Seam Scraper out of stock

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.

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

Membership applications, renewals and SMW

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

Applications or renewals received after this deadline 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).


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

New “Add Your Event” form

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

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

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


Traders for SMW 2017

The list for traders booked so far for Scale ModelWorld 2017 is now on the site at

Viewpoint – July 2017

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”

Template risk assessement

Because I seem to be getting a lot of emails from people worried about the risk assessments I have decided to issue a generic form which can be edited to suit.

As it stands it covers all the basics and just needs a Branch or SIG name adding along with a date.

If your Branch or SIG has any extra risks that you feel should be mentioned then they can be added at the end of the form.

Please note it is a Branch or SIG responsibility to perform a proper risk assessment; simply “tick boxing” the template form is not sufficient.

The form is on the Scale ModelWorld Forms page or can be downloaded directly from here

Viewpoint – June 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”

Deadline for SMW Risk Assessments

The deadline for risk assessments to be with the UK Liaison Officer is the 30th June.

Can all Branch and SIG Leaders please make sure that you have one on file before that date?

The listing on the website is up to date and checked daily, so if you have sent a copy in and it has not been entered please contact me as it may have not arrived.

Remember that we now have a new UKLO and that I am quite happy to accept risk assessments by email (contact details here)

John White, UK Liaison Officer

Special trophies for SMW 2017

This year’s new additions to the Scale ModelWorld competition trophy list include some interesting items, and one which is for this year only.

First, we have the special trophy that will only be awarded this year:

ROBERT S. HOPKINS III AWARD                                 

Awarded for the best model of any variant of a Boeing KC-135

This is to coincide with author Robert S Watkins III’s  launch of his new book on the KC 135.  He will be at ScaleModel World this year signing copies as well as sponsoring the new award.


Other new trophies for this year are:    

REME MUSEUM TROPHY                                                

Awarded to the best Military Recovery Repair or Engineering Vehicle or diorama

This is an award from the REME museum and hopefully will be an annual award.  I believe this trophy will be worth winning this year and in future years. It is also good to see an AFV trophy.



Awarded for the best Armoured model in any scale

Inside the Armour have again made great efforts to support the competition with this award, and they have decided to make their award this year to cover a broader base within the Armour categories.


SHIP MODELLER MAGAZINE AWARD                             

Awarded to the best Ship Model in any scale

It is great to see an award for ship building competitors back this year, and is to support the newly-realised ship modelling magazine from Inside the Armour Publications.


For all the information on the Scale ModelWorld 2017 competition, see

Tony Horton, Competition Secretary

SMW 2017 competition entry form

The entry form for the competition at Scale ModelWorld 2017, the lists of classes and trophies, and the rules and definitions are all now on the Competition page at

New Executive Committee

Following the elections at the Annual General Meeting, executive committee posts were filled as follows:

Competition Secretary – No nominations received. Tony Horton continues in a co-opted capacity until an appropriate volunteer is identified and elected to post

Honorary Secretary – Richard Middleton

Honorary Treasurer – Mark Hill

Magazine Editor – David Berryman

Membership Secretary – Cliff Bassett

Overseas Liaison Officer – Roland Turner

Technical Advisory Service – Alfie Bass

UK Liaison Officer – John White

The details of the entire Committee can be found at

Important message for Branch Secs & SIG Leaders

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

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


Andrew, UKLO

Viewpoint – May 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”

Family members voting

Just to make clear that family members can vote at the Annual General Meeting, and can also vote by post.

To vote by post, just copy the voting form from the AGM papers before the form has been completed.

Each family member can then submit their own voting form.


Voting Form – don’t forget your membership number!

If you are using a postal vote for this year’s Annual General Meeting, please note it is necessary to sign and date the form and to include your membership number.

If you can’t remember your membership number, it can be found:

  • On your membership card
  • On your IPMS Magazine address label
  • On the membermojo membership adminstration system here (you need to be able to log in to membermojo to do this, for more information see the section “Option 1: Amend Details Online” here )
  • By contacting the Membership Secretary using the contact form here

AGM papers mailed out

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

The papers include the agenda, resolutions, minutes of the 2016 AGM, officers’ reports, financial accounts, nominations for the Executive Committee and a voting form.

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

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

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

Viewpoint – April 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”

Two new UK Branches

Welcome to two new UK Branches:

Plymouth, see

Wolverhampton, see


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

Viewpoint – March 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”

More photos of Scale ModelWorld 2016 added

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

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

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

Viewpoint – February 2017

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’…

I joined IPMS (UK) about a year after I started work. I can’t remember the precise motivation but I was clearly in the mood to get involved in the hobby in Continue reading “Viewpoint – February 2017”

Viewpoint – January 2017

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”

Date for Scale ModelWorld 2019 set

Scale ModelWorld 2019 will be held on 9-10th November 2019.  Venue is as before, The International Centre in Telford.

More details at

For details of all future Scale ModelWorld shows and other IPMS(UK) events, see

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 SIG – Mulberry Harbour

A Mulberry harbour Special Interest Group has been formed.

Contact details are at


New branch formed – Mildenhall

Welcome to our latest UK Branch, Mildenhall.

Contact and meeting dates and venue at


Scale ModelWorld 2016 Competition results

The results in full for the 2016 competition are now available

Click here to view (PDF opens in separate window)

Photos of Championship winning models

The are now photos of the Scale ModelWorld 2016 Senior and Junior National Champion winning models, and also the Category winners in the photo gallery at

Holiday Inn fully booked

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

Photos from day 1 of Scale ModelWorld 2016

Some pictures from the first day of SMW 2016 can be found here

These include images of the 2016 National Senior Champion winning model

Advance ticket sales

Sorry, advance tickets for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are no longer available; it’s now too close to the event to allow for delivery in time.

Scale ModelWorld Competition Entries Top 1000

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

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

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

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

Final SMW floorplans and exhibitor lists

The final floorplans and lists of exhibitors for Scale ModelWorld 2016 have been posted.

Please note little has changed since the previous versions; see the “Corrections and Updates” section at the foot of the Floor Plans page here

New MMP BOOKS books available at SMW

MMP Books have announced the following new books for Scale Modelworld 2016:

  • Polish Wings No. 21 MiG-29 ‘Kościuszko Squadron’ Commemorative Schemes
  • Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 2
  • The Fairey Barracuda
  • The Stockholm Run. Air Transport Between Britain and Sweden During WWII
  • U.S. Military Aircraft in the Royal Swedish Air Force



Simon Watson of  The Aviation Bookshop has announced that the following will be signing copies of METEOR BOYS:

  • Steve Bond ( Author )
  • Alec Audley ( Meteor Pilot )
  • Mike Sayer ( Meteor Pilot )
  • Alun Williams ( Meteor Pilot )

In addition, PHILLIP CAMP will be signing copies of SQUADRONS, PATCHES, HERALDRY & ARTWORK OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE 1932 -2016.

Also announced is that Harpia Press will release its latest title RUSSIAN WARPLANES vol. 2 by Piotr Butowski.

Changes to traders at SMW


Azimut Productions will be joining us at Scale ModelWorld

Please also note that the trading name of Jonathon Dale is GAMEIN5D Base Boards, and that Vapour Trials have a new trading name, 1/144th