CAFFE SIG alive and well

In the last issue of the magazine there was a reference to the CAAF sig disbanding, this was a typo on my part and should have read SAAF sig. This should not be confused with the CAFFE sig who are still very active and will be attending SMW. Sorry for any problems caused.

100th Anniversary of the Armistice

This year at SMW we will be adding a special display as a tribute to the fallen, any branch or sig who wish to may display a model on this. I ask that models are of any subject that is relevant to The Great War any scale is acceptable and the only restriction is that size should not exceed A4 ‘footprint’. Identifying labels should only state the subject portrayed and not branch or modellers names as the whole idea is that this is an anonymous tribute.
If your Branch/SIG is interested in displaying please let UKLO know so that we can have an idea of the space needed.

New South Wales Branch

Emyr Butler is proposing a new branch based in South Wales (Cardiff, Newport, Abergavenny and Merthyr Tydfil area). Any interested members should contact him by email using “IPMS South Wales Club” in the subject line or telephone him on 01633 670740

Branch and SIG returns

Can all branch and sig leaders please check that your returns have been sent in and received please the easiest way of doing this is on the website. Hover the cursor over ‘network’ and a drop down menu appears hover cursor over ‘branches’ or ‘sigs’ and a side menu appears click on returns received and a list of all returns received appears. A similar process will show if your SMW booking has been received under the Scale ModelWorld heading. if your Branch or SIG is not showing and you have not completed your return within the last few days please contact me via the contacts page stating your Branch or SIG name and if you would prefer a paper copy sent out or me to resend the electronic link.
John White (UKLO)

Wrexham Wings Model Club

Proposed new branch for North Wales
We are looking for people interested in joining a new scale model club in Wrexham and surrounding areas, we build military related models and our first meet will be just an introduction and overview of our aims for the club, all skills levels/experience welcome.

As this is a brand new group there maybe teething problems so input and ideas from any members who join appreciated.

1st Meeting will be held at the RAFA Wings club, Ruthin Rd, Wrexham on 26th April, from 7pm.

This is a public bar so bring money for drinks.
We can be contacted at Wrexham Wings Model Club on Facebook or email

Annual Returns

Can all branch and SIG leaders please check that they have received the annual returns which this year are being sent as an online form by survey monkey unless a paper copy has been requested.

If you have received neither and your branch/SIG is not shown on the website as return received please contact the UKLO and I will arrange to resend in whichever format you require.

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


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)

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.

Luftwaffe SIG

Due to personal reasons the leader of this SIG has stood down and the deputy is not able to take the reins at the moment but I am pleased to say that Nathan Robinson has offered to step into the post. His contact details are on the website.

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

New UK Army Aviation SIG

The latest Special Interest group to be formed is the UK Army Aviation SIG, more details of which can be found at

New SIGs added

Welcome to the following new IPMS Special Interest Groups:

The Submarine Warfare SIG; see

The Asian Air Arms SIG; see

British Airborne Forces SIG; see

***NEW*** News about News

The News section of the site now has separate sections for news about Scale Model World, and news about forthcoming events.

If you look under the News item on the top menu, you will now see sub-menus for SMW and Events.

(If you just click the News item, you will get all news.)

New Direct Debit contact address

If you have any queries about the use of Direct debit for your membership renewal, there is a new option on the Contact Form to send messages directly to the person responsible.  See

Changed venue for North Somerset branch meetings

Please note North Somerset’s regular monthly meeting is held at Windsor Castle 54 Upper Bristol Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS2 8DP.

Full details at

IPMS Ecuador show photos

IPMS Ecuador GMEC recently held their 3rd Guayaquil Modelfest show. It was a great success, and photos can be seen on their Facebook album.

  IPMS Ecuador GMEC Modelfest 2016
IPMS Ecuador GMEC Modelfest 2016

Web link:

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.

SIG returns update

More SIGs have filed their returns for 2016, which also act as their booking for Scale ModelWorld 2016. For the full list, click the link.

Palma de Mallorca IV Model-Expo Contest

Amics Modelisme Mallorca are holding their show and contest in Palma de Mallorca, Spain from September 30th 2016 to October 2nd 2016. More info on the Events page.

New & updated overseas bodies

Welcome to IPMS Cuba, IPMS Auckland (New Zealand) and IPMS Queensland (Australia). There are also updated contact details for IPMS Bolivia and IPMS Australia.

Branch returns update

More branches have filed their returns for 2016, which also act as their booking for Scale ModelWorld 2016. For the full list, click the link.

Shows added to Events Page

June 5th 2016 – The Northern Model Show, North Shields

August 13th 2016 to August 14th 2016 – IPMS Argentina Mar del Plata Model Show

October 22nd 2016 to October 23rd 2016 – MAUGES-EXPO la 1ere Convention d’I.P.M.S France

October 22nd 2016 to October 23rd 2016 – Convention IPMS Bretagne

Wings & Things changed venue

For reasons beyond their control IPMS Fenland & Spalding have had to change the venue of the 2016 Wings & Things show to the University Academy Holbeach, Park Road, Holbeach, Lincolnshire PE12 7PU. The full updated details are on the events page.

Scale ModelWorld 2016 Trader Booking Form

Bookings have been brisk for 2016 and there is now very little trade space left. Traders still wanting to participate should send their bookings in now and the remaining paces will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis. There are links to the terms and conditions and a downloadable PDF of the booking form on the Exhibitors page.

The diary is filling up!

More shows added this week, Southern Expo, 19th-20th March; Carmarthen, 30th Apri; Salisbury, 4th June; East Neuk, 18th June

More shows added

East Riding of Yorkshire Model Show, 4th September 2016

Abingdon IPMS model show, 1st Oct 2016

Romsey Modellers (IPMS Romsey) Scale Model Show, 16th July 2016

SIG Update

The Special Interest Groups have started to send in their returns. Click on the link for a list of which ones have been processed so far. NB The return is also the booking for Scale ModelWorld 2016!

IPMS Serbia change of contact details

Following recent elections, the overseas contact for IPMS Serbia has changed to Branislav Bozinovic. See the Overseas page for full details.

Branch Update

The Branches have started to send in their returns. Click on the link for a list of which ones have been processed so far. NB The return is also the booking for Scale ModelWorld 2016!

Branch Update

The Branches have started to send in their returns. Click on the link for a list of which ones have been processed so far. NB The return is also the booking for Scale ModelWorld 2016!

Two events at the Museum of Army Flying

November 20th 2016, Aircraft Enthusiast Fair and Model Show
May 14th 2016, Aerobilia’16 – Aerojumble and Aviation Collectors Fair

Branch & SIG Annual Return time!

The 2016 Branch & SIG Returns have gone out to the Branch Secretaries and SIG Leaders.
This includes the Branches and SIGs’ bookings for Scale ModelWorld 2016.

Military & Flying Machines Show, Essex

Added the Military & Flying Machines Show (10th anniversary), August Sat/Sun 6&7th, featuring the Essex MAFVA “Present Arms” model show to the events page.

More details on the Events page.

More events added

August 21st 2016 – North-West Kit-Swap
IPMS Lancashire’s kit swap, free admission to the public

July 9th 2016 – Hailsham Model Show
Please note new venue

More details on the Events page.

Reconnaissance SIG: new leader needed!

Mike Chilestone stepped down some months ago as SIG Leader. Is anyone else prepared to take on the role? If not, unfortunately, the SIG will have to fold. Contact the UKLO if you can help.


Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held at the Museum of Army Flying on 14th May 2016. The agenda, including details of elections and motions will be circulated directly to members.

IPMS members will get free admission to the museum (usual adult price is £10).

Dates for SMW 2017 and 2018

IPMS Scale ModelWorld Logo
Clear your diary, batten down the hatches, and prepare for modelling! The venue and times of the next two years’ SMWs have been arranged.

Scale ModelWorld 2017
The dates have been set as 11th – 12th November 2017. The venue remains the same, the Telford International Centre.

Scale ModelWorld 2018
The dates have been set as 10th – 11th November 2018. Again, it will be at the Telford International Centre.


More shows added…

Ipswich IPMS Model Day
Has been set for 26th June 2016

East of England Model Show
In Peterborough. This will be held on 6th March 2016

IPMS Dorset / Poole Vikings Model Show
Is on 9 April 2016

More details on the Events page


North Somerset Show

The date for the 2016 North Somerset Modellers Society Model Show has been set for July 6th, at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare.  More details on the Events page

Updated Scale ModelWorld 2015 Photos

Updated Scale ModelWorld 2015 Photos

The photo galleries for SMW 2015 have now been updated with yet more of the competition winners, and general pictures from around the show.

Web link:


Added Shuttleworth Scale Model Exhibition 2016

The seventh annual Shuttleworth Collection scale model exhibition to be held at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 28th February 2016.  More details on the Events page

More competition photos added

Photos of gold medal class winners have now been added to the Scale ModelWorld Competition Winners gallery.

Web link:

SMW 2015 Competition Results

The Scale ModelWorld 2015 competition results are now available. Please note these are unlikely to change, but are subject to final confirmation.

Web link:


Plastic & Steel 2016 Belgium

The dates for the next IPMS Belgium Plastic & Steel show have been set as October 8th 2016 to October 9th 2016. See the events page for more details:

Birmingham meeting venue changed

A message from Roland Turner, Chairman, IPMS Birmingham
Please note that IPMS Birmingham will be moving to a new venue for our meetings in the New Year:

Longbridge Methodist Church (Reception/Cafe area), 1654/8 Bristol Road South, Longbridge, Birmingham. B45 9TY.

Meetings will continue to take place on the third Sunday of each month (unless rearranged due to holidays or clashes with major shows) but will start half an hour later (3.30 PM rather than 3.00) to allow an earlier user group to vacate the premises.

The venue has a car park for around 20 cars and is well served by public transport.

N.B. Our December meeting will remain at the old venue Kings Heath Community Centre.

Web link:

Updated Overseas Details

Welcome to IPMS Indonesia, whose details have been added to the site.

There have also been various updates and corrections made to Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Luxemburg, Slovenia and Spain.

Please refer to the Overseas page

Senior Best in Show

Senior Best in Show

The 2015 Senior National Champion is Bruno Gire, with his Russian Baikonur Soyuz Launch Pad With Soyuz TMA-21 space mission. Many congratulations, Bruno!

Bruno was presented with the trophy by IPMS(UK) Competition Secretary Tony Horton.

Junior Best in Show

Junior Best in Show

Congratulations to Michal Briza, who has become Junior National Champion 2015 with his EE Lightning F6.

Seen here, Michal is presented with the trophy by IPMS(UK) President Paul Regan.


And the winners are…


The Senior and Junior Best in Show and the Category Winners are now on the SMW website.

Congratulations to all concerned!

Pictured left is the Senior Champion model of the Russian Baikonur Soyuz Launch Pad With Soyuz TMA-21 space mission by Bruno Gire

Web link:

SMW Competition Update

Tony Horton, Competition Secretary, writes:
This is to inform the members that I have spent the past two days trying to catch up with competition registration.

If you have sent me a form and not received an answer from me I will be getting through the forms as quickly as I can.

Please don’t panic if you think that you are going to miss the deadline of the 31st October as I will be doing these forms into next week. Any forms sent to me after Wednesday next week may not get entered.

SMW 2015 Competition Entries

Please note the correct email for Scale ModelWorld competition entries is

(Both the old email address on the Competition Rules and Tony Horton’s old personal email on the entry form no longer work. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.)


SMW Members’ Timetable

An update to the detailed timetable for Scale ModelWorld 2015 for IPMS Members is now available. This makes clear that you can obtain a wristband at the rear door to Hall 1 from 8:00 and 8:45am on the Saturday and Sunday. (Please note all timings may be subject to change.)


Hamex 7 & Model Market 3 shows

Hamex 7
SATURDAY 5th December 2015
This is a Kitswap, mainly private sales, with a few traders in Hanslope, Bucks.

Model Market 3
Sunday 7th February 2016
The show will consist mainly of traders and a few local club displays in Hanslope, Bucks.

See the events page for more details:

IPMS (UK) Membership Applications and Renewals

Online membership applications and renewals will NOT be available from this weekend (24th October) until after Scale ModelWorld.

This is the busiest time of year for the membership team. Any transactions currently in progress should be OK, but any new transactions between now and the show may not be completed.

Remember – it is not possible to renew your membership at Telford before entering the show. You will need to pay to get in and then renew at the membership desk. The membership desk will operate on Friday afternoon during set-up (after about 3pm), but that will be your last chance.

SMW Floorplans & Exhibitor lists

The floorplans and lists of exhibitors have been added to the Scale ModelWorld Show Guide.

The colour coding on the plans is:
Blue = Branches/Clubs
Green = SIGs
Red = Traders
Yellow = Overseas

Please note the plans and lists are subject to change, and there may be to odd minor glitch as entries are added or updated.

IPMS Coventry & Warwickshire Model Show

The date for the next IPMS Coventry & Warwickshire Model Show at the Midland Air Museum has been for 26th June 2016.

See the events page for more details:

SMW Kit Swap Arrangements

Alfie Bass writes:
Just a heads up to let everyone know that the Kit Swap instructions and sales sheets are now on the SMW kitswap page. There are the 2 versions of the sales sheet – a form that will only allow you to type into the grey boxes and a PDF document just in case. If you use the form and the grey lines at the bottom of each sheet start to creep upwards, please use the PDF version as the accountants/Treasurer need me to show the sales for each sheet (apparently makes things easier to ratify).

It would also make it easier for us to book your kits in if you’re able to keep your kits in some sort of numerical order.

I have also arranged for a temporary booking in table for the Saturday morning. This will be sited immediately inside the main entrance to the Centre. Just look for the sign and a minion in yellow.

Regards, Alfie


2016 Bolton IPMS Scale Model Show

The date of Bolton’s 2016 show is set for 17th January, and details are now in the events section.  See the events page for more details:

UKLO email address change

Due to technical difficulties with the UK Liaison Officer’s email address, the address has now been changed to

Please contact the webmaster if you experience any further problems.

Torbay & South Devon Show 2016

The date for the IPMS Torbay & South Devon "Model 2016" show has been set for 28th May 2016. See the events page for more details:

Instruction library email

There has been a problem with the email address for the instruction library. If you’ve sent in any requests recently, and they’ve not been answered, please send them again. If you encounter any problems, please email the webmaster

New Trophies at Scale ModelWorld 2015

Scale ModelWorld 2015 is still some months away but we are pleased to announce some new Trophies for the Competition.

Westland Aircraft 100th Anniversary Trophy
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Westland’s at Yeovil in 2015, the manufacturers are kindly offering a trophy for this year. The winning models (First, Second and Third places) will be displayed at their headquarters in Yeovil for the anniversary year. As part of the arrangement, Westlands are prepared to offer assistance to potential model builders in helping to research their chosen project by providing information from their company archives (with the obvious proviso that they can’t guarantee to have that something specific in those archives).

Susan and Steven Meadowcroft Memorial Trophy
The second new trophy for this year (and we hope for future years too) is for the civilian vehicle enthusiasts. The trophy will awarded to the best civilian vehicle from the 1950s. Susan and Steven passed away recently and as a fitting tribute to them, we hope that the award will inspire competitors to build civilian vehicles from this classic era of car design.

IPMS Ireland Award
Our friends from across the Irish Sea have kindly offered to sponsor a trophy for the best model of an Irish subject or with an Irish connection, any scale, any type. IPMS Ireland have specified that this Trophy can only be entered by modellers who are not themselves Irish the award will be given to a non Irish competitor. The entry card will need to specify the connection to Ireland in order to assist the judges in their choice. This is another great IPMS trophy and one that we hope will continue for many years.

Harry Frazer Mitchell Memorial Award & Handley Page Association Trophy
We have for many years awarded a Handley Page Trophy, sponsored by the Handley Page Society. Sadly, Harry Frazer Mitchell, the long term organiser behind the trophy passed away recently and in recognition for his support over the years, we have been asked to rename the Trophy to reflect Harry’s legacy.

In a slight change to the award criteria, the Trophy will be awarded to the best model of a Handley Page designed aircraft in any scale or a BAe System Hawk in any scale.

Harry was a champion of all Hadley Page designs and worked for the company right up until they finally ceased to build aeroplanes. He went onto help design the BAe Systems Hawk. Harry was a great champion for scale models and would help and inspire any modeller who wanted to build any of these designs. A new trophy will be awarded for this year and for subsequent years.

These new trophies will be added to a wide range of existing awards that are hotly contested every year at Scale ModelWorld. The enthusiasm of individuals and groups to bring forward trophies for our annual contest is a great advert for the popularity and reputation of the event and we thank all the sponsors for their continued support.

More details of the Competition and any new Trophies will be announced over the coming months.
Happy modelling
Tony Horton
IPMS (UK) Competition Secretary

Late Arrival of IPMS Magazine

Members will have noticed that the Scale ModelWorld Special issue of the Magazine (6/2014) was very late in arriving on their doormats this time and some may still be waiting for it to arrive. I must apologise for this failure to meet our usual target of ensuring delivery before the Christmas break.

Due to a combination of circumstances beyond the control of Chris Ayre and myself, the final edit of the Magazine was late going to the printers (though the printing was actually completed before the Christmas break) and the firm that we use to handle Magazine sorting and packaging themselves had problems with the sub-contractors that they use for delivery. End result: the Magazines were not posted out until 30th December.

Don Carrick
IPMS (UK) Magazine Editor

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.

2014 Competition Update

Competition Forms now available to download
The Registration form, competition rules and classes and trophies listings are available to download from the Competition Page on the Scale ModelWorld website. Entry to the competition is open to members of all IPMS groups worldwide. There are two new armour trophies this year and the rules governing classes 46 to 53 have been revised.

Registration opens from 1st August.

Three model events this coming weekend

May 10th 2014
IPMS Cleveland 20th Anniversary Open Day
Venue: Sunnyfield House, Westgate, Guisborough, TS14 6BA
To celebrate our 20th Anniversary IPMS Cleveland will be holding a Open Day on Saturday 10th May between 1000-1500 hrs. There will be displays of our work over the years, plus modeling taking place during the day. Entrance is free, refreshments will be available, ample parking on Westgate and in the local area.
Admission price: Free
Organiser: John Tate, IPMS Cleveland, email:

May 11th 2014
Hendon Scale Model Show
Venue: RAF Museum Hendon, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5QW ( )
Presented by IPMS Barnet &Harrow. Club displays, traders, competition and catering. Open 10:00 to 18:00
Admission price: Free (car parking charges apply)
Organiser: Les Rawlins, 47 Dales Path, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 2SF, email:, website:

May 11th 2014
Model Show 2014
Venue: Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Glos, GL3 2JH
The 13th IPMS Gloucester Model Show
Admission price: Adults £2.50, Children (15 and under) and senior citizens £1.00
Organiser: IPMS Gloucester, Jeff Brown, email:


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.

Web link:

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.