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The SCAHMS California Show, 2005

Missing from the Dioramas page were 2 of those present at the show, both by Bob Tavis. Bob brought both his “The Day that Shook the World” and his newest piece, “Zuit Suit Riots”. The former is a diorama depicting the assignation of Arch Duke Ferdinand which precipitated the start of WWI. This well crafted diorama has a unique backlit shadow-box in the upper section showing the result of the events on the street.

“Zuit Suit Riots” is another street scene from a historical event (as well). This is a lesser-known bit of history that occurred in Los Angeles during the mid-point of WWII. The diorama depicts a cab-load of US Navy seaman who have descended on a gang of Hispanic “Zuit Suit” clad civilians with the intent of street fighting. Completely custom made with the exception of the cab (which started off as a die-cast toy car), this diorama truly deserved the “Best of Show” award it received.

  • SCAHMS California Show 2005
  • SCAHMS California Show 2005
  • SCAHMS California Show 2005
  • SCAHMS California Show 2005
  • SCAHMS California Show 2005
  • SCAHMS California Show 2005
  • SCAHMS California Show 2005
  • SCAHMS California Show 2005

About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


I get around. Thanks! Jim
MAY 12, 2005 - 06:00 AM
Jim Thanks for posting, some great photos. Rob
MAY 12, 2005 - 07:34 AM
Wonderful photos! Thanks a lot Jim! Cheers and happy modelling! Prato
MAY 12, 2005 - 07:56 AM
Excellent pics and pretty high level in most works. Thanks a lot Jim
MAY 12, 2005 - 08:09 AM
Jim: Holy cow! What a high calibre of talent! And I must say your presentation of the show was very nicely put together. Thanks for all the effort you put into identifying the individual pieces. Great Job! I'd love to think that the horse blankets/covers on the russian figures were decals, but I'm guessing they aren't...it absolutely blows my mind. Thanks again Jim, John
MAY 12, 2005 - 08:44 AM
First off, THANK YOU for taking all those photos, and posting them, enjoyed seeing them all. 1. It was good to see the fellow members.... including Harrison..... LOL :-) :-) Now I know what the young fellow I chat with looks like..... 2. Loved the figure of Yogi Berra..... today is his 80th birthday, and he lives right down the road from me in Monclair, but alast, he forgot to send me the invatation to his BBQ. The older he gets, the more he looks like my step-father did...... :-) :-) :-) 3. What a wonderful surprise to see Dave Kennedy still going strong...... Back in our younger days we bent many an elbow down at the old Chester show.... (MFCA) Us old guys still have our favorite Dave Kennedy stories from those shows, and my van...... :-) :-) :-) :-) 4. Totally amazing work..... one of these days, I'll have to make that show.... probably after I retire, and hit the lottery.... :-) :-) :-) 5. Jim was from Turkey yesterday, France today..... where will he be from tomorrow?????? Once again Jim, thanks for taking the time to take the photos, and posting them.
MAY 12, 2005 - 01:58 PM
LINK LINK Those belong ot Matt Wellhouser, Its on ww2mm
MAY 12, 2005 - 02:43 PM
Excellent show report Jim. Lots of outstanding work. The Russian figures are simply mindblowing. Thanks for lots of great photos Jim. Yesterday Turkey, France today. Where will he be tomorrow? Are you on a world tour Jim? Denmark is right there, just above Germany. Feel free to drop by.
MAY 12, 2005 - 06:28 PM
Wow! Those figures are mind blowing! Wish I was there so I could see those magnificent figures in person. Angela
MAY 12, 2005 - 07:12 PM
Very nice models there.thanks for taking us to the show Jim. Best regards
MAY 13, 2005 - 12:02 AM