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Report for Western Canada 
Seymour Douglass, President, Automotive Model Builders of Vancouver

Model car enthusiasts on the West Coast of Canada gathered together in Surrey, British Columbia (a suburb of the more well-known Vancouver) for the 19th annual Auto Modelrama in March 2002. Canadian builders from all over the Pacific Northwest region, and a few of our American neighbors, entered 275 models in the contest. Over 350 people viewed the terrific variety of models on display and hunted for bargains at the swap meet tables. The Automotive Model Builders club hosts the show, while participants included members of other regional clubs such as the Merritt Model Car Club, Victoria Scale Plastic Automotive Modelers, I.P.M.S. Kelowna and Performance Modeling Club (Washington state).

Activities included a swap meet, giant raffle, demonstrations, videos, music and a photography session. Each entrant under the age of 13 is given a free model car kit to encourage their continuation in the hobby. Lots of trophies and ribbons are awarded based on ballots cast by the contest entrants. A unique feature at the show is the host club's fund raising efforts for the Museum. A "junk box" is brought to the club's monthly meetings for the members to fill with their unwanted kits, parts, pieces, magazines, etc. The "junk box" is full by the end of the year, when its contents are sold at a swap meet table at the show. All proceeds are used for the club's annual donation to the Museum. People don't mind paying a premium for their "junk" when they realize that their purchase is supporting the Museum. This also raises the profile of the Museum, as many people learn of its existence through the "junk box" sales. Other clubs should give this a try at their next event.

Summer will be a busy season, as model car enthusiasts are invited to participate at local car shows with displays and contests. A wrapup of the summertime activities in Western Canada will be provided in the next report. By the way, it gets warm enough up here in August to melt our igloos.

Report from Sweden

I have been visit most of the important contests this year, including of course the "Grevens Glue Galor" where I have been cooperating with Claes Beck-Friis. Our contests seem to be slightly increasing with both older and new younger modelers. It's difficult to get a hold of new kits here from the USA because of problems with local hobby shops and the agents of American model car companies that aren't as cooperative as they should be. The only chance is therefore to order kits directly from abroad. Something that is really good is the interest from IPMS the last years to visit our contests. They have been very eager to get a contact for the future so that the car-builders will be a part of the IPMS. (See the IPMS advert elsewhere in this issue. Editor's Note: It is certainly the policy of the Museum to endorse, and cooperate with, the Society).  At last, take care and don't ever hesitate to ask me if you need any help!"

Here are some great photos of some superb models entered in Swedish contests:

This magnificent model is as '88 Audi 80/90 that Juha converted from a four-door to a two-door sedan. It was at the eighteenth GSL Championship where it gained a lot of attention.

Anders' friend, Eric Bjerkeryd, from Nykoping, built this fantastic Willys coupe. This model has been the winner of street rod classes in every class entered. 

This "sleeper" '40 Ford street rod was built by Bjorn Sundstrom. Though modest when initially viewed, the model is a deep well of subtle and expert detailing.

Anders' own model, this Orange Hauler drag car was built right out of the box and benefits from excellent paint.

Report from Zeljko Segin in Croatia

It's nice to hear that Museum will be International.

 I will be glad to send you report from my country. But I'm afraid that it will be little about car modeling in my country. Most modelers are here aviation and military modelers. October 5th is Croatian Nationals and after that I will try to write something about cars from it and send some photos.

But I will try to send report about my activities in car modeling. Recently I opened web pages which are dedicated to car models only. I work on it with my great friend Rinus Middelarr from Netherlands. If you are interested, address is below in my signature.

Zeljko Segin
 BMOM Contest:
Fast wheels


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