have lots of paints. I don't know how long the sale lasts, but probably not that long. This is a good chance to get that Challenger or Rat Roaster you've been secretly wanting. They also stock a good selection of science fiction kits. Not that anyone else in the club is into those. . .


2013 San Diego Model Expo

Mark your calendars!

February Meeting Recap

We had an excellent turnout for our Red Baron theme. As you can see from the photos, it was quite the assemblage. Many were stock, but there were some custom builds too. Would that be something like a custom custom? I don't know. I do know it was great to see. Many thanks to those who brought cars, and Tom Daniel's original concept sketch for the Red Baron.

Skip's Models on ebay

At the last meeting I forgot to add Skip's other daughter's ebay sales link, so here it is!

If this does not work, then look up mezz197712 on ebay as well as Littlered61912

The Samples Family thanks you for yours support and wishes all in the club a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Moving Forwards

Well, all good things must come to and end and with each end is a new beginning. This month was my last month as the President of the San Diego Model Car Club. 

Looking back I can hold my head high and know that I have done a pretty decent job of it and now it is time to let the club move forward with new leadership at the helm. My successor is not stranger to our ranks as he has been in our club for quite a few years now and has always been at the ready to help our club prosper and grow. 

The new President will be Kyle Allen, and I hope, I am leaving the club to him in a bit better shape then when I found it. Kyle is a strong, steady and dedicated member of the club, and with the aid of our club members and myself, will no doubt take us to the next level. So please join me in January in welcoming him to his new position as President of SDMCC! 

I would also like to thank Timi Shahn, Glenn Day, Rachel Ambrose, Dave Ambrose,  Peter Johnson, Dan King, Darryl Gassaway and Skip Samples for helping me, and guiding me at times, during my presidency of the club. And to all our members, past and present, Thank you! 

So with this I will wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Safe New Year!! 

Color Me Gone! 

Jesse Salazar Chavez 

Retired! President - SDMCC IMPS

Corvettes! (the kind with wheels)

Kyle Allen brings us this review of the new Revell Corvette


I just bought the Revell 1962 Corvette. Looks as good as the rest of the new stuff. A nice touch is the separate chrome windshield frame. it also comes with extra set of hotrod rims and tires. other than the rims and tires there are no other "extra" parts. The only intake included is the fuel injection. Like the other newer Revell models, the kit includes decals for the engine and the gauges.





Scale Model Contest and Swap Meet Jan 26th

The Secret Society of Model Builders and the San Diego Air and Space Museum will be holding a model contest and swap meet on January 26th, 2013. The contest will be held at Gallespie Field in El Cajon from 8:00am to 3:00pm (model registration is 8:00am to noon). The contest theme is "Third Time's the Charm." Events include a raffle.

Entry fee: $3
Contest Registration: $10 (includes 3 models, $2 for ea add)

Models in the contest will receive written comments from the judges. Non-IPMS judging, models will be judged on fit and finish. More information can be found here at SSMB's forum.


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