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 Author  Topic: IPMS/USA National Contest Rules & History stuff
Bob Steinbrunn

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I've been going back through previous posts just to get up to speed on what's been said and I ran across a discussion on whether RC or wooden PT boat models would be eligible for IPMS/USA National competition.

Short answer: YES!

Long answer:

History: IPMS started in the UK in the 1960s and a model kit importer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area named Jim Sage decided to start IPMS/USA as a branch. I was a member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter when I joined IPMS/USA in 1969 while in the military. Jim was technically IPMS/USA #1 but forgot to give himself a number, so Richard Marmo, his right-hand man, became IPMS/USA #1. Richard is a prolific modeler and author and many of you may have seen his work. I'm IPMS/USA #3345 and find having a low four-digit number marks me as being somewhat prehistoric within IPMS circles. Ah, well........

Originally, yes, it was named the International PLASTIC Modelers Society and the rules stated any model in competition had to be primarily of plastic, i.e. - styrene, resin, or any derivative. Over the years, though, the rules changed to accommodate metal figures, flat paper figures, and - get this - even wooden ship models!

The IPMS/USA website can be found here:

National rules can be found here:

I've been to (I think) about nine Nationals and have found them to be great fun. Lots of ship models and vendors, and at last year's convention in Columbus, Ohio, it was overwhelming: seemingly hundreds of vendors filling several ballrooms. It's really best to lock your wallet, cash, & credit cards in your room safe.
Here's a photo of the contest room at the Hyatt Regency, Columbus, 2015.

And, of course, the ubiquitous PT 109 was there as well:

Don't know the builder, but the model was very nice.

For those of you with spectacular PT models such as Bridge Carney (PT 157) who desire to enter, you should know that any operational RC features will NOT be judged since only scale fidelity and workmanship count here. Next year's convention will be in Columbia, South Carolina, and in 2017 it will be held in Omaha, Nebraska. Hope to see you there.


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