was a great day as I was able to attend the Tabletop
Cruisers Model Nationals this weekend, at Pines Ford
This was their 3rd event at this car dealership. You might
think it is a bit unusual, having an event in such a place,
but it does work. There is great lighting to view the models,
including natural sunlight from large windows. The area
is very clean and spacious, better than many luxury hotels.
All the staff at this family oriented dealership are very
pleasant people and work together with the Club and guests.
(they also had some Mustang Cobras / Shelbys and a Ford
Raptor handy, perfect for reference photographs!).
Another thing you would see at this event is a car club,
the Tabletop Cruisers, working close with another local
model club, Flight
19, an IPMS group, one of the oldest in south Florida.
These two clubs have done several joint ventures at shows,
and it seems to be working. In these times when model shows
are a large undertaking in money, time and resources, these
two groups work together to make their individual events
even better for modelers. I won't say it's perfect, there
will always be different philosophies towards building models,
but model builders, guests, and the clubs all benefit from
the collaboration. Both clubs should be commended.
If you do shows in your area on your own, reach out to other
clubs nearby. You might find common ground to make your
model future shows even better.
There were some great models at the show, many with some
stunning paint jobs. There were several rat rod type cars
that just grab me. They are so creative. Overall there were
many models I had never seen before (and I have been attending
shows in south Florida since around the mid 1980s). It was
also great to hook up with some model friends, some I have
not seen in years. We all know that is one of the best things
about these shows, sharing news and talking models.
I want to mention that there were many supporters of the
show: Such as Revell,
with raffle models and tools, and who helped with the Make-N-Take.
To see 25 excited kids all building models, and having fun
doing it, it was a great time for all. Moebius
Models jumped in with some great kits for raffle and
prizes. Round 2 donated
several items for raffle, and provided the club with a John
Force slot car set. I want to tell you the kids used that
slot car race track ALL DAY LONG. It was such a hit, and
it kept them busy away from the show models. Round 2 must
make some tough toys, because the slot car track worked
flawlessly all day long, with no issues. These kids put
that set to the test ! I think some adults will geting some
of those for their own kids. What a great toy! RCHobbies,
one of our biggest hobby shops locally, and a great supporter
of modelers over the many years, also donated many models
for the raffle and prizes.
Modelcar Garage was
vending and they had several tables full of all the great
photoetch parts and more that their company produces. Of
course, there were also some local vendors selling models,
and there were quite a few deals to be made. I scooped up
a Mat & Debbie Hayes TBird, a model I have wanted for
a while. Through the raffles tickets, I won a Round 2 /
AMT 1968 Shelby Mustang and a Revell hobby knife.
in all, a great day !