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 by the beginning of January 2019.

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

AGM reminder

The deadline for submitting resolutions, and for proposing members for Executive Committe posts is 31st December 2018.

More details are available here

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)

IPMS Dorset Poole Show

Added the IPMS Dorset/Poole Vikings show 2019 to the events diary

IPMS Farnborough Modelfest

Added IPMS Farnborough Modelfest 2019 to the events diary

Bolton IPMS Scale Model Show

Added Bolton IPMS Scale Model Show 2019 to the events diary

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.

Ipswich IPMS Model Day

Added the Ipswich IPMS Model Day 2019 to the events diary

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.

Midland Air Museum Christmas Model Fair

Added the Midland Air Museum Christmas Model Fair 2018 to the events diary

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

Gloucester Show 2019

The IPMS Gloucester Show 2019 has been added to the events diary, see:

SMW briefing for Branch And SIG Leaders

The briefing document for Branch Secretaries and SIG Leaders, with important information for IPMS members is here

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

Guayaquil Modellfest, Ecuador

Added Guayaquil Modellfest 2019, Ecuador to the events diary

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

SMW timetable

The timetable for Scale ModelWorld 2018 is available as a PDF here.

Please note these timings are almost bound to change.

IPMS(UK) Annual Dinner 2018

The IPMS(UK) Annual Dinner is held during Scale ModelWorld.  Click here for menu and booking information.

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.


RAF 100 – Glasgow Science Centre

Added RAF 100 at Glasgow Science Centre to the events diary

Zagreb, Croatia Scale Model Cup

Added Zagreb Scale Model Cup “Crna Kraljica” to the events diary

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.

Euromodell Ried im Innkreis, Austria

Added Euromodell Ried im Innkreis, Austria 2018 to the events diary

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.

Golden Scale Model Show, Latvia

Added the Golden Scale Model Show 2018 in Riga, Latvia to the events diary

Southampton Toy Fair, August

Added the Southampton Toy Fair August 2018 to the events diary

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

VI Model Contest AMM, Mallorca

Added the VI Model Contest AMM, 2018, Mallorca to the events diary

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

Seam Scraper back in stock

The IPMS(UK) Seam Scraper Tool is now back in stock for online sales.

For more details of how to order click here


SMW admission prices held

The admission prices for Scale ModelWorld 2018 have been held at the same level as in 2017.  Click here for details

North Shropshire Model Show

Added the North Shropshire Model Show 2018 to the events diary:

GDPR notes for branch and sig leaders

An email should be in your inboxes with guidance notes attached to see how this affects you, please check.

Boscombe Down Model Show

Added the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Model Show 2018 to the events diary

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

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)

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

Glasgow Scale Model Show

Added Glasgow Scale Model Show 2018 to the events diary

Swidnickie Biennale Modelarskie

Have added the Swidnickie Biennale Modelarskie 2018, Poland to the events diary

Swidnickie Biennale Modelarskie 2018

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

East of Scotland Model Show

Added the East of Scotland Model Show to the diary.   Please note the new venue for this year.

East of Scotland Model Show 2018

IPMS Argentina Mar del Plata Show

Added the 32nd. Exhibition and Contest of IPMS Argentina Mar del Plata to the events diary

IPMS Argentina Mar del Plata Show 2018

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.

Cancelled: Wirral Scale Model Show

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Wirral Show has been cancelled this year.  Hopefully it will be able to go ahead next year.

Keighley Model Show

Added the IPMS Keighley Model Show 2018 ‘First Edition’ to the events diary

IPMS Keighley Model Show 2018 ‘First Edition’

Croydon Aviation and Model Collectors Show

Added the Croydon Aviation and Model Collectors Show 2019 to the events diary

Croydon Aviation and Model Collectors Show 2019

Wicksteed at War

Added the Military Vehicle Trust’s Wicksteed at War 2018 event to the diary.   Any clubs willing to exhibit at the event are most welcome.

Wicksteed at War 2018

SMN Modelling in a Day Workshops

Added the latest Scale Modelling Now Modelling in a Day Workshops to the events diary

Scale Modelling Now Modelling in a Day Workshops

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


SMW 2018 Overseas Club Booking form

The booking form for Overseas Clubs wishing to exhibit at Scale ModelWorld 2018 is now available online – click here

Letchworth Showcase

Added Letchworth Scale Model Club Showcase 2018 to the events diary

Letchworth Scale Model Club Showcase 2018

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


Shepway Military Modelling Society Show

Added the Shepway Military Modelling Society Annual Show 2018 to the events diary

Shepway Military Modelling Society Annual Show 2018

Model Kit Expo, Poland

Added Model Kit Expo 2018, Targi Kielce, Poland to the events diary

Model Kit Expo 2018, Targi Kielce, Poland

Airfix Squadron Scramble

Details of the Airfix 24 hour Squadron Scramble sponsored model-making event in aid of charity have been added to the events diary

Airfix 24 hour Squadron Scramble

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

Added photo gallery of SMW 2017 National Champions & Category winners

Again, many thanks to Chris Ayre for producing some stunning images of our championship models


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.

IPMS Dorset Model Show announced

The IPMS Dorset / Poole Vikings Model Show 2018 has been added to the events diary

IPMS Dorset / Poole Vikings Model Show 2018

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

Chiltern Show 2018

IPMS Chiltern have provided a review of their first new show, and have announced the date of their 2018 event

IPMS Chiltern Model Show 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.

SMW information for IPMS members

The briefing document for Branch Secretaries and SIG Leaders, with important information for IPMS members, can be found here

Drop-off passes in post

Only sixteen days to go now, Branch and SIG leaders will be receiving the drop off car passes any time now as they were posted on Monday.

Can all those who have not yet let me have names and membership numbers for their early entry set up crew please do so as soon as possible please on the UKLO contact address.

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.

SMW Floor Plans Available

The floor plans and the locations of Branches, SIGs and Traders for Scale ModelWorld 2017 are now available

SMW Floor Plan 2017

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).

Scale ModelWorld 2017 timetable

The Scale ModelWorld 2017 timetable is available as a PDF here.  Please note the timings are almost bound to change.

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.

More overseas clubs for Scale ModelWorld

The list of overseas clubs who will be exhibiting at Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been update, see:

Overseas Exhibitors at SMW

Bolton and Plymouth shows

The following shows have been added to the events diary:

IPMS Bolton Scale Model Show 2018

IPMS Plymouth Model Show 2018

Viewpoint – October 2017

Scale ModelWorld takes place on 11-12 November 2017 and yes, it really is a whole year since the last one took place. It is the annual jamboree for IPMS (UK), a chance for us to get together as a group, to admire the outstanding quality of the competition entries, to meet up with old friends and make new ones, to watch that cash disappear from your wallet quicker than you believed possible and listen to your credit card screaming for mercy…

Best of all, we get to share it with the rest of the modelling community too. Scale ModelWorld is open to the public every year and all are welcome. It is the greatest model show on the planet, with over 10,000 visitors expected across the weekend, visitors who hail from all corners of the world, from Wolverhampton to Washington DC and from Telford to Tokyo. It’s not just the visitors who come from afar. Every year we add new overseas names to the roster of traders who are keen to part you from your money.

I already have my shopping list and it is danger of getting longer. This year I’m concentrating on replacing and upgrading some of my modelling tools. Continue reading “Viewpoint – October 2017”

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

SMW dinner information

The 2017 menu and booking information for the Scale ModelWorld Annual Dinner is now available here

Viewpoint – September 2017

In my last column I mentioned that I’d recently completed an M577 Command Vehicle. The kit is an old one that Tamiya first released in the mid 1970s. They have re-issued it periodically over the subsequent decades and it’s still the only 1/35 scale kit of this M113 variant available. The Tamiya M113 kits get a bad press these days and the general consensus is that the Academy kits are much better – and the brand new AFV Club M113 is said to be the bee’s knees, not that I’ve actually seen one so I’ll reserve judgement. Neither am I in a rush to buy it. I don’t ‘need’ it but since the M113 is a particular favourite of mine I’ll almost certainly pick one up in the next year or two.

Maybe I’m a contrary individual but I can’t see that much ‘wrong’ with the Tamiya kits. Sure, they are 40 years old and some of the parts show that, but the fundamentals are good and they provide a brilliant starting point for the type of project that I really enjoy. I also like the Academy M113s, but not to the extent that I’d refuse to buy a Tamiya one.

Almost on the back of the M577 project I’ve started tinkering around with an M1 Abrams detailing project. It’s going to be an original M1 rather than a current M1A2 SEP. The M1 is my era, the period when I really got into modelling in a serious way. The vehicles that were around in the 1980s and 1990s have an appeal that keeps drawing me back. Once again it’s an old Continue reading “Viewpoint – September 2017”

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

Added Latin Militaire 2018, Chile

The Latin Militaire show 2018, Santiago, Chile has been added to the events diary

Latin Militaire 2018, Santiago, Chile

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

Palma de Mallorca Contest-Exposition

The 5th Palma de Mallorca Model Contest-Exposition is now in the events diary

Palma de Mallorca V Model Contest-Exposition

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

Overseas exhibitors for SMW 2017

The list of overseas exhibitors confirmed for Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been added to the site

Overseas Exhibitors at SMW


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

Viewpoint – August 2017

Modelling is all about time. You might argue that it’s about building or technique or perhaps that it’s about history but ultimately, like most craft-based hobbies, it takes time. A simple build project can easily absorb 10-15 hours even it you don’t think of it in those terms, whilst a really complex project might take ten or twenty times that. It all depends on how you want to approach the hobby you enjoy – and if you’re reading this column and buying this (or any other) magazine about the hobby, then I’d argue that you have taken that fundamental step between the casual model assembler to the serious hobbyist.

But should we be measuring our hobby in hours? Does that really matter? If I measure my projects at all it’s in the context of the time elapsed from start to finish rather than actual build time. A model might take three months from start to finish but that isn’t actual bench time because I have other calls on my time. In fact I would question whether it is possible to accurately measure actual build time. What does ‘this model took 50 hours to build’ mean? Does it include preparation time when you are researching? Does it include those evenings when you sit down at your bench for three hours but actually achieve nothing at all (or perhaps that’s just me…)?

I’ve just finished a project I started six years ago. I’d long wanted to build an M577 Command Vehicle in the 1970s MASSTER camouflage scheme. I probably only committed about four months to it in terms of construction, Continue reading “Viewpoint – August 2017”

Wristband requests

Can branch and SIG leaders please contact UKLO by email with details of set up team requirements for wristbands.

Include your Branch SIG name, the name and membership number of each person needing a wristband (max 4). Wristbands will be valid for all weekend, can you also please let me have details of how many car park passes will be needed.

The sooner this is in the better even if I have to make a few last minute changes

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.

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