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January 2015

We started the year with Winterfest, hosted by the Secret Society of Model Builders, in conjunction with the San Diego Air and Space Museum at Gillespie Field in El Cajon on January 24.

The special theme was "Space Race", which was won by David Weeks with his Vostok space craft.
The contest saw a good turn around with about 150 models

Each category had a "Best of" award, with Ethan Idenmill getting the "Best Sci-Fi" award for his Gamilon Destroyer Squadron, while Mike O'Leary won "Best of Show" with his Albatros D.Va.
January was also the month of our club's first Quarterly Contest, at our January 30 meeting. What the contest lack in attendance was largely compensated by model quality.
Judge Jerry Jackson, aided by new-comers Joshua and Sophia Shepherd, had some tough decisions to make. He decided to split the nine entries into three Aircraft categories, 1:72nd Scale, 1:48th Scale, and 1:32nd Scale and Larger.

Jose Gonzalez took home first place in the 1:72nd scale with his Wildcat, a beautifully finished Academy model.

Richard Abraham collected first place in the 1:48th scale category with his A-4, finished in the colors and markings of the Brazilian Navy, true to his tradition of building birds of Latin America.

Rich Durham won first place in the 1:32nd Scale and Larger category with his 1:32nd scale Zero, from Tamiya. Rich used Tamiya paints and decals and Eduard's seat belts. He also replaced the guns.
Second place in 1:32nd Scale and Larger went to Mike O'Leary for his DH-9a, a 1:32 scale kit from Wingnut Wings. Mike being the expert in WWI aircraft, especially in 1:32 scale, his work did not disappoint anyone.
Dan Swiersz got third place in 1:32nd Scale and Larger with his 1:18 scale F/A 18, beautifully done from a... toy that he bought some 12 years ago. The aircraft is finished in the colors and markings of Fighter Squadron Composite 12 (VCF-12), based at NAS Oceana, Virginia. Dan engineered a stand that allows to change the aircraft's angle of climb and of turn.
And Mike O'Leary took Popular Vote - Best of Show with his DH-9a aircraft. Congratulations to Mike and to all who won awards at the contest!

Up Coming Events

March 22, 2015
Change of date: The 103rd Kit Collector's Expo has been rescheduled to be held Sunday March 22th instead of March 15th as originally announced. The event will go from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the UFCW Local 324, 8530 Stanton Ave, Buena Park, California 90620.
March 27, 2015
Our March meeting will feature the first of possibly three judge training sessions ahead of our 2015 San Diego Model Expo on June 6. The goal of these sessions is to get our members to actively participate in our yearly event and at the same time to make them better model builders by teaching them what judges look for in models.

For judging practice, please bring a complete model, old or new, that you can also use in our Show 'n Tell if you so desire.
June 6, 2015
Our tenth San Diego Model Expo will be held, as it has become a tradition, at the Air & Space Museum Annex, Gillespie Field located 335 Kenney Street in El Cajon, CA. Click here for all information and forms.
For all future events, visit our Up Coming Events page.

International Plastic Modelers Society • San Diego Chapter • For Modelers, by Modelers
Last updated March 2, 2015