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    2015 Best of Class, Best Ship - USS Intrepid CVA-11, by Ryan Labieniec

  • 2015 Best of Class, Art Gerber Best Military Vehicle - M1126 Stryker, by Nathan LaPorte

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    2015 Best of Class, Art Gerber Best Military Vehicle - M1126 Stryker, by Nathan LaPorte

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  • P-47

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  • 2015 Best of Class, Best Automotive - Porsche 917/30, by Steve Bright

    By Modelers... For Modelers

    2015 Best of Class, Best Automotive - Porsche 917/30, by Steve Bright


2022 IPMS/USA National Convention Logo

The website for the 2022 IPMS/USA National Convention is online at: https://ipmsusa2022.com

To All IPMS/USA Members,

Many of us are shocked and saddened by the conflict in Ukraine. Just over a month ago Ukrainians were living their lives in peace and suddenly their cities are being destroyed, fellow citizens are dying, and many are fleeing for safety in bordering countries. Truly tragic and unnecessary.

Ukraine is the home of many great model companies. I've received several emails from IPMS/USA members asking how they can help not only these modeling companies but also those in need in Ukraine.

How can we help? There are many ways. You can contribute individually, as a chapter or in the case of the folks from Red River Modelers, at their RiverCon-2022 show from which they donated 10% ($532) of their proceeds to Samaritans Purse (https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/ukraine response).

There are many organizations which one can donate to. There's a good article from Forbes highlighting how one can donate to those in Ukraine, https://www.forbes.com/advisor/personal-finance/donate-relief-to-ukraine/.

I would highly recommend that one review the organization you want to donate to at this link: Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/. Charity Navigator shows which groups are legitimate and the percentage of each dollar donated that goes to those in need. During a crisis like Ukraine and other natural disasters, the scammers come out willing to steal money of those in need.

Below is a list of the model companies in Ukraine. No one knows the status of these, but many have been warehousing and distributing their products from neighboring countries like Poland and Hungary.

Finally, there is a UK Publishing Company, Inside the Armor is publishing a book, "Models for Ukraine". All the models in the book were built by Ukrainian modelers. THE FULL PROFITS FROM THIS BOOK will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal to help refugees and civilians in the Ukraine. https://www.insidethearmour.com/product-page/models-for-ukraine-book.

We will keep you all updated if we hear any updates. Let's all pray this conflict ends soon and hope those in Ukraine will be able to start rebuilding their country.

Dave Lockhart
IPMS/USA President
(678) 620-8417


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New Reviews

  • G7117 with WWII Soviet Drivers

    G7117 with WWII Soviet Drivers

    July 5, 2022

    Reviewed by: Michael Reeves
    Company: ICM

    ICM is one of many model companies based in the Ukraine that have been affected by the recent war with Russia. Based in Kyiv, the company has been active as of late in creating and releasing new products and defying the challenges they face. This kit is a rebox with new parts for the kit released back in 2021. Let's take a look...

    What's Inside the Box

    The kit comes as the standard ICM kit does--with a colorful box top that slides off of an enclosed brown cardboard box. Parts were packaged well and details were crisp with no flash to speak of.

  • SBD Dauntless Resin Replacement Wheels

    SBD Dauntless Resin Replacement Wheels

    July 5, 2022

    Reviewed by: David Wrinkle
    Company: Brengun

    Upfront, I want to thank Brengun for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Brengun resin replacement wheels. Today's review represents resin replacement for any 1/72 SBD dauntless kits. This set includes two (2) pair of resin weighted wheels each pair having a different pattern along with one pair of photo-etch wheel covers. As always with this type of model detail set, check your resources for the correct pattern to use on your kit.

  • TBF/TBM Avenger Landing Gear (Hasegawa)

    TBF/TBM Avenger Landing Gear (Hasegawa)

    July 5, 2022

    Reviewed by: David Wrinkle
    Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

    Upfront, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) metal gear. Today's review represents a direct drop-in replacement for the 1/72 Hasegawa Avenger TDM/TDF line of kits. This set includes five (5) parts to include: both main gear legs and their accompanying pistons, and the tail wheel for the Hasegawa kit.

  • Messerschmitt Bf109E Sept. 1940

    Messerschmitt Bf109E Sept. 1940

    July 5, 2022

    Reviewed by: Chris Gibson
    Company: Hobby Boss

    Brief History

    The Messerschmitt Bf109 is probably one of the most well-known WW2 fighter planes ever made. Also the most prolific at 35000 produced. They were produced well into the 1960s by the Spanish Air Force and by Czechoslovakia. It was a plane developed in1934 by Willy Messerschmitt to a Luftwaffe specification for a high performance single seat fighter. The Bf109 was, in essence, the smallest airframe that could be wrapped around the most powerful inline engine and still carry a useful armament load. The first prototype flew in October of 1935, powered by a British Rolls-Royce engine, the Jumo engine not being ready at that time. The Jumo powered Bf109B entered service in 1937 and was used in the Spanish Civil War.

  • Military Miniatures U.S. Infantry Scout Set

    Military Miniatures U.S. Infantry Scout Set

    July 5, 2022

    Reviewed by: Mr. Paul Dunham
    Company: Tamiya

    Tamiya's new 1/35th scale figure kit "U.S. Infantry Scout Set" includes plastic parts for making five U.S. army WWII infantry figures. The kit comes in a 10" by 6" by 1 1/2" top-opening box. The box contains four sprues of plastic parts, a double-sided instruction sheet, and water-slide decals. Sprue CA and sprue CB provide the weapons and accessories. The weapons included are: an M1918 BAR with choice of open or closed bipod, an M1 carbine, two M1 garand rifles, an M1A1 thompson, two bayonets, three knives, and six hand grenades. There are enough entrenching tools, canteens, and helmets for each figure. The helmets are molded with the straps pulled up over the brims. Two of the helmets have mesh coverings molded on.

  • P-51 Mustang

    P-51 Mustang

    July 5, 2022

    Reviewed by: Hub Plott
    Company: Pen & Sword

    The P-51 Mustang. An icon of WWII held in the same esteem as the Spitfire, Thunderbolt and Hurricane by enthusiasts and historians alike. Aviation historian martin W, Bowman has compiled a wonderful album of photos of all marks that saw combat, from the P-51A to the F-82G.

    Some of these photos will be familiar to all, but many are new or have seldom been seen. There are nine pages of introductory text that give a brief overview of the history of the mustang from April 1940 when NAA proposed a new design to the British through its final military service with the Dominican Air Force, last flight of which occurred in 1984.


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