Online deliveries of the IPMS Seam Scraper tool have been suspended because we are out of stock. Demand for the tool has been extremely high and continues to exceed our expectations.
If you order online please be aware that there is likely to be a 3-4 week waiting time until the new batch of tools is delivered to us and we can fulfil your order. As soon as we have more tools in stock we will announce it here.
Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org using “IPMS South Wales Club” in the subject line or telephone him on 01633 670740
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)
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
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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 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 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.
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”
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.
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”
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
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.
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.
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.)
The inspiration for this column’s monthly themes comes from a wide range of sources, some of them obvious and others less so. Sometimes those ideas are easy to find but often I am scratching around for something on which to base my monthly ramblings. This month has been one of the easier ones and returns to a subject I talk about from time to time – the nature of model shows.
I’ve just returned from one the shows I attend each year. It’s the MAFVA Nationals and I’ve been going for almost as long as I’ve been a member. I joined MAFVA roughly the same time as I joined IPMS (UK) and I happily split my loyalties between the two. Neither am I the only current or former member of the IPMS Committee to have memberships of both organisations. As a long term MAFVA member I would be attending the Nationals anyway, but I have the added bonus of representing IPMS most years. We have long had a reciprocal agreement that ensures that each organisation has the opportunity to represent themselves at the other’s annual championships. There is the obvious cross-over in membership but it is also about supporting the broader hobby and working with each other rather than as rivals. After all, we all need a healthy hobby in order for us to survive.
Attending a show as an IPMS representative means that I don’t have quite the freedom to wander around as I normally would. My ability to do so very much depends on the size of the event and how busy it is. My primary Continue reading “Viewpoint – July 2017”
The middle of last month saw IPMS (UK) have its Annual General Meeting. It marks a renewal point in our year as it it the place where we (the Executive Committee) must report back to our membership on what we have achieved in the past 12 months and how the Society is operating. We can put forward proposals to change aspects of how the Society operates and allow the membership to vote on such matters. It is also a place where members can air their views, propose their own changes and also to stand for election to the Executive Committee (EC).
This year was particularly rewarding in terms of elections because we welcomed five completely new faces to the EC. They bring with them fresh enthusiasm, potentially new ideas and above all a willingness to move the Society forwards. It also proved the value of the AGM in giving members the opportunity to debate the proposals in an open forum. One of the Resolutions tabled by a member sparked a useful debate. It was immediately clear that whilst the people attending the AGM understood the principle behind what was being proposed and broadly supported it, the solution on the table was not one that they were prepared to vote for. A useful debate ensued and a general canvassing of those present made it clear that a better course of action would be to withdraw the Resolution and look at alternative processes to achieve the same end in a more open and transparent way.
It is probably this technical and often dry process that dissuades so many from attending the AGM. All members have a vote but only a small number choose to exercise that right. Over the years we have increased the Continue reading “Viewpoint – June 2017”
If you’ve been involved in this hobby for any length of time then you can’t help but notice how it constantly changes. Some of those changes are obvious, whilst others are more subtle and don’t become clear unless you make comparisons with what was happening say, 10 years ago. It’s all part of being a vibrant hobby. If everything stayed the same all the time then it would very quickly begin to stagnate.
Change is healthy, even if at times it makes us uncomfortable. It refreshes, it brings in new concepts and it challenges what we know and are comfortable with. There will always be some who fight against change, who feel that the status quo must be maintained, but they miss the fundamental truth that discovering new things will help us to retain our enthusiasm for the hobby. The same can be said of your career or your life in general, but let’s not get too evangelical because this is about the hobby that you and I pursue.
I’ve been around modelling for the past four decades. I’ve seen it grow and change massively in that time, but I’ve also seen that some things remain constant. Technology has changed, making a big difference in the general quality of kits that are available. However, it is dangerous to assume that this automatically consigns older kits to the scrap heap. There are 40 and 50 year-old kits out there that can comfortably stand alongside many kits that have been released in the past 10 years in terms of their quality and finesse.
One of the most exciting developments in our hobby in the 21st Century has been the growth of 3d printing technology. There is an awful lot of ignorance and misunderstanding out there about what is (and is not) possible at present and a vastly over-optimistic assumption about how quickly it will replace the traditional injection moulded product, but the potential is vast and it is already making significant impact on our hobby.
You won’t be seeing full kits that you can order online and then ‘print’ on your home 3d printer anytime in the next 10-20 years. We’re a long way from the high quality printer that is affordable to the average modeller. Continue reading “Viewpoint – May 2017”
Modellers tend to be creatures of habit. We mostly stick to the subjects we like. We generally build in a constant scale and we often develop particular styles and methods of construction as we become more experienced.
It isn’t a hard and fast rule and I sometimes spread my building across many genres of modelling, but for more than 30 years my subject and scale of choice was 1/35 scale and (mostly) modern armour. Even within those parameters, I had particular favourites. Engineer and recovery vehicles were always on the agenda, as were any and all variants of the M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier. Over 20+ years I must have built in excess of 30 M113 kits, nearly all of them different and very few of them in American markings.
But things move on and as anyone who follows this column on a regular basis will know, I made the momentous decision to change my allegiance to 1/48 scale armour a few years ago. It was a combination of factors that brought about this move to a new scale. I felt increasingly overwhelmed with the sheer Continue reading “Viewpoint – April 2017”
So much of what we do is about perception. We are reliant on the information that others provide and all too often we base our opinions on the information that is provided for us, rather than making any real effort to find things out for ourselves.
I was reminded of this recently when I saw a conversation on one of the online forums I frequent. The thing that shocked me most was that the arguments were old ones; they were resurfacing and reinforcing old perceptions, old prejudices, old assumptions about our importance in the world order.
It’s no secret that my preferred modelling scale these days is 1/48; often referred to as ‘quarter scale’ because a quarter of an inch equates to one foot, or more arrogantly by some as TOTS – ‘the one true scale’. The reality is that my preferred scale is a minority one in armour terms. It’s a niche interest in a Continue reading “Viewpoint – March 2017”
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.
I was reminded recently that I’ve been a member of IPMS (UK) for nearly 30 years. It came as a shock to think that I had been part of the Society for that long because it doesn’t seem like it at all. Yet, so much has changed in that time, in my own life, in the Society and in the wider hobby not to mention the world as a whole.
Back then, the Internet was a new and curious technology that few people understood the potential of. Mobile phones were the size of house bricks (almost literally) and their battery packs even bigger. I well remember attending a seminar at college, promoting the newly developed digital camera technology – at the time it was little more than a converted Nikon F4 that offered tiny (by today’s standards) images. Me and my fellow photography students looked at each other and thought ‘it’ll never catch on’…
The face of our hobby has changed massively over the past 20 years. Technology has played a fundamental part in those changes for any number of reasons. Changes in the way models are designed have led to a huge expansion in the number of manufacturers out there who are producing high quality plastic kits. Allied to this has been a huge growth in the number of small (and not so small) aftermarket companies that are releasing equally high quality and often very niche products.
Much of the expansion has been the result of the Internet taking hold of our lives, for better or for worse. Our knowledge of, and access to, manufacturers in other countries around the world is infinitely greater than it was in the 1980s and early 1990s. It has also opened our eyes to how the hobby operates in other countries. A great example is the consistent level of commentary about Tamiya ‘re-boxing’ Italeri kits. We in the western hemisphere question why Tamiya would bother to do this, not realising that they have been doing so for the past 40 years for the domestic Japanese market. That’s the difference. Pre-Internet, this part of their operation was hidden from much of the rest of the world because those kits rarely left Japan. Post-Internet, when anything Continue reading “Viewpoint – January 2017”
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.