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!

ACME August 2015 Club Meeting

Just 3 weeks shy of our July meeting, our August meeting was very well attended with a great turnout of people and models on display. After discussing business we had show & tell, and a demo on kitbashing. We had a surprise guest in attendance, none other than Dean Milano from Chicago, IL, visiting Smyrna to purchase a model collection. Dean brought his Corvair Rampside model and magazines that covered it, it’s still an amazing model after all these years, and it was based on a VW Vangon, which happened to be part of our kitbashing demo by coincidence. Enjoy a few photos from the meeting, and look forward to our next meeting in September on the 13th.

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2015 ACME NNL Southern Nationals Web Theme: Mustangs

2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. To celebrate the occasion ACME’s web theme for 2015 is “Mustangs”. Build a model of any Mustang to celebrate! A group of ACME members have been involved in building 2015 Mustangs from Revell’s simple but attractive Build ‘N Play 2015 Mustang GT. A fun kit that’s easy to finish and modify.IMG_4419

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June Club Meeting

Summer meetings have fewer members attending, but we had a great turnout in June. We discussed the recent GSL show in Salt Lake City that several ACME members attended, and had a brief seminar on paint finishes for model car bodies. The group build ’62 Corvette was shown prepped for paint; at the next meeting it will be painted and cleared and we will have a demo on polishing it out. Our next meeting will be July 12th, moved a week due to the July 4th holiday. Check out the link for the galleries, there are photos there from the June meeting. Look for more updates to the website shortly!

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Upcoming April 12th “Spring Cleaning” Club Meeting

Our monthly club meeting will be moved from April 5th to April 12th, due to the Easter holiday. This is the annual “Spring Cleaning” event where you bring model cars, parts, similar items of interest, that you no longer want or need, and give them away to others. It’s a big, free swap meet. Some good items get donated, and in order to keep a free-for-all from happening, we will have people bring the items, put them down, then leave the area. Random drawings per table will allow orderly access, before opening the area to all attendees. It’s a great way to get rid of excess model stuff!

March 2015 Club Meeting

This coming Sunday is our March club meeting, 2:30 PM at the Smyrna Community Center. We’ll have our usual show & tell and door prizes; please consider donating a door prize.

Eric Cole will be presenting a demo on parts preparation; this year we’ll have a model that we use for each of the demos, so you can see the progress.

Also, check the links to the left, where you can find all the show information we have presently.