The International Model Car Builders' Museum

Museum Visitors: There has been some concern expressed that this site has not been updated in a while. Some comments have even mentioned that the International Model Car Museum may be in poor health. Rest assured that the Museum is fine.

This site is currently undergoing a major redesign. The new site will be up in conjuction with
GSL XXV in May 2015.

The International Model Car Builders' Museum was founded with a simple goal: Preserve the memories of this great hobby for all hobbyists - old and new – and promote and support contemporary contests and displays which encourage current builders. The mission of the Museum is multifaceted. Our initial effort has been to gather and chronicle the history of the model car hobby from the perspective of the builder. The Museum isn't about collecting kits, though we have a modest collection of rare items. Instead, our goal has been to collect as much information and as many artifacts about services and supplies offered to hobbyists, and to focus on those individuals who have expressed their craftsmanship and creativity by constructing scale miniature automobiles. The Museum has several display cases filled with the models of the famous and the obscure alike, each divided into topical displays: street rod, customs, replica stock and competition. We have a large library, display cabinets dedicated to the major kit manufacturers, and we collect memorabilia from contests and displays from around the world.

As part of the effort to chronicle and celebrate the history of our hobby, we have created the Hot 150/Clone the Past program with its accompanying display case that identifies the most influential models in the history of our hobby, and then to either acquire/restore the original model, or replicate and present the same in a chronological display. This program is an essential "core" effort because there needs to be a way of acknowledging, and understanding, the history of the technological development of model car construction since the hobby first emerged. Click to learn more about the Clone the Past and Hot 150 programs.

Additionally, we have created the Scan the Past program which focuses on the goal of digitalizing significant model car magazines and related publications that have chronicled the history of our hobby. Said another way, we need to preserve the written history of our hobby while the original magazines are available to us. This Scan the Past program is based upon the burgeoning collection of magazines that we've been collecting since 1988.

Another goal is to participate in current activities in the hobby. For years, the Museum has been the chief sponsor of the GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention which has, since 1979, sought out the best builders in today's hobby and provided them a venue in which craftsmanship would be rewarded. The Museum now presents publications in each Championship, including the most recent, when two books were created. As recently, the Museum has realized a long-term goal by reaching out to local contests, and the famed NNL events, and local/regional contests around the United States and Canada: Museum Trustee Jim "Hollywood" Fernandez has most ably taken on the task of creating a large data base of competitive events and NNL displays, and offering those events Museum support while working with promoters to distribute Museum brochures and gathering donations to support our efforts. Our ever-garrulous Jim has very successfully contacted many dozens of clubs and offered our support. In the next year, we hope that Jim's efforts can be extended to get these many organizations to assist the Museum with our several programs.

We're always looking for volunteers and people who want to be actively involved in the Museum. Please contact us to find out what we need, or to assist in any way. 

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The Museum owns all of the remaining models from Dave Shuklis. Acquired years ago with the great help of Norm Veber and Oscar Koveleski, the models were cleaned up (in some cases, restored) by a great group of builders across the United States. Check out the story here:

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The Museum has collected a considerable quantity of artifacts from the Revell-Pactra and Revell-Testor contest series from the Sixties. This trophy, used in all but the first contest, was modeled after Mike Johnson's Pegasus that won the first Revell-Pactra Contest.

 

 

One of the Museum's tasks is to complete the unfinished customs of Bob Barnett. This '40 Mercury has benefited from work by two of the Museum's restorers.  This is one of the many significant models that the Museum is in the process of restoring. Most of the Dave Shuklis models have been restored. Others continue to be found. Read more about the restoration projects.

One of the many new donations to the Museum.

 

When was the last time you saw one of these?

Many builders who received major national awards are being found, and in some cases even donating their models and trophies to the Museum!

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