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.