GSL XXVI Details

The GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention was created to provide serious scale vehicle modelers, of all ages, an opportunity to compete in an hospitable setting where basic and advanced craftsmanship, innovation, and risk-taking are rewarded, and where the friendly exchange of modeling information, ideas and techniques are encouraged. Additionally, attendees can enjoy and learn from a wide range of seminars, evening discussions, a day of tours of the International Model Car Builders’ Museum, the Museum-benefit Auction, and our Trade Show.

1. Date/Place. Same Hotel! The Twenty-Sixth GSL Championship will be held April 26 to April 30, 2017 at the Salt Lake Sheraton Hotel, located at 150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Be sure to reserve your room at the Salt Lake Sheraton not less than thirty (30) days before the start of GSL-XXV (April 26, 2017)  You should call 1-800-325-3535, toll-free, to make room reservations; room rates (single and double) are $119 per night (single or double-occupancy) plus room tax of $15.00 each day which equals about $133.99 (approximately) per night. Please stay at the Sheraton because this helps us defray the cost of the Championship. Note that the Hotel does not guarantee this discounted room rate later February 28, 2017; after that, you’ll pay a rate of $230.00 per night plus room tax.

If you book your room(s) at the Sheraton Hotel through one of the discount reservation services, please email GSL using this form so that we can get “credit” for your room stay. If you stay at another hotel to save a few dollars, our costs go up because GSL doesn’t get credit for your room against the cost of the facilities. We need your support!

2. Two Topic-Specific Classes. At each GSL, we feature two topic-specific Classes. Take a look at the following descriptions for the Common Kit and Group 17 Classes for GSL-XXVI:

COMMON KIT: The Common Kit for GSL-XXVI is the new Revell 1967 Camaro kit. The entrant may build their entry in any style suggested by the kit, or create a completely unique vehicle which must be based upon the kit parts. Entrants may also: I) swap parts from any other kit(s); ii) use any aftermarket parts (except for complete aftermarket resin bodies); and iii) use any building materials, techniques or technologies without restriction. The intent of this Class is for each entrant to start with the same kit, then display their widest array of individual creativity, craftsmanship, building skills, and technical innovations.

GROUP 17: This Class is intended to revive and celebrate vintage kits and building styles, and to celebrate the way models were built in the “good old days” by creating a low-key, fun and challenging forum for creative and enthusiastic building.

For GSL-XXVI, the “Group” kit is the 1969 Chevy Corvair. Entries may be built from any original or reissue release of the Round 2/AMT kit, in any style, with the skills and craftsmanship you have today, but using only parts, materials and supplies (except current putties, adhesives and paints) available 35 years ago (1982 or earlier). Entrants may use the newly re-issued Round 2 Corvair engine kit (AMTPP010) if desired. There are just three additional limitations: no one-off machined or photo-etched parts not fabricated entirely by the entrant; no aftermarket products not available in 1982 or earlier; and no resin bodies or resin body parts (regardless of who made these resin parts). Bare Metal Foil may be used.

Fourth through First Place Awards are selected by popular-vote ballot, and announced during the Awards Presentation on Sunday morning. No entry in this Class is eligible for any Master Award. A model entered here may not also be entered in another Class, but a builder may enter any number of 1956 Ford Victoria models in this Class.


3. GSL Schedule. While it is still too early to present all the details, we can tell you the overall schedule:

Thursday morning, April 27, 2017:

General Opening Meeting to distribute the final schedule, talk about developments in scheduled activities, get acquainted and get better acquainted.
Thursday morning 11:00 a.m. – Registration for competition (through 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon)
Thursday 11:00 through 4:00 p.m. – Seminars
Thursday Evening – Seminar

Friday: April 28, 2017: 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

Seminars all day

Friday Evening Seminar: Model Car Museum

Saturday April 29, 2017:

Trade Show early morning

Museum tours, starts at Noon

Saturday Night : Museum-Benefit Auction, starts at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday Afternoon/Evening: Judging, starts at 4:00

Sunday Morning, April 30, 2017: 9:00 a.m.

Awards Breakfast. All GSL attendees (adults and juniors) who wish to enjoy a Continiental Breakfast at the Awards Breakfast will must purchase a meal ticket ($23.00) at the Registration Desk Thursday through Saturday. This cost is in addition to the Registration Fee (regardless of the level of your participation). Those not purchasing an Awards Breakfast meal ticket may be admitted to the room to view the Awards ceremony and other morning activities on a space-available basis.

4. Other Details:

A. Increase in Adult Competitor Registration Fees.  The Adult Competitor registration remains the same as GSL XXV –  $40.00.  Contestants, or others attending GSL, who are entering a model in competition for another builder, by proxy, must pay the adult registration fee for that person. Please note that this Registration Fee does not include the cost of the Sunday morning Awards Breakfast which is a separate cost (we pass through the breakfast expense at our cost).

B. Adult Convention Attendees. All adults (17 and older) who will not be competing will pay a  $15 per-person charge. Note that adult convention-only participants are not eligible to receive the special premiums available only to adult competitors, and will not receive the Commemorative Kit (which is available only to Adult competitors). Also, note the $15 fee does not cover the cost of the Sunday morning Awards Breakfast ($23.00/person). There is no early registration for adult attendees.

C. Registration: Junior Contestants and Attendees:  Junior Contestants and Junior Attendees (those 16 years of age and younger) may register early by downloading the form when it’s available, and will not be required to pay any fee. Junior Contestants (but not Junior Convention Attendees) will receive special premium packages containing tools and other items.

However, if an entrant 16 years of age or younger wishes to compete in any Adult Class(es), he or she must pay the $40 Adult Registration fee.  Junior Class Contestants and attendees will be required to purchase a ticket if they wish to attend the Awards Breakfast held on Sunday morning.

D.   No More Printed GSL Documents.  Please remember that there are no more printed GSL documents! GSL no longer prints and distributes “hard copy” documents because of the very significant costs of doing so. Rather, GSL will present all information by PDF through this website. Please participate in “GSL Online!” so you can receive GSL publications and regular updates via the Internet. Here’s how it works: Whenever GSL headquarters is ready to publish a document, you will be notified by an e-mail note to which will be attached a document in Acrobat PDF format. To view an Acrobat document, you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free application available from Adobe Systems. GSL Publication Schedule. Complete the form on the right-hand side of the page get your name on the e-mail distribution list.

E.   Admission.  Please Note: Admittance to all GSL activities will only be by GSL Badge that will be issued at the registration desk when the Registration fees are paid: adult competitors, adult attendees and junior competitors/attendees all must get a GSL badge.

Make your plans now to attend GSL-XXVI, and start building your entries! See you here!