IPMS-USA Nationals 2007 Show Report

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Wrap up

The last night of course was the banquet where it was planned to announce some of the main winners from the contest. Alas timing for these shows never quite goes as planned and the net result was food and other news but no winners. In the the end everyone just went over to the contest room to see if their entry had won a prize. Charles was happy to note that he had one a first place and second place award for two of his three entries. The first place winner was his Tubmleweed Tank with was completely scratch-built with the exception of the figure. Jim Wechsler won best of show for his impressive collection of Sherman dio/vignettes. I believe he told me there were somewhere around 70 or 80 of these wonderful items, some of which I had seen before but never all in one place.

The show was certainly a success from my vantage point. Even given all the little things one might grump about these types of shows are incredibly hard to organize and pull-off. I think that even though there were some glitches (early registrations for one) it still was a fun show and there was a lot more large positives than minor negatives. Still I hope to see a better Web site soon for next year. I have been so promised by IPMS Tidewater that they are 'on the job' in that regard and I wish them all the good fortune I can for next years show.

Until then...

more photos

There are more aircraft, armor, diorama, automotive, paper model and ship photos on the following pages. They are somewhat random but I tried to group them a bit. If you have patience and want to view all the photos taken you can find them here in the gallery.

speedy walk through video

If you had actually gone to the show for only 7 minutes, this would be about what you got to see. Minus the score from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky.

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