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March 2019 Modeler of the Month
Name: Pico Elgin
When did you start building models? – I was about 10 years old and started building military models, primarily planes and ships.
Why? – My Dad was in the Seabees and I started building models of the planes, ships and boats he told me about in his stories.
What was the first model car you built? – 1961 Ford convertible 3:1 kit. I slapped every part in the kit on it and brush painted it with enamel. It was something else.
What types of models do you build? – I like to build models of the most significant cars across different time periods. Those which were significant because of their styling, engineering, or both.
What brand(s) of models do you build the most? – I build mostly my own designs and over the years I developed skills in carving masters, modifying existing kits, and now really focused on using 3D design and printing.
What do you like most about model building? – Hard to say there is just one thing, I Really enjoy doing the initial research and developing new skills to bring the models to life. I truly enjoy building and my building day typically starts at 6:30 AM.
What part(s) of model building do you find the most challenging? – Manually scribing panel lines and other surface details. Sometimes two-tone paint schemes can be very challenging as well.
Anyone special who provided you guidance/inspiration/support? – Yes, Lee Baker influenced many of my builds and provided inspiration for many more.
If you could have one older kit reissued what would it be? – Heller Bugatti Type 50 What new model would you like to see issued? – 1956 Ferrari 250 GTO, body by Zagato, chassis number 0515.
Below are some pictures of Pico’s favorite models and a screen capture of a 3D he is working on in order to print a body.
ACME March 2019 Monthly Meeting Recap
Even with the weather being as it was 32 people attended the meeting and brought 37 models to the tables for Show & Tell.
The April issue of Scale Auto is pretty incredible with tons of great tips about painting models with various types of paints, etc. and includes 4 pages of coverage from last year’s show with 5 ACME builders having their models pictured.
The club decided on two themes for our club builds for the 2019 show: Ford GT Heritage (Ford GT40’s, and both generations of the new Ford GT) and the new 1934 Ford Pickup. We will have a separate display area for these builds. Remember these can be individual or group builds.
For those participating in the Porsche 959 group build, these can be displayed in the same area.
The models displayed for Show & Tell were awesome and the build quality and level of detail continues to impress me and inspire me to try new things.
We also kicked off the ACME Model Review program so look for reviews of the Revell Boss 302 Mustang & 68 Chevelle SS396 at our May meeting.
Several people stuck around for the “Working with Resin” round table which provided good insight and guidance on working with resin whether it is a complete resin kit or trans-kit. Will summarize this and work with Scott to make it available on our website.
Printable PDF file of the Working with Resin Document:
ACME Southern Nationals 2017 Show Report!
What a show. So many incredible models on display from an amazing and talented group of builders from all over the US and even Canada. Had a blast, had a ton of fun, my aching back and feet to prove it. I love it when builders tell us that our show is their favorite show of the year, we work hard to make it the best show possible for all of our guests. The ACME show is voted people’s choice style by the people at the show. Congrats to all the award winners!
Best In Show: David Thibodeau – Model Factory Hiro 1/12 Gulf Porsche 917; dedicated in memory of Peter Wingfield
Bike Week Theme: Terry Love – 1:9 Triumph
Asian Invasion Theme: Rodney Clements – Honda Accord wagon & jet ski combo
Web Theme Non-Tracked Military: Mike Witkowski – Dragon Wagon
Augie Hiscano Award: Bill Cunningham – Scratchbuilt 1953 Lancia D24
Top Ten Awards:
Curtis Dillon – 1970 Maverick Pro Mod
Steve Boutte – 1947 Chevy Coupe
Claude Jones – Geo Storm with trailer
Shane Harrold – 1971 Ford F100 Custom
Dwight Clements – Wagon Rod w/’59 Century Custom boat
Clay Kemp – Clint Boyer #14 Ford Fusion
Jay Savarese – 2017 Corvette C7R Test Mule
Rodney Clements – 1941 Chevy lowrider pickup
James Hart – Custom Mystery Machine
2018 ACME Southern Nationals Information
Please note that we have added the 2018 ACME Southern Nationals to our menu on the left side of the page. Included is show information, themes, and flyers. Vendor tables are available; historically by summer we are already sold out and have a waiting list. We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018!
2017 ACME Southern Nationals Web Theme
Our Web Theme for 2017 is “Non-Tracked Military Vehicles”. Humvees, Jeeps, Kubelwagens, MRAPs, Deuce & 1/2, Staff Cars, SAS LRP vehicles, Recon vehicles, Military motorcycles, that kind of stuff. Watch this space for reference list of some available kits to work from.
2016 ACME Southern Nationals Report
Thanks to everyone who made our 20th anniversary Southern Nationals a huge success! 123 builders officially entered 610 models, there were a total of 643 models on display. The quality of builds was amazing as usual, the camaraderie among all the builders was enjoyed by all. Dr. Cranky and Ken Hamilton conducted a pair of very popular seminars. Our show next year moves to November 4, 2017, a week earlier than usual, due to the community center using the gym for Veterans Day 2017. Our themes for 2017 are “Asian Invasion”, any car built in Asia or by an Asian manufacturer, and “Bike Week”, any motorcycles. Our web theme will be announced separately.
A big congratulations to the builders who earned awards:
Deja Vu Theme: David Morton; 1959 Cadillac Convertible
Left Turn Only Theme: Andy Caldwell; 1963 Parnelli Jones Indy Watson Roadster
Web Theme Ford vs. Ferrari @ LeMans: Gale Brown, 2017 Ford GT LM GTE LeMans 2016 LeMans winner
Top Ten: Tom White; 1950 Krupp Titan SWL80 & Hanomag Trailer
Top Ten: Leonard Harold; 2012 Camaro Super Gas
Top Ten: Dennis Matthews; 1958 Impala Lowrider
Top Ten: Calton Temple: 1961 Impala Lowrider
Top Ten: Ken Hamilton; Tire City Diorama
Top Ten: Freddie Pena; 1948 Chevy Coupe
Top Ten: Gary Kulchock; Peterbilt “Binford” Tow Truck Rat Rod
Top Ten: Joe Scavato: 1/16 1933 Cadillac Town Car
Top Ten: Michael Jackson; 1950 Chevy Pickup
Augie Hiscano Memorial Engineering award & Ken Mosezar Best In Show Award: David Morton, 1930 Delahaye “Delah Who?”
2016 Web Theme: Ford vs. Ferrari at LeMans
A reminder of this year’s web theme pitting models of Fords and Ferraris that raced at LeMans. These don’t have to be winners, just models of either Ford or Ferrari race cars that did race at LeMans.
Advance Registration Closed!
Thanks to all who used our advance registration; at this point the advance registration is closed. Register and pay either in the hospitality room Friday evening Nov. 11, or Saturday morning Nov. 12th in the Jonquil Room at the Smyrna Community Center. We look forward to seeing everyone at the show!
2016 Southern Nationals Almost Here!
Check the links to the left for show information. We have well over 200 models already pre-registered and will accept pre-registration as well as general admission and early-bird purchases through midnight tonight, November 9th 2016. You’ll be able to pick these up at our hospitality room or in the Jonquil room at the community center on Saturday morning. See everyone this weekend, it’s going to be a fantastic show!
2016 ACME Southern Nationals – Vendor Tables Sold Out!
Vendor tables have been sold out since July, and we have a wait list.
If you desire to be placed on the wait list, please contact: