Photos from IPMS Alto Valle show, Argentina

Thanks to Roberto Muñoz for some photos from the recent Concurso Regional IPMS Alto Valle de Neuquen y Río Negro event in Argentina

(Click on any picture to view gallery)

IPMS Magazine

Unfortunately there will be a delay in the distribution of Issue 6 2018 of the IPMS Magazine.

It is hoped that this delay will only be a short one, which is due to a late change of printer, the planned one having been put into receivership just before Christmas.

Please accept our apologies for this situation, but we are confident that things will be back on track for the next issue.

Dave Berryman, Editor 

Photos from Scale ModelWorld 2018

Added photo galleries for SMW 2018 Champions, Class Winners, and general photos from around the show. Many thanks to Chris Ayre, John Tapsell and Andrew Prentis for the pictures.

Seam Scraper online sales

We regret that we are currently unable to offer online sales of IPMS (UK) merchandise due to technical issues with our PayPal account.

We are working to resolve these and hope to have a solution in place as soon as possible.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

SMW lost property

Petr from Special Hobby writes:

Good morning guys, there is something I would like to get sorted now as it has been troubling me quite a lot since we got back from this year’s SMW Telford / UK.

One of you, a fellow modeller and as I get it a keen model kit buyer, while visiting our stand at SMW, accidentaly left his previous purchase at our cash desk, not knowing about his loss.

I can tell you, the stuff he left there really was not cheap.  I am very much striving to get him his purchase back, so if you are that unfortunate modeller or by any chance have heard someone complaining about losing his purchase, do please let me know – via Facebook Messenger, or by the contact from at

Thank you ever so much!  I am not gonna sleep well until this matter gets right.

Petr from Special Hobby

Scale ModelWorld – thank you!

The Executive of IPMS(UK) would like to thank all visitors, traders, branches, SIGs, clubs and overseas societies who helped make Scale ModelWorld 2018 such a success.

Especial thanks to our volunteers, without whom the staging of a show on this scale would be impossible.

We trust that you had a good time, and look forward to seeing you again at the next Scale ModelWorld, on 9th and 10th November 2019.

SMW 2019 trader booking form

Bookings for Scale ModelWorld 2019 are under way.   Please note SMW 2018 was fully booked, and so traders are advised to book early for 2019.

  • The booking Terms and Conditions are available to download here (PDF file)
  • The Data Privacy Notice for traders is available to download  here (PDF file)
  • The Trader Booking Form is available to download here (Microsoft Word .DOC file)

Scale ModelWorld 2018 – Products Update


Scale ModelWorld 2018 saw a variety of significant product announcements.  Included are:

Seam Scraper 2 available

Following on from the success of the IPMS Seam Scraper 1 tool, Seam Scraper 2 has now been released.   Sales at Scale ModelWorld have been very brisk.

Wingnut Wings 0/400 and Lancaster

Wingnut Wings, the trade exhibitor who travelled furthest to reach Scale ModelWorld 2018, displayed test shots of both the Handley Page 0/400 and the Avro Lancaster in 1/32nd scale:SMW2018 Wingnut 0-400

SMW 2018 Wingnut Wings 1/32 Lancaster

Airfix announce 1/24th scale Hellcat

SMW 2018 Airfix Hellcat announced

The special announcement from Airfix was a 1/24th scale F6F Hellcat

Zoukei-Mura new products

SMW 2018 Zoukei Mura Ki45 and Hs129

Zoukei-Mura had examples of their 1/32nd scale Henschel 129 and Ki-45



Remembrance Day Service

The text of Anton Burrows’ moving Remembrance Day service is available as a PDF at

Scale ModelWorld 2018 – Competition Champions

Congratulations to the Scale ModelWorld 2018 competition champions:

Junior Best in Show

SMW 2018 Junior Best in Show

Alex Bienek with a World War I Mark IV Male Tank

Senior Best in Show

SMW 2018 Senior Best in Show

George Tenediotis with an Oeffag-Mickl G6, G-Series Flying Boat

There will more more competition results and photographs soon

SMW competition closed


Please note that entry for the 2018 competition is now closed (the closing date was Saturday 3rd November.)

CompetiTION Entries

As of 31st October we have had 1050 models registered into the competition.  This means that with still three days to go the competition exceeded last year.



SMW advance tickets closed

Advanced, online ticket sales for Scale ModelWorld 2018 are now closed, to allow for processing and postal times.

Tickets will be available on the door, see for information and pricing.

SMW Special Displays

The main display for Scale ModelWorld 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force in Hall 3.  Many branches and SIGs are also expected to commemorate the founding of the RAF.

Also look out for North Somerset’s WW1 trench, Bomber Command SIG’s Victoria Cross Winners display, Tangemere’s 100 Years of Tangmere Airfield, the large Mulberry harbour display in Hall 1, and Farnborough’s tribute to the late Dick Ward and his Modeldecal range.

In the foyer the WW1 SIG will be marking the end of the Great War, along with IPMS(UK)’s nominated charity, the Royal British Legion.

The Clear Prop Award

The Clear Prop Award

This is a new award for Scale ModelWorld 2018, sponsored by a new manufacturer called Clear Prop.

They will be awarding a trophy for the best model of a pioneering jet in 72nd Scale.

Membership applications and renewals closed until after SMW

Please note the deadline for membership applications and renewals before Scale ModelWorld 2018 was midnight on 31st October 2018.

Applications or renewals received  from now on will not be processed  until after the show.

Accordingly, there will be no membership desk at Telford on the Friday (Scale ModelWorld set-up day, Friday 9th November).


SMW Members’ Admission

The arrangements for IPMS Members to gain access to Scale ModelWorld 2018 are here (PDF file)

(The arrangements for members of the public are available as a PDF here.)

Please note timing and arrangements may be subject to change.

Regis Auckland

Tom Foxon of Guideline Publications writes:

It is with much sadness that Guideline Publications announces the death of its company chairman, Regis Auckland, after a long illness.

Regis had been with Guideline from the beginning and, although not a modeller himself, he soon became a popular figure within the hobby both in the United Kingdom and in Europe.

Regis began his career as a printer and more than thirty years ago established a print company, Regal Litho, with his long-time friend and business partner, Alan Corkhill.  Together they saw the business opportunity in purchasing Scale Aircraft Modelling and later Military Modelcraft International and transformed the company and its stable of magazines and books into the market leader.

In the early years of Guideline Regis took the lead, attending shows, commissioning authors and really getting a feel for the hobby.  In all his dealings, both business and personal, Regis was a true gentleman and his wry sense of humour and sound business sense saw the company through good times and bad.

In recent years, other business interests and ill health meant Regis’s involvement in day-to-day running of Guideline Publications lessened, but his experience and sage advice were always welcome.  Regis had recently married Wendy, making plans for their retirement in Scotland, and he will be very much missed as a husband, father and friend.  All of us at Guideline Publications send our sincere condolences to Wendy and his family.

New Handley Page trophy

A new trophy will be awarded for the first time at Scale ModelWorld 2018 competition.

It is called The Harry Frazer Mitchell Memorial Award & Handley Page Association Trophy, and will be given for the best model of a Handley Page designed aircraft in any scale, or a BAE Systems Hawk in any scale.

Harry Frazer Mitchell Trophy

The new trophy replaces the original Handley Page Trophy.  This covered any aircraft from the Handley Page company.   The sponsor then was Harry Frazer Mitchell, one-time Chief Aerodynamicist of Handley Page.

Harry had always been a champion of the Society, and although it was not known outside his friends and colleagues Harry was heavily involved in the design of the BAE Hawk training aircraft.

When Harry passed away the trophy was renamed in his honour, with the permission of his family and the Handley Page Association.

For more on Harry’s life and distinguished career, see

South Cheshire Militaire – Universal Model Show

Added the South Cheshire Militaire – Universal Model Show 2019 to the events diary

Armistice display at SMW

There will be an Armistice display in the foyer at Scale ModelWorld to commemorate the service of British and Commonwealth personnel during the Great War.

The display will consist of models from the branches and SIGs that responded to the request in the magazine to contribute to this display.

However, we will be leaving some of the display space open so that IPMS members can add their models to the display at Scale ModelWorld without any prior booking.

If you want to add something to the Armistice display at Scale ModelWorld, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • One model per IPMS member
  • The model can be any WWI subject provided it features British and/or Commonwealth personnel, planes, tanks, artillery or ships (or anything else!)
  • Please don’t make it too big as space is limited. A4 or smaller is ideal
  • The model can be displayed for either Saturday or Sunday, or both
  • Please book your model in with someone manning the stand, don’t just place it on the table.  The ideal time would be in the 9AM to 10AM IPMS-only periods on Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Please don’t be offended if there is no space available.  Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis

SMW floorplans

Minor changes are still happening to the floor plans for Scale ModelWorld 2018

For the latest versions see

Stoke on Trent Model Show and Figureworld West

Stoke on Trent Model Club’s Model Show and Figureworld West 2019 has been added to the events diary.  Please note the new venue.

SMW Traders List

An updated list of the traders who will be attending Scale ModelWorld 2018 is now available at

IPMS Torbay and South Devon Show

Added the IPMS Torbay and South Devon Model 2019 show to the events diary, see

New book and signing at SMW

Robin Carpenter, a trader at Scale Modelworld with Scalewarship Ltd, who also teaches airbrushing in association with the Airbrush Company Ltd is about to release his first book.

Entitled Airbrushing Scale Model Aircraft, the book takes modellers from buying equipment through basic exercises to different airbrushing techniques on scale model aircraft.   See .

Robin will have a limited supply of this book at Scale ModelWorld 2018 and will be signing copies if requested.  If you would like to reserve a copy e-mail Robin at

Kit Swap forms available

All the information on the Kit Swap at Scale ModelWorld 2018 is now available – click here

This includes downloadable versions of the sales sheet in PDF or Word Doc format.

New hotel for Scale ModelWorld

Travelodge have opened a new hotel near to the venue for Scale ModelWorld 2018, see here

They are offering a 5% discount if you click the “5% Off” button on that page.

Tangmere Museum Show 2019

Added the Tangmere Sector Modellers Scale Model Show 2019 at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum to the events diary

Competition entry form 2018

The entry forms for the Scale ModelWorld 2018 competition are now available:

Please do not use previous years’ documents; they change from year to year.


Wingnut Wings to attend Scale ModelWorld 2018

IPMS(UK) is pleased to confirm that Wingnut Wings will be attending Scale ModelWorld 2018 with a major trade presence. Not only will this be a first for the United Kingdom, but it also makes them the farthest-travelled trader ever to attend our event.

Wingnut Wings have developed an enviable reputation in a just a few short years for their range of 1/32 scale First World War aircraft models and have set the benchmark for quality in this area.

Owned by film director Peter Jackson (best known for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies), Wingnut Wings is developing an ever-expanding range of models and accessories to compliment them. Their popularity has spread rapidly across the world and it is a huge honour for IPMS (UK) to welcome them to the UK

Wingnut Wings’ decision to attend Scale ModelWorld 2018 is particularly apposite as this year marks both the Centenary of the end of the First World War and of the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. Their product range contains many of the iconic aircraft designs from both sides of the conflict, giving modellers the chance to own and build a miniature replica of their favourite aircraft from the era.

Halifax Show

Added Halifax Show 2019 to the events diary

Please note that due to circumstances beyond the control of the show organisers, the show has been forced to look for a new venue

IPMS and Data Privacy “GDPR”

With the forthcoming changes in privacy laws in the UK, IPMS(UK) has created a Data Privacy Notice for members.

This lays down what personal data we hold, how we handle it, and how we meet our obligations under the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”)

The Data Privacy Notice is available to download here

2018 AGM papers mailed out

The papers for the Annual General Meeting have been mailed out to every member, and if you are a member, they should be with you now.

The papers include the agenda, resolutions, minutes of the 2017 AGM, officers’ reports, financial accounts, nominations for the Executive Committee and a voting form.

Details of where and when the meeting is to be held are here

If you have not received your papers, then please contact the Honorary Secretary via the contact form here

Scale ModelWorld News

The Special display planned for 2018 is “100 Years of the RAF”.   We are also looking at ways of commemorating 100 years since the Armistice

Advance tickets sales will be online from 1st August 2018

Competition forms and suporting documents will be available from 1st August 2018

It is planned to have an online competion entry form.  (This is an addition to the regular methods of entering the competiion; we will continue to support paper forms via the post, or emailed forms.)

The free minibus service from the railway station to the show is confirmed for 2018

There will be free Wi-Fi at the venue

The free printed Show Guide is confirmed for 2018

East of England (Peterborough) Show Cancelled

A message from Ken Almen, Show Secretary

Hi everyone,

Due to the adverse weather conditions we have decided to cancel the show. It has been a hard decision to make as we know a lot of people enjoy coming. But peoples’ safety must come first.

Also the school could not guarantee that it would open for the weekend as it is shut again today. What we didn’t want to happen is everybody turning up on Sunday to find the school closed and we hadn’t been able to inform people.

It has been put out on the web and social media but could you inform all your members.

I look forward to seeing you all at other shows throughout the year and see you all again next year at our show when the weather will be more pleasant.

Once again from everybody at the Peterborough Model Club we apologise  for the cancellation of the show.


Ken Almen

Show Secretary


Attention Branch Secs and SIG Leaders

The new, online version of the Branch & SIG Annual Return has been emailed to Branch Secretaries and SIG Leaders.

Look out for an email from via

If you do not receive an email, check that it is not in your spam folder.

If you would prefer a paper version of the Return, then please contact the UK Liaison Officer


Added some photos of Branches & SIGs at Scale ModelWorld

Thanks to Andy Prentis for the team photos of just some of the UK Branches and Special Interest Groups that were at Scale ModelWorld 2017


Shropshire (RAF Museum Cosford) Show 2018

The Shropshire Scale Model Show, organised by IPMS Telford at the RAF Museum, Cosford has been added to the events diary

Shropshire Model Show 2018

See video review of Scale ModelWorld 2017

Owen Edwards spends a day at Telford Scale Model World 2017.  Featuring interviews with IPMS members, the Airfix team, and Malcolm from Models for Heroes, plus a look around some of the many displays and the competition section.



East of England and Salisbury Shows

The IPMS Salisbury Show 2018 and the East of England Annual Model Show, Peterborough 2018 have been added to the events diary

IPMS Salisbury Model Show 2018

East of England Annual Model Show 2018


CAN YOU HELP? – missing model

A ship model went missing from the competition area at Scale ModelWorld 2017 on Sunday 12th November.

It may have been picked up by mistake when competitors were collecting their models at the end of the show.

If you had entries in the competition, can you please check that you don’t have this model in with your own, please.

Model Missing from Competition at SMW 2017 (1)
Model Missing from Competition at SMW 2017 (1)

Model Missing from Competition at SMW 2017 (2)
Model Missing from Competition at SMW 2017 (2)

Deadline for 2018 AGM submissions

IPMS(UK) members are reminded that nominations for the Executive Committee and motions for the Annual General Meeting in 2018 must be submitted by 31st December 2017 at the latest.

REMEMBER: you actually have all year to do this, and so don’t leave it until too late!

Formal notice for the meeing is here (PDF, opens in new tab)

SMW 2017 Competition Results

The results of the Scale ModelWorld 2017 competion are now available (PDF, opens in new tab)


Dick Ward – RIP

Richard L Ward 1938 – 2017

With great regret we note the passing of a founder of the Society, Dick Ward.

Dick Ward at Scale ModelWorld 2011
Dick Ward at Scale ModelWorld 2011

Dick was rightly celebrated as an aviation researcher, author, and as a designer of  decals, with both his own “Modeldecal” range, and sheets for many  kit manufacturers.

A charming and well-liked character, he will be greatly missed.

2018 Shows: West Norfolk, Aldingbourne, SMN Workshops, Farnborough, Fenland & Spalding

We now have dates in the diary for West Norfolk IPMS Annual Model Show, Aldingbourne ModelEx, IPMS Farnborough Modelfest and IPMS Fenland & Spalding Wings & Things.

West Norfolk IPMS Annual Model Show 2018

Aldingbourne ModelEx 2018

IPMS Farnborough Modelfest 2018



Trader special offer for SMW 2018

Advance bookings are well under way for Scale ModelWorld 2018.  There is a special price for bookings made up until 30th November 2017, so if you are thinking of having a trade presence at the 2018 show, better to book sooner!

  • The booking Terms and Conditions are available here (PDF, opens in new tab)
  • The Trader Booking Form is available here (Microsoft Word .DOC, opens in new window)

Scale ModelWorld 2017 – thank you!

Many thanks to all who exhibited at or visited Scale ModelWorld 2017.    The exact figures are not yet in, but the attendance figures were extremely high.

And a special thank you to all the volunteers who run the show, without whose hard work and dedication Scale ModelWorld would not be possible.

We look forward to seeing you next year at Scale ModelWorld 2018, on the 10th and 11th November, at the same venue!

Day One of Scale ModelWorld “enormous success”

“Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been frenetically busy,” says IPMS(UK) President Paul Regan at the end of the first day.

“We don’t have exact figures yet, but it looks like it is a record breaking show. Traders have reported brisk activity, and the competition has had the highest number of entries since the 50th anniversary show, with over 1100 entries.”

Scale ModelWorld 2017 continues tomorrow, Sunday 12th November.


SMW Health and Safety Briefing

IMPORTANT: all IPMS Members attending Scale ModelWorld, and all Traders and other exhibitors should familiarise themselves with this briefing

  • The Health & Safety briefing for 2017 is available here
  • The only change from 2016 is the requirement for all persons present during the breakdown to wear yellow tabards.

Modelling demonstrations at SMW

We are delighted to announce the return of modelling demonstrations at Scale ModelWorld 2017, in Hall Three.

Demonstrating their skills at various modelling techniques will be:

  • Bob from MDC – moulding and casting
  • Franck Oudin – Airbrush (GSI Europe)
  • Peter of MAN Models – Hakata Paint
  • David Parker of AFV  Modeller
  • John Adams – vacforms


With thanks to Applied Vacuum Engineering for supplying moulding and casting equipment, and to Neill’s Materials for raw materials.

New trophy for SMW

At Scale ModelWorld 2017 IPMS Israel will be awarding a special trophy for any Israeli subject.

This has been in the planning stage for months and has finally been confirmed.

No separate entry is required and Members of IPMS Israel will be judging the new award.

South West Model Show 2018

Both the Tank Museum’s model shows – February (Model Expo) and October (Tank Mod) – have been rebranded as ‘The South West Model Show’ in 2018.

The shows will now be two-day events.

South West Model Show, Tank Museum, Winter 2018

South West Model Show, Tank Museum, Autumn 2018

More shows for 2018: Hinckley, On Track, Shuttleworth

The following shows have been added to the events diary:

East Midlands Model Show Hinckley 2018

On Track 2018

Shuttleworth Scale Model Exhibition 2018

SMW advanced ticket sales

Advanced ticket sales allow you to beat the queue for the cash desks at Scale ModelWorld.

Price for adults is £10 per day + £2.20 booking fee – click here to book

Advanced ticket sales for Scale ModelWorld 2017 will not be available after midnight on 2nd November 2017.  This is to allow time for tickets to be sent through the post.

New for SMW – the IPMS(UK) Seam Tool


The IPMS (UK) Seam Tool

You may have seen this sort of tool before but these have been designed and manufactured in the UK to our own specification.

We have had a limited number of these tools manufactured (just 200) and we will be selling them on a first come, first served basis at Scale ModelWorld in November.

The 0.25mm stainless steel tool is roughly the size of a credit card.  The metal is robust enough and the edge sharp enough to gently scrape away the offending seam whilst minimising the risk of damage to the curve or angle kit parts.

The tool has a flat metal profile and each edge is profiled, incorporating a series of different radius curves along with several commonly used angles. Using the appropriate curve or angle, you can smooth off seam lines and joint lines on plastic models without damaging the existing curvature of the parts.  It can also be used to reinstate the curve or angle of a part if it has been damaged or if you have filled a join or an imperfection in the part.

  • Want to remove seams off gun barrels? – some of the smaller radius profiles will be ideal.
  • Need to smooth the joint lines on a fuselage? – the larger profiles will do the job for you.
  • Have a right-angle that needs to be reinstated? – this tool has the angles that you’ll need.

The tool is priced at £5.00 but we will be offering a ‘show special’ price of £4.00 to IPMS members (on production of a valid IPMS Membership Card).  Sales will be initially limited to one tool per purchaser until we have gauged their popularity.  If there is sufficient demand then we will consider a second production run.

In addition to the Seam Tool, there will be a full range of IPMS(UK) souvenir merchandise on sale in the foyer at Scale ModelWorld 2017.  This includes t-shirts, polo shirts, badges, patches, stickers, mugs, lanyards and magazine back issues.

New MMP books at SMW

MMP/Stratus are delighted to announce the publication of the first three books in the new “On Camera” series, which will be available at the MMP stand at Scale ModelWorld 2017.
The author, Alan Ranger, will be signing copies on request.
The “On Camera” books are photo albums of pictures taken by ordinary German servicemen during WW2, never before published.  These are NOT official propaganda photos, but snapshots of vehicles and soldiers in everyday life.
Released at SMW will be: “Dunkirk”, “German Horse Power”, and “Sd.Kfz 7 Halftracks”.

Kinetic 1/48th 2-seat Harrier launch

Kinetic will be launching their Harrier T2 / T4 / T8 kit in 1/48th scale at Scale ModelWorld 2017. This is the first ever full kit of a first generation Harrier two-seater made by any mainstream kit manufacturer.

The kit includes all nose, fin and tail-sting options to build any RAF/RN twin stick, plus decals for Harrier TAV-8As and TAV-8Ss in service with the USMC, Spanish Navy and Thai Navy (although these will need Stencel III-S seats fitting which are not in the kit, but resin examples can be purchased from e.g. Wingman Models as WMF48002).

New-tool Revell 1/32nd Mustang at Scale ModelWorld

Revell will officially be launching a new-tool 1:32nd scale P-51D-5NA Mustang (early version) at Scale ModelWorld 2017.

In addition to the normal built-up sample on display, there will also have kit sprues for visitors to view and handle.

Revell are also expecting to have a further built-up sample of the kit from the guys at Scale Aviation Modeller magazine, just ahead of a full build review in their December issue.

Membership processing closed from 31st October

Please note that due to the Scale ModelWorld workload, the Membership Office will be closed between midnight on 31st October 2017 and midnight on 12th November 2017.

It will therefore not be possible to renew memberships or to make new applications (either online or by post), during this period.

Face-to-face renewals/applications will be available via the Membership Desk at Scale ModelWorld, but the cards issued will only be valid for admission to SMW 2018.

More overseas clubs for Scale ModelWorld

The following clubs are confirmed as attending Scale ModelWorld 2017:

  • IPMS Austria
  • Scale Aircraft Team Germany Poland
  • Modelsportclub (MSC) Hans Grade
  • IPMS Netherlands
  • IPMS Portugal
  • IPMS Serbia

See for the full list

Christmas Model Fayre at Midland Air Museum

The annual Christmas Model Fayre at the Midland Air Museum has been added to the events diary

Midland Air Museum Christmas Model Fayre 2017

More traders for SMW 2017

The following traders have signed for Scale ModelWorld 2017:

  • Vallejo
  • MiniArt
  • Inside the Armour
  • Rubicon

For the full listing see

More traders for SMW 2017

The following traders will be joining us at Scale ModelWorld 2017:

  • Kitrescue
  • Kinetic Model Kits
  • Tiger Hobbies
  • Treemendous

Go to for a full list of traders who will be attending the show

Membership renewal for SMW

Important: Membership renewals and Scale ModelWorld 2017

(for those not already paying by Direct Debit).

To gain free access to Scale ModelWorld 2017, members of IPMS(UK) will need to have with them a valid IPMS(UK) membership card bearing their name and the printed date ‘2017’.

If you currently have a card bearing the printed date ‘2016’, you will need to renew your membership (and hence get a new card).

Please note that in order for you to be issued with a ‘2017’ membership card, the Membership Secretary must receive your renewal payment by midnight on Tuesday 31 st October 2017 at the latest.

Members whose renewal payments are received after this deadline (including those who renew at Scale ModelWorld 2017), will be issued with ‘2018’ membership cards.

If you currently have a ‘2016’ membership card and are planning to visit Scale ModelWorld 2017, please renew your membership now. Early renewal will avoid the risk of payments or membership cards being delayed in the post and your membership period will be preserved.

Click here to renew your membership

Cliff Bassett, Membership Secretary

More traders for Scale ModelWorld 2017

Clive Davis, The Aviation and Military Book Centre, Aires Hobby Models/Quickboost, Sovereign Hobbies and Alclad II have joined the ranks of traders who will be at Scale ModelWorld 2017

Traders at SMW

New “IPMS Exec Presence” for events

It’s long been the case that IPMS(UK) have a presence at a number of shows throughout the year.  They have a table, manned by a member of the executive, with information about IPMS, merchandise, and the ability to sign up new members and to take renewal subscriptions from existing members.

IPMS Executive Member Alfie Bass at Peterborough Show
IPMS Executive Member Alfie Bass at Peterborough Show

The events diary has been altered to show events that will have an IPMS(UK) presence.  Such shows are categorised as “UK Shows (IPMS Exec Presence)”.   They can all be seen under the events menu, by clicking the sub-item “UK Shows (IPMS Exec Presence)”.   Click here to see this listing.

If you are a show organiser and want to request IPMS(UK) to have a presence at your event, then please answer Yes under “IPMS(UK) executive presence requested” when you complete the “Add your event” form  (Please note that IPMS(UK) having a presence depends entirely on a member of the executive being available for that date and location.)

Scale Model World 2017 ticket prices

The admission prices for Scale ModelWorld 2017 have been set as:

  • Saturday only-Adults £12, Concessions £8
  • Sunday only -Adults £10, Concessions £7
  • Two day pass – £20
  • Advance ticket sales – Adults – £10 per day + £2.20 booking fee – click here to book
  • Children under 16  – FREE – up to 2 children per full-paying adult
  • IPMS Members – FREEto learn more about membership click here
  • “Concessions” means either:
    • Seniors (over state retirement age), or
    • Registered Disabled (accompanying carer gets free admission)

More details on Scale ModelWorld at

New “Add Your Event” form

If you are the organiser of a scale modelling event, then please complete the new online form here

The information provided will enable your event to be included in the events diary on this website

It will also be forwarded for inclusion in the IPMS (UK) Magazine (space permitting)


Important message for Branch Secs & SIG Leaders

The web site has been updated with the information supplied on the annual return forms.

Please can all Branch Secretaries and SIG leaders check their entry to confirm the details are correct?


Andrew, UKLO

*** BRANCH RETURNS **** Important notice for Branch Secretaries and SIG Leaders

UK Branch Secretaries and Special Interest Group Leaders are reminded that the deadline for your 2017 Annual Return to be with the UK Liaison Officer is 15th April 2017.

A new SIG and a new Branch

Welcome to the Spanish Civil War Special Interest Group (see and to the Patrick Branch (see

Two new branches and two new SIGs

Welcome to the two latest UK Branches, IPMS Nottinghamshire and IPMS Tangmere.  The full list of Branches is at

Also welcome to the new English Electric Lightning Special Interest Group and the Hippie Plastic SIG.  The full SIG list is at

New “Directory” function

There’s a new function on the website: a searchable Directory.   From there you can search for:

  • UK Branch (by name, or address, or name of Branch Secrtary)
  • Special Interest Group (by name, or name of SIG Leader)
  • Overseas Body (by name, or name of Overseas Contact)
  • Trader
  • Executive Member

The Directory is accessible from the main menu, or by clicking here

More photos of Scale ModelWorld 2016 added

Photos of all the competition class winners have been added to the SMW 2016 Class and Trophy Winners Gallery.

In addition, a large number of other photos of the show have been added to the SMW 2016 General Photos Gallery

Many thanks to our photographers Brian Keates, Ashley Keates, Adrian Constable, Tim Constable, Alan Brown, Andy Prentis and John Tapsell, and especial thanks to Chris Ayre for his work on the competition class winner photos.

Holiday Inn fully booked

Apparently the Holiday Inn at Telford is fully booked for next year’s Scale ModelWorld.  This is a measure of the success of the show….  !

Scale ModelWorld Competition Entries Top 1000

With less than a week to go Scale ModelWorld has already attracted more than 1000 competition entries from across the world. Registrations closed on Saturday, 5th November on what has proved to be one of the largest competition registrations since our 2013 50th Anniversary event.

Final preparations are being made for the show and the real work will start on Friday, 11th November as we set up the exhibition halls and prepare for the thousands of visitors who arrive each year. With nearly 200 traders booked in there is almost nothing related to model-making that you won’t be able to buy.

200 Branch and Special Interest Group displays stretching across three large exhibition halls will add another 4000 models to the display total, meaning that visitors can marvel at more than 5000 completed examples of the scale modelling hobby at its finest.

Scale ModelWorld is once again living up to its reputation as the largest plastic modelling show in the world. Visitors and traders will be arriving from as far afield as Japan, South Korea and Australia, not to mention Canada and the United States, assorted South American countries and of course virtually every nation in Europe. The only continent not represented is Antarctica.

Scale ModelWorld 2016 competition forms available

IPMS Scale ModelWorld Logo
The competition classes, rules and entry form for 2016 are now available for download from the Scale ModelWorld competition page.

AGM Saturday 14th May

Venue: Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hants, SO20 8DY.

Meeting starts at 1pm.

The agenda, minutes of the last meeting, officers’ reports, accounts and election addresses have been circulated in the post to members.

Free admission to the museum for IPMS members (usually £10)


Latest SIG Returns

Nearly all the SIG returns for this year have been processed. Check that yours is on it! Space at Scale ModelWorld depends on the annual return being completed.

Latest Branch Returns

Nearly all the Branch returns for this year have been processed. Check that yours is on it! Space at Scale ModelWorld depends on the annual return being completed.

SIG Status updated

The list of which Special Interest Groups have filed their annual returns has been updated. The filing also includes their applications to display at Scale ModelWorld 2016.

More shows added

May 14th 2016 – Aerobilia’16 Aerojumble & Aviation Collectors Fair

September 4th 2016 – ASVC Wombourne show

September 11th 2016 – Sutton Coldfield Expo 2016

November 27th 2016 – Bugle Call Reveille 2016

January 8th 2017 – Croydon Airport Aviation & Military Collectors Fair

Branch Status updated

The list of which UK Branches have filed their annual returns has been updated. The filing also includes their applications to display at Scale ModelWorld 2016.