24th GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship Contest Photos

Peter Go’s 1/16-scale 1908 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost features incredibly delicate wire wheels and many other fine details.

If you’re a male of a certain age, chances are you built at least one model car kit in your younger days . . . maybe several. You got a kit from AMT, Monogram, or Revell and some paint and glue from Testors, put down some newspaper on the dining room table, and did your best. Maybe your finished product turned out good enough to occupy a spot of honor on your bedroom shelf, or maybe it ended up being fodder for firecrackers in your driveway.

Today, there are passionate groups of adult model-car builders who have taken a hobby that started as a 1960s fad and elevated it into a true art form. And the place to see the best of these miniature wonders in person is the GSL International Model Car Championship—a prestigious contest that was created back in 1979 for the upper echelon of automotive-modeling artisans. It’s essentially the Academy Awards of hand-built scale vehicles. GSL stands for “Greater Salt Lake” (the contest is held biannually in Salt Lake City, Utah), and this year’s running was the 24th edition. More than 300 models from 80 or so builders were on display in the Salt Lake Sheraton Hotel this past weekend.

Though the competition is intense and judging is taken very seriously (a trio of expert judges spends over eight hours painstakingly analyzing the entries), the atmosphere is wonderfully congenial and welcoming. Builders happily share techniques and genuinely enjoy each other’s company. The contest is the main event, but there are plenty of other attractions over the course of the four-day show. Master modelers explain their building techniques in instructive seminars (this year’s show included demonstrations of 3-D printing, metal shaping, and cobalt plating), and shuttle buses ferry attendees to the nearby National Model Car Builder’s Museum for tours (both GSL and the NMCBM are brainchildren of Salt Lake City-area attorney Mark Gustavson).

The best of the models on display at GSL reach a level of craftsmanship and precision that rivals that of the premier full-size car restorers and fabricators. Here’s a sampling of the amazing works of art that were on display. For more information, check out http://www.gslchampionship.org.

The big winner at GSL this year was Greg Nichols’ “Backdraft”—a completely scratch-built, T-bucket-inspired hot rod chock-full of hand-machined metal parts. It took home the coveted “Best in Show” award, along with several other honors. The “Backdraft” name is inspired by the model’s rear-mounted radiator, which is positioned just behind the driver’s seat.

Mike English brought several amazing motorcycle models, including a 1/9-scale Bianchi 350CC (background) and a 1/9 one-off custom bike. Note the leather riding gloves on the saddle.

Advanced modelers use ultra-thin “photo-etched” metal parts for extra-fine detailing. Gary Kulchock crammed several projects’ worth of his own custom-made pieces onto this jam-packed sheet, which measures roughly 11 inches by 17 inches. It’s a work of art in and of itself. A Jeep grille, a manhole cover, various gaskets and brackets, speaker grilles, and a myriad of tiny bolt heads are just a few of the precision-crafted bits.

Master modelers utilize advanced painting techniques to make simple plastic-kit parts look like weather-beaten old steel. “Hollywood” Jim Fernandez built this 1/25-scale 1950 Oldsmobile 88 drag car to look as if it had spent the last 40 years decaying in a junkyard. Did you notice the robin’s nest (with egg) in the rear carburetor’s velocity stack?

Jimmie Harris’s wondrously weathered 1923 Ford Model T “peddler’s truck” looks like something out of “The Grapes of Wrath.” It’s complete with pots and pans, a bulb horn, and a rooftop chimney.

“Hollywood” Jim Fernandez’s heartwarming 1/25-scale diorama “Making Memories” makes fantastic use of color: The under-construction pedal car and ’32 Ford coupe are finished in full color, while the cluttered garage backdrop is rendered in muted black-and-white-photo tones. The level of detail here is breathtaking.

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Pinewood Derby Time is Here and we are holding classes to teach the basics and speed techniques

Mark Twain Hobby Center is again pleased to announce that we will be holding Pinewood Derby How -To classes again this year. Last year these classes were completely full and we expect them to be the same this year. Here is the schedule:
Saturday December 8th          10 am to 11 am

Saturday December 15th        2 pm to 3 pm

Wednesday December 19th   7 pm to 8 pm

The classes will include information on aerodynamics, weight, center of gravity, axles, lubrication and finishing. Gary Pyles will be the instructor.

Pinewood_derby_cars_class at Mark Twain Hobby Center

Pinewood_derby_cars_class at Mark Twain Hobby Center

We will have a sign up sheet at the register for those that would like to attend. Be sure and get signed up quickly so you will have a spot. You must sign up for the class to be able to attend due to space considerations. This is a FREE class. By the way we have the best selection in the region for Pinewood Derby , Pinecar  supplies such as bodies, wheels, axles, graphite etc and aftermarket speed parts like tungsten weights and finishing accessories.
Keep on derbying,

Dennis

 

 


Building Scale Model Aircraft – Monogram B-29

This guy did a neat job of modifying a Monogram B-29 kit with electric motors and lights. Take a look at the video and enjoy.

Building Scale Model Aircraft

Here is a picture of the model as it is presented by Monogram. This model is still available as Monogram 855711

monogram b-29 plastic model aircraft kit

It is fun to watch the props turn. This video was from the website http://www.buildingscalemodelaircraft.com and I believe that the modeler’s name was Oscar Gagliardi.

Happy Modeling

Dennis

 


See What is due out by Revell – Monogram this month

 

 

We Get
New Releases First!

As a Revell Preferred Partner, we receive the new Revell and Monogram
model kits earlier than other retailers. Visit our store and look for a
special Revell Preferred Partners display that includes this month’s
newest plastic models. And, don’t forget to grab a copy of the advance
order form located on the display to pre-book your order for items
coming in the next couple of months! For a look at what’s new this
month, just read below. Click on a product image for more information.

 

These new releases are due any day.

'50 Oldsmobile Club Coupe

85-4254 ’50 OldsmobileTM
Rocket 88
Club Coupe 2n1

All new tooling!
Exclusive details include:

  • Separate frame
  • Stock car racer interior
  • Rear fender skirts and chrome trim
    rings
  • Scale: 1:25
Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

85-4011 Shelby® Cobra
427 S/C®

Part of the value-priced Dream
Rides series.
Exclusive detaillling includes:

  • Opening hood with fully detailed
    427 cubic inch engine
  • 2 piece wire wheels and side
    exhaust system
  • Separate raised convertible top
  • Scale: 1:24
69 Dodge Charger Daytona

85-4910 ‘69 Dodge Charger Daytona

Exclusive detailing includes:

  • Aerodynamic nose section with
    photo-etched grill insert
  • Detailed 440 Magnum engine
  • High post 3 piece rear wing and
    separate fender scoops
  • Scale: 1:25
68 Pontiac Firebird

85-4905 Chip Foose ’68 Pontiac®
Firebird®

The first in the NEW Chip Foose
series.
Exclusive details include:

  • Chip Foose Design wheels
  • Pontiac® 400 c.i. Ram
    AirTM engine
  • Optional race engine parts and
    interior
  • Scale: 1:25
Dodge Viper RT/10

85-4010 Dodge Viper RT/10

Part of the value-priced Dream
Rides series.
Exclusive detailing includes:

  • Hinged hood section with detailed
    V-10 engine
  • Coil spring suspension and 4 disc
    brakes
  • Separate side exhaust
  • Scale: 1:25
UH-34D Marine Helicopter

85-5323 UH-34 D Marine Helicopter

Exclusive detailing includes:

  • Detailed cockpit and interior with
    separate side door
  • Recessed panel lines
  • Underside winch details
  • Scale: 1:48