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2010 IPMS-USA Nationals

Leaving Phoenix
The show started to wind down around 5pm on Saturday. Vendors were packing up and leaving. Many would be going to the banquet dinner later that night to see who had brought home medals and awards. Mostly I am sure they went for the food. Sadly I did not opt to go to the banquet. And I am not sure how things fared on the awards front. However the folks at Silicon Valley IPMS have done a great job with photos and award info on this site.

If you are looking for even more photos we did publish these features earlier this month for armor/afv, aircraft, and ships. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the great work that was displayed this year. Next years show is in Omaha, Nebraska. It should have the potential to be a good show being centrally located near the middle of the U.S.

We would like to congratulate the chapters that put on the Phoenix show. There we no major SNAFUs that I heard about anyways and their choice of venue was great. I also like the web site for the show. It's already updated with info and photos. Nice job guys!

See you next year in Omaha!

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...


Thanks for the report, Jim. I trust Kirsten and Em didn't get too bored while you photographed and hob-nobbed with fellow plasticerians? Speaking Em, I saw a pic of her on another site - surrounded by their members holding up the site logo... little traitor! (mail or PM me if you want the link ) I was (pleasantly) surprised to see a SAAF Cheetah Squadron SIG. No doubt Ex-Pats. Thanks again Rudi p.s. Are there always so few figures at the US IPMS shows?
AUG 16, 2010 - 05:16 PM
Hmm... at first I thought this was the photo I took (further into the thread), but then I realized Emily wasn't in that photo. Mike told me about someone taking this and his second thoughts about having Emily in the photo. To be honest I would rather NOT see someone posting her picture and have her name in the text as well. If you can get a moderator over there to remove her name that would be good. There actually were a lot more figures at the show. Sadly I ran out of time on Saturday to take all the photos of non-aircraft/armor/ship entries. Those I was able to get a majority of. Thanks! Jim
AUG 16, 2010 - 06:53 PM
LOL! Time.... always an issue when the family is in tow at a model show
AUG 16, 2010 - 07:06 PM
Rudi, See my amended text above. Thanks, Jim
AUG 16, 2010 - 07:17 PM
No worries, Jim. Will PM the site administrator.
AUG 16, 2010 - 07:23 PM
Sorry I should have added this info. Believe it or not many (if not all) of these actually came overseas to be at the show. There was a guy from the UK chapter of the What If SIG and he had brought most of these over with him and some What If models as well. Brave guy! I think he did say he use to live in SA. And another example of the British Invasion. Cheers, Jim
AUG 16, 2010 - 08:26 PM
Hi Jim, Excellent report! It must have been a hell of a job once again to edit it and publish it. thanks a lot! Seeing your article makes me looking forward to the next Nürnberg Toy Fair in february but also the Thionvile Expo of October. Again, great job! Jean-Luc
AUG 16, 2010 - 08:48 PM
Excellent report Jim. That When Worlds Collide missile on page 11 was built onsite at the convention in a little over an hour by my buddy and owner of Maus Werx, Dekker Zimmerman. It was so funny to watch him build that thing. It was as though he was 6 years old again. Crouched over one of the folding chairs in the vendor room, he was in the zone. He even earned a 3rd place finish with it. There were 15 of us from Colorado Springs on hand for the event and all had a great time. Entries were a little down from previous conventions at 1705, but overall it was still a good show. Thanks for the report, see you in Omaha. "Q"
AUG 17, 2010 - 02:54 AM
Thanks for sharing the rest of the show and your thoughts about it, Jim! Some good news and new items to follow with interest Cheers, Rui
AUG 17, 2010 - 04:43 AM