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Plastic Undercover model contest photo gallery

A new show looking to pick up where NNL Toledo left off

In 2020 during quarantine conditions of the CoVID-19 pandemic, NCAM, unable to hold normal club meetings, created an outdoor model car gathering in a pavilion in Akron, Ohio called Plastic in the Park. Then, three events, and with quarantine restrictions relaxing, organizers decided to move the event indoors and increase the scope and promotion efforts.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, the inaugural Plastic Undercover model car show, hosted by Northcoast Automotive Modelers (NCAM), was held in the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company headquarters in Akron an historic structure built in 1918.   

The club handed out four special awards at this NNL-type show. Rain in the forecast didn't stop 120 entrants from bringing 320 quality models. The vendor area provided a wide range of hobby entities including a kit manufacturer, numerous resin and 3D-printed parts providers, producers of paints and decals, a tool and supply distributor, and kit vendors galore.   

A small gathering of modelers took place at the on-site, host hotel the night before the event.   

The event drew modelers from as far as Iowa and New Jersey.   

Taking home the Best Engine award, Nick Snyder built this heavily modified AMT 1/25 scale 1966 Ford Fairlane. The six-month project includes a scratchbuilt chassis, a fully plumbed and wired mill, and was built out of Nick’s love for Fords.
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