IPMS/Northern Virginia Modelers is a chartered chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society/USA branch which was founded in 1984.
The chapter boasts an active membership of more than 300 members and a typical meeting is attended by 50-70 members (that's a lot of experience). Membership in IPMS/USA is not required to attend meetings, but is encouraged ("help your society grow"). Our motto and goal is "have FUN modeling."
Monthly meetings feature a contest with various categories, including models by juniors (17 and under), cars, aircraft, military vehicles, figures, space and science fiction, miscellaneous subjects, Master Modelers, and a Special contest category which changes each month. Winners are determined by popular ballot. Meetings also feature a guest speaker, slide presentation or techniques demonstrations of interest to our modelers.
We meet at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run in Fairfax, Virginia. As a rule we try to schedule meetings for the first Wednesday of every month (unless it falls on a holiday) However the school may assign us a different day if the first Wednesday conflicts with another event.
At any time during the year, if the school is closed due to inclement weather, our meetings are also canceled. Always check the Fairfax County Public Schools website http://www.fcps.edu to determine whether the schools have been closed during times of inclement weather. Meetings begin at 8:00 p.m. and are concluded by 10:00 p.m. Contact any of our club officers for more information.
Some Commonly Asked Questions
What happens at a typical meeting?
Although the business meeting begins at 8:00pm, members often begin arriving as early as 6:30 to socialize with other modelers, admire the models brought in for the contest or for display, and to talk about tips and techniques. Around 8:00 we start our meeting with a business discussion which lasts no more than 30 minutes. The club then takes a 15-20 minute break to allow members to vote for the models entered in the monthly contest. When the meeting is reconvened, a program or demonstration of some type is provided. It might be a slide show on a topic of interest to modelers, a guest speaker, or a techniques demo, which are very educational. Following the presentation, a raffle is held for donated modeling supplies and kits, contest results are announced and certificates awarded, then at around 10:00 p.m. the meeting concludes.
Where are the meetings held?
Meetings are normally held at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Do you have to be a member of IPMS/USA to join Northern Virginia Modelers?
No, membership in IPMS/USA is encouraged but not required.
Are there dues to become a member of Northern Virginia Modelers?
No, there are no membership dues for our chapter.
How often do you have contests? Is there an entry fee?
The club holds contests each month. The January contest is held to determine which models are the best of all those that either were built by club members during the previous year or models that won an award at a monthly contest the previous year. There is no entry fee for models entered in each month's contest.
Is there a limit to how many models can be entered in each month's contest?
No, there isn't a limit to the number of models that can be entered in the contest by any one person. However, club rules permit an individual to win only one award in each category during each monthly contest. All models entered in the contest are photographed for the club Website.
How many contest categories are there in each month's contest?
Typically, there are categories for juniors, Masters, 1/72 and smaller aircraft, 1/48 and larger aircraft, 1/48 and smaller armor, armored vehicles larger than 1/48, science fiction, ships, figures, cars and trucks, and miscellaneous models. As long as there is one model entered in a category, an award will be presented.
How is judging conducted?
Judging is done by popular ballot. You needn't be afraid that your latest masterpiece will get picked apart by a group of overly critical "know-it-all" judges. The atmosphere of our contest is very friendly, and there is a free exchange of hints and techniques.
What kind of awards are presented?
Certificates for 1st and 2nd place are awarded for each category, and a certificates are also awarded to the modeler who constructed the models deemed Best Out of Box and Best of Show. The winning models appear in the club's monthly Newsletter and on this Website.
Do novice modelers compete with experienced modelers?
After a modeler is awarded five 1st place awards in any one category (1/72 aircraft for example), they are recognized as "Master Modelers" for just that category and must compete as a "Master Modeler" in that category in the future. They may compete in all regular categories in which they have not received five 1st place awards, such as "1/48 or larger armor". In future competitions if that individual wanted (in this example) to enter a 1/72 or smaller aircraft, they would be required to place the model in the Masters' Category.
What is the International Plastic Modelers Society?
IPMS was formed in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, and began shortly thereafter here in the U.S. The society is dedicated to the advancement and continuation of plastic modeling. It's motto "By Modelers, for Modelers", expresses it's true essence. Membership is open to both modelers and trade members. Adult membership in IPMS/USA costs $30 for one year, $58 for two years or $86 for three years. Dues for juniors (17 and under) are $17 per year. Family memberships add $5 to the appropriate adult option. IPMS/USA membership for residents of Canada and Mexico are $35 per year. IPMS/USA membership for individuals living in other foreign countries is $38 per year.
For more membership information, visit the IPMS/USA web site.
Becoming a Member
NoVa Modelers IPMS does not charge dues. To join our Mailing list, receive information about upcoming meetings and our Monthly Newsletter simply download and complete this form and give it to any club officer at a meeting. We'll do the rest!
A special offer for Northern Virginia Modelers members
In order to encourage IPMS/USA membership, IPMS Northern Virginia Modelers has a special "subsidy" program for chapter members. Here is how the subsidy program works:
There are two different procedures for the chapter members to choose from; either procedure is acceptable. The procedures are the same for both New IPMS memberships and Renewals.
First choice (preferred option) is to pick up a pre-printed form from the Chapter Treasurer at a monthly meeting, complete the form and return the form and the appropriate payment to the Treasurer. He will send everything to IPMS/USA HQ for processing.
Second choice is to apply for (or Renew) an IPMS/USA membership directly with IPMS/USA, including paying the full fee. When the member receives the new IPMS membership card, bring to the Chapter Treasurer the membership card and a receipt showing how much was paid. The Treasurer will then reimburse the member the appropriate amount.
New adult memberships: Member pays $10 per year of membership, the chapter pays the remainder (currently $20 of the $30 per year total).
New Junior memberships: chapter pays entire amount.
Adult renewals: Member pays $10 per year of renewal, the chapter pays the remainder (currently $20 of the $30 per year total).
Junior renewals: chapter pays entire amount.
To take advantage of this special program, either pick up a pre-printed form from the Chapter Treasurer or download the IPMS/USA membership Application Form below, complete the form and present to our Treasurer at any monthly meeeting along with your $10 per year payment. We will do the rest!
Wants & Disposals
Reducing your stash and have kits to sell? You can bring them to a club meeting and set up a table.* An even better way is to list them on the club Yahoo Group forum. The forum is also a great way to find that special hard to find kit or decal. One of your fellow members might just have it in their stash! Click on the icon below to get started. (Note: if you're not already a Group member you'll need to sign up to post.)
* Dealers are not permitted to conduct business at Fairfax High School at monthly club meetings. The only exception is at our Annual Model Classic Show)
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Community Events and Make & Take
Some images of our past Outreach Events and continuing Make & Take Program
NASM-Udvar WW1 Day 2018(l-r) John Klinkham, Tom Henderson, Ben Kavanaugh, Mike Fleckenstein, Mark Tutton, Gene Barnes, Mike Swinburne, Chris Nicoll, Scott Bricker and little Bricker
SMW18-UK&NoVaNorthern Virginia Modelers at IPMS/UK Scale Model World 2018
From Left: Chris Nicoll, IPMS/UK President Paul Regan, IPMS/UK Competition Secretary Tony Horton , Mike Fleckenstein
NASM-Udvar Hazy Scare Night 2017-1(l-r) Tom Henderson, Ben Kavanaugh, Chris Nicoll, Jim Rotramel, Jenny & Haagen Klaus, Mike Fleckenstein, Tim Barb, Chinxy, Aris Pappas
Our Permanent Display at NASM-Udvar Hazy