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  • By Modelers... For Modelers

    By Modelers... For Modelers

  • By Modelers... For Modelers

    By Modelers... For Modelers

    2015 Best of Class, Best Ship - USS Intrepid CVA-11, by Ryan Labieniec

  • 2015 Best of Class, Art Gerber Best Military Vehicle - M1126 Stryker, by Nathan LaPorte

    By Modelers... For Modelers

    2015 Best of Class, Art Gerber Best Military Vehicle - M1126 Stryker, by Nathan LaPorte

  • Tri-motor

    By Modelers... For Modelers

  • P-47

    By Modelers... For Modelers

  • 2015 Best of Class, Best Automotive - Porsche 917/30, by Steve Bright

    By Modelers... For Modelers

    2015 Best of Class, Best Automotive - Porsche 917/30, by Steve Bright

Announcements

The online voting for the 2021 Executive Board Election is now open at https://voting.ipmsusa3.org.

Biographical information about the Executive Board candidates is online at https://voting.ipmsusa3.org/page/2021-candidate-biographies

If you have any questions or issues, please read the Voting Instructions and/or send email to webmaster@ipmsusa.org.

I'm writing a brief note to clarify the relationship between Models For Troops (M4T) and IPMS/USA. Let me start by saying that it has been one of my priorities since taking office to support M4T in multiple ways. That being said, please be aware that 4T is a standalone organization run ably (and gallantly) by Jon Emery. Jon's outreach to active servicemembers, those in VA treatment, and other vets is a labor of love.

IPMS/USA supports M4T in several ways. Your E-Board has voted to provide a monthly donation to M4T to support operations (storage, shipping, incidental supplies) that otherwise largely comes out of Jon's own pockets. In addition, Stephen Broughall, a US Army retired officer, has volunteered to serve as an advisor to the Board and is the primary interface between us and M4T. Lastly, IPMS Chapters and individual members have stepped up to support M4T directly, through donations of kits, supplies, reference material, cash, and when logistically possible, manpower.

Before I forget, here's the contact info for M4T:

https://www.modelsfortroops.com/ 919-538-3348 9721 Weathering Ct Zebulon, NC 27597 models4troops@gmail.com

I encourage anyone reading this, whether you're a member or not, to support Jon's efforts. While donations of modeling material are always appreciated, operating funding is just as important. Perhaps your Chapter will consider a donation to M4T, or hold a distressed kit auction or other fundraising event and send the proceeds off to Jon. One of Steve B's roles as liaison officer to M4T is exploring both corporate and governmental grants and assistance, and we plan to explore support to other organizations with the same mission as M4T in the future.

Thanks,

John Noack President, IPMS/USA

2021 IPMS/USA National Convention

August 18 - 21, 2021
In the Fabulous City of LAS VEGAS

News


March/April 2021 Journal Cover
  • Mr. Gasser in a Golf Cart - Sending Ed Roth's classic monster to the links, by Richard Engar
  • RAF Rhino - Giving Academy's 1:72 F-4J the royal treatment, by Ralph Nardone
  • Battleship Buster - Folding the wings and loading the torpedo on Hasegawa's 1:48 B5N2 Kate, by Patrick Brown
  • Weathering Wisdom - Learning to apply appropriate wear to an AH-1Z Viper, by Chris Vanda
  • From Missile to Moon Rocket - Scratch-building the title subject of Heinlein's Rocket Ship Galileo, by Dan Thompson
  • That Fokker is a Messerschmitt - Crashing the Eduard 1:32 Bf 109E-4 in a Battle of Britain diorama, by David A. Kimbrell
  • Top Minenraumen - Building the Meng VsKfz 617 mine clearing vehicle, by David A. Kimbrell

New Reviews

  • The Red Baron, A Photographic Album of The First World War´s Greatest Ace

    The Red Baron, A Photographic Album of The First World War´s Greatest Ace

    July 30, 2021

    Reviewed by: Michael Reeves
    Company: Pen & Sword

    There is probably no more well-known figure from the Great War, or more written about or discussed, than the infamous Red Baron- Manfred von Richthofen. The original ringmaster of the Flying Circus, his record stands for itself and no plane from that war stands out more from historians down to...

  • WW1 Belgian Infantry

    WW1 Belgian Infantry

    July 30, 2021

    Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra
    Company: ICM

    ICM has finally filled a big gap in their ongoing World War 1 Infantry series by releasing a set of early-war Belgian Infantry. Unlike most of the previous sets which displayed figures advancing toward an unseen enemy, this set displays Belgian infantry in what must be the most iconic fashion for the period...

  • Normandie 1944: 2. Panzer-Division Tome II Caen-Vire-Mortain

    Normandie 1944: 2. Panzer-Division Tome II Caen-Vire-Mortain

    July 29, 2021

    Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery
    Company: Heimdal

    C'est une magnifique publication, riche en prose et en photographie. Presentee en francais, mon manque de maitrise du francais me fait passer a cote de la qualite de la prose, mais la photographie ne necessite pas de traduction precise.

    In English - This is a magnificent publication, rich in prose...

  • Bombarda Maggiora ad Acetilene da 320

    Bombarda Maggiora ad Acetilene da 320

    July 26, 2021

    Reviewed by: Rick Taylor
    Company: Vargas Scale Models

    Introduction

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Once the combatants in the Great War settled into the trenches, the Italians faced a desperate shortage of heavy artillery. To help fill this need, Demetrio Maggiora invented a short range 320mm (12.6 inch) mortar powered by acetylene...

  • Yakolev UT-3 (3rd Version)

    Yakolev UT-3 (3rd Version)

    July 26, 2021

    Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker
    Company: Croco Models

    History

    The Yakovlev UT-3 was designed as a training aircraft to offer instruction to pilots of multi-engined aircraft, gunners, bombardiers, and radio operators. Construction was mainly of wood, with fabric covering and some steel tubing. Imported French Renault 6Q engines were used on the...

  • Detail-up Parts: McLaren MP4/2C ’86 Portuguese GP

    Detail-up Parts: McLaren MP4/2C ’86 Portuguese GP

    July 23, 2021

    Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette
    Company: Platz

    An available set for the Platz/NuNu McLaren MP4/2C is part Ne00001 and is made for kit PN20000. Included in the set are:

    • Four decal sheets covering carbon fiber additions
    • One decal sheet with lettering
    • One decal sheet for additional coloring for the car in orange and...

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