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

Seam Scraper out of stock!

Online deliveries of the IPMS Seam Scraper tool have been suspended because we are out of stock.  New stock is on order but it may be three-four weeks before it is available.  Demand for the tool has been extremely high and has far exceeded 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.

For those of you attending the following shows over the next couple of weeks, we will have limited stocks available:

Sunday, 20th May – East Midlands Model Show
Saturday, 26th May – Torbay Model Show
Saturday, 2nd June – Salisbury Model Show
Sunday, 3rd June – Northern Model Show

Full details of the above shows are available on our events page…/category/uk-shows-ipms-exec-presence/

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”