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The ACME 25th Annual Southern Nationals Model Show and Contest

From the first show in 1996, ACME’s Southern Nationals grew into one of the best-known model car shows in the U.S. with nearly 800 models on display! To keep the tradition alive and well, ACME has teamed up with FineScale Modeler to bring you the 25th annual Southern Nationals Online Model Show and Contest. Enter photos of your models for a chance to win awards and recognition for your amazing work!

How To Enter

Share up to three photos of your model in one of the below seven categories from October 1 until October 31, 2020. You can submit as many models as you wish!

Need help photographing your scale models? Watch FineScale Modeler editors Aaron Skinner and Tim Kidwell’s video on how to set up a great background, position lighting, set up a camera, choose a location, and more!

The Categories:

Closed Wheel Competition

Open Wheel Competition

Showroom Stock (Domestic & Import)

Hot Rods & Customs

Street Machines / Tuners / Lowriders

Motorcycles Commercial & Non-Tracked Military Vehicles

How To Vote

From November 1 until November 7, 2020 vote once per category. Anyone and everyone is allowed to vote once, regardless of whether or not you entered a model in the photo contest. Be sure to share the contest with your friends and family, so they can vote too!

Awards and Prizes

The models that accrue the most votes in each category will receive a Top Category Award. The three models with the most votes that did not win a category will receive a People's Choice Award. Recipients of the ACME Excellence Award and President’s Award will be chosen from among all participants by the ACME selection committees. All award winners will receive a framed photo of their model with the ACME logo and show information included.


Everyone who enters a model or votes in the contest is automatically entered in our sweepstakes for a chance to win amazing prizes, including:

  • Model Factory Hiro 1/12 scale Porsche 935/78 “Moby Dick” - $716.00
  • Tamiya 1/12 scale semi-assembled Collector’s Club Special Enzo Ferrari - $662.00
  • Grex airbrush & Splash paints - $259.00
  • Fisher Chaparral 2F - $150.00
  • Splash, Mr. Hobby, and Alclad II paints - $195.20
  • AMT 1/25 scale Camaro Z28 & 8th edition of The Model Car Guide - $56.95
  • Tamiya 1/12 scale 1976 Porsche 934 Vaillant - $185.00
  • Tamiya 1/24 scale Mustang GT4 - $53.00
  • 1-year subscription to FineScale Modeler magazine - $49.95
  • Tamiya 1/24 scale Mazda MX-5 RF & Nissan 370Z Heritage edition - $98.00
  • Tamiya 1/24 scale Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 & 1/20 scale Ferrari F60 F1 - $153.00
  • Tamiya 1/24 scale Mustang GT4 & Leon CVSTOS AMG GT3 - $125.00
  • Tamiya 1/12 scale Honda Fireblade SP & Kawasaki Ninja H2R carbon motorcycle - $142.00
  • Tamiya 1/12 scale Yamaha XV1600 Road Star Custom & Street Rider - $70.00
  • Grex Tritium TG micro spray gun set & $50 gift code for Splash paints - $488.00
  • EBBRO 1/20 scale Tyrrell 003 1971 Monaco GP & Team Lotus Type 91 1982 British GP - $174.90

Award and prize winners will be announced on November 13, 2020 on and on Facebook.

While we can’t meet in person this year, let’s make this show one to remember. Please join ACME and FineScale Modeler to make the 25th Southern Nationals Online a terrific show! Keep an eye on the ACME and FineScale Modeler Facebook pages for updates.

Photos must be submitted one at a time. Please include "Photo 1" "Photo 2" and "Photo 3" along with the model/make of your vehicle in the title of your entry. Please remember each entry is limited to 3 pictures/images.


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