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    Join us for the 44th Annual HMCA Model Car Contest and Swap Meet Location: Boone County Fairgrounds, Centennial Hall building, 1300 E. 100 S., Lebanon IN 46052 Doors open at 9:00am, Contest registration i9:00 - 12:30, Awards presentation begins at 2:30 2024 Contest Theme: "60 years of Mustangs" The event flyer and model car contest categories are attached to this post. Coming soon: A printable contest registration form you can complete and bring to the event.
  2. Disclaimer – I’m not a world class, best in show award winning modeler. I likely never will be. And I’m cool with that. I build to my own standards and compete with whatever I call finished. I’m not writing this out of vanity. I’m writing this because I do get asked pretty frequently at shows why I thought this or that model, didn’t win an award. I’ve been asked at a couple IPMS shows to assist in judging. Their senior members, that have been judging for years would give us a crash course in how to do so. Then we would judge the classes in three man teams. So here I am, passing what they taught me, on to you. First, here is a list of flaws that will make the judge pass your model by the second he sees them. 1. Mold lines on any part. On the body especially. If you aren’t sure something is a mold line versus a body line, do some research. On parts like the radiator, exhaust pipes, tires, and bumpers, mold lines are VERY visible. And they will kill your model. 2. Ejector pin marks. Same as mold lines. 3. Fingerprints in the paint. 4. Poor fitment. If your bumper is crooked or hood doesn’t fit, etc. 5. Parts broken off or missing. Bring some CA glue and tweezers to the show with you. Nuff said. 6. Visible glue joints, glue or CA fog on clear parts. 7. Severe orange peel in the paint. 8. Aftermarket details done badly. If you are going to do it, do it well. 9. Crooked or poorly done decals. Second, here is a list of issues that aren’t deal breakers but will bump you backward in contention. 1. No wash added to a chrome grill. This is very simple to do and adds a lot of depth to a build. 2. No detail added to the dashboard. 3. Wheels/tires that touch the inside of the fender. 4. Tires that still have a gloss on the tread. 5. Silvered decals. When your decal has a whitish halo around it from the clear edge of the decal. Some careful trimming will avoid most of this. 6. If the paint is supposed to be shiny but doesn’t have a nice even gloss. Use a good clear, learn to polish. 7. If you have weathered the model but it doesn’t look realistic. Nothing that rusts, does so uniformly, in the same identical shade of rust. 8. Poor use of Bare Metal Foil. Nobody is an expert at this right off the bat. Like painting it takes a bit of practice. Get a ’58 Impala and get busy. By the time you finish it, you should be fairly competent with the stuff and in need of a drink. 9. Any place where body filler or removed trim “ghosts” through the finish. 10. 3 wheeling. Unless your model only has three wheels, all four should be touching the table at the same time. Lastly. Here are some general thoughts on competing that have popped up over the years. Most of it is my own opinions and some common sense. 1. Don’t be a sore loser. If you go stomping off to the club president, you will lose the respect of your peers. Your peers will remember this when it comes time to vote for Best in Show which is normally a public vote. 2. Don’t bring the same builds to the same contests over and over for years. Again, you will lose the respect of your fellow builders. It’s kind of like bringing a ringer. I have also seen judges say, “This one won first place last year”, and pass it by. My personal rule is - one try, win or lose, for each contest. I have broken this rule occasionally, but only with models that did not win, and not often. 3. Be eye catching – the longer you make the judge hang out, the better your chances to win an award. If you build a Mustang and paint it red, unless that paint is flawless and miles deep, it’s just a red Mustang. Build something unusual that stands out, something with a little style. Make the judge say, “Well that’s different”. Now some might think that adding a metric ton of aftermarket detail is a way to do this. Not necessarily. 4. Aftermarket detail – in my opinion, all things in moderation. I’ve seen a lot of drag cars done with every last fuel, spark, nitrous, water, oil, linkage detail added so that you can scarcely see the engine. Sometimes it’s a detractor rather than an asset. 5. Scratchbuilding – when a judge sees that word on your entry form, he’s gonna take a second look. If the work is done well, your chances improve. 6. Clean building and great paint wins. Period. Everything else done on the model is just more points in your favor. 7. Build a good variety of stuff. If you build just street rods, and plop eight of them down in the street rod class, remember that most clubs use a “no sweeps” rule. Which means one person can’t win all three awards for the class. And dropping your street rod truck in the commercial class doesn’t fool anyone, and will usually be ignored by the judges. 8. Display stands. Please be courteous. In a crowded category like street machines or hot rods, there may not be a lot of room for your 12” pie plate mirror or revolving stand. If my models have to be on top of one another so you can have your display stand, I’m gonna be a bit miffed. That's about it. I hope this helps people that are thinking about trying a local contest. There are a lot of people that have had bad experiences at contests, but there is a lot to be learned, a lot of cool people to meet, and great models to see, it would be a shame to miss it.
  3. Please join us for our show in June of 2019. This will be our 4th year. We have had some great vendors and models in the past. There are multiple special awards. We plan on having concessions in site for your convince. I you have any questions please PM me.
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    Saturday, September 10th, Gateway IPMS swap meet and model contest. Holiday Inn, Route 66, 10709 Watson Road, St Louis, Mo. 63127 PDF flyer has not yet been updated to reflect actual contest date, but it will take place on the 10th. (While not exclusively a model car contest, there are multiple car/vehicle categories.) This is usually a real good show, with good vendors and a fairly substantial contest, with many categories. It's always a lot of fun, so if you're in the St Louis area on the 10th, stop by and check us out. Link to Gateway IPMS site announcement
  5. Recently grandpa began enjoying a second childhood. It seems he is interested in building and painting T-buckets and trucks. The scale he is working in is 1/24th and the smaller 1/25th. Info on a group of builders would be appreciated. Thanks.
  6. The 2013 event will be on June 8 and 9, 2013. Location: Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS http://opconventioncenter.com/ Models must be registered on Saturday, June 8, between the hours of 2 PM and 7 PM. Registration fees are : Adults ($15 for the first 10 model entries - then $1 after that), Ages 12-16 ($10 flat), 12 and under are free. 28 judging classes with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in each. Plus 16 special awards. Theme is "Corvettes - any year, style, anything goes - as long as it's a Vette" The show and vendors open up on Sunday, June 9, at 9 AM. There is NO early-bird to the swap meet. Usually 300-400 entries - this is a National Level Event. Around 72 tables of vendors! On show day we have a live DJ and also Hot Wheels Races for the kids. Awards ceremony starts at 3PM and concludes about 3:45. The Overland Park Convention Center is world class and has a Sheraton Hotel http://sheratonoverlandpark.com/ adjoining it. Underground and surface parking in abundance. Handicapped accessible. Many nearby hotels, motels, shopping, and restaurants in one of the Kansas City Metro's upscale areas. Bring the family and make a weekend of enjoying all that KC has to offer. Contact Info: Club Website - http://www.kcslammers.com Show information and general questions - Alyn Loya (913) 268-0392 or email him at alynloya@gmail.com Vendors and Sponsors - Robert Perillo (816) 824-8585 or email him at umberto659@yahoo.com Club email - kcslammers@fotki.com
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