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With any site, and especially one of this size, it is difficult to keep up with the new additions to the site.  As new information is added, we will keep a list and link to those items on this page.  Visit this page first on each visit to the site and check out what is new!

January 2011
Yes, we know that this site and the new issue of the Builder are late – badly overdue in fact. The personal schedules of all of the Museum Trustees have been awfully busy. Additionally, projects at the Museum, including writing and presenting two modeling books at GSL-XXIII with Bob Wick (that you'll read about in this issue) have certainly taken a lot of time.

Rest assured: the Museum is well, its programs and support are growing, and everything is in good order. The Trustees and I are all involved in developing and completing overall Museum projects and goals, supporting contests and creating exhibits, and a key group of people are working very hard on specific Museum programs (including, most particularly, the Library, Scan the Past and Clone the Past), and other Trustees are working to secure the financial future of the Museum. 

One big change for our Museum site is the creation of a new section "The Advanced Builder" which will feature advanced how-to articles and features on cutting-edge models. We're a little chagrined that such articles aren't carried in the major hobby media, and we intend to remedy that oversight. By going here, you'll be able to download articles, a modeling book, how-to features and other information that we hope is useful as you work to advance the craft and art of building sophisticated scale vehicles.  The current list of articles will be supplemented from time to time – we're actively recruiting articles from the hobby's leading builders. Additionally, we've uploaded selected seminars from past GSL Championships which were presented by leading builders in our hobby. Of course, there's absolutely no charge these articles.

The fresh issue of The Builder is also ready for you to read and enjoy. In this new issue, you'll read a retrospective piece by Trustee Bob Wick and an historical perspective by Tim Boyd (to whom I first presented the idea of our Museum in 1988); an article from Trustee/Librarian Mark Brown, who looks after the enormous print and digital library that we're assembling; a report from Trustee Jim "Hollywood" Fernandez on his work to promote the Museum by its support of 57 contests and displays across the United States, Canada and a few other countries; a report on the GSL-XXII Championship and a piece on the upcoming Championship by GSL Trustee Bill Helm, an article by Dave Best on the Scan the Past program, as well as an article by him on his decision to replicate Dennis Bryant's incredible (1964-era) StingRay XKE for the Clone the Past program. And there's a special article on the great donation of John Estlow's "TV-Merc" and many other of the items from his estate. Finally, we have a great article on a very significant donation that Tom West made, together with a late-breaking interim report, by Trustee Phil Gladstone, on the donation, by John Lunger and Don Hollensen, of what probably are all of the remaining parts for the stillborn 1/4-scale 283 engine kit from 1958! And there's even more in this long overdue issue!

As you know, the Museum and the Utah Miniature Automotive Guild are the chief sponsors of the GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention. At GSL-XXII (2009), the Championship marked thirty years since the GSL Tradition began, the Museum Trustees prepared a special exhibit on the GSL Best of Show models from the first twenty-one Championships. That historic presentation was successful in gathering of all but six of the twenty-one Best of Show models (through 2007), and seven of the builders of those historic models that participated in the first twenty-one Championships. As part of that exhibit, Bob Wick and Mark S. Gustavson wrote a book on all of the Best of Show models. This book was handed out in hardcopy format to attendees at GSL-XXII (You can download this book, without charge, by visiting the new "Library" section on the GSL home page). On that same "Library" link from the GSL home page, you can also download, again without charge, a planning and technical "how-to" modeling book that Bob Wick and I wrote last year (with a major contribution by Klaus Raddatz who wrote an Appendix on spray booth design and construction): How To Build Championship Scale Vehicles, Construction Considerations of Building Championship-Caliber Models . Thanks to both Paul Anagnostopoulos, for book design, layout and production, and to Jeremiah Gladstone for configuring the photos and creating the illustrations for the book. Finally, on the GSL "Library" link from the home page, you can download two-time GSL Best of Show winner Randy Derr's great Powerpoint seminar at GSL-XXII on detailing.: Thanks, Randy!  

The Museum notes with sadness the passing of Ed Wright, one of the earliest founding members of the Utah Model Car Association, and a local (Salt Lake City) supporter of the Museum through his hard work and contributions to the early days of the Museum. Ed also supported GSL by lending his efforts to early contests, and by entering each contest from the first through the fifteenth Championships. Ed hosted many GSL attendees who visited his home, and were amazed at what amounted to one of the greatest collections of unbuilt kits, parts, build-out-of-the-box kits, and related items.

The IRS has recently instituted a requirement that "small" non-profit/tax exempt Section 501(c)(3) organizations (with annual receipts of less than $25,000 – which certainly fits us!) must file annual tax returns or the tax deductible/tax exempt status would be lost. Previously, a return was only required every three years. Of course, in the style of the IRS, this new requirement was not communicated directly to any non-profit, and we only found out it in a Wall Street Journal article. The outcry from small non-profits was so strong and pervasive – all fearing the loss of their tax status – that the Service granted an extension through October 1. Fortunately, we filed for an Extension from the original "due date," and filed our return on August 28, 2010. This added workload seriously impeded the work of the Museum, (as it does most small non-profits, who have neither the budget nor staff to easily address these new reporting requirements).

Trustee Alan Raab's many-years' effort to catalog thousands of donated kit instructions and decal sheets is finished, and will be on display for GSL-XXIII (2011). Thanks to Allen for his years of hard work on this great project!

We're still looking for the "instruction sheets" that Auto World published for the Dave Shuklis and "Smitty" custom model car projects. For instance, we're looking for the one-page, illustrated sheet for the famous Hot Canary.  Can you help us out even with just excellent photocopies?


The Hot Canary was a really interesting redesign of the AMT 1936 Ford coupe.   This is a scan from an early Sixties Auto World catalog.


Auto World printed and distributed customizing sheets for each of the custom model cars, mostly designed by Dave Shucklis, that were promoted in their catalogs and in the page of Custom Club News. Check out this very rare Hot Canary instruction sheet. View larger version here...

The model manufacturers and distributors are an important part of the history of our modeling hobby and deserve a place of distinction in the International Model Car Builders Museum. There are many items of interest that have been donated or purchased for the museum that we prominently display. Trustee Phil Gladstone has set up three the cases with displays from AMT, Revell and Auto World. Each of the display cases have historical documentation pulled for the archival files and kits made in the 60's and 70's. The AMT case contains models from long past which are considered rare, a display of each version of the lacquer paints they once sold, as well as a Styline display and a Styline Ranchero built as the stylized version indicated in the instruction sheet. In the Revell case we have included our collection of the 1/12 scale wood bucks used to create many Sixties-era models. The Auto World case displays a rich array of items such as an Auto-Cutter, scale working hinge kits, upholstery material, decals, the famous display base kit, trimming tape, and booklets that taught modeling techniques. This case also displays some of the trophies from their monthly model contests, along with a car built by Mark Gustavson that took first place in one of their contests in 1978. If we can find two more cases, we'll complete our collection of items and artifacts from Monogram and MPC. 


This cabinet exhibits rare AMT items including rare specialty parts kits, bottle paint, a selection of lacquer paint, Styline kits, a few build-ups, and other items.


The Revell cabinet also shows off a selection of kits, a large-scale resin Porsche body acquired from Dean Milano, Parts Paks, and other assorted bits from the early history of the company.


Of particular note is the Auto World cabinet, in which issues of vintage Custom Club News, lighting kits, display stands and other items are displayed.


For years, Auto World held a "model of the month" contest. We have a winner from one of these contests – from 1978 – Mark S . Gustavson's full-custom '61 Starliner, along with the letter of announcement. 

The "classified ads" section of early issues of Car Model and Model Car Science magazines contained invitations from Ed Soltis to correspond with him. Ed was a builder of wide interests from built up kits, slot cars and other related items.  We recently acquired a few photos of this great, historic figure in our hobby 


In this October 23, 1966 shot, Ed stands in front of a couple of trophies and a winning model in his great hobby room that was described in a short article in Car Model article. Ed passed away a few years ago. 

We just acquired, through an Ebay purchase, a small number of photos of the work of Arthur Salmons, of Hynes, California. Arthur, a virtually unknown builder in the 1940's and 1950's, was an early master of our hobby. He worked in 1/6 scale, and scratchbuilt all of the models he constructed. Does anyone know anything about Arthur? 


In this image from March 18, 1940, this image shows, left to right: 1902 Oldsmobile, 1911 Ford, 1904 Cadillac, 1918 Chevrolet and 1911 Ford roadster. 


This March 17, 1949 picture shows a 1911 Model T "Torpedo." 

The Museum also gives tours to local groups, including this Boy Scout troop recently.


The younger generation typically can't believe what we have on display. Where possible, we try to hand each young visitor a kit and building supplies.

The Museum turns Twenty!

Read about the history and celebration.

New Acquisitions: Quarter Scale Chevy Engine, the Pegasus, Estlow's Merc and more!

In the process of organizing the built model collection, we've misplaced the name tags for the following models. If you can identify the builders, please contact the Museum (see last page for contact info). We hope there's no offense to the builders of these models that we can't presently identify.




June 2008
Update Schedule. The Trustees are aware of the long interval since the last update to this web site. Rest assured, we've been incredibly busy with Museum projects, and we promise to provide 5-7 updates from hereon. Our thanks to Trustee/Web Master Mark Benton for his hard work in maintaining this site. 

New Expanded Library for the Museum! Long frustrated with a too-small library area, we've expanded the Museum into an adjacent office space that had been neglected and abused by decades of tenants. We decided to move the Museum's library so that model car journalists and other authors can do research there in an accessible, comfortable environment. 

This expansion required local Museum Trustees and a contractor (Steve Butcher and Mike Stanfield, working under the direction of Museum Trustee Brian Dees) to repair and revise the space (which had previously gone through a large number of abusive tenants!) for use as our library and a back room where we will eventually present a visual "walk through" history of our hobby. For the time being, this space will be used for public-education seminars and meetings of Museum Trustees.

Local members of the Utah Miniature Automotive Guild (a Region 10 IPMS/USA Chapter) worked long hours to repair, paint and scrub down the new space. Check out the following photos of the new library that was opened to the public for the first time at GSL-XXI (2007) Read more...

Famed National Champion Modeler Discovered: Starting sometime in 1963, a loosely-knit (probably impromptu) organization called the International Modelers Guild held a series of model car contests across the United States, culminating in Cobo Hall in Detroit.  This contest series occurred at roughly the same time as the Revell-Pactra I contest was underway, but with no apparent connection. Held under the auspices of the show car division of Promotions, Inc., according to the article in the August 1964 issue of Car Model ("Flash! World Champion Crown Awarded to Michigan Modeler," pgs 56-57), event coverage (accorded an unusually short article allocated to a world championship) revealed that the top thirteen winners were culled from regional competitions across the United States. A further clue to this event can be seen in the background to the photo of Robert Manmiller, in that same issue of Car Model magazine, where an I.C.A.S. banner appears; additional information can be found in the March 1964 issue of Rod & Custom which features pictures from this event in the "Reader's Models" column (p. 39).  Go here, to learn more about John Etter and his remarkable "TV Mercury": John will also be attending GSL-XXII in 2009. 

Dave Shuklis and "Smitty" Model Plans and a Model Mystery In the early Sixties, Auto World published – both in the pages of Car Model magazine, and in the pages of its famed catalogs – how-to plans by its technical consultant Dave Shuklis. These plans are exceptionally rare right now, and the Museum is looking for these plans.  If you have an original plan sheet and wish to donate it (or an excellent photocopy), please contact the Museum.  Check out one advertising sheet below for a sample of these Shuklis model plan advertisements. Read more...

Hall of Fame. The Museum's collaboration with Scale Auto magazine continues in identifying, nominating and voting upon the most influential members of the model car hobby.  The Museum expresses its appreciation to Kalmbach publishing in general, and Scale Auto Jim Haught in particular for their loyal, continuing support of the Hall of Fame. In 2007, the following individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame: Read more...

Clone the Past Update! As you know, the Museum has identified the most influential models in the model car hobby through 1968, and has created a chart to identify those models, their builders, and the magazines in which those models appeared (after all, a model can't be influential if it was never covered in the hobby media). New builders have signed up, and the work of builders already working on projects is progressing well. Please check there for an update on the Clone the Past chart for an update on this important effort that will, as replicated models appear, introduce visitors to the history of technological developments in the history of our hobby. A sample of an older Clone the Past newsletter (usually distributed just to "cloners") might be of interest, too. Read more...

Bits and Pieces. Check out these images.


The Museum also has a great collection of vintage AutoWorld memorabilia, including mint catalogs, striping tape, hinge kits, display bases, and one "Model of the Month" winner – Gustavson's full custom 1961 Starliner from 1978. This display will be shortly reorganized!


The Museum is deeply honored to have on display the great custom hot rod roadster built by the legendary Augie Hiscano – this model was the co-Adult winner in the Revell-Pactra II contest. Carol Hiscano – Augie's widow (he died just before GSL-XX in 2005) – has very graciously permitted the Museum to display six major models that came from Augie's shop. Thanks, Carol!

July 2007
2007 Hall of Fame Winners announced.

October 2006
The Museum's Clone the Past program is well underway. As you know, the Museum has identified the most influential models in the model car hobby through 1968, and has created a chart to identify those models, their builders, and the magazines in which those models appeared (after all, a model can't be influential if it was never covered in the hobby media). Please go here for information on the Clone the Past program.

To assist the builders signed up to replicate models on the Museum's Hot 150, the Museum now publishes a sort-of newsletter for those builders who are helping out the Museum.

New builders have signed up, and the work of builders already on board is progressing well.  Please go here for an update on the Clone the Past chart for an update on this important effort that will, as replicated models appear, introduce visitors to the history of technological developments in the history of our hobby.

As you know, the Museum and the Utah Miniature Automotive Guild are the chief sponsors of the GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention. The Twenty-First GSL Championship will be held next year. Go here to read about the event: and here to read/download the GSL Preview (5mb PDF).

All the back issues of the Museum's newsletters are now available on line, and without restriction. 

Mark S. Gustavson received a fax at his office from a "R.W. Morgan" in early September that described this fellow's recollections of Dave Shuklis. Even though it was ambiguous, Mark responded to the fax, acknowledged the great note (see text below), and asked if the sender was the "Rich Morgan" who won the first Revell-Testor contest in 1965. Amazingly, the sender was THAT Morgan; Gustavson called him and had a great discussion. Rick didn't know that he was as well known as he is among of cognoscenti, and also revealed that his winning model from the Clone the Past chart still exists; Rick also said that he would find it, clean it up and lend it to the Museum on indefinite loan. The Museum will be back in touch with Rick very soon – he's already a member! Tim Pentecost – who has signed up to replicate Rick's incredible scale dragster – is now considering whether he wishes to replicate the model anyway, or choose another model to replicate for the Museum's Clone the Past program. More on this by the end of 2006! Welcome back to the hobby, Rick!

The Museum continues to acquire important items from the history of our hobby. Go here to learn more about these acquisitions.  

As you know, the Museum expanded into additional space late last year. This expansion required local trustees and a contractor to repair and revise the space (which had gone through a large number of abusive tenants!) for use as our library and a back room that will present a visual history of our hobby. Local members of the Utah Miniature Automotive Guild (a Region 10 IPMS/USA Chapter, and the chief sponsor of both the GSL Championship and one of the sponsors of the Masters Challenge worked long hours to repair, paint and scrub down the new space. Check out these photos of the new library that will be opened to the public for the first time at GSL-XXI. 

August 2006
The Clone the Past program is coming along very well. Many great builders are working on projects to present in the Museum to trace how model car technology and craftsmanship has developed since the Fifties. Please go here for general information and here for the update chart of the models being cloned including some new pictures of the famous historic models and the cloned versions!

May 2006
As we've mentioned before, the Museum has been grateful to have made a connection with famed model John Estlow whose hyperdetailed a major model car contest in 1964. John – who enthusiastically supports the Museum – has sent us three CDs filled with images of his models including that great Mercury.

April 2006
It is good to post a note to the Museum's website – it's been too long since the last major update!

I would like to talk about the Museum in general. When the idea of the Museum first blossomed almost 20 years ago , I was never sure the seed would find fertile soil and grow – I hoped it would, but it was an audacious idea. The idea of the Museum first came to me during a poignant moment with Jim Keeler. Keeler and I met when I was still in law school – the owner of a local hobby shop called me and said that there was some "old Revell guy" who wanted to talk with me; when I heard the name, I almost fell off my chair. I had followed Jim's storied career and I certainly wanted to meet him. Jim and I soon met and formed a deep friendship that lasts to this day. As part of that association, a few years after I graduated, Jim offered to me his historic models that had defined and distinguished his early career and established bench marks in the hobby. Can you imagine? That collection included not one but BOTH of the Dodge Fever models though they both were in a sorry state (along with four other models including his MCS X-100 and his famed Turbine Tub). When I called my friends Tom Dillion and Greg Struhar – both Midwesterners with strong building skills and a great interest in Keeler's work – they jumped at the chance to participate in the restoration of the Fever models. The three of us restored both of Jim's Dodge Fevers and Greg built an incredible replica of Jim's Dodge Fever I that he presented to a very emotional Keeler at a subsequent GSL Championship. That great project, genuinely, planted the seed in me.

That experience taught me that there was an interest in the history of our hobby, and that it was important, right then, to start to gather the artifacts and memorabilia of our hobby while we still had the chance to do so. I surmised that historic model car artifacts and items were being lost, and we had to get the word out that a place should be organized where the history of the model car hobby could be gathered together -- where the work and contributions of modelers could be preserved, honored and presented for future generations. After gathering and cataloging a surprising quantity of small items (many culled from stuff that I had been purchasing for years), the Museum found its first home in a 105 square foot (yeah, that's not a typo!) room near my office in 1990 and then moved to a 350 square foot facility in 1993, after which we moved, in 2000, to our current 1,200 square foot location. And, now, we're about to expand again.

There were some who scoffed, early on, at the idea of a model car Museum, but they were mistaken. The Museum now enjoys the incredible generosity of individual hobbyists and leading organizations in our hobby, and we're paying the rent regularly! We're here to stay and succeeding generations of builders will look back on our pioneering efforts and marvel at what we all have done here. We're now in the process of preparing a Federal Museum Grant application and, after that long process is completed, we may have a permanent home for this incredible collection. I want to express my deepest thanks to the hundreds of hobbyists who have generously contributed to the Museum. Best exemplified by the generous monthly donations from John and Joan Mahaffey (who have kept to that schedule for more than a decade), the Museum has been supported by many groups and individuals who have collectively caught the vision of what we're trying to do.

At this point, the Museum's mission has matured and expanded. Now established as the premier repository for all things historic about our hobby, the Museum will be moving out in the model car marketplace, so to speak, to participate and expand our presentation of model car contests, to be a sponsor at key events, and to produce modeling booklets that will be available on line without charge. The Museum is about the history and future of our hobby, and we need and welcome your help in continuing our mission and growth. You can read about many of those programs and goals in this newsletter.

With all of that in mind, here is a summary of articles contained in this issue of The Builder which will help you learn how the Museum is setting the pace for our hobby!

 - Mark S. Gustavson
Museum Founder/Trustee

  • Newsletter Award! The Museum newsletter is the recipient of major journalism award! We are happy to announce that the Museum received a Golden Quill Award – "Associations and Museums" category – from Krause Publications. This award is presented annually to a range of auto-hobby related publications in recognition of outstanding efforts in the communications field. This is a major achievement for the Museum, and we extend our special appreciation to editor Paul Anagnostopoulos for his hard work in laying out and presenting The Builder! Thanks, Paul!

  • Museum Promotion. New Museum Trustee Jim "Hollywood" Fernandez has taken on the responsibility of assembling a list of clubs and leading events (e.g., the several NNLs, The Copperstate contest, and the like) for the purpose of organizing and sending Museum-promotional documents and membership certificates to those groups and events. This effort, the goal of which is for the Museum to support current hobby activities and also to promote its programs with the leading clubs and organizations around the world, has benefitted from the generous help of Model Cars Magazine editor Gregg Hutchings who has graciously shared his extensive club data base with us. Thanks, Gregg! And thanks, Jim, for taking on this important project.
  • Reorganization of Museum – New Museum Trustees. To respond to the growing administrative responsibilities of the Museum, we've appointed Mark Brown, Phil Gladstone, Bob Wick and Jim Fernandez as the newest Trustees. These fellows are passionate about the Museum, and play a major role in the reorganization of the Museum's Board of Trustees: Mark Brown and Phil are handling the Museum's Library and other historic documents, and Bob will over see the Museum's contest activities (more on this later in this newsletter) as well as designing our spaces. Jim will help me with this newsletter and handle relations with clubs and events. Additionally, Brian Dees has come back on board as a Trustee again. Welcome aboard, Phil, Mark, Jim, Brian and Bob!
  • Clone the Past. Wonderful news here! In addition to the terrific work being done by our current batch of clone builders, Vince Lobosco and the Town of Newburgh club (who previously restored the majority of the Dave Shuklis models) have agreed to take on the administration of the Clone the Past program which will include working with clubs across the United States and Canada (using the club list that Trustee Jim Fernandez is working on). Thanks to Vince and the Newburgh Boys (you should have seen their antics at GSL-XX). Also, sculptor Mike Good has done a great job of building the body work for Lonio Stern's famed Astrodan!
  • The Museum expands! Because of the quickly growing collection, the Museum has expanded into an adjacent space. Check out this article by Trustee Mark J. Benton by going here.
  • In Memoriam. Sadly, members of our modeling interest continue to pass away. Please check out the list of model car builders who have left us since the last newsletter, including a special obituary for Augie Hiscano. More...
  • Chuck Jones update! One of the great models on our Clone the Past Hot 150 list is the stylized, mid -engined custom of Chuck Jones built for the International Modelers' Guild, a mid-America championship (in which he won the very top award!). See the major article we printed in Vol. 10 #1 of The Builder (available here )and read about this incredible model and its saga. Sadly, the original model no longer exists (having disappeared into the Roth mysterium about four decades ago). However, Chuck (who works in a Ford Motor Company styling studio) has sculpted a clay buck of his original model and produced a fiberglass/resin copy of that clay model. Museum supporter and putty master Mike Good and Mark S. Gustavson have looked over this master "buck," and have formulated plans on how to perfect the master and then get it cast. Thanks, Chuck, for your hard work replicating your fantastic model. A special thanks to Mike Good for his examination of the master and suggestions on how the master might be perfected for a resin casting. Presently, Museum Trustee Alan Raab has undertaken the task of perfecting the Go to the Clone the Past section here for further information.
  • Hall of Fame Appointments. Ordinarily, the Museum respects and understands the importance of voting and majority rule. Those principles have guided free societies and lead, generally, to the best result. However, the Museum Trustees have decided to recognize two hobby leaders and appoint them to the Hall of Fame because they are too little known today and have not been selected in previous balloting.
  • Bob Barnett Models. As you know, Bob Barnett was an early and leading proponent of custom model car construction with a special emphasis upon scale replicas of famous custom cars. Since Bob's too-early passing in 1994, the Museum has had a special program to finish his great custom model cars. Please go here on the Museum's site for further information on Barnett models finished to date.
  • In the past, a lot of high-quality builders have completed Barnett models: Joe Prestia, Fred Grumke, Bob Mako, Miles Preveto and Wildon McDowell. Presently, Rick Harris is finishing the El Matador, and Steve Hinson and his intrepid group of California modelers are working on Bob's replica of Cushenbery's Marquis (go here for photos of the real car Mark S. Gustavson is working - - when time permits - - on Bob's version of the Matranga Mercury which has previously benefitted by some great work by Rik Hoving.
  • Motorized Modeling. One benefit of the significant expansion of space into the adjacent unit of the Museum will be that we will have enough space to think more seriously about building a highly-detailed and very realistic slot track. Unlike the sterile and antiseptic tracks seen in the Sixties and since, this track will benefit from sophisticated scenery of the sort that we'll ask Ken Hamilton to lay out and design for us.
  • We understand the natural criticism – sure to emerge – that the Museum shouldn't be doing something that lead to the collapse of the static model car hobby in the late Sixties. It's our view that scale auto modeling finds many venues, and this time, we'll do it well and in a way to enhances static building and proposes hybrid cross-over modeling as a new venue. We'll even approach Robert Schleicher – the current guru of all things slot racing – to explore the possibility of working out a collaborative effort.
  • While plans are in the very early stages, we need to also resist the reflexive assumption that a slot track has to be a race track. And this is where our take on motorized modeling will make the difference: why not think outside the box and think about creating a scale venue that would emphasize the challenge of "driving" through scale scenery, mountains, and the like? With the advent of chip technology, there's no reason to believe that a mobile, concours-level, motorized scale vehicle couldn't present realistic auto sounds when "driving" on the track. More on this in the next issue, but we've the time, and we'll start to think about this.
  • Followup Article on Jim Keeler's Dodge Fever models. Trustee Emeritus John Dino has completed the second on his two-part article series on Jim Keeler's historic models. Please go here to enjoy John's piece!
  • Scan the Past. This program has enjoyed enormous success and progress recently. Please go here and read what's been going on!
  • Breaking News! The Museum was just contacted by John Estlow who won the International Modelers Guild Modelrama Championship in 1964. John was a great pioneer of early model technology. The caption in a brief feature on his model in the August 1964 issue of Model Car Sciencereveals the following details of this detailed Mercury: lights for the interior and trunk, and license plate light plus two back-lite scale TV sets, high and low beam headlights, working horn (operated from the steering column), back up lights and turn signals, roll up windows (ala Shuklis), and an Atlas HO motor turning the fan blade with model railroad -source tech producing puffs of smoke from the exhaust pipes. The model was presented in a TV with plenty of wiring and electronics housed in the base. If this could all be done with 1964-tech, what can't be done today? We hope to interview John very soon.

    John's custom '49 Mercury was a tour de force for then-contemporary model car technology. This model still exists, and the very enthusiastic John Estlow may loan this model to the Museum. Our next issue will have a story on John and his forward-thinking model car construction.

October 2005

It is time to vote for the 2006 Hall of Fame Awards. Go here...

June 2005

  • How to Build Better Scale Model Vehicles: Construction Considerations for Building Championship -Caliber Models, by Mark S. Gustavson and Robert A. Wick is a 30 page booklet on model construction techniques. It has been posted on the Publications Page or is directly available for viewing/download here...  (Acrobat file approx. 750K)

November 2004

June 2004

  • The In Memoriam list has grown -- please check out the Museum's list which seeks to honor those great model car hobbyists who has passed on.
  • The Museum's primary focus is to preserve the history of our hobby for future generations. However, the Museum also advocates for the long-term best interests of the hobby. Check out this project announcement that appears in the first of 2004 (issue 10.1) issue of The Builder and in Mark's new View from Here.

April 2004

  • Site Navigation changed

January 2003

October 2002


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