The Southern Maryland Scale Modelers meet every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at High Tide Games, 22599 MacArthur Blvd, California, Maryland, (San Souci Plaza, between McKay's and Mission BBQ).

We are also meeting online via Zoom most Thursdays at 7pm -- an email is sent to members with meeting info.

Everyone is welcome, all we ask is that you bring a project, finished or not, theme or non-theme to share during our Show-N-Tell discussion. Okay, you don't really have to bring a project...

Friday, December 15, 2017

173: December 2017 Meeting & Club Potluck

Just a friendly reminder to everyone that we will hold our annual Christmas Pot Luck and gift exchange.

The meeting will be at 7pm at the NSi conference room.  21513 Great Mills Rd.

We will have annual pot luck, folks have signed up already and the list sent out separately.


  • Return to Pax Museum open area -- yes/no?
  • Progress on Club Displays and attendees for Old Dominion Open on 24th February 2018
    • 1/28 Revell Biplanes
    • 1/72 Burma Banshees (P-40Ns)
    • Others?
      • "Bring your best"
      • F11C-2 Top Hatters
      • VF-1 Top Hatters' history
      • Battle of the Atlantic
      • King Kong '33

We will also hold our annual gift exchange.  Bring a wrapped gift if you want to participate.  Usual format:

  • For each kit you bring you'll get a number.  
  • We draw numbers randomly to determine order you choose.
  • When your number is called, you choose a gift to open; OR you can steal an already opened gift.
  • First number drawn gets to steal after all gifts are opened.
  • Anyone whose gift was stolen gets to steal as well; 
    • Even after 1st does his/her steal at the end;
    • So it gets REAL interesting at the end...
  • No more than 3 stolen times per gift - after 3rd steal, it's locked.

Monday, December 4, 2017

172: November 2017 Meeting Minutes

We had 23 models on the table from 17 members present.

We discussed the Christmas Potluck for December's Meeting on Thursday, 21st December.  I'll send out the signup list separately as a reminder...

Since we met at the Pax Naval Air Museum we decided to review and discuss moving back.  Building 2 has been refurbished, however displays have not been returned as the Museum wants to organize them a bit different.  We can meet there if we desire.

The conference room is just too small.  We agreed with only 17 members it was crowded.  That's the lower end of attendance (typically 14-30) so it's really not an option any longer.

A couple of us looked at the open area where we are allowed to set up folding tables/chairs as we need.  The acoustics and lighting are vastly improved with the refurbishment so this may be an option for 2018.  I'll have to change the reservation from the conference room to the open area.  One risk is we may get bumped for a larger event if the Museum desires.  That just means we get pushed into the conference room unless they are nice enough to let me know early of a conflict.  Given we have a couple of members who are docents we should be able to stay on top of that.

We agreed to discuss further at the December meeting when more members are typically present.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

172: November 2017 Meeting

Just a friendly reminder for our November meeting, at 7pm Thursday, 16 November.  Location is Pax River Naval Aviation Museum, Building B (old building) in the Conference Room.

The theme for November - A+ Attitudes: Any attack aircraft like A-1, A-10, AH-1, A-6, etc.

For business we will confirm final pot luck list for Christmas and discuss state of Conference Room for meetings in the future.

Before you know it, February will be here and we will be bragging or bemoaning the state of our big kit group build: 1/28th scale Revell Biplanes.  Remember that our goal is to display them on the Club table at Old Dominion Open on February 24th, 2018 (and then again at the NOVA show and MarauderCon 2018).

Monday, November 13, 2017

171: October 2017 Meeting Minutes

19 Members attended with 36 models.


  • The November meeting (11/16) will be held at the Pax River Museum, pending confirmation from Phill the museum is able to accommodate us.
  • The initial Christmas pot luck list was distributed; we have 10 sign ups so far
    • Jonathan -- Chili
    • Jeff -- Cookies
    • Mike -- Chicken / BBQ
    • Jim -- Chips
    • Justin -- Fruit Bowl
    • Phill -- Mac n Cheese
    • Vince -- Veggie tray and Chips/Dips
    • Steve -- Soda / soft drinks
    • Joe -- Brownies
    • Andy -- Dip and chips
  • Joe won the raffle but for some reason I forgot to bring the I will bring 2 kits for November and Joe gets first pick.

Friday, November 10, 2017

170: September 2017 Meeting Minutes

We had 16 members with 17 models attend.

We discussed a group build of the Burma Banshees; late model P-40s (N-1 and N-5) in 1/72nd scale.  Dave graciously offered up decals for the known nose art aircraft and these were distributed to members who wanted to build one for a display next year.  Once shown at the display tables we take our models home and proudly display them on our shelves.

We also discussed a group build of King Kong '33 diorama.  Essentially 4 of us will convert the Revell 1/72nd scale PT-17 to look similar to the aircraft used in the film.  John agreed to scratch King Kong and the top of the Empire State building.  Another display for the show tables and then take them home.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

171: October 2017 Meeting

Just a friendly reminder for our October meeting, at 7pm Thursday, 19 October.  Location is NSi conference room.  21513 Great Mills Rd

The theme for October - BTSK: Monogram -- Any original Monogram kit.

For business we need to start planning for the Christmas pot luck.  I'll have the signup list and start passing it around.

170: September 2017 Show and Tell