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  • Photos by Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette A ll types of cars were represented at Saturday's scale model show at First Presbyterian Church.

  • Organizer Ed Ferguson announces one of the many winners from Saturday’s event, which was part of the downtown Winterval.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Both the Fireman’s and the Policeman’s awards are given by the local departments to the overall winners of the annual Scale Model Show at the First Presbyterian Church Saturday.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette One of the many entries in the annual Scale Model Show, some displays feature not only the vehichle but a panoramic scenery. All entries were anonymously displayed for judging Saturday afternoon.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Mario Mendiola, who has been featured in over 125 scale model magazines, presents one of his entries , at the annual Scale Model show at the First Presbyterian Church Saturday.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette The racing category of the annual Scale Model event is displayed amongst other categories at the First Presbyterian Church.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 1:00 am

Car show on much smaller scale

Hobby becomes a family affair to many enthusiasts

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

For the Sult family, scale modeling is a passion that spans three generations.

Dave Sult specializes in military aircraft and vehicles, models he carefully places in a plastic box separated by tissue so there won't be any breakage.

His models include two World War II airplanes and a helicopter he said was “early Vietnam,” besides a Jeep with military personnel wearing headgear to keep out the sand and a model plane from Desert Storm.

“I decided I wanted to build models when I was 7 years old,” Sult said, waiting to find out the winners in his class at the fourth annual Midwest Winterval Freeze Frame Scale Model Show and Picture Car Show held at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Wayne.

Scale modelers came from as far as 200 miles to share their work with other like-minded people and compete for prizes. Announcer, deejay and show organizer Ed Ferguson, a promoter of classic car shows and events like this, also publishes Kroozin Calendar, listing all the events for an entire year.

The model scale show gives car enthusiasts something to do in the winter, said Ferguson, whose operation is based in Bluffton. “Some guys spend as much time on these as they do on their real cars.”

The scale model show and competition is open to all ages. There is a rookie class for children 12 and under, a junior class for 13- to 17-year-olds, and an adult class.

Ferguson kept the excitement going, standing on a small stage with trophies taller than a foot high as he spoke to the crowd. Competitors paid just $5 to enter one model and $2 for additional entries.

Ferguson said there were 500 entries.

Heidi Scott of Berne was one of the competitors who brought her models to show, accompanied by her sons Reese, 12, and Ryan, 10, and her boyfriend, Marc Harris.

Scott said she took up the hobby when she was young because it allowed her to work in detail on something without being a craft. “I'm not really a girly-girl,” Scott said.

Ferguson hosts three model scale shows a year, in addition to regular car shows. The other two are in Elkhart and Portland.

And the show gives modelers a chance for recognition. Two of Sult's models were likely going to be included in a model magazine, with slips of paper attached to them indicating that would happen.

His son, Shannon Sult, who lives in Zanesville, brought some of his work and his son, Micah, 7, who is also a modeler. Son Mason, 13, couldn't be there for this show, he said, but builds models as well.

“We just come here for fun,” Shannon Sult added.

jduffy@jg.net