All posts for the month April, 2014

Greetings ACME members,

It is May and it is meeting time in Smyrna, Georgia once again. April sure has been a fun month. Club members have been to several events throughout the nation, both real cars as well as models. A vanload of ACME members made the long trip to the NNL East, yes the NNL East, the largest model car show in the nation and perhaps the globe.

Lots of vendors were at the show, from plastic resellers to the Model King. Several aftermarket vendors were also in the house. Norm Veber of Replicas & Miniatures, Don & Carol Holthaus of Modelhaus had people lined up all day. Even the kit manufacturers were also present with new product to see. Ed Sexton of Revell had test shots of the 67 Camaro, Ford Raptor, ’57 Chevy convertible and the LaFerrari to the delight of many. The folks from Moebius had several new kits also. Be on the lookout for late ’60’s – early 70’s Ford F-150’s and a pair of ’54 Hudsons, as well as a ’65 Plymouth. It won’t be long before we see test shots of their ’61 Ventura and Catalina and their ’65 Comet. Lots of cool whispers of what might be in the wind in the future. Stay tuned. We saw many old familiar faces who have promised to travel south to come see us at our “Little Show”. There were over 1000 models on display, with huge participation in the “Mustang” and “Wagons” themes, as well as the commercial and factory stock categories. It was sensory overload! The long-distance award winner was Jean-Jacques Lillette all the way from Paris, France.

Several folks made the trip to Road Atlanta this past weekend as well to take in the Walter Mitty. The weather was perfect for this event. Several interesting race cars were seen. Porsches, Lolas and even a few old NASCARs were driven hard through the hills of north Georgia. Others went to the 1st Summit Motorama at AMS.

On the model show front next weekend on May 10th IPMS Atlanta will be having their 2nd annual model show at the Lockheed Union Hall on the 120 loop, same location as last year. This is a well-run IPMS show, with the promise of more emphasis on fun vs. rivet counting. Always a good time. Also in the month of May on the 17th the SCMA folks will be having their annual show in Simpsonville. At least one of our members will be vending at this show, and others will be attending. It is worth the trip. I will be at graduation, so I will not be there, bummer!!

Model Cars magazine as well as Scale Auto have great issues hitting the mailbox as we speak. So be on
the lookout for them. Since it is the 1st Sunday and the weather is supposed to be nice, Caffeine and Octane should be Off the Hook!!!! Go early if you want to park close. The place will be packed!!! If you want to hit another show Sunday before ACME, the British Motorcar Day will be from 10 AM to 2:30 PM in the Roswell City Hall parking lot off of Hill St. If that isn’t enough, the Road Runner cruise in is on Sunday morning from 8-10 AM at Lifetime Fitness on Hwy. 92 in Roswell, to get your fill of oldies. This coming Saturday you can see the annual Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Cadillac show at the Marriott Northwest.

Okay gang, we will be having our meeting at 2:30 at the community of Smyrna. I look forward to seeing you there. We’ll have a demo on decals and the use of Bare Metal Foil by both Pico and Bob Sienko. Bring a current project or a finished one for Show and Tell.

I’m your Prez,
Henry Trent

We had a great meeting yesterday, and lots of stuff was given away. One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. Lots of good stuff to be had by all. Next month our demo will be on decals and bare metal foil.

We did have a brief show & tell before the event:


We drew a raffle for first pick from the piles of stuff:


Soon it was a free-for-all. It all found new homes!






If you are reading this, you survived March Madness. The month of March was once again crazy and a success for many of our members. The fun began with the Knoxville Mini Con. Robert Sienko and a few brave souls went to the show in Knoxville. They brought back some hardware and represented the club very well. The usual suspects went the same weekend to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and were treated to some incredibly beautiful automobiles. The next show was the ACME “West” show The Birmingham Classic held in Anniston, Alabama by our friends the Magic City Car Modelers. Once again many of our members went and found “Treasure” and claimed some awards. The last event for March was our very own Hobbytown in Kennesaw had their model show and swap meet on a rainy Saturday. I believe a few of our members brought home some hardware. A few ACME members also hit the Auto Show at the Congress Center, getting to sit in the new Corvette, the Camaro ZL1, and to see the new 2015 Mustang. That is the wrap-up for March, but April has just as many events.

April show events begin this very Saturday, the day before our meeting. The Birmingham chapter of IPMS, the Phantom Plashers, is having their annual show spring show at the Anniston City Meeting Center. Saturday is also the big car show at Coker Tires/Honest Charley’s in Chattanooga, and if you really like to dig for car parts, automobilia, used collector vehicles and generally wear out your sneakers, the Auto Fair is going on in Charlotte at the speedway from April 3-6. Sunday morning is the Caffeine and Octane car show. If you want to show your ride, get there before 7 AM. With the warming temps everyone is going to be wanting to dust off their cool rides.

Thanks to Scott, this website is back up and running. Watch for future updates, but the basics are already in place with meeting and show information. The forum is gone, unless anyone knows someone who is a database admin who will work for free and can fix the myriad of issues from the hacker. Most people online have migrated to the Facebook juggernaut, and activity on our Facebook page is high. We are getting several new members joining the ACME Facebook page every day.

Our club meeting this weekend is at 2:30 pm Sunday at the Smyrna Community Center. This month’s theme is always a popular one with the club members. Yes, Virginia it the Spring Cleaning event! Bring your old and busted, parts of parts, stalled projects that you’ve lost interest in, tools that need a new home, anything that you might think another club member might like to take home. “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. We will once again this year have a drawing to see who gets 1st crack at the loot; when you get to the meeting, drop off your giveaway stuff and exit the area. There will also be a time limit. We will go over the rules at the meeting to make sure we are all on the same page. The end of the month is the Granddaddy of all model car shows, the NNL East in Wayne, New Jersey. A few ACME members are planning to make the pilgrimage north, so give them your wish list and some cash and see if they can pick up that kit or aftermarket part you have been looking for.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 2:30 pm for a fun filled meeting!

I am your ACME president,
Henry Trent