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:

Working with Resin Documentation

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?”

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.