IPMS-HAMS

Houston Automotive Modeler's Society

 

 

Upcoming Contests

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

IPMS-Houston Modelmania is right around the corner (April 26), but there are others later this year. To that end, our contest post has been updated with a web link for Squadron Eaglequest (June) and we’ve added IPMS-Fort Worth Supercon (September) to the list. You can scroll down to the entry or click here.

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March Meeting Hi-Lites

Posted on March 15th, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

We had our first meeting at our new location and all those who attended gave it their seal of approval. Very nice facility, and if we outgrow our room, there is plenty of space to expand. If you missed the meeting, you missed the free paint that Jack was handing out. Some of the things discussed at the meeting were:

The Fun Ford Weekend at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown is Saturday, March 29. HAMS will be running the Make-N-Take model building session for the kids. If you would like to help out (and see the racing for free), contact our club President, Rob McQuown, at 281-731-6566.

HobbyTown USA in Houston is supposedly holding a model contest on March 29. I have no other info, but you can check it out at the store. HobbyTown USA is also holding an on-line modeling contest this month on their Facebook page, if you are so inclined.

Radius Nation, as part of their annual Racer’s Reunion, is holding a model race car contest in Irving, TX, on Saturday, September 27. It is “sanctioned” and will be judged by the Metroplex Car Modelers Association (MCMA). For more info, see the Radius Nation web site. (I’ll add this to the contest calendar post elsewhere on this site.)

Hope to see y’all next month.

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We Have A New Home!

Posted on February 21st, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

Yes, HAMS has found a new permanent meeting location. It is the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center on Wirt road, a few blocks north of the Katy Freeway (I-10). Meetings are still the second Friday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Our first meeting in the new location will be March 14, 2014. See our monthly meetings page for more details.

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New Meeting Location for February

Posted on February 6th, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

We have found a new meeting location, at least for February. It is in the offices of NTCEG, near the Greenspoint area. The address is 911 Regional Park Dr., Houston, TX 77060. Please see our Monthly Meetings page for more info.

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Meng Announces F-350 Kit

Posted on January 31st, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

Meng Model company , while best known for their armor and aircraft kits, also produces some models of Japanese pick-up trucks in 1/35th scale. These trucks are “technicals” (a military term) for use with modern armor kits of the same scale. But at the recent Nuremberg Toy Fair, they announced their first foray in 1/24th scale automotive kits – a Ford F-350 pick-up truck! Going by Meng’s previous releases, this should be a great kit.

meng_f350

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New Club Officers for 2014

Posted on January 12th, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

Club officer elections were held at the January club meeting. Our newly elected board for 2014 is:

President – Rob McQuown
Vice-President – Eric Stone
Secretary – Mike Stucker
Treasurer – Terry Wall

Congratulations all.

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Model Shows/Contests for 2014

Posted on January 4th, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

Below is a list of model shows & contests (mostly in Texas and Louisiana) that may be of interest to HAMS members in 2014.

January 25; Westlake, LA
IPMS-SWAMP CALMEX 28

February 15; San Antonio, TX
IPMS-Alamo Squadron ModelFiesta 33

March 8; Farmers Branch, TX
IPMS-Metroplex Car Modelers’ Association Showdown 2014

March 8; Shreveport, LA
IPMS-Red River Modelers RiverCon III

March 29; Kenner, LA
IPMS-New Orleans Great South Tigerfest XXI

April 12; Baton Rouge, LA
IPMS-Baton Rouge Model Contest

April 26; Stafford, TX
IPMS-Houston Modelmania 2014

May 31; Grapevine, TX
IPMS-North Central Texas Scalefest 2014

June 19-21; Grapevine, TX
Squadron Eaglequest

August 2; Spring, TX
IPMS-HAMS Eighth Annual Model Car Show and Contest
Our own show!

August 6-9; Hampton, VA
IPMS-USA National Convention

September 13; Arlington, TX
IPMS-Fort Worth Supercon

September 27; Irving, TX
Radius Nation Racers Reunion Racing Model Car Contest

October 4; Austin, TX
IPMS-Austin Scale Modelers Society Capitol Classic

October ??; Lafayette, LA
IPMS-Cajon Modelers GatorCon

We will update missing dates and info links as they become available.

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HobbyTown USA in Houston is Now Open!

Posted on January 4th, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

The new Hobby Town USA on Highway 6 in west Houston is now open (as of 10:00 am on Saturday, January 4). Finally. It is a very large store with a huge supply of kits and supplies. A good number of those kits are car/truck/motorcycle kits. They carry, Revell (US & Germany), AMT, Tamiya, Hasegawa, Fujimi and others. And that’s just the car kits. Probably the best selection of paints in town. Scratchbuilding supplies to rival G&G. They are located at 2392 Hwy 6 South, which is on the west side of Hwy 6, just north of Westheimer, and are open 7 days a week. I know they are not in a convenient location for many of our members, but they are the largest and best stocked of the three full-service hobby shops in Houston. They also have a frequent buyers card, so be sure to sign up for that if you go in.

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We’ve Lost Our Meeting Room

Posted on December 15th, 2013 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

As of December, 2013, the club has lost our meeting room of the last several years. The board is in the process of finding a replacement meeting site. Please check back to the web site before attending the next meeting.

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Hobby Shop News Update

Posted on November 28th, 2013 in Blog by Mike Stucker
 

The HobbyTown USA in west Houston will not open on Black Friday as had been originally announced. Interior construction delays have pushed back the opening. No new opening date has been announced.

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