So Cal NNL 2011

1967 Coyote-Ford Indy Car by Russ Bundy
So Cal NNL GPMA Award Winner

So Cal NNL 2011
Event Report

This year’s So Cal NNL was a big step forward for the event, which is run by our member Chris Hale. The attendance was great this year, with good-sized crowds throughout the day. Several race car modelers brought their work to show off, as seen in this brief review of the show.



Dale King showed some of his 1/12 Porsches, including a 935 and several 962s




It was nice to see Lindley Ruddick, Charles Fox, Henry Gonzales, and Dale King.
George Schaeffer also made it to the show, all the way from Florida.


Paul Cadwell showed his Audi and Martini Alfa, along with these impressive GP Bikes:



Chris Hale displayed his GT40 and amazing Lotus 56B Offenhauser Indy Car



Chris won the Theme award with this unique model.


Russ Bundy displayed several Indy Car models. This is the 1967 Indy 500 winning Coyote-Ford.



Perhaps the most impressive model at the show was this Pocher Alfa Romeo built by Gary Arnette.


Cactus Classic 2008

Cooper Mk IV F3 car by Chris Hale
1st Place – Competition Category

Chris Hale’s Cooper Formula 3 Car

It’s actually a Herb Deeks resin kit. I scratchbuilt a frame inside it, shocks, roll hoop, brake and fuel lines, accelerator cable, pedals and machined the white metal wheels. Its painted Tamiya BRG.

Herb re-did a Merit kit to make a master, but he hasn’t made this kit for many years. I have been friends with Herb since the 60’s and occationaly he comes up with some neat stuff like this kit that builds up real nice.

I actually found the 1959 Sports Car Graphic in my collection that had a cut-away of this car to help do the build. I also found a manual for building the 1:1 car. Like I said, all the GPMA guys inspired me to do the build.


For photos from the Cactus Classic, see the Fuelish Spectator (John Hilkert’s) Fotki page:

ACME Southern Nationals NNL 2008

Champion Audi R10 TDI Concept by Henry Trent

The Southern Nationals is a great race car show. The variety is good, and the quality is as good as any show anywhere. Some of the drag cars I saw were amazing in their chassis, engine, and interior detailing, and a few were over the top. But there are also awe-inspiring paint jobs and creative subjects. So it’s just a great show.


The star of this show had to be Bill Cunningham’s mostly scratch-built Maserati Birdcage. You may have heard of his vacu-formed bodywork and intricate chassis detailing. You can see his model in the ACME Fotki album.

Sacramento NNL 2008

1/24 Brun Porsche 962C, LeMans 1988 , by William Bauer

This was a fun event, held Oct. 11, 2008 at the Towe Ford Museum in Sacramento, CA. There was a good turnout for racing cars and the usual hot rods and customs. The overall build quality was high.

Our own John L. Roberts was busy organizing things and provides a great photo album here:

John L. Roberts’ Fotki Page

And yes, that’s Yours Truly showing my best side in the first shot. Thanks a lot John!