Houston Automotive Modeler's Society



Help Revell Pick What Chip Foose Car Kit Produce Next

Posted on June 12th, 2015 in Blog by Mike Stucker

Revell is asking their customers to help decide which Chip Foose Design cars should be made into plastic kits. To participate in their survey, go too the link below and follow the instructions. You have until June 17th. Hope your favorite car gets kitted!
Revell Survey at SurveyMonkey

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2015 IPMS-Houston Library Display

Posted on May 10th, 2015 in Blog by Mike Stucker

At our May meeting, Vince Barrale from the IPMS-Houston model club came by to tell us about their annual model display at the Houston downtown public library. He also asked  for HAMS members to contribute car models to the display. Models must be placed in the cases at the library on the morning of Saturday, May 30 (probably between 10 & 11 AM). They will stay in the locked cases until about Labor Day. If you are interested, please contact Vince at barrale59@live.com and let him know what you will be bringing. Having this info in advance will allow the library to make signs with the model & modelers name on them. (The library will validate your parking that day if you are contributing models.)

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Becoming a member of HAMS

Posted on April 4th, 2015 in Blog by Robert McQuown

Do you enjoy the hobby of creating scale model cars and trucks? Would you like meeting and sharing ideas and techniques with others in the hobby? Then you may be a candidate for membership in the Houston Automotive Modelers Society. Membership is very easy; no forms to fill out, no initiation, and very nominal yearly dues. Everyone is welcome, teenagers to retirees, male or female, novice to experienced, or just collectors (yes we have some). Some benefits of being a club member are; learning modeling tricks, getting friendly critiques on a build, engaging in internal club swap meets from time to time, and just talking shop with other modellers.
We meet the second Friday of each month. See additional information on time and location elsewhere on this site. Hope to see some new faces.

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January Meeting Highlights & February Announcement

Posted on January 15th, 2015 in Blog by Mike Stucker

The main business of the January club meeting was taking photos of the club members wearing our club colors. Those photos can be seen below.

It was also decided that everyone should bring to the February meeting a list of 3-5 modeling techniques/procedures that they would like to see demonstrated at future club meetings. After compiling the list, we will see who in the club is willing and able to present demos on any of the requested subjects. Bernard will be doing his much postponed and eagerly awaited Bare Metal Foil demo during the February meeting.

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2015 Model Contests

Posted on January 1st, 2015 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 2015.

January 24; Westlake, LA

February 21; San Antonio, TX
IPMS-Alamo Squadron ModelFiesta

March 14; Farmers Branch, TX
IPMS-Metroplex Car Modelers’ Association Showdown

March 14; Shreveport, LA
IPMS-Red River Modelers RiverCon

March 28; Kenner, LA
IPMS-New Orleans Great South Tigerfest

April 25; Stafford, TX
IPMS-Houston Modelmania

April 30-May 3: Salt Lake City, UT
Great Salt Lake International Scale Vehicle Championship GSL-XXV

May 16; Baton Rouge, LA
IPMS-Baton Rouge Cajon Modelfest

May 30; Grapevine, TX
IPMS-North Central Texas Scalefest

June 18-20; Grapevine, TX
Squadron Eaglequest

July 22-25; Columbus, OH
IPMS-USA National Convention

August 1; Spring, TX
IPMS-HAMS Ninth Annual Model Car Show and Contest
Our own show!

September 12; Arlington, TX
IPMS-Fort Worth Supercon

September 26; Covington, LA
IPMS-North Shore Scale Modelers AutumnCon

October 10; Austin, TX
IPMS-Austin Scale Modelers Society Capitol Classic

November ?; Lafayette, LA
IPMS-Cajon Modelers GatorCon

We will update this listing as more info becomes available.

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December 2014 Meeting at Hickory Hollow Restaurant

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

The HAMS December 12, 2014, meeting will be our annual Christmas party. Instead of happening at out usual location, it will be held at the Hickory Hollow Restaurant in the Heights area of Houston.  Their street address is 101 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77007. That is just north of Washington on Height Blvd. Start time will be the usual 7:00 pm. We will have a room reserved for us but everyone is responsible for buying their own meal. We took a head count at the November meeting of who was attending. If you were not present then, and will be coming to the Christmas party, please contact Bernard Cortez (cortez dot bernard at yahoo dot com), so he can tell Hickory Hollow how many of us will be there. For a menu and location map to Hickory Hollow, please visit their web site at HickoryHollowRestaurants.com.

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October, 2014, Meeting News

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

Some important club business was discussed at our October meeting.

First, our club officers will stay the same for 2015:
President – Rob McQuown
VP – Eric Stone
Secretary – Mike Stucker
Treasurer – Terry Wall

Second, Bernard Cortez will be giving a demo on the use of Bare Metal Foil at our November meeting.

And finally, it has been decided that our 2014 Christmas party will take place at Hickory Hollow Restaurant on Heights Blvd., in Houston. As always, it will be on our regular December meeting night. More details about this event will be posted on this web site next month.

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Summer’s Over – More Model Contests on the Way

Posted on August 29th, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker

Schools are back in session, football is starting up, but there are 2 model shows shows coming up in September – a full IPMS show in Arlington, TX, and a race car only show in Irving, TX. And of course, there is the IPMS-Austin show in October. In addition, the Cajon Plastic Modelers of Lafayette, LA, have finally posted a date for their 2014 Gatorcon. Still no details up on their web site, though. Exact dates and links to event information can be found in our pre-season contest post.

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HAMS 2014 Model Show Results

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker

HAMS held their eighth annual model car contest on August 2, 2014. This year’s theme was “Saluting Orphaned Marques”. Thirty-four modelers came out on a really nice summer day to enter 139 models in 21 categories. That became 22 categories after Competition Drag was split into two separate sub-categories. Everyone who attended, entered, and/or vended at the show helped to make the show a success. We would also like to thank our sponsors, Bernard Cortez, Kroger #734, Wall Enterprises, & VintageRPM.com.

401: Juniors (pre-teen)
3rd – Jesse Hodges (Conroe, TX) – Grave Digger
2nd – Grace Gossard (Orange, TX) – Orange Baron Studebaker
1st – Grace Gossard (Orange, TX) – Hardee’s Pro Stock

402: Seniors (13-17)
1st – Jacob Hodges (Conroe, TX) – ASA Thunderbird

403: Box Stock
3rd – Eric Stone (Spring, TX) – Meyers Manx
2nd – Len Woodruff (Carrollton, TX) – ’72 LA Hooker Mustang Funny Car
1st – Vince Barrale (Houston, TX) – Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma

404: Street Rod (1950 & earlier)
3rd – John Rossio (Spring, TX) – ’32 Ford 5-Window Coupe Highboy
2nd – Chris Curbow (Houston, TX) – ’41 Willys “Bar Grill”
1st – Chris Curbow (Houston, TX) – Pink ’41 Willys

405: Street Machine (1951 & later)
3rd – John Rossio (Spring, TX) – ’66 Chevelle Station Wagon
2nd -John Rossio (Spring, TX) – ’69 Camaro Z-28
1st – Craig Huls (Nevada, TX) – ’70 Plymouth Barracuda

406: Factory/Showroom Stock
3rd – Dan Slade (Houston, TX) – ’70 Plymouth Road Runner
2nd – Jack Lira (Houston, TX) – ’67 Pontiac Firebird
1st – John Rossio (Spring, TX) – ’70 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda

410A: Competition Drag – No Functioning Doors
3rd – Kenneth Gossard (Orange, TX) – “War Eagle” Pontiac Firebird Funny Car
2nd – Kenneth Gossard (Orange, TX) – “Pepsi Challenger” Dodge Omni Funny Car
1st – Guy Beaudette (Port Arthur, TX) – “Twilight Zone” Dragster

410B: Competition Drag – Functioning Doors
3rd – Claude Jones (Weston, TX) – ’50 Olds Gasser
2nd – Chris Curbow (Houston, TX) – Dick Harrell ’66 Chevy
1st – Chris Curbow (Houston, TX) – ’41 Willys “Nurse Betty”

411: Competition Open-Wheel
Sponsored by VintageRPM.com.
3rd – Len Woodruff (Carrollton, TX) – Watson Roadster
2nd – John Rossio (Spring, TX) – Danny Sullivan’s ’85 Indy Winning March-Cosworth
1st – Mike Poole (Austin, TX) – Ferrari 156 “Sharknose”

412: Competition Closed-Wheel
3rd – Claude Jones (Weston, TX) – ’57 Ford Dirt Car
2nd – Patrick Haslem (Harlingen, TX) – D2 Mercedes CLK DTM2000
1st – Kenneth Gossard (Orange, TX) – David Pearson’s Torino Talledega

420: Foreign & Exotic
3rd – Eric Stone (Spring, TX) – ’71 Datsun 240ZG
2nd – Eric Stone (Spring, TX) – Mini Cooper JCW
1st – Mike Poole (Austin, TX) – Ferrari 250 GT SWB

430: Heavy Truck/Commercial/Emergency
Sponsored by Bernard Cortez.
3rd – Mitch Burk (Magnolia, TX) – ’67 Dodge L700
2nd – Dan Slade (Houston, TX) – ’68 Plymouth Car Transporter
1st – Dan Slade (Houston, TX) – LoneStar Tractor with Beil Tanker

431: Light Truck/Commercial/Emergency
Sponsored by Bernard Cortez.
3rd – Chris Curbow (Houston, TX) – ’53 Ford Pickup
2nd – Chris Curbow (Houston, TX) – ’50 Ford Pickup
1st – Bruce Foster (Spicewood, TX) – ’55 Chevrolet Pickup

440: Large Scale (1/18 & larger)
3rd – Craig Huls (Nevada, TX) – ’70 ‘Cuda Funny Car
2nd – Kenneth Gossard (Orange, TX) – “Army” Vega Funny Car
1st- Kenneth Gossard (Orange, TX) – “CareFree Gum” Duster Funny Car

441: Small Scale (1/32 & smaller)
3rd – Wayne Marsden (Sugar Land, TX) – ’69 Camaro SS
2nd – Wayne Marsden (Sugar Land, TX) – 289 Cobra
1st – Bruce Foster (Spicewood, TX) – Toyota Flatbed & Trailer

450: Curbside
3rd – Len Woodruff (Carrollton, TX) – ’64 Mercury Comet Rally Car
2nd – Len Woodruff (Carrollton, TX) – ’65 Cobra Daytona
1st – Patrick Haslem (Harlingen, TX) – Chrysler 300

451: Miscellaneous
3rd – Jason Herring (Killeen, TX) – ’57 Ford Utility Truck
2nd – Jerry Zabel (Fort Worth, TX) – International LoneStar Tractor
1st – Vince Barrale (Houston, TX) – SAS Jeep

460: Custom
Sponsored by Kroger #734
3rd – Mitch Burk (Magnolia, TX) – ’62 Buick Custom
2nd – Richard Piazza (Dickinson, TX) – ’60 Chevrolet Impala
1st – Glen Myers (Lake Charles, LA) – ’49 Mercury

461: Lowriders
No entries.

470: Slammers
1st – Wayne Marsden (Sugar Land, TX) – ’57 Chevy Sedan Delivery

480 – Motorcycles
3rd – Mike Stucker (Sugar Land, TX) – Trickstar Kawasaki ZX-10R
2nd – Patrick Haslem (Harlingen, TX) – Ducatti 996
1st – Mike Poole (Austin, TX) – Honda CR110

490: Dioramas
2nd – Joe Ramirez (San Antonio, TX) – “Chevy Pickup”
1st – Buddy Aden (Houston, TX) – “Garage Scene”

Best Engine
Guy Beaudette (Port Arthur, TX) – “Twilight Zone” Dragster

Best Interior
Mike Poole (Austin, TX) – Ferrari 156 “Sharknose”

Best Paint
Patrick Haslem (Harlingen, TX) – Chrysler 300

Best Short Track Racer
Presented by James Houston
Claude Jones (Weston, TX) – ’57 Ford Dirt Car

Jim Summey Award for the Best ’32 Ford
Sponsored by Wall Enterprises
John Rossio (Spring, TX) – ’32 Ford 5-Window Coupe Highboy

People’s Choice
Guy Beaudette (Port Arthur, TX) – “Twilight Zone” Dragster

Theme Award – Saluting Orphaned Marques
Len Woodruff (Carrollton, TX) – ’64 Mercury Comet Rally Car

Best In Show
Guy Beaudette (Port Arthur, TX) – “Twilight Zone” Dragster

Click here to see the complete photo album from the show.

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Another Houston Hobby Shop Bites the Dust

Posted on July 26th, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker

On top of the recent loss of Larry’s Hobbies in north Houston, comes the news that M&M Hobbies, a long-time fixture in Bellaire, is closing. I talked to the owner and he said they would be gone by the third week in August. Model railroad stuff is at %40 off and books are %20 off. Kits have not been discounted, but if spend enough money (say over $150) you can probably get a quantity discount. They still have quite a bit of paint in stock if you are in need of any, including Tamiya spray paints and Gunze spray Mr. Surfacer.

Also, if you have a built model in one of their display cases, you need to go down to the store and get it. They have contacted those people they have info for, but there are still models that need to go home.

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