IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA

IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA

IPMS LogoIPMS/USA

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A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a community of people who come together around a shared interest and are passionate about sharing knowledge and improving their skills. They often cross geographical and professional boundaries and are self-managed by community members. IPMS/USA encourages the creation of SIGs and offers these guidelines to support new and existing SIGs.

SIG Guidelines (as of 6/2024)

  • The SIG’s point of contact is expected to be a member of IPMS/USA and provide complete and current contact information.
  • The SIG’s title (name of group) should briefly describe the group's purpose. Groups that advertise sales or trading are excluded.
  • The SIG's information should include details on group activities, resources, and rules for participation. 
  • The SIG’s website or social media account (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) should be provided for publication in the IPMS/USA Special Interest Group webpage and in the IPMS/USA Journal publication.
  • SIGs without activity for over a year will be marked inactive but remain posted on the IPMS/USA Special Interest Group webpage. It will be removed from the IPMS/USA Journal.
  • SIGs are considered dormant if their URLs are outdated or their point of contact is no longer a member of IPMS/USA.
  • The IPMS/USA Secretary will review SIGs periodically to validate activity and contact information.
  • Any issues or concerns should be directed to the IPMS/USA Secretary.

Ready to get started with your SIG? Have an update to an existing SIG? Send an email to the IPMS/USA Secretary.


 

Active
Title Description
Anime-Manga Scale Modelers A special interest group for scale modelers inspired by anime and manga.
Arsenal of Democracy - M4 Sherman SIG This SIG group is focused on modeling the M4 Sherman tank family in all of its many configurations.
Asian Air Arms SIG Focusing on post-1945 modeling of 34 Asian countries, from Japan to Kazakhstan and from the Maldives to Mongolia.
Black Swamp Modelers Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Dinosaurs, etc.
Blue & Gray Scale Modelers Focused on modeling any American Civil War subjects.
Cold War Aircraft Dedicated to the scale modeling of aircraft used during the Cold War.
Formula One Modeling A group for those wishing to learn more about modeling Formula One race cars.
Historical Space Models Focus on real spacecraft, satellites, space probes, rockets, launch vehicles, research aircraft (X-planes) and related subjects.
Maschinen Krieger/SF3D Special Interest Group Promoting the modeling of the science fiction property created by Kow Yokoyama.
Philadelphia Ship Modelers Society Promoting the building of ships.
The SubCommittee Focused on the unique hobby of r/c model submarines through shared knowledge, experience, and camaraderie.
Tom Daniel's Collectors Focusing on displays of every Tom Daniel’s model kits at the 2024 IPMS National Convention.
Vacuform and Resin Kits To promote the building of vacuformed plastic and resin kits of all types, to share tips and techniques, and to help solve construction problems.
War in North Africa: Modeling the D.A.K., British, Italian and American Vehicles in WW2 Modelling the D.A.K., British, Italian, French and American Vehicles in WW2.
WarWheels A special interest group focusing on armored cars and wheeled fighting vehicles.
Inactive
Title Description
C.A.M.M.O. Dedicated to the building and presentation of wheeled and tracked military models of any scale.
Classic British Kits Classic British Kits, including Airfix, Matchbox & Frog -- merged into IPMS(UK) CBK SIG.
Middle-Earth SIG Figures and scale models inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's storeis, e.g. The Lord of the Rings.
Paper Modelers Paper 3D models from 2D printouts
Dormant
Title Description
Aircraft Carrier Builders US Naval Aviation Forum
Captured Aircraft Aircraft in Captured Markings
Heavy Haulers Commercial Trucks
HMMWV In Scale Focused group previously a one stop shop for information and photos.
Middle East Wars Dedicated to the Middle East Wars from 1948 to the present day.
Racing and Record Aircraft Racing and Record Aircraft
Scale Firehouse Emergency Vehicle Models
South Atlantic Modeling subjects in the South Atlantic from the days of sail to the jets of today, including armor.
Two Wheeled Modelers Motorcycles