See below for information on a discussion paper being circulated within IPMS USA for discussion. Note that there is some scuttlebutt that the root of this stems from malcontent, but IPMS E-board is granting s fair and open hearing.
A discussion/action paper was submitted to the Executive Board on August 28, 2022 by Dana Mathes, #43781. This paper discusses the current IPMS/USA National Contest judging practices and the criteria on which they are based. It is not a proposal for any changes to the IPMS/USA National Contest Awards system (i.e.: from 1-2-3 to G-S-B or "Open" style awards), but rather focuses on some inconsistencies within the current judging criteria and evaluation, and the inconsistencies experienced with training our judges and application of our current criteria during judging.
Finding no precedent for how to handle something like this, we suggested Dana treat this in the manner as if it were submitted as a proposed amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws, and that he obtain signature endorsements of it by 25 current IPMS/USA members. We have confirmed receipt of those 25 endorsements.
The paper has been submitted to the National Contest Committee for their review and comment prior to scheduling a joint meeting with the Executive Board to discuss the actions proposed by Dana in his paper.
In the spirit of open transparency to the membership firmly held by the current Executive Board, we are making this document available for review and comment by the membership prior to taking any formal action with the National Contest Committee on the proposed response actions called out for in this paper. You can read Dana's paper here.
Should this be a subject of interest to you, and you wish to share your commentary or opinions (either for or against) the proposals in this document, please feel free to send them to email@example.com by September 30, 2022, and we'll make them available to the Executive Board and the National Contest Committee during our discussions. Please limit your commentary and opinions to positive, constructive criticisms or support either way. Email messages containing expletive language or personal attacks will be deleted and not considered.
Thanks for your membership and support of IPMS/USA.
As part of Region 12, we would like to invite you and your members to the 1st Fast Trax IPMS Race City Show and Competition! The show will be held at VFW Post 2031, 139 Jordan Lane, Statesville, NC 28677. The show will be held on October 15th, 2022 from 8am to 2pm. We will have a 'display only' area as well as on-site food and beverage service.
As big proponents of sponsoring the Nationals and local clubs where possible, we would like to invite your club to support our contest by becoming a sponsor and/or donating to our raffle. Count on us to continue sponsoring award packages at R12 events. In return for your support, we promote your club at the show.
Sponsors: Any sponsorship received before September 1st will have the sponsor name printed on all three awards for that category. Further, category sponsors will be announced ahead of each category presentation. Award sponsorships are $20.00 per category or $30.00 for "Create-A-Category" (See attached form for existing categories and CAC details).
Vendors: There are still vendor tables available as of this writing. See the attached flyer or contact Jamie Shumaker at (704) 508-1589 for more information, availability, and pricing.
Raffle: If your club would like to donate to our raffle, please send donations to George Witter at the below address. We will announce donators at the start of each raffle announcement.
Forms: Forms are attached for your benefit, however, digital copies may also be found at:
Well underway on the AH64A from Monogram. This one has a lot of upgrades made to it prior to them switching to the Guardian editions in NC. I've not glued the tail section so I could glue in the rear rotor and still have it turn. Just didn't want fiddly bits to get broken. Same with wire cutters on landing gear. They're go on soon though.
After our recent speaker I was motivated to look at my Apache stash. I suspect others were equally motivated from the insights gained. What a menacing looking aircraft and one that has had quite an impact. I still recall when I first moved to NC 20+ years ago seeing one fly overhead for the first time.
Anyone else planning to build an Apache?
I have the Monogram AH-64A, the Hasegawa AH-64A & D, though the D is slated for an Israeli conversion. The Hasegawa kit is quite nice. The venerable Monogram kit looks good though simpler and with some updating/detailing would look pretty nice. To be expected, there are some great references online for Monogram or Hasegawa enhancements. I'll use them as I start a Monogram build and do the Hasegawa one at a later date. While I'd love to have the newest AH-64E with the exhaust upward facing exhaust scoops, that will have to wait. A new kit purchase is not desirable and research shows to convert an A to an E would not be practical. Stay tuned I'll post some progress pictures soon.
Posting for a friend: He has a Heller/IMAI 1/100 HMS Victory and "Anatomy of the Ship" book on the Victory for sale. $125 gets both, or negotiable if you want to offer. Note that the book is a good 1980's printing with clear drawings for all of the rigging, etc.
Note that a couple of the sails are damaged, but builders of these models typically don't build with sails attached.