WinterFest 2016

WinterFest 2016 – Scale Model Contest and Swap Meet



Winterfest Logos

Presented By: The Secret Society of Model Builders and The San Diego Air & Space Museum 

Saturday, January 30th 2016


 Model registration from: 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Entry Fee at Door (Benefits San Diego Air & Space Museum) : $3 Entry fee for contest: $10 (includes 3 models) $2 for each additional model Scale model raffle tickets: $1 each or 15 for $10

“Open Judging” – Earn a Gold, Silver, or Bronze award for your models. You can also win: Best in Category, Best in Show, and Show Theme Awards. The judging criteria is based on fit and finish, non IPMS rules. Each model will receive comments from the judges to help you see what they see.


Download the Flyer 
Get the Entry Form

SELLERS:   $35.00 per table. Set up time 7 am to 8 am

Admission proceeds benefit the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Limited  number  of  tables  available  by  advance  reservation  only.  No  tables  will  be  available  at  the  door. Sellers Contact  Tony  Beres  at  619-234-8291,  ext.  138,  for  details. Or E-mail Tony at for more information

Sellers  allowed  ONE  helper  per  table  at  no  additional  charge.

September Meeting 2015


SSMB would like to thank everyone who attended our WinterFest scale model contest. We hope everyone had a good time and enjoyed the contest and the S.D. Air and Space Museums swap meet.

There were some very outstanding models on display!! I am happy the Theme “The race for space” was well represented by some awesome models.

We also thank Discount Hobby Warehouse who supported our event.

Thank you to our judges, and the guest judges from Temecula Valley model club, So Cal SCAMS, the S. D. Model Car club, IPMS Baja.
Please let us know if you had any questions on the judging of your model.

We have already started working towards WinterFest number VI coming in January 2016. Our show them………..
“Eggcellence in modeling”
Eggplanes, eggships, eggtanks, and any scratch built “egg” creations you can dream up and build.


Winterfest Logos

Winterfest is this Saturday at the Air and Space Museum Annex in El Cajon! Come join us and see all the models!


My Plane is Invisible!!!

New Meeting Location and May Meeting Date Change!

At Ease Games

At Ease Games












Hello Fellow Modelers!

This email is to inform the group of a change of location for our monthly group meetings and the shift in meeting day this month. We will now be meeting at:

“At Ease Games”
8990 Miramar Rd #140
San Diego, CA 92126

Although Game Empire has been good to us, we really wanted a location that would allow us to bring food into the meetings and better foster an environment for building models. We feel we have found that at this new location. “At Ease Games” provides an open food policy, a larger and nicer location, and a building room in the back.

Also, due to Mothers Day falling on our standard meeting day (May 11th), we have elected to move the regular meeting this month to Sunday, May 18. However, a few folks are still planning on showing up to the new meeting location on the 11th for an informal get together – so feel free to come by and hang out. The standard second Sunday meeting date will resume next month on June 14th.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Mythbusters Model Making

March Meeting This Sunday at 6PM

Our March meeting is coming up this Sunday 3/9/14 6PM at Game Empire.  This Month- Club Shirts have arrived! We will also be finalizing our theme for the next Winterfest show. It will be a good one so make it if you can! And bring some models with you too!!

The Game Empire is located at 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 306. San Diego, CA 92111.



Excellent Article on Painting and Finishing Models


At our last meeting I spoke to the group about an article I ran across about finishing and painting. It is from 2001, but I feel it is one of the best finishing pieces I have ever read. Lots of good gems on painting techniques…particularly if you like using the Gunze Mr. Color Products. It is a three part series and worth the effort to read. So for those who requested it her you are!

Part 1 – Cockpit Painting
Part 2 – Model Construction
Part 3 – Painting and Finishing

I have started playing with some of these finishing techniques and have been very happy with them. It seems like both the Mr.Color and Tamiya paints behave very similarly when you thin them with the Mr. Color Self Leveling Thinner. Dan over at Discount Hobbies says he well be stocking the Mr. Color SLT and I know I will be stocking up for the future! Just remember to wear a respirator and have plenty of ventilation because it is essentially a lacquer thinner.

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