26th Annual Contest:
|Our annual contest has come and gone, and we can now take a break, mull over lessons learned, and most importantly, play with some of the sweet deals we picked up at the vendors.
Spring is finally here, so there is the anticipated slowdown in activity, but you can’t be outside all of the time. When heat, humidity or allergies call, the cool comfort of the workbench beckons
once again. There are still a few model shows nearby, but most importantly, airshow season is on! Pack on that sunscreen and grab your cameras!
In addition, preregistration for the IPMS/USA National Convention is still going on. There are a couple of IPMS-related items that we were contacted on, and I am including this in the newsletter
for your consideration. Please read and participate in these requests as they will help IPMS overall.
|IPMS Indianapolis Roscoe
Turner - Indianapolis, IN
Steve Bacon - President
Jim Kingsolver - Vice President
Ken Kindler - Treasurer
Tom Choy - Secretary & Newsletter Editor
Mark Hiott - Webmaster & Chapter Contact
Our contest has come and gone and was a success. Hopefully, everyone had a good time and got some good deals at the vendors. We have some statistics, courtesy of Mark Hiott:
Total entries: 549
Military vehicles: 106
Thanks again to everyone to helped make this event another success and joy for our visitors!
Major Eric Curtis, a member of the VFW, heard about us and asked if he could commission us to build the M1A2 that he commanded during his deployment.
Preston Stinger has kindly volunteered to do so.
We discussed some basic details of the contest. Andy thanks all of you for your help in making this yet another successful show.
The raffle was quite popular, and we will start seeding for the raffle year-round, so that there is more time to get more favorable pricing.
A proposal to examine whether some categories should be expanded. One example is the figures/busts category, which has noticed significant growth. Kevin Burns has advised looking at the compiled
statistics over the years to get a better idea of how to expand the categories.
We also noticed more split categories, so we will need additional split category forms.
Splitting each category across the tables was popular with the judges as it allowed for more space for movement, enabling faster judging. This arrangement should be maintained for next year.
So as not to have the entire meeting be about the contest, Andy scheduled a post-mortem meeting for April 14 so that the club meeting could continue with normal activities. The topics discussed are
posted on page 2 (see contest post-mortem).
The planning committee had a meeting on Saturday, 4/14, to dissect the numbers, discuss lessons learned, and start some preliminary planning for next year. For the most part club meetings will be
less about the contest, at least for a while, unless something critical came up that needed to be brought to the club’s attention. A few items came up for discussion:
- 1. We are going to re-emphasize pre-registration, and possibly online payment. The aim of this would be to reduce the lines the morning of the contest.
- 2. Judging was completed at 2:45. However, we are considering keeping the doors closed until 3:30pm anyway, as this would allow the vendors more time to sell and also to ensure that the raffles
are completed. Opening the doors early inadvertently delayed the awards ceremony, as people were still at the raffle.
- 3. We will attach genre-specific guidelines to clipboards to be sent out with the judges. The guidelines will address some questions regarding judging criteria.
- 4. The card bases for models were a huge hit and were appreciated by our contestants, so this will become a permanent feature of our contests.
- 5. Publish an itinerary of the day. This would inform our visitors, so that they would know if they could leave the grounds to find a restaurant, go shopping, etc while judging was happening
so they’re not stuck in the building waiting for things to happen.
- 6. We would like to look into having two runners to assist the judging chairman to make on-the-fly changes in the contest room.
- 7. As a thank-you for the volunteers for judging, Andy will be sending out thank-you notes to those that helped. The Hoosier Model Car Association was a major force with car judging.
- 8. Out of the Box Category - there is a tendency among people less familiar with IPMS rules to enter OOB entries without instructions. It has been proposed that "instructions are required" be
added in parentheses in the category table.
- 9. Wall outlets - fortunately, one of the empty tables at the contest was next to an outlet, so a contestant was able to plug in his display for lights. We should look into making sure we have
a table set aside with outlet space if needed.
- 10. Announcements - announcements could be scripted, so anyone who could access the microphone can make them (and also allow for clear and concise information to be passed on)
11. An inquiry will be launched to determine if the awards plaques can be retired, in favor of medals/award coins in gold, silver and bronze finish (such as those done by IPMS Dayton). The
smaller awards will be easier to display by the models, and could potentially be cheaper.
- 12. Judges luncheon - we are investigating making adjustments to the order, as side orders were expensive and we had a lot of leftovers.
- 13. Vendors - we had no complaints from the vendors, other than some were not able to make it due to the late confirmation of our contest. This will be addressed by ensuring we get
confirmation of venue sooner. This will be addressed in the next club meeting.
- 14. Honor Flight - the Honor Flight greatly appreciated the table spaces donated to them (two members paid for their tables). We are considering allocating two vendor tables for non-for-profit
groups, which we will vet for donated space. The criteria will be addressed at a later meeting.
- 15. Photography - to expedite having photos ready for publication, the photographers will combine and make two sets of photos immediately after the contest, to allow for the contest winners
to be sorted out and others to be posted on the club’s Facebook page.
- 16. We only sold 10 of the recycled 25th anniversary awards. We’ll continue to sell them, but this time we’ll also advertise them more on the club site and social media.
- 17. A proposal to make two self-inking stamps with the club logo was made to facilitate easier contest sheet marking during photography.
- 18. Table legs - we will examine the feasibility of lowering the table legs by a few inches to facilitate visitors who might not be able to see over the tables.
- 19. Club shirts - we haven’t been able to get new club shirts lately, as Andy managed to get a great promotional deal with Land’s End the last time we ordered (without the deal, the shirts
are about $60 each). He recognizes the need for more shirts, and is keeping an eye out for the next deal and will inform the club accordingly the next time an opportunity arises.
If you have any additional feedback, questions, comments or suggestions to offer, Andy would love to hear from you. You can reach him via email at email@example.com
We also discussed the financial aspects of the contest, but we will not publish this on the newsletter as this goes out to the general public. If you have any questions regarding the financials,
please reach out to Ken Kindler, our Treasurer.
IPMS/USA 2019 National Convention - a request from the organizers
Lynn Petty, the president of the IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, TN this year, has emailed us with few requests:
- 1. For those attending the contest, there is a need for non-competing, display-only models, both individual and group. As an incentive, the club will award up to ten raffle tickets for each model
- 2. The latest registration reports indicate that that they are short for signups for the tour of the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL ($50, needs an additional 50 registrations), and the
BBQ Dinner at the Songbirds Guitar Museum (needs an additional 175 registrations). They have until June 15 to hit that quota before they can cancel the event without penalty. Your participation
not only benefits you, but also helps to make the event possible for everyone else interested as well.
For more information on these two venues, you can check out the websites for the US Space & Rocket Center at www.rocketcenter.com and the Songbirds Guitar Museum at http://museum.songbirds.rocks/.
Information about all tours and events organized by the contest can be found at http://www.ipmsusanationals.com/Seminars.aspx.
T-shirt preorders are also still going on. They are $18 for all sizes at preorder (and are guaranteed to get them your size), and shirts ordered at the event will cost $20 up to XL, and likely
$23 for any sizes above due to the financial risk or paying upfront for the extra shirts.
- 3. There is still a need for trophy package sponsorships. Traditionally, the club has sponsored at least one package per year. This can be discussed at the next meeting. More information regarding
the trophy packages are at http://www.ipmsusanationals.com/Contest/Trophy-Sponsorship.aspx.
Official IPMS/USA Survey
An official survey of the membership to ascertain preference of GSB and 123 judging systems is now under way. Please note that this is an official survey to supply current information to the E-Board,
and not an actual proposal. There is no effort that anyone is aware of to change the way IPMS/USA judges our contests. The purpose of this e-mail is to inform the membership of the survey. As part
of the survey, IPMS has provided basic, unbiased descriptions of both GSB and 1-2-3 systems that will be included in the April/May issue of the Journal, along with the survey card to include
Full details of the survey can be found here: https://forum.ipmsusa3.org/topic/20686-official-ipmsusa-survey/
Voting itself will take place via the aforementioned survey card in the April/May 2019 issue of "The Journal", at the nationals in Chattanooga this summer, and now on-line on the election ballot.
The survey will also be printed at the bottom of the model registration forms at the national contest to best insure the maximum participation of the membership.
The survey, questions, 1-2-3 and GSB descriptions, were composed by a group of volunteers with oversight from Ron Bell, the E-board, with participation from Mark Persichetti, Chief Judge for
IPMS/USA and the NCC. Members may vote for their choice on the survey when voting in the general election. The instructions are here: https://voting.ipmsusa3.org/content/activate-your-account. The
only way you can vote on the survey on-line is register to vote in the general election. Remember that this is our IPMS. Please participate, so that the E-Board will be able to take your thoughts
on the matter into consideration.
We have the following upcoming contests in the region, within an approximate 300 mile radius. If you wish to look at events beyond, please refer to the official IPMS USA event calendar at https://calendar.ipmsusa3.org/all-events.
- 1. June 2, 2019
Great Midwest Train Show: DuPage County Fairgrounds,
2015 Manchester Road,
Wheaton, IL 60187, 9am - 3pm
- 2. May 18, 2019
MMCL Invitational (Region IV)
3821 Hunsinger Ln,
Louisville, KY 40218, 9am - 4pm EDT
- 3. May-31 - June 2, 2019
Wonderfest 30 (Non-IPMS)
Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel
830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209, 9am - 7:30pm EST
This is an event unlike any other, as it focuses on figures and scifi. Check out the event schedule on www.wonderfest.com
- 4. June 22
NIMCON VIII (Region V)
McHenry County College,
8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL, 9am - 5pm CDT
- 5. August 7 - August 10, 2019
IPMS USA National Convention (Region III):
Chattanooga Convention Center,
1150 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37032
- 1. June 7 - 9, 2019:
Fort Wayne Open House/Airshow, 122nd ANG,
Fort Wayne International Airport,
Fort Wayne, IN 46809
- 2. June 22 - 23, 2019:
Vectron Dayton Airshow:
Dayton International Airport,
Dayton, OH 45377
- 3. June 22 - 23, 2019:
Evansville Shrinersfest & Airshow:
Evansville International Airport,
- 4. A surprise announcement from the RAF Red Arrows. They will be performing at the 61st Chicago Air and Water show, on August 17-18.
This team does very few engagements in the United States, so this will be a rare opportunity to watch this famous team.
New Sherman aftermarket:
Our very own Mike Kalbfleisch of HDS has designed some more items for the 1/35 Sherman. This time, he has designed some plates for those of you who don’t want to cut up an old kit to create the
Improvised Jumbo Sherman:
To find out more, look at:
Upcoming club contest:
At the November meeting, Ron Young will be hosting a "Rolls-Royce/Allison Engine" theme build contest. To be eligible, the relevant model(s) will need to include ANY product produced by Roll-Royce
or Allison Engines. The models will be judged and winners will receive R-R swag accordingly. A short presentation regarding Rolls-Royce products will occur at the May meeting to help encourage
ideas and participation. Contest Rules:
1. Display the completed model at the IPMS RT November Meeting (11/15/2019).
2. Identify the relationship to the Rolls-Royce/Allison Engine theme.
3. Multiple entries are allowed.
4. You do not need to be a club member to enter.
Ideas: Rolls-Royce and Allison Engines have made a multitude of products over their 100-year plus existence. Modeling topics are not limited to just aircraft. Products have or are currently being
made that can be replicated by the space, naval and armor modeler. Do your research and have fun learning more about each company. Ron will be glad to assist if anyone has questions or comments.
He can be reached at 317-999-3158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spicing up the newsletter and meetings:
As always, we are always looking for additional articles, stories, news items to add interest to the newsletter, as well as opportunities to add variety to our club meetings either by way of group
build ideas or presentations. Please email email@example.com if you have any ideas.
In Search Of:
If you’re hoping that someone in the club has that one oddball modeling accessory that you can’t find elsewhere, try sending your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll push it out on email
and include it in the newsletter and club Facebook page.
Rick Wilkes is looking for Victory Productions sheet 48004 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks. He has a family connection to someone who served on the Oriskany when it was on fire, and would like to build one
of the AH coded A-4s that were on the ship that fateful day.
We will meet again from 7pm to 9pm at the Fort Harrison VFW Post 7119, 6525 Lee Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236, on April 19, 2019. See you there!
Show and Tell:
Wunji Lau: MAR-3R Marauder Bandai 1/100 converted to 1/72
Wunji Lau: Imperial Star Destroyer Chimaera Bandai 1/14,500
Wunji Lau: Rebel Blockade RunnerTantive IV Bandai 1/1000
Jim Philhower: M727 SP Hawk Carrier Dragon 1/35
Jim Philhower: Cromwell Tank Tamiya 1/35