New Trophies for Scale ModelWorld 2014

IPMS (UK) has the great pleasure in announcing not one but two new armour trophies will be on offer at Scale ModelWorld in 2014.

Sponsored by Inside the Armour, the well-known producer and distributor of aftermarket products in the UK, this is great news for military vehicle modellers as it broadens the opportunity to compete for this category of models at Scale ModelWorld.

Chris Meddings, owner of Inside The Armour, has long been a successful competitor at Scale ModelWorld and after a number of discussions with Tony Horton, IPMS (UK) Competition Secretary, has offered to support and promote the Category in a more concrete form. There are only a couple of existing trophies for this category, so Chris’ generous offer is doubly welcome, especially as AFV modelling has become more and more popular in recent years.

Chris assures us that the winner of either of these trophies will get a significant award. IPMS (UK) would like to encourage any armour-building member of IPMS (UK), or indeed any IPMS member from around the World to compete for the trophies and make them the successful awards that they deserve to be. Good luck to all who enter.

The new Trophies are:
Awarded for best model using an Inside the Armour Products of any kind.
Military Vehicles, any scale, any IPMS category; modellers must show at least one
picture of the unpainted model, and identify the Inside the Armour Products on their Competition card.

Awarded for the Best Military vehicle, scratch build or homemade conversion;
The best use of scratch building techniques (not commercially available parts) in a military vehicle subject. Any scale.

Inside the Armour

Scale ModelWorld 2014 Update

2014 Show News
After the success of the 50th anniversary Scale ModelWorld show for IPMS (UK) thoughts quickly turned to the 2014 show. It had been muted that there may be a slowdown in participation of the event after the obvious high of celebrating the societies’ 50th year. The evidence so far is quite the contrary. We have more traders then ever wanting to attend the event and currently have a waiting list of standby vendors wanting space at short notice if anyone drops out for any reason and as in previous years the traders attending the show are visiting Telford from all over the globe. We have more Branches and SIG’s than ever wishing to attend the event, plus more and more overseas IPMS clubs and countries also want to participate. As we only have a finite amount of space the intention is to concentrate on the model displays. This does not mean that the exhibits will be disappearing altogether but we will be trying to tailor them to specific events such as historic significance or new model releases. With that in mind the displays we are looking to attend the show this year are connected to the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI and possibly a new model release to be announced at SMW 2014.

IPMS (UK) AGM 2014

The 2014 AGM will be held on Saturday 10th May 2014 at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, (Doncaster Aeroventure) Dakota Way, Airbourne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7FB. Please note, SatNav users should use DN4 7NW.

The AGM is open to all current members of the Society and admission to the museum itself is free on presentation of a current valid membership card. Please note: those who wish to make a postal vote must return their voting forms to the Honorable Secretary to arrive no later than Friday 9th May.

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Langham Dome Model Contest

We have been sent a press release relating to an interesting project being run by the Friends of Langham Dome (see the web link below).

The Friends of Langham Dome are calling for entries to its aircraft model-making competition. Winners’ aircraft will take pride of place in the Dome’s stunning new exhibition space, opening later this year.

The Langham Dome project is steaming ahead. But we need some further help! And it’s not money. It’s skill. We need static 1/48 scale model aircraft of some of the types that flew from Langham to be part of our exhibition.

The first model we need is the Beaufighter – the doughty two-engined aircraft manufactured by Bristol that played a hugely successful role in anti-shipping operations. Also needed is the Barnes Wallis designed Wellington. And for those fascinated by slightly later technology, we’re also after the early jet-engined Vampire, manufactured by de Havilland.

Models of these aircraft will help visitors to the Dome appreciate the significant part they and their crews played during and after World War II.
Full details about the competition, including rules and specifications are available by emailing Kate Faire or phoning 07789 636106. The competition deadline is 30th May 2014.

Winners in each category will have their credited model aircraft on permanent display in the Langham Dome.

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