IPMS-USA Nationals 2007 Show Report

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Many Meetings

I was able to meet and speak to so many people this show that it would be hard to recount them all here (nor would you the reader likely care). But I would definitely like to thank Loic of Great Models, Danny Egan of AMPS, Nick Cortese, Tom Cockle, Ron Volstad, Brett Green and Vladimir Sulc of Eduard for their time and generosity. Of course there were many modelers I was able to speak to as well as well. These shows are great social events really. Modelers can finally meet up with their friends and rivals and share stories, ideas, or lament about how that last model was such a pain in the rear. There was a lot of socializing going on at this show. In fact if I were to compare this show to my experience at the 2002 Virginia Beach show it was worlds apart for me (having known almost no one at that time). But even thinking back on that show it seems to me there were a lot more people walking around in their solitary mode than at this show. Perhaps the Internet is truly having it's affect in that regard?


KitMaker had originally approached the show organizers about a SIG table and a photo area. Based on the stated rules of the show limiting what could be displayed in the way of signage for a SIG table I decided against doing it. In hindsight it would have been nice to have a photo area, but to be honest with all the magazines and others doing them it might have been a bit of an overload for modelers. There were photo request notes on the contest tables from Fine Scale Modeler, Model X, ModelerChannel.com, and Aerospace Modeler. Perhaps next year KitMaker requests will join the fray if only because I am hoping that an east coast show (Virginia Beach) will mean more volunteers to help with this type of thing. And a SIG table and photo operation needs more than little ole me.

New faces

There were a few new faces to the scene this year. Model X was at the show as I just mentioned. I didn't get to speak with Jeff Herne for as long as I wished (the time always seems to fly by at these events) but their presence was certainly felt at the show. Everyone I spoke to seemed very impressed with the quality of the magazines available to date and were looking forward to seeing more of them. Also at the show was the crew from ModelerChannel.com. This group was news to me as I hadn't seen their site till that day. However I spent over an hour talking to Mike Sanches about his plans for the company and how they want to offer modelers a new way to learn and experience the hobby. I took a look at one of the clips they made on a review of the Dragon M1 Abrams SEP and it was very well made. Having this type of multimedia material is definitely the wave of the future. Indeed I also just happened to get some DVDs from Casemate Publishing that are produced by a UK company called Compendium Films. There Expert Model Craft series will have DVDs on subjects like Euro-Militaire, airbrushing and painting figures. Look for a review on those to appear soon here on this site.

About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Come one come all - you've got to read this feature. Car nuts check out the 2nd to last page!!!
SEP 08, 2007 - 11:52 PM
Oh WOW i just carn't believe the quality of the models on display, it look so different to the UK IPMS nationals. I'll expect my invite next year Jim so i can see this first hand well done to all involved cheers keith
SEP 09, 2007 - 04:28 AM
Hai Jim, I agree with your editorial on page one of this report except for one aspect: These people are modellers, not necessarily professional web developers. Providing a professional web environment in which clubs can present themselves could be one of the ambitions (yet another one) of kitmaker? Of course, it would only be possible if the clubs themselves would be interested to manage their cubs website on kitmaker
SEP 09, 2007 - 10:00 PM
There's a tank on the 8th pg, photo 29 of 70, with some sort of hexagonal camo pattern. It looks sort of like a Walker Bulldog but the driver's hatch is on the wrong side and there's (I'm sure) many other differences... can anyone PM me with some info to shed some light this tank? Thanks!!!
SEP 10, 2007 - 06:24 AM
Thanks Jim for sharing your comments. I know that my eyes are getting worse but I thought that the lighting left a lot to be desired, and I will never walk around with a flashlight. Your friend's tumbleweed tank was awesome!
SEP 10, 2007 - 12:09 PM
what's that cool little WW! tank on page 2? Is this the WW1 armour version of Luft 46?
SEP 14, 2007 - 08:36 AM
I enjoyed seeing all the photos. Thanks Jim.
SEP 14, 2007 - 10:28 AM
It is a Japanesse Type 61 in an experimental and temporary camoflage.
SEP 29, 2007 - 06:07 AM