Call for nominations and motions for the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The deadline for nominations for members to serve as officers of the IPMS/directors on the Board of Directors of IPMS(UK) Limited, and for resolutions (often referred to as “motions”) to make amendments to the Club Rules, is 31st December 2014. (The date and venue of the AGM have yet to be determined, and details will be published in the Magazine in the early part of 2015.)

1. Elections/nominations for officers/directors
Each directorship is for a period of 2 years, commencing with the date they are elected by the membership at the AGM.

At the 2014 AGM most of the current postholders/directors were elected/re-elected. No nominations were received for the post of Membership Secretary, and Abbey Brewin is currently serving in the role on a co-opted basis. Jim Chapman was re-elected as Treasurer, but he announced at the AGM that he would be standing down with effect from 31st December 2014.

The following posts are due for election in 2015:
Honorary Treasurer
Membership Secretary
Branch and SIG Liaison Officer
Overseas Liaison Officer
Technical Advisory Service

Currently the Webmaster position is being covered by the Publicity Officer, John Tapsell.

So if you meet the IPMS (UK) criterion for standing (which is that you have or will have at least three years’ consecutive membership of IPMS(UK) as at the date of the AGM) would you consider standing please? If you decide to put your name forward for one of these roles, I will need a signed undertaking from you that you are prepared to serve in the role: it should also be signed by a proposer and a seconder, who must be current IPMS (UK) members. All three of you (the nominee, proposer and seconder) must quote their membership numbers on the nomination. The membership will then be presented with your nomination and be asked to vote on it at the AGM. Obviously, if there is more than one nomination for a post, then the person elected will be the one with the highest number of votes (be aware that the IPMS has a ‘negative voting’ system so election will be based on the net number of votes in favour).

I would like to make it clear that election to the Board as a company director brings with it certain legal responsibilities and obligations, so before accepting a nomination you need to make sure you understand them and are prepared to accept them: in particular, you will be asked to attend the regular Board meetings of IPMS(UK) Limited (known as ‘ordinary meetings’) which are generally held in the Midlands on Saturdays at intervals throughout the year. The Directors are legally required to convene a minimum of four such ordinary meetings per year, but more meetings can be called if the Board so requires.

2. Resolutions
Resolutions are also invited regarding changes to the Articles of Association of IPMS(UK) Ltd or to the Club Rules. Copies of the Articles and Rules were last issued to all members in April 2012. This means that members who have joined since then may not have copies, so I have asked John Tapsell to place a copy on the IPMS (UK) website. My apologies in advance; I am no IT expert and the quality of the documents is not as good as others may be able to produce. However, it is legible.
Resolutions proposing changes need to be clearly worded so as to make it obvious what the proposed change is, and a brief explanation should be given as to why you are proposing it and why you think a change is necessary. Be warned: if the explanation is lengthy then the Club Rules allow the Board to condense it!
Resolutions, as with nominations, need to be proposed and seconded by current IPMS (UK) members and both need to sign the resolution and give their membership number. It must all be in writing as I need to see the original signatures.
3. How and where to send nominations and resolutions
Unless they are handed to me in person, all nominations and resolutions need to be sent to me at my home address (see the back page of the Magazine) via the Royal Mail (copies sent by email are not acceptable and will be rejected). The nominations and resolutions must reach me by the 31st December 2014 (in accordance with the Club Rules): this is a strict requirement, so any received after that date will be rejected.

Thank you.
Mark Hill, Honorary Secretary

For further information: Club Rules April 2012.pdf

Scale ModelWorld 2014

Scale ModelWorld 2014 Coastal Salvage Vessel ‘Help’ by Barry Sharman
Scale ModelWorld is over for another year and planning has already commenced on the 2015 event (7-8 November 2015, at the Telford International Centre as usual).

The 2014 show proved to be as successful as ever, with more traders and more exhibitors than ever. Our thanks to everyone who put on displays, volunteered their services to help run the event and of course to the vast numbers of visitors who came through our doors – without all of you, we wouldn’t be able to put on such a great show.

As was to be expected, we had fewer competition entries than 2013, but the standards were as high as ever. Top honours went to Barry Sharman with his Salvage Vessel, whilst Junior Best of Show was won by Euan Angus with his Char bis tank. The competition attracted entries from 25 countries around the World.

We will be publishing a full report in the next edition of the IPMS Magazine but in the meantime we have provided a small selection of images to capture a flavour of the show.

Web link:

Scale ModelWorld 2014 Banquet Details

The banquet details for Scale ModelWorld are detailed below. The banquet will is on Saturday, 8th November 2014 (7.30pm for 8.00pm). If you wish to book places, please contact Nicola Hunt at the Holiday Inn using the contact details at the bottom of the menu.

IPMS UK Annual Dinner

Saturday 8th November 2014
7.30 for 8.00pm
Holiday Inn, St Quentin Gate, Telford


Cream of tomato soup
Chicken liver pate toasted brioche with red onion marmalade


Roast Gammon and parsley sauce
Roast Beef and homemade Yorkshire pudding with red wine gravy
Goats cheese and Mediterranean vegetable Wellington served with Provençale sauce
Fillet of salmon with a prawn dill cream sauce
All the above will be served with:
Roast potatoes, new potatoes
seasonal vegetables


Apple crumble and custard
Fruits of the forest Crème brûlée served with shortbread biscuit
Profiteroles filled with raspberries and cream served with a white chocolate sauce


Coffee and confectionary

Cost: £21.70 per person

Contact – Nicola Hunt
DIRECT TEL: 01952 527388
DIRECT FAX: 01952 527309

Online Renewal Issues

We are aware that a number of people have had difficulty in using the online Joining or Renewals forms on the IPMS (UK) Website.

The Security code function at the bottom of the forms does not appear to be working correctly.

We are investigating this problem with our website administrator as a matter of urgency.

In the meantime, if you have experienced difficulties in using either form, please contact our Membership Secretary via email via

We are aware that a number of people have had difficulty in using the online Joining or Renewals forms on the IPMS (UK) Website.

The Security code function at the bottom of the forms does not appear to be working correctly.

We are investigating this problem with our website administrator as a matter of urgency.

In the meantime, if you have experienced difficulties in using either form, please contact our Membership Secretary via email via

Scale ModelWorld 2014 – the Show Manager Reports…

This is the pre-show report just less than eight weeks before Scale ModelWorld 2014. As in previous years ADH and Guideline publications continue to sponsor advertising the event and Pocketbond continue to sponsor the competition. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them publicly for their continued support at the event. Whilst we are on the subject of traders, Airfix will be announcing a large new model at 11:00 on Saturday at the SMW 2914, I am lead to believe that it will be in 1/24 scale.

When I was elected to the post of Scale ModelWorld Manager for the second time this century, part of my election manifesto was to put the IPMS(UK) Branch and SIG display space allocation at the top of my priorities for the event. With some re-planning I believe I have largely achieved this and have also managed to increase the Overseas display area into the bargain. This means we have over 180 groups displaying at SMW and over 180 traders at the event. In addition to this the Kit Swap has undergone some redesign by Alfie Bass and is bigger than ever, the show continues to grow at a pace with no signs of letting up. I already have a waiting list of traders who can’t get into this year’s SMW who require the SMW 2015 trader booking form! We have reverted to one entrance to the show for IPMS members and members of the public. This was suggested whilst I was working with the Telford International Centre (TIC) when we were planning this year’s show and should assist their and our staff in making access to SMW easier.

This year’s full size exhibit will be a Chieftain ARVE from The Cordwell Collection, one of only about 14 made. (See press release for further details). In addition to this the Daleks will be at SMW 2014 again. No doubt they will be collecting for the charities and threatening skinflints with ‘extermination’.

The chosen charities for the event are The Royal British Legion which is rather apt for the commemoration of the start of WWI. They will be situated with the special World War I display in Hall 1. The second charity is the RNLI an organisation who exist solely on public donations and a personal favourite of mine as a regular North Sea and English Channel ferry user. I would imagine a large number of our overseas visitors cross the water to attend the event and you never know when you might require their services. They will be situated in the foyer near the IPMS(UK) desk.

As I touched on earlier Hall 1 will have the Special Display which commemorates World War I, this is being organised by Steve Cox from the IPMS Brampton group and from what I’ve seen of it so far it will be pretty impressive. The Make and Paint will be in this hall not too far from the Airfix stand, who will be running the area. There will also be access to the competition and restaurant catering in Hall 4 from this hall. Whilst I am on the subject of the competition, there will be No Bags, No Drink and No Food allowed in the competition area from 2014. If you have a bag and are not part of a display at the event there is a cloakroom available in the foyer run by Telford Centre staff. Catering has also been expanded in Hall 3 and there will be a bar area situated in that hall.

The IPMS(UK) Membership and Help Desk will be in the foyer near to the public cash desks. You will be able to renew your IPMS(UK) membership buy IPMS(UK) merchandise and show souvenirs. We will be observing the two minutes silence at 11:00 on Sunday morning. We are hoping to have Sqn Ldr Dyson playing ‘The Last Post’ and the IPMS Chaplain Rev John McIllmurray conducting a short service on the gantry as usual.

We will be continuing with wristband entry from IPMS members and traders. IPMS(UK) members will obtain their wristbands from the IPMS(UK) desk in the foyer.

Without mentioning names as there are too many, I would like to thank all the people who have helped me in putting this year’s show together, no matter how small their involvement. Without them there would be no SMW. Enjoy the show and no doubt I will be blown away by the quality of work on display as always and I look forward to meeting old and new friends over the weekend.

Richard Farrar,
Scale ModelWorld Show Manage<

Chieftain Tank on display at Scale ModelWorld 2014


Chieftain Tank on display at Scale ModelWorld

IPMS (UK) is pleased to confirm that 2014 will see an ex-British Army Chieftain Tank on display at Scale ModelWorld – and not a standard Chieftain either.

The tank in question is a very rare Chieftain AVRE (Willich) owned by Peter Cordwell of the Cordwell Collection. Towards the end of the cold war it was decided to replace the Centurion AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) With a Chieftain based vehicle that could keep up with Chieftain and Challenger 1 tanks on the battlefield. As ever the MOD wanted the vehicle as cheaply as possible and the project was given to the Royal Engineers based in Willich West Germany. 12 vehicles were produced from Chieftain MBT’s. The vehicle attending Scale ModelWorld is believed to have served in the first Gulf war.

Pictured is Richard Farrar, Scale ModelWorld Show Manager (left), shaking hands with Melvin Cordwell to seal the deal.