Houston Automotive Modeler's Society



New BOD Same As The Old BOD

Posted on January 19th, 2017 in Blog by Michael Stucker

We held our annual election at the January meeting and the club’s Board of Directors has not changed from last year. Rob McQuown continues as President, Eric Stone as VP, and Mike Stucker as Secretary & Treasurer.

Our first kit raffle of the year was won by Skylar Allred, who promptly selected the 1/16 scale 1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Roadster by Minicraft.

Congratulations to Skylar and the BOD.


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January 2017 Meeting – Be There!

Posted on January 11th, 2017 in Blog by Michael Stucker

Our first meeting of the new year is this Friday (January 13 – ooo… Friday the 13th). You won’t want to miss it for two reasons:
1. Officer Elections
2. Our first kit raffle of the year. (All dues paying members present at the meeting are eligible.)

See you there!

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2017 Model Contests

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 in Blog by Michael Stucker

Below is our annual list of model shows & contests (mostly in Texas and Louisiana) that may be of interest to HAMS members in 2017.

January 28; Westlake, LA

February 18; San Antonio, TX
IPMS-Alamo Squadron ModelFiesta

March 4; Farmers Branch, TX
IPMS-Metroplex Car Modelers’ Association Showdown

March 11; Bossier City, LA
IPMS-Red River Modelers RiverCon

April 8; Kenner, LA
IPMS-New Orleans Super Invitational

April 27-20, Salt Lake City, UT
GSL-XXVI International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention

April 29; Stafford, TX
IPMS-Houston Modelmania

June 3; Grapevine, TX
IPMS-North Central Texas Scalefest

June 16-17; Grapevine, TX
Squadron Eaglequest

July 26-29; Omaha, NE
IPMS-USA National Convention

August 12; Spring, TX
IPMS-HAMS Eleventh Annual Model Car Show and Contest
Our own show!

September 9; Arlington, TX
IPMS-Fort Worth Supercon

September 23; Covington, LA
IPMS-North Shore Scale Modelers AutumnCon
Region 6 Regional Convention

October 7; Baton Rouge, LA
IPMS-Baton Rouge Cajon Modelfest

October 14; Austin, TX
IPMS-Austin Scale Modelers Society Capitol Classic

We will update this list as more info becomes available.

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Vintage AFX Slot Car Commercial

Posted on December 26th, 2016 in Blog by Michael Stucker

Found this Aurora AFX slot car racing TV commercial starring racer Peter Revson on YouTube.
While I don’t remember the ad, I do remember the slot cars.

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Cobi Building Blocks

Posted on December 17th, 2016 in Blog by Michael Stucker

IPMS-Houston member and “Friend of HAMS” Piotr Gamola has started a new business called Toys4Joys that, as modelers, is of some interest to us. He has starting selling COBI Building Blocks which are similar to and compatible with LEGO. COBI are made in Poland, and being Polish himself, Piotr knew of this product and thought Americans might be interested in them.

The Cobi sets build into models of different planes, tanks, trucks, etc., and are a great way to introduce children to the hobby of model building. Now, while there aren’t any civilian cars in the line right now (except for a radio controlled Jeep Wrangler), there are quite a number of kits for police, fire, emergency, and city service vehicles. You can see the entire COBI catalog on-line at COBI.PL.

Unfortunately, I cannot post Piotr’s price list (too large a file), but Piotr and Toys4Joys (located in Katy, TX) and can be contacted at…
Phone: 281-393-7737
Text: 713-517-7537
E-mail: sales@toys4joys.com
(Note that at this time, although the email address is functional, the Toys4Joys web site is not yet on-line.)


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Need A Scale Trailer to Haul That Scale Car?

Posted on December 10th, 2016 in Blog by Michael Stucker

Brian James A4

Aoshima has announced new 1/24 scale kit of a Brian James A4 trailer, due to be released this month (December). This is a modern trailer, the prototype of which is manufactured in England. The retail price appears to be in the $30 range, with the usual Japanese on-line stores pricing in the $20s.

You can see more photos of the kit at HobbySearch

Info and photos of the real thing are available at Brian James Trailors

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December Meeting/Christmas Party

Posted on November 13th, 2016 in Blog by Michael Stucker

The December HAMS meeting will be our annual Christmas Dinner. It will again be held at the Buffalo Grill near the corner of Voss and Woodway. They have catfish, burgers, tacos, chicken, and more. The Buffalo Grill web site has a full menu and map of their location.

Their exact address is 1301 S. Voss, Houston, TX 77478. (The Voss exit off I-10 is one exit farther west than if you were going to the usual meeting place on Wirt. And Woodway is south of I-10.)

Remember, don’t go to the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center on the second Friday in December (December 9, 2016). Go to the Buffalo Grill at Voss and Woodway.

See you there.

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November Club Meeting

Posted on November 2nd, 2016 in Blog by Michael Stucker

Our November club meeting on the 11th will include officer elections and a swap meet.

Mike Stucker has agreed to stay on as Treasurer, but we need members to volunteer for President, VP, and Secretary.

And bring those old kits & parts you don’t want/need anymore. We’ll be swapping such among each other. Never know what you might find. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

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James Houston

Posted on October 1st, 2016 in Blog by Michael Stucker

It is with a heavy heart that we report that HAMS member James “Jack” Houston recently lost his battle with leukemia. James was an avid racing fan, whether they be sports cars, Indy Cars, or stock cars, and a font of knowledge on the subject. He was a regular visitor to the SEMA Show is Las Vegas and the sponsor of the Best Short Track Racer award at the club’s annual model contest.

Funeral services will be at the Darst Funeral Home, 796 Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood, TX 77339, on October 4. Viewing from 4:00 to 6:30 PM with the funeral service at 6:30.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.

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Don’t Miss The Club’s October Meeting

Posted on September 13th, 2016 in Blog by Michael Stucker

Why? Because we will have our first ever quarterly club kit raffle. One lucky HAMS club member will walk away with a free model kit!

Beginning in October, HAMS will have a model car kit raffle once a quarter during the club’s monthly meeting. The raffles are open to any dues paying member of the club. We will bring 3 kits (bought by the club) to each raffle meeting (January, April, July, & October), put everyone’s names in a hat (or model kit box), and draw one name out. That person will then choose which one of the three available kits they’d like to have – FREE!

The kits raffled off will not be just any old run-of-mill kit, either; they will be high-end styrene kits, listing for over $50 each. Good stuff.

See you in October.

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