The May Meeting has been rescheduled

The May meeting has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 30 at 1PM at the San Diego Air and Space Museum Annex at 335 Kenney Street in El Cajon.

If you choose to attend – you must wear a facemask and maintain social distancing. If you do not, you will be asked to leave.

Additionally, please read the announcement by Dave Lockheart, director of local chapters, regarding COVID-19: http://www.ipmsusa.org/

In particular – “In light of the current pandemic situation, please be aware that neither IPMS/USA nor its Chapters are liable for any potential transmission of illnesses.  Those planning to attend this event should (a) follow existing safe social distancing recommendations and (b) abide by any local or state regulations regarding gatherings.”




April Model Project Pictures

Here are some model projects worked on by our members during April.

Club President Richard Abraham finished this Hasegawa 1/48 Hellcat, finished as a Uruguayan Navy Plane from 1955

Lead Judge Jerry Jackson finished his 1/72 Bf-109 and started working on his 1/72 Hasegawa Ju-88G-1

Chris Jonas finished this Wing Gundam, and worked on a Hasegawa 1/200 767-300 and a Mustang

Club Webmaster finished his Conestoga Wagon and Blacksmith and started working on a Tamiya 1/350 I-400 Submarine




The May Meeting and ModelExpo are Cancelled

The club officers discussed whether it would be possible to hold the May club meeting, and decided to cancel it.

Likewise, the contest committee discussed this year’s ModelExpo and came to the reluctant conclusion that it, too, must be cancelled entirely due to the uncertainty of being able to host such a large gathering. We will instead focus our efforts on ModelExpo 2021.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this uncertain time.




March 2020 Model Project Pictures

Although the club is not meeting in March or April, model building goes on! Here are some builds from our active club members that were in progress or completed during March:

Bob Ekstrom completed this model called “Blue Angels Calypso Pass”.  There are two 1/72 X-47B Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) painted in Blue Angels colors.  The models are from Platz, and the paint was Model Master enamels.  The decals were from Cam Pro.

Manny Gutsche continued his build of the Revell 1994 re-issue of the original 1959 issue X-15 model.  After assembly of the fuselage and filling the seams with gap-filling super glue followed by wet sanding with 400 grit then 600 grit an initial primer coast is applied to the seam areas. The primer exposed a number of areas that will require additional super-glue application, sanding and primer coat. For painting the model is supported with an old paint brush handle wrapped with tape and wedged in the exhaust nozzle. Loose parts are taped onto card stock or suspended with cloths pins or medical forceps (Poor man’s “paint booth” is office folders laid onto the model project table).

Jerry Jackson finished this Corsair and Railcar

Christopher Jonas finished building an Airfix 1/48 Mk. 22 Spitfire before starting a Hasegawa 1/32 P-51D and a Bandai 1/100 Master-Grade Wing Gundam

Ethan Idenmill worked on his Conestoga Wagon kit, attaching the wheels and brakes. He finished the 54mm Streets of Laredo Blacksmith figure to go with it. His model of the Yamato 2202 Space Battleship Ginga (Bandai, box-scale) is nearly finished. Finally, he is making progress again on his Tamiya 1/35 M48A3.




The March and April 2020 Meetings are cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the continued increased risk to public health from COVID-19, the March and April Meetings have been cancelled. We will update this site with information about other meetings as that information becomes available.




ModelExpo 2020 Update 1

The 2020 San Diego Model Expo is being postponed until a date to be determined. We will post new updates as we have them.




February 2020 Meeting

Our February meeting was held on the 27th at the Girl Scout campus in San Diego. We had a great meeting with lots of models brought in for Show N’Tell.

A reminder – ModelExpo will be held on May 16th this year. Please see the ModelExpo page for details. Please consider sponsoring a contest category for this year. It is only $25 and your name will be honored before assembled host of model builders attending the event!




January 2020 Meeting

Our January 2020 meeting was held on Friday, the 24th at the Girl Scouts of America campus on Upas Street in San Diego. We had a ceremony to honor Gary Williams for his many years of service to the club. We also had a lot of great models brought in for show n’ tell.




December 2019 Meeting

We held our last meeting of 2019 on Friday, December 13 at the Girl Scouts of America campus on Upas Street. We had our annual pizza party followed by show n’ tell and a raffle! Pictures are below. On behalf of IPMS San Diego – have a happy 2020 with lots of bench time!




November 2019 Meeting

Our November meeting was held on Friday, the 22nd at the Girl Scouts of America campus. We had our semi-annual club officer elections followed by our annual auction.

The elected club officers will serve January 2020 through December 2021. The election results were as follows:

  1. President – Richard Abraham
  2. Vice-President – Scott Pence
  3. Treasurer – Rich Durham
  4. Secretary – Joel Hendricks

Long-serving club Treasurer Gary Williams opted not to run this time for personal reasons. For anyone who has been with the club for any amount of time, Gary has been a constant fixture and supporter of club events. Thank you, Gary, from IPMS San Diego!