May 2019 Meeting

We had a very short meeting on May 31, 2019 at the Girl Scouts of America campus on Upas Street. We did not have our usual show n’ tell or model-building seminars because of Model Expo happening the next day. The meeting was spent making final checks and preparations for Model Expo.

April 2019 Meeting

We had a great meeting on Friday, April 26 at the Girl Scouts campus in San Diego. We had a number of show n’ tell models and we held our semi-annual contest. Please see below for the results.

Our next meeting is our last before Model Expo 2019. Please consider bringing a kit to donate for the raffle and / or sponsoring a contest category. Model Expo is a success because of committed members like you!

All pictures are courtesy of member Chris Jonas. Thank you, Chris!

March 2019 Meeting

Our March 2019 meeting was held on Friday, March 29 at the Girl Scouts of America campus at 1231 Upas Street.

The club voted on and decided to hold periodic raffles at club meetings. These raffles will be financed by the club, will have a different theme each time, and will be held quarterly.

We had a lot of models for Show n’ Tell.

Additionally, Jerry Jackson continued his weathering seminars with a demonstration on how to use oil paints to make rust effects.

February 2019 Meeting

Our February meeting was held on Friday, February 22 at the Girl Scouts campus on Upas Street.

We had a number of great models brought in for show n’ tell. Additionally, Jerry Jackson gave a seminar on his weathering techniques.

Reminder – Model Expo is coming up in June. Please consider sponsoring a contest category to help the club. Sponsorships are a mere $25!

Jerry Jackson’s Weathering Seminar

PLEASE NOTE – Due to website limitations on file upload size, very high compression was used on these videos.

Show n’ Tell Pictures are Below:


January 2019 Meeting

Our January 2019 meeting took place on Friday, the 25th at the Girl Scouts of America campus near Balboa Park.

The Model Expo committee began meeting and will continue to meet prior to the main meetings each month.

The club decided by near unanimous vote on the following changes to the club constitution:

  1. Elected Officers shall be elected for a term of two years instead of one.
  2. The post of Assistant Treasurer was approved by the club. Rich Durham was elected to fill that post.

December 2018 Meeting and Pizza Party

We had our final meeting of the year and annual pizza party on Friday, December 14 at the Girl Scouts of America campus at 1231 Upas Street.

We also had our annual officer elections. All elected officers were reelected to another term for 2019. Please be aware, we are currently debating a proposal to change the term for elected officers from one year to two and to add a new elected post of Assistant Treasurer. Please contact Bob Ekstrom ( for details.

Our volunteer officers also agreed to continue at their posts with the following exceptions:

  1. Scott Hazel has agreed to take on the mantle of Contest Coordinator next year, taking over from Manny Gutsche. Manny has done an outstanding job these last several years and the club thanks him for all of the hard work he has done on its behalf.
  2. Ethan Idenmill will continue to act as webmaster, but has asked for volunteers to fill the new position of Club Photographer. This would involve taking pictures at all of the club meetings as well as at the annual Model Expo. Please contact Ethan ( for details.

November 2018 Meeting

Our November meeting was held on Friday, November 30 at the Girl Scouts campus on Upas Street.

We had a lot of books and models for our annual auction. Thank you to everyone for donating and for bidding! The money raised will be used to fund our annual pizza party next month!

A few items of note:

  1. The meeting and annual pizza party next month will be held on December 14th, not the 21st as originally scheduled. We apologize for any confusion.
  2. A the November meeting, the club officers proposed two changes to the club constitution –
    1. That elected officers serve a term of two years instead of one year. The reason for this is to keep from having to change names on club accounts too often and to ensure more continuity. This would also align the club to IPMS Nationals rules. If this proposal is accepted the currently serving officers would serve for one additional year, thus completing two year terms.
    2. That a new elected club officer – Assistant Treasurer, would be created, to better ensure that the club has continuous access to its funds.
    3. Please keep the above proposals in mind and be prepared to vote on them at the December meeting. Please email Secretary Joel Hendricks, Vice-President Richard Abraham or President Bob Ekstrom with any specific questions about these proposals.

Pictures from the meeting are below.

October 2018 Meeting

Our October 2018 meeting took place on the 19th at the Girl Scouts of America San Diego campus. We held our bi-annual contest, with results noted in the gallery below.

Our next meeting will be on Friday, November 30. We will elect club officers for 2019. We will also host our annual auction – please bring a model kit to auction for the club. Our auction pays for our annual pizza party in December.

Meeting Photos

Contest Photos and Results

  • Military Vehicles –
    • 3rd place – M1 Abrams by Kenny Petsk
    • 2nd place – Hetzer by Gil Baron
    • 1st place – Type 73 truck by Ethan Idenmill
  • Aircraft –
    • 3rd place – Shinden by Aaron Abugaber
    • 2nd place – P-40C by Tim Shipley
    • 1st place – F-16 by Rich Durham
  • Sci-Fi –
    • 3rd place – Petite Guy by Chris Jonas
    • 2nd place – Black Panther by Ethan Idenmill
    • 1st place – Seaquest DSV by Mike Sedgewick
  • Ships
    • 1st place – Gotland by Mike Potter
  • Miscellaneous
    • 2nd place – Fw190 Egg Plane by Gil Baron
    • 1st place ’69 Nova SS by Dustin Ferris
  • Best of Show – F-16 by Rich Durham

September 2018 Meeting

Our September 2018 meeting was held on Friday, the 28th. We had no official show n’ tell, but two members brought models (as shown below in the pictures). A few items of note:

  1. OrangeCon 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 13 at Cal-State Fullerton –┬áPavilion at the University Conference Center, Cal State Fullerton University, 800 North State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92834. (State College & West Campus Dr.). Due to new requirements from the CSU system for outside vendors, it will use a token system, wherein attendees will trade dollars for tokens on a 1-to-1 basis, and may then use those tokens for purchases. Excess tokens may be turned back to cash at the end of the day. Credit-card purchases are still permitted.
  2. Top Gun II will begin filming soon and needs aircraft models for a bar scene. They will hang from the ceiling of the bar. Modelers who wish to build something for the movie should plan on finishing them by December and bringing them to the meeting that month. The models will not be returned to the modeler. Contact Bob Ekstrom at for details.
  3. The next group build will be of an M1 Abrams. Bring an M1 Abrams kit, any scale and manufacturer, to the October meeting if you would like to participate. Rich Durham will be leading the group build.

The main portion of the meeting was taken up by our mini-auction. The club received a donation of kits which were auctioned off. The proceeds will supplement the proceeds from our regular auction which is scheduled for our November meeting.

August 2018 Meeting

Our August meeting occurred on Friday the 31st at the GSA San Diego Campus. We had lots of great models brought in for show n’ tell, including six individual Nationals award winners and one collection which also won an award at IPMS Nationals in Phoenix. Additionally, Manny Gutsche gave us an overview of the “Best-Of”s and special award winners from Nationals.

Last item – please note that the October meeting has been moved up from October 26 to October 19. This has been updated in the calendar and on Facebook. Our newsletter will also reflect that change.

Photographs courtesy of Ethan Idenmill