Houston Automotive Modeler's Society



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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HAMS Model Show Coming Up On August 2nd

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

Our model car show is less than a month away. If you are interested in sponsoring a contest category or being a vendor at the show, there is still time. Full show information can be found on our Contest Page. Don’t forget our contest theme of “Remembering Orphaned Marques”.


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Video of Master Modeler Charlie Ryder

Posted on April 24th, 2014 in Blog by Mike Stucker

Long-time HAMS members know Charlie Ryder. Auto mechanic, racer, and teacher who scratchbuilds his own exact vehicle replicas. Well, apparently back in the day, Charlie was interviewed by the Southern Illinois University TV station. I stumbled upon the video at Youtube recently. Great interview as he shows off and explains the building of his creations. See it here.

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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.


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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

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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