July 2020 Model Project Pictures

Although the July meeting was cancelled, there were lots of model projects underway!

Bob Ekstrom completed his E2C Hawkeye, from VAW-123 “Screwtops”. It is a Fujimi, 1/72 kit.

Alberto Ramos built his diorama of a Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer, wrecked on Jakku.

Dim Chen built his Karl Mortar diorama.

Jeremy Jiao completed his Tamiya 1/24th Mazda 787b.

Ethan Idenmill finished his Tamiya 1/350 I-400 submarine, started work on a Polar Lights 1/2500 Star Trek USS Enterprise and continued work on his Tamiya 1/35 M-48A3.


The July Meeting is Cancelled

Unfortunately, the July meeting is now cancelled due to the renewed COVID-related restrictions. Thank you for your understanding,

June 2020 Meeting

We had an a great meeting on Saturday, June 27, at the Gillespie Field Annex of the San Diego Air and Space Museum. People brought some great models. Pictures are below.

The 2020 IPMS USA National Convention is Cancelled

The 2020 IPMS USA National Convention has been cancelled. Please see the official announcement at the convention website:


May 2020 Meeting and Project Pictures

We had a small meeting at the Air and Space Museum Annex at Gillespie Field on Saturday, May 30 at 1PM. Folks brought their current projects to display:

Additionally – Christopher Jonas finished an F-4U Corsair, a P-51 Mustang and a Rick Dom Mobile Suit:

Finally – Ethan Idenmill continued to work on his I-400 Submarine:

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.