Car Creations & Ace Cafe Orlando present the 18th
Annual Tabletop Nationals NNL Model Show Event
2018 (Day TBA)
Car Creations is an official IPMS club.
18th Annual Tabletop Nationals NNL will be taking place
in October, 2018. It's presented by the Model
Car Creations Club of South Florida.
event is taking place at the ACE
Cafe Orlando, located at 100 West Livington Street,
Orlando, Florida, 32801. We did a model show in Orlando once
before a few years ago and at the Ace Cafe in 2018. The gracious
folks at the Ace Cafe have invited us to join them again in
2019 - to bring you a model show that's bigger and better!
model show takes place inside the Ace Cafe Orlando,
but outside there will be a lot going on for
everyone. Including a parking lot filled with classic and
custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
Since it's October, children dressed in costume can go trunk
to trunk looking for treats. There will be a live DJ, plus
the Ace Cafe Orlando has a giant out door patio and full service
restaurant. The Ace Cafe Orlando is THE place for gearheads,
whether it's bikes, cars or trucks. There's something for
everyone to enjoy!
model style event** is a model show that doesn't use the older
traditional style of "Judging" and Classes. Meaning,
it uses People's Choice awards for specific kinds of subjects
(such as the three themes this year). This allows modelers,
as well as the general public, to pick their favorites. Everyone
gets to participate in choosing the model they like the most.
atmosphere at an NNL model show is casual, friendly, and fun.
shows are primarily models of vehicles. You'll see models
of cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. From any era, year, shape
or form. They are small artworks of transportation history.
Showroom cars, Hot Rods, Race Cars, Pickup Trucks, 18 Wheelers,
Street Racers, Tuners, NASCAR, Customs - the subjects are
wide and varied.
anything else, an NNL Event is a chance for modelers (no matter
what kind of models they build) to hang out, swap tips and
techniques, visit the vendors, and enjoy the company of fellow
builders. It's not a "contest" per se' - it's an
are three special themes for this years show:
(These are the models that are
popular by vote behind the Best In Show Award.)
that like any NNL Model event, when we say "Best"we mean
most popular by voters who have chosen the model as the Favorite
model in their view).
Schedule for the Day
AM till 9:00 AM - Vendor's Setup.
AM till 12:00 PM - Registration for modelers.
AM till 5:00 PM - Vendor area is open, doors open for visitors.
AM till 1:00 PM - Make N' Take Activity (for kids 12 and
PM till - Ballots will be handed out for voting (until they're
PM - Awards Ceremony, Special Announcements.
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Fees - Entries
$ 10.00 for 1 to 6 models.(and $1.00 for each additional
Free - Unlimited entries.
- $ 25.00
for 1 Table
- $ 40.00
for 2 Tables
- $ 50.00
for 3 Tables
You don't have to be "company" or a "business"
to be a Vendor. If you've got a few hundred (thousands?) of
plastic model kits, and you want to "thin the herd"
a bit, or sell off some multiples and duplicates, selling as
a vendor can help turn those extra kits into cash. Vendor
tables are limited, so we only ask that you have plenty
of models kits to fill the table(s) you get. The more the better.
See ya there!
be posted here when available)
(we use them for model placement purposes
only, to group like models together.)
Youth - Any automotive model built by persons of 14
years of age or younger.
Factory Stock - Any automotive model that looks as it
did when it left the manufacturer's factory. No modifications.
Street Machine - Any non factory stock street vehicle,
Import or domestic, 1964 and up. Including Pro Street /
Touring / Lowrider / Tuner / Pickup Truck / etc.
Street Rod - Any non factory stock street vehicle, 1948
and older. Including Pro Street / Touring / Lowrider / Pickup
/ variations and versions, etc.
Custom - Any non factory stock street vehicle, 1949
to 1963. Including Pro Street / Touring / Lowrider / Pickup
/ variations, etc.
Light Commercial - Police cars, Taxis, Light Duty Work
Heavy Commercial - Heavy Duty Work Vehicles, Big Rigs,
Open Wheel Competition - All open wheel closed circuit
race cars. Indy cars, Champ Cars, Formula 1, etc.
Close Wheel Competition - All close wheel closed circuit
race cars. NASCAR, Le Mans, IMSA, Rally, Rolex 24, DTM,
Straight Liners - If it goes in a straight line for
racing, this is your group. Drag Racing.
Motorcycles - Must be 1/24 or 1/25 scale, any motorcycle
or Trike, 3 wheels or less.
Small Scale - Car, Truck or Motorcycle model that's
1/26 scale or smaller.
Big Scale - Car, Truck or Motorcycle model that's 1/20
scale or larger.
Diorama - All kinds, automotive, military, scifi, airplane,
Miscellaneous - Any non-automotive model that does not
fit in the above categories. Military, Airplanes, Scifi,
Figures, whatever model you have.
While the model
groups are primarily cars, we do see a lot of other types of models
of course. Military trucks, Jeeps, some Scifi and Figures, Robots,
anything can show up in the Misc. group, or even in some of the
car groups (military trucks in the truck group for instance). If
you have a spectacular model of some kind that will "wow!"
the crowd, bring it on down.
want to see your models! You've spent countless hours perfecting
your craft and adding those fine details. Now it's time to
bring those models out into the light and show them off !
Are you part of a model club, or a loose group of model builders?
Load up your crew and your builds and head on down to the
Annual Tabletop Nationals NNL!
modelers from around Florida and beyond who share the same
hobby as you. There are hundreds of modelers across the State,
all waiting to see what you've been building. Share your tips,
tactics, and trade secrets. It's all about you!
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Display Stands - Custom
diplays for your models - Cars, Planes, Ships, whatever
Map for the
location of the event.
please register your child early for Make-N-Take as kits are in
for "National Nameless Luminaries". These types of model shows
were started around 1980 by a friendly group of car modelers, and they
have grown into annual National
events across the country. The first NNLs presented no awards at all.
still became some of the most popular (and biggest)
model shows in the U.S. We have a few "awards" to keep it fun,
but beyond that, it's a social event for modelers to swap ideas
and show off their work.
are scale model shows all throughout the year in Florida. Many take
place in the larger city areas, such as Jacksonville (Jaxcon) and
Orlando, Miami, even Tampa. In the middle or nothern areas of the
state. But for Florida, especially the Dade and Broward County areas,
model shows are kind of slim. I mean, sure, the southern end of
Florida is pretty much the end of the road, at the bottom of the
state. But we have a lot of model builders, and a lot of hobbyists.
But for some reason, modeling events are rare.
thing is, especially with car related models, we have some of the
premiere builders right here in our state. Builders that are certainly
known around the Florida area and some beyond that. They build mind
blowing models, with details that most of us average builders (like
me) would ever hope to do. You can see one of their models, and
almost immediately identify the builder. Their work is impeccable.
There's certainly no shortage of good model builders in our area.
groups and clubs have tried to carry a model event or show here
in south Florida, but it's not easy. The Tabletop Nationals is one
of those shows that plugs on, now for 16 years, to give modelers
a chance to meetup and have an event. It's a lot of hard work, but
it provides a chance for modelers from all over South Florida to
shows off their models, and best of all, hook up with other builders
in the hobby.
you build models, any kind of plastic models, we hope you will attend
and share your projects. For some modelers, this may be the only
event they will get a chance to visit and participate around this
area. So forget about the rivet counting judging and stressful effort
to place, just to maybe get a $ 5.00 trophy. Get with your model
crew and bring some of your models! Or, just swing by to see what's
being built by others. No matter if you're from West Palm Beach,
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, or beyond, we hope to see you at the event!
see some /images and videos from past shows? Check them out!