June 2016 Meeting

We had a great meeting this month. The meeting was devoted to show and tell, although Treasurer Gary Williams and Contest Coordinator Manny Gutsche briefly discussed the numbers from Model Expo.

Check out the photos of the meeting below!

Reminder – next month is our annual BBQ! The club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring a side or dessert to share!

May 2016 Meeting

We had a great meeting in May. Gordon from the San Diego Air and Space Museum gave a presentation on the French plan to bomb Berlin during the early days of the Second World War. We also had our usual show and tell.


2016 San Diego Model Expo – Contest Results and Photos

We hope everyone had a great time at the 2016 San Diego Model Expo!

Thank you to everyone who attended. We would also like to thank the San Diego Model Car Club for another great year of collaboration, and to the San Diego Air and Space Museum for hosting. Congratulations to all of our contest winners, and thank you to everyone who entered, as well as those who brought display models.

Contest Results:

(Please note – Unfortunately, due to technical reasons, photos of all contest winning model owners are not available)

Contest Entrant Galleries:



Military Vehicles:




Science Fiction and Miscellaneous:


Display Models:

Around the Expo:

The 2016 San Diego Model Expo is Only 3 Days Away!

Model Expo is only three days away!

The 2016 San Diego Model Expo is hosted by IPMS San Diego and the San Diego Model Car Club in cooperation with the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

It will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the San Diego Air and Space Museum Annex at Gillespie Field:

335 Kenney St, El Cajon, CA 92020

Annex Website

The Model Expo will have both a model swap meet and a model contest.

General admission to is $3.

Please note – contest admission is separate from general admission. If entering the contest, paying the general admission fee of $3 is required in addition to the model contest entry fees.

Contest admission is $10 for 3 entries for adults, plus $2 for each additional entry.

Contest admission is $5 for 3 entries for Juniors (age 17 and under), plus $2 for each additional entry.

The contest will be judged based on IPMS National rules, including the no sweeps rule, and no previous San Diego Model Expo, IPMS National, or Region 8 winners.

There will also be room for display-only models – Bring anything that you’d like to show but do not want to enter in the model contest. The model contest fees do not apply to display-only models.

Contest Categories

  1. Juniors, 17 & Under: all scales/categories (non-automotive)
  2. Aircraft: 1/72 & smaller-Prop
  3. Aircraft: 1/72 & smaller-Jet
  4. Aircraft: 1/73 to 1/33 – Prop
  5. Aircraft: 1/73 to 1/33 – Jet
  6. Aircraft: 1/32 & larger – Prop
  7. Aircraft: 1/32 & larger – Jet
  8. Helicopters: all scales & types
  9. Military Vehicles: Armor – 1/72 & smaller, all types
  10. Military Vehicles: Armor – 1/48, all types
  11. Military Vehicles: Armor – 1/47 & larger – Fully tracked
  12. Military Vehicles: Armor – 1/47 & larger – Wheeled, semi-tracked
  13. Military Vehicles: Softskin – 1/47 & larger, all types
  14. Dioramas: small composition
  15. Dioramas: large composition
  16. Ships: 1/451 & smaller
  17. Ships: 1/450 & larger
  18. Ships: Submarine
  19. Ships: Sailing
  20. Figures: 53 MM & smaller
  21. Figures: 54 MM & larger
  22. Figures: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  23. Sci-Fi & Real Space Vehicles: all scales & types
  24. Hypothetical: all scales & types
  25. Miscellaneous: all scales & types
  26. Out-of-the-Box: all scales & types
  27. Automotive: Juniors
  28. Automotive: Production/Replica
  29. Automotive: Hot Rods, Street Rods and Street Machines
  30. Automotive: Custom
  31. Automotive: Competition – Non-Drag Racing
  32. Automotive: Competition – Dragsters
  33. Automotive: Large
  34. Automotive: Low Riders
  35. Automotive: Motorcycles
  36. Automotive: Out-of-the-Box

Special Awards


Model Expo Flyer

Model Entry Form

Contest Registration Form

Display-Only Model Form