Photos from the 1996 IPMS/USA National Convention

Here are some fotos I shot of models in the contest room at the 1996 IPMS/USA National Convention in Virginia Beach. I pretty much shot those models that appealed to me: whether or not they won anything is immaterial. Unfortunately, there were so many entries (over 2000!) that I didn't even get a chance to see them all, much less photograph them.

Please realize that these photos do little justice to the incredible work on most of these models. I apologize for the lack of detail in some of the pictures (I got a new strobe and it washes out some of the detail... I'll try to do better next time). Attending an IPMS National always brings out conflicting feelings in me: I'm inspired yet intimidated by the entries. But at least this year I actually entered some models! They didn't win anything, but that was no surprise to me

The really cool thing is that each and every entry received a certificate recognizing the entry into the National Convention. This was a really nice surprise and a touch of class:

Certificate

All of the photos I took at the convention are displayed on this page (and they're pretty much in the order in which I took them, which explains the haphazard array). I tried to correctly identify the name of the modeler (and those that won), but it's possible that my notes are wrong. So if you see that I've made an egregious (or even a minor) error, please let me know. You can just click on the first photo in the table and then traverse along, since the entire list is linked.

These photos are mere shadows of the real things. The quality of the craftsmanship really has to be seen to be believed. If you can, try to attend one of these conventions sometime. The next IPMS/USA National convention will be July 9-13, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio. For more info, write:


IPMS/USA
1997 National Convention
PO Box 339
Columbus, OH 43004-0339

or check out their web site at:
http://www.lanshark/com/~ipms97

And it's not too early to start planning for Santa Clara in 1998!




Trophy

N1 and Saturn V

MOL

Apollo 11 LM

Gemini

Surveyor 3

Mercury/Redstone

Mercury/Atlas 6

"Buzz" Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin

Mercury/Redstone 3

V2

V2

Blackhawks Skyrocket

Shuttle/747

Shuttle/747

X-1

Ju-287

X-1

B-29 mothership

X-1

X-1

X-1

X-1

XB-70

"Steps to the Moon"

Dambuster diorama

Georgie Was a Good Old Girl

"You want me to what?!?"

Patton's Artillery Upgrade

Blitz-peed?

Dangerous Curves

Velociraptor

Styracosaurus

Blackhawk jet

The Batplane (c. 1940)

Brachiosaurus

Star Trek Voyager

Blue Angels

V-2

V-2

Bugatti Model 100

SF entries




1995 IPMS/USA Photos


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