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?”

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!

Deja Vu: ACME Themes From 1996-2015

One of our themes for our 2016 show is “Deja Vu” which celebrates our 20th anniversary by having one theme cover the previous themes. If you built for the theme previously, or perhaps didn’t finish one, here’s your chance. Obviously these themes cover almost everything, so consider putting your best theme subject in the category while others can go in the standard categories. If you won a theme before, bring it back with your trophy!

1996: Nostalgia & Muscle Cars. Nostalgia-inspired builds, muscle cars.

1997: Deuces Are Wild & Real Street. ’32 Fords and Pro-Touring style builds of vintage cars

1998: Animal House & Big Ugly Cars. Any car with an “animal” name, any big ugly car.

1999: Topless & Dressed To The Nines. Convertibles, and cars built in a year ending in “9”

2000: Car Of The Century & Box Stock. Build the car you think is the best car from the past century, and box stock builds.

2001: First Love & Hot Wheels. Build a model of your first car, or the first car you loved, build a model of a car inspired by a Hot Wheels car.

2002: Orphaned Cars & Woodies. Build a model of a car from a company that no longer exists or sells in the US, and woodies.

2003: Cool ‘Vettes & Hot Tuners. Any Corvette, and any Tuner.

2004: Prancing Horses: Mustangs & Ferraris.

2005: Road & Track, 50 Years of the Small Block. Build a road version of your favorite race car, or both, and any model featuring a small block Chevy engine.

2006: Porsche & Pony Cars.

2007: Diamonds & Gold. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of 1957 and the 75th anniversary of 1932, build models of subjects from either or both years.

2008: Mopar & Mercedes Benz

2009: Retro In The Metro & Speed Weeks. Retro-inspired cars, and anything that raced at Daytona.

2010: Commercial & Customs.

2011: Wires, Steelies, Alloys. Build models based around these styles of wheels.

2012: 50 Years of the Shelby Cobra & TV and Movie Cars.

2013: Route 66 & Salt and Sand. Build American-style nostalgic cars common in the glory days of Route 66, and Bonneville/salt flats/land-speed record cars.

2014: Sunday Sunday Sunday!! Monday Monday Monday!! Models of cars raced on Sunday and sold on Monday.

2015: Vans & Wagons.

2016 Meeting Dates Posted!

Have a look to the left menu, the link to the “Meeting Information” has been updated to show our meeting dates for 2016. We will have discussion on our Facebook page in regards to what demos we will offer at some of the monthly meetings. For January we are slated to have a how-to on the art of chrome plating for model cars, tips and techniques for getting the parts plated and/or replated.

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ACME’s 2015 Show Results!

Our 2015 show is now in the history books. It was an incredible weekend. The hospitality room was buzzing both Friday and Saturday nights, and the biggest turnout ever on Saturday; our show gate was a whopping 55% increase over 2014, prior to that we had slow but steady increases every year. Thanks to everyone for making it such an epic event. From our guests who arrived from all corners of the US and one from the UK, to all the ACME members, some of whom were at the show before 5 AM Saturday to help with final table setup, to our vendors who also contribute a huge amount to the enjoyment of everyone who comes through the doors. Please share your photo albums on this page!

We had 787 models on display built by 146 entrants. The quality of the models on display was off-the-charts. To hear the best builders complementing us for having a show superior to the best contests in the country, regardless that our show isn’t a traditional contest nor a “pure” NNL is heartwarming. We put in a huge effort to make this show the best, most fun event for both enjoying seeing the best model cars, but also the people behind them. We have the best builders eagerly showing off their best models, and it’s just incredible to see them all in one place, and to see everyone having such a great time. We start immediately on planning our 20th anniversary show next year on November 12th.

Now for the winners!

Top Ten:

Ken Hamilton E-Z Rest Motel
Clay Kemp Rowdy Burns #51 Exxon Lumina Stock Car
Tyrone Price ’71 Chevy Nova Yenko
Bill Stillwagon 09 Challenger Bonneville/Salt Flats Racer
Hunter Selby International ProStar Condo
Peter Strause Sterling Pikes Peak Race Truck
Erik Thompson Ebbro Lotus 49
Tom White Emhar Bedford Tipper Truck
Jay Savarese 1987 #52 GM Goodwrench Corvette GTP

Best Van (theme): Mike Hensley Victoria’s Cakery Metro Van
Best Wagon (theme): Bill Stillwagon 64 Chevy Custom Nomad
Best Mustang (theme): Robert Langoni ’67 Ford Mustang
Best Junior: Isabelle Grala Custom VW van

Augie Hiscano Award: Pete Strause Stirling Pikes Peak Race Truck

Best In Show: Eric Cole 1/12 Model Factory Hiro Porsche 956

The week of the big show!

Are we all ready for the show this Saturday? The menu to the left has links to pre-registering models, model registration forms, ordering “early bird” passes for Saturday morning. Show flyer and maps as well. Our host hotel also is the location of our hospitality room both Friday and Saturday evenings. If you arrive early on Friday, we meet at the Smyrna Community Center parking lot around noon and then go to have lunch. Afterwards a ride up to Toby’s Aston Martin shop (this is the first year we eat BEFORE going to the shop).

Also…our web theme is “50 Years Of Mustangs”, there will be a category on the tables for your Mustang models. A number of ACME members have built 2015 Mustangs for this theme. Everyone is encouraged to enter their favorite Mustangs. There will be a special award for this category you don’t want to miss!