C.A.R.B.S. Model Car Club
C.A.R.B.S. Model Car Club

The History of the C.A.R.B.S. Model Car Club

The club started like any other club, a bunch of gear heads got together to show everyone what we had built and, in this case, it was plastic models cars. This is what every kid built back in the 50’s and 60’s.


All the kids grew up to be adults… or did we?


The kids of yesteryear still build models today, and back in March of 1990 we all got together to have a Show & Tell at our favorite hobby shop: in this case, it was Smitty’s Hobby Shop in Kettering, Ohio. We talked and we showed our models and we decided to start a model club. This is how the CARBS Model Club got started. It was the brain-child of Barry Payne to honor his fallen friend ‘Jerry G. Kathe’ who had passed away the year before. Barry has been the president of the club from the beginning and it was handed to me to carry on the honor of keeping this club together. I have been president of the CARBS for 18 years or so and I have enjoyed everything about this hobby.


Over the years we have had a lot of members who have come and gone and some has even left us before their time. The CARBS Model Club will use this site to HONOR them and to let the model car world know that we are still around. We have a lot of very good builders in this club, some are well known, and some are new to this world. Take time to read their BIOs and look at some of their builds that will be shown here from time to time. If you'd like to contact them, their e-mail will be shown in their BIO. If you need to know anything else about the CARBS, feel free to ask me.


I would also like to honor a person who always went out of their way to make the CARBS feel wanted in the model world and that person is DON SMITH of Smitty’s Hobby Shop in Kettering, Ohio. We, as the model world, lost Don last year, and he will surely be missed by all.


Hope you enjoy this site and if you know our model club, then you know we welcome all model builders in the auto world and feel free to join us at our meeting.



Vern Heizer, Jr.

Former President

We are still unable to hold our monthly meeting at the church.  Vern is willing to hold the July meeting at his home.  We will not have a show 'n tell as part of it.  Instead, we will have Swap Meet.  Bring something to sell or trade. Also, bring your own chair.  Hope to see you there.

Here are some website links for decals and resin models:

Keith Marks Decals specializes in factory graphic decals like racing stripes, car names and more.


Decal Man has modified and late model sportsman decals.  


Slixx Decals is another great site for

vintage drag racing decals.


NHRA Drag Racing Rule Books

Dropbox - NHRA

Thank you for 23 years of service as President of C.A.R.B.S.


In October, 2015 Vern Heizer Jr. announced that he would step down as President of the club.  The photo above shows Vern receiving an award for his 23 years of service.  This was done at the C.A.R.B.S. Fall Fest Show.  He will be a tough act to follow, but I will do my best to keep the club running the same way.  Their is no need to fix something that is not broken.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the club.  I can be reached via

e-mail at BPAYNE2@woh.rr.com or by telephone at (937) 235-3114.

Barry L. Payne




Barry L. Payne


Special Announcement:  We have a new member to the C.A.R.B.S.  His name is Randy Derr.  Randy is well known in the hobby and is a master builder.  He is very well know for the award building models that he has taken to the "Great Salt Lake Contest".  We are very lucky to have him join us.

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Regular meetings are held at the
Abiding Christ Lutheran Church

326 E Dayton Yellow Springs Rd

Fairborn, OH 45324

On the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm

Phone: 937-235-3114


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