As I’m sure you are aware by now (pay attention at the back there!), IPMS/USA is split into 13 regions. Each of these regions is encouraged to hold an annual convention, making them one step down from the Nationals in the IPMS contest hierarchy. Many fine models and modellers can be found at the Regionals. On April 18 and 19, 2008, IPMS/John H. Glenn and IPMS/Western Reserve hosted the IPMS/USA Region IV Convention at the Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, about 20 miles from Cleveland and close to Lake Erie.Billed as ‘two days of modeling heaven’ the show featured items not usually seen at stateside model shows including club and chapter tables, an impressive ‘art wall’ featuring exceptional aviation fine art, and free admission for all children 17 and under. The show featured 12,000 square feet of shopping bliss in the Vendors’ Hall and a 6,000 square feet Contest Room. Besides the art wall and the 96 vendor tables, the Vendors’ Hall included 25 on-floor modelling skill demos from beginners how-to’s to advanced techniques, a huge raffle which even featured the brand new Airfix Canberra, and a Make and Take program attended by about 150 children. Modellers from seven states and across the border from Canada combined to display over 820 models of all sizes and types. The contest room featured 643 models entered by 142 contestants. The Best in Show award went to a 1/16 M7 Priest self-propelled gun – well, you have to keep the tread heads happy…!
The Art Wall boasted an impressive display of fine paintings
A large scale Tomahawk – this impressive P-40B was from the Trumpeter kit
Thanks to all the new kits out in recent years, the Lancaster is an increasingly common sight at shows
What is a model show in Cleveland without an Air Racer?
A nicely turned out DC-3 in Trans-Canada livery
A striking colour scheme. A lot of unusual and interesting Jerry (foyer’s F-4 Phantom – one of many fine examples of John Vitkus’s Junkers. Another attractive early civilian type types were on display the type on show in the contest
The stunning scheme on Larry Davis’s Golden Hawks Sabre The Airfix Nimrod is quite popular in the States as well This RCAF Neptune had no doubt just come across the
6 will be familiar to many border for the show…
Other highlights of the show included seminars, a sit-down awards banquet (no beer-and-crisps event, this!), and a 56-minute audio-visual presentation of the contest winners. Apparently, big fun was had by all! Congratulations are due to both the chapters involved for putting on what by all accounts was a fine show.
My sincere thanks to Jim and Heather Bates for their photos and help in compiling this article.
This scaled-down Harrier shows what can be done in 1/144
Doug Halke at work on the IPMS John Glenn Chapter table
A1/144 Hornet in the striking RCAF scheme provided in the Revell kit
The Vendor Hall. An overall view shows readers just what they miss if they don’t attend these events!
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