Important Notice about  the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Model Classic 2020

Dear Members, Vendors, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Friends, and Families;

The Northern Virginia Modelers (NoVA) Executive Board (E-Board) regrets to inform you that we have decided to cancel Model Classic 2020 (previously scheduled to be held on April 18, 2020) due to the current situation with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.  

Please be assured this action is not being taken lightly.  The NoVA E-Board realizes that the commitment made by all concerned for a successful Model Classic is substantial and we appreciate the impact of cancellation to all parties.  However, after assessing available information, weighing options, and careful deliberations, we find it in the best interests of our members, vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, friends, and families to cancel Model Classic 2020 and concentrate on making Model Classic 2021 a resounding success.  As soon as a date for Model Classic 2021 is established, we will let you know.

The NoVA E-Board considered rescheduling Model Classic 2020.  However, the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and the uncertainty of the duration of the situation, combined with the realities of the current, and fluid, International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) Region 2 show schedule, preclude any dates that would not interfere with our planning cycle for Model Classic 2021.

NoVA intends to refund all vendor table fees and Trophy Package Sponsorships already submitted for Model Classic 2020.  If you have already paid for tables or Trophy Packages, please watch your mail for a check from our Treasurer, Tim Barb.

The NoVA E-Board apologizes for any inconvenience that this decision causes you.  We wrestled with this decision with little or no precedent to guide our deliberations.  However, we are confident that cancelling Model Classic 2020 is the correct decision and in the best interest of everyone involved.

As always, you can reach our Chapter Contact, Tom Henderson, at, our Treasurer, Tim Barb at, or me at for questions or concerns.

We wish all of you and your families good health in this trying time and we look forward to seeing you at Model Classic 2021.



John Figueroa

President, NoVA Modelers IPMS

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Meeting Information

Impact of  the Corona Virus (COVID-19)on our monthly meetings

All Fairfax Country Public Schools will remain closed thru the end of the current school season. Since this is a very fluid situation, we have no estimate at present of when when our monthly meetings will resume. In addition to being posted on this site, everyone enrolled in our Google Group Forum will receive instant updates of the latest developments.


We are working on the ability to continue our monthly NovaIPMS meetings, but in an on-line format. We are also going to have an online monthly contest that you will be able to vote on, with the modelers wanting to compete or just have display models sending in photographs of their work and we will get that onto a website where you can then vote for your favorites.  As usual, after the program Walter will announce the contest winners.  And of course we have to have a brief business meeting as well to keep everyone updated. I expect the overall meeting will run approximately 90 minutes.

Stay tuned, more information will be coming out in the next couple of weeks.  Look for a 'Save the Date' when we nail down the meeting date.

We meet at once a month at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run in Fairfax, Virginia.  Dates of the meetings are at the discretion of Fairfax High School so be sure to keep an eye on the club we page  and the latest Newsletter for the latest information. At any time during the year, if the school is closed for any reason (inclement weather etc.), our meetings are also canceled.  Always check the  Fairfax County Public Schools website to check for any closings.

Meeting cancellations will also be announced on this web page and the NoVA Modelers Google Group Forum

Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are concluded by 10:00 p.m. Contact any of our club officers for more information.

2020 Meeting Dates


May  6

June 10     (2nd Wednesday)

More dates coming soon!

Upcoming Events

NoVA Modelers Model Classic 2020

Cancelled due to Corona (COVID_19) Virus Outbreak

IPMS National Convention 2020

29 July - 1 August, 2020

San Marcos, Texas

Note: if you plan on flying to this event a shuttle will

be provided from Austin/Bergstrom Intl. Airport.

Days and times to be posted in the future

Mosquitocon 29

Rescheduled due to Corona (COVID_19) Virus Outbreak

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Wayne PAL Hall

PAL Drive

Wayne, NJ

Penncon 2020

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Eisenhower Convention Center

32638 Emmitsburg Rd, Gettysburg, PA

Maraudercon 2020

Rescheduled due to Corona (COVID_19) Virus Outbreak

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Levels Volunteer Fire House

3633 Level Village Rd.

Havre de Grace, MD

IPMS Region 2 Convention

October 16-17, 2020

Salem Civic Center

1001 Roanoke Blvd. Salem, VA  24153

Scale Model World 2020

November 7-8, 2020

Telford, UK

IPMS NoVA Modelers will be part of a joint exhibit with IPMS UK Staffordshire/Moorlandsinthe club area at this show

 Meeting Highlights

Club News

Meetings suspended for the duration of the COVID19 crisis

NoVA Modelers - Out & About 

NoVA Modelers crossed the pond in November 2019 for the UK annual Scale Model World.

(l-r) Jim Rotramel, Barbara Barb, Carol Fleckenstein, Tim Barb, Charlie Dykas, Chris Nicoll, Jon Etherton, Tom Henderson & Mike Fleckenstein.

NoVA Modelers was well represented at the 2019 National Convention in Chattanooga, TN.

Several of our members who attended but were not available for the group photo included Curtis & Shirley Clinton, Jon Etherton, Aris Pappas, Walter and Gail Schlueter, Jerry Lawson, Grant Berry, Nelson Kee, Keith Hudson, Haagen Klaus and Barbara Barb.

We did well in the competition with Nelson Kee, Haagen Klaus, Pat Brown, Alex Bernardo, Keith Hudson, Sunil Gupta, Mike Fleckenstein, Jose Luis Lopez, Sherman Collings, Tom Faletti & Mark Tutton taking home awards.

NoVA Modelers at the NASM Udvar Hazy Museum for the annual October Air & Scare exhibit

(Mike Fleckenstein is behind the camera)

Farewell Luncheon for Jose'

October saw us sadly saying  farewell to Jose' Luis Lopez, (sitting, 2nd from last along right side of table). Jose'  is returning to his native Spain after spending several enjoyable years with us. Safe travels Amigo, you will be missed. Best of fortune to you and your Family.

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