2010 IPMS-USA Nationals
The VendorsOn Thursday morning I inquired about getting a press or media pass for the show. Larry Randel was kind enough to oblige with passes for my wife and daughter as well. I wanted to spend a majority of my time in the vendor area for this show so that’s where we went first. There was of course a variety of businesses represented in Hall 1, the ‘Vendor Room’. Calling it a room is almost an insult as it was about 25-30,000 sq. feet of space. The first logos I noted was that of Testors, Squadron, and Revell. They were all lined up in what was the manufacturer’s row. Notably missing from that area was MRC and Tamiya. The former had been scheduled to come and their tables remained ghostly empty for the duration of the show. I don’t know why Tamiya opted to skip this year’s show. They are usually present I think and this was only 6 hours from their U.S. offices in Los Angeles. Hobby Link Japan was not at this show either, but they were well represented as a sponsor via advertising and various sponsorships.
A British Invasion? More like a European Invasion.
If there was a feeling of absent vendors at the show it was short-lived. Because unlike past years, 2010 will be the year the Europeans invaded IPMS Nationals, but in a good way. There were a half-dozen UK based publishers present at the show; CaseMate, SAMI, SAM, ADH, AFV Modeller, Guideline, and Osprey. They were joined by Air Magazine (France), Eduard/ Aires Models/ MPM Productions /CMK (Czec Republic), Wespe Models (Romania), Harder & Steenbeck (Germany), and several more I am sure.
I had a great time talking to many of the vendors present at this year’s show. The following pages include a summary of some of the highlights.