Photos from the 1997 IPMS/USA National Convention

Here are some fotos I shot of models in the contest room at the 1997 IPMS/USA National Convention in Columbus. I shot all the entrants in the Real Spacecraft category, all the X-planes I could find, and a couple of other things that just appealed to me. 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. Attending an IPMS National always brings out conflicting feelings in me: I'm inspired yet intimidated by the entries. I was so intimidated this year that I really didn't try to finish my mostly completed model in my hotel room: I fully intend to rework the silly thing so I won't be embarrassed to put it next to the other entries. I mean, I'd hate to hear people whisper, "Well, it's a nice try for an eight year-old, but shouldn't it be in the Junior category?" Suffice it to say that my painting and finishing skills are woefully lacking. I'll keep working at it until I get it right! Oops... sorry about the rant, there.

I've tried to correctly identify the name of the modeler (and those that won), but it's possible that my notes are wrong. I was unable to get the names of a lot of the X-1 modelers, since they set their models directly on their entry sheet. It was impossible to check the name without moving the model... So if you can identify an modeler I couldn't, or 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. Besides all the fantastic models to look at and all the wonderful things you can find in the vendors room, the people that attend are truly fun people to be around. The next IPMS/USA National convention will be July 1-4, 1998, in Santa Clara, California. For more info, write:

IPMS Semicon
PO Box 62156
Sunnyvale, CA 94088-2156

And it's not too early to start planning for Orlando in 1999!


Friday Morning

Friday Morning
Space Entries

Friday Night

Friday Night
Space Entries

Blackhawks Collection

Blackhawks F-90B

Blackhawks F-84

Blackhawks F-94

Blackhawks XF5F-1

Blackhawks PZL-50A

Blackhawks F-90C

Blackhawks F-105

Challenger LM


Juno 1


Sputnik launcher

Bumper WAC



V-2 Bumper


Kraft Ehricke Shuttle

Voskhod 2

Apollo 4 CSM

Luna 1 launcher


RSS Actium

RSS Locksley

Mars Explorer

Shuttle launch complex

Lunar Module

Apollo 13





Gene Cernan

The Ninfinger

Shepard's Moon Shot

Gene Cernan

Bushnell's Turtle

CSS Hunley

CSS David



AD-1 Oblique Wing




"Desperate Dance"






DFS 346






Other 1997 Nats Photo Pages

  • Blair Yoshida's photos

  • Previous Nats

  • 1995 IPMS/USA Photos
  • 1996 IPMS/USA Photos

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    Ninfinger self portrait
    Sven Knudson, IPMS#32490