April happenings

  Like many people I started this hobby young, I was six years old, and many of us stop building at some point in early adult hood. I returned in earnest after marrying my second wife at 35 and have been at it since. Also like many others, I have slumps where I do little if any building. I have been able to restart after one of our chapters build days and sometimes can keep the inspiration until the next build day.
  As much as I like to say that I am not competitive, I do like to "compete" even if it's only in my head. That said, I recently read a Facebook post on the IPMS Hamilton FB page talking about the "I'm not the biggest modelling loser" challenge. It is a light hearted "contest" where participants have a set time to declare what model they will build in ninety days.  If you fail to complete a model, you get a picture taken of you hanging your head in shame, or not.
  I am modifying the rules to better suit a smaller Chapter such as ours, the entry declaration time will be two months into the three of the contest.  Models must be unstarted, new in the box. It can be any type of model, any genre and any skill level. Submit your entry via email to with a picture of your kit up to the night of the June meeting.
  The main goal is to have fun, build something and prove that you are not a modelling loser


November Build Day

We have a build day coming this Saturday, November 12. It starts about 10:30 and goes until everyone tires out, usually about 2:00 at the Hobbytown USA on Gunbarrel Rd behind the Dairy Queen. We have people who model most genres so there is usually something for everyone at our build days so come on down!


September events.

 We have a build day on Sept. 17th at 10:30 A.M. at the Hobbytown USA on Gunbarrel Rd. across from Hamilton Place. We had some new guys at the last one, lets see if we can get some more! We will taper off, usually about 2ish and some of us will go get lunch nearby.

 The meeting for September is on the 19th at 6:30 P.M. at the Hobbytown on gunbarrel. after the meeting there is a group that goes to Logans or somewhere nearby.

 A bit farther out is the Huntsville IPMS show on September 24th. The October build day on the 22nd and the Fall Festival at Freetime hobbies in Blueridge Ga. on the 8th of October.

 If I've missed anything, let me know and I will get it on here ASAP.


Upcoming events and some BIG news!

  First, we have a meeting coming up this Monday, Aug. 15th and Hobbytown USA on Gunbarrel Rd. at 6:30 P.M. Come and hang out with us in a casual atmosphere and talk models and show off your work. We will finish a bit before 8 and some of us go eat at a local restaurant, usually Logans.

  This coming Saturday, the 20th, we have a build day, also at Hobbytown. These are usually very helpful to me as I learn something new almost every gathering. Plus, you can talk models again and just hang out if you don't want to build.

  Now, though most of you have probably heard through the interwebs, Chattanooga IPMS has been awarded the 2019 IPMS National Convention! I, for one, am very excited and we will keep you informed as we move along.



It's in the bag...

Stick a fork in it, it's done!  The 2013 IPMS USA Nationals is in the history books.  The awards are done, the models are packed, and the last of the modelers just abandoned the bar.  I have to say that this was a GREAT convention.  This is my 7th Nationals in a row, and my 8th in 9 years.  I'd say this one ranks in the top three for sure.  The venue is great.  The local area is great.  And for some reason, everything worked.  If anything was going wrong behind the scenes, the host chapter(s) kept it hushed up, and from this correspondent's perspective, everything came off without a hitch.

A couple of statistics.  There were about 750 entrants, and a little over 2500 models entered.

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know, you want to know what  won.  Well, first off, the local boys done good.  Tom, Ken, and I all are returning home with multiple awards, and at least 5 first places between the three of us. Now, here's a list of all the big winners I can remember....

Best Aircraft...1/48 scale SUPER detailed Tamiya P-51D


Best Armor...1/35 Cougar MRAP

 Best Auto...1/9 SCRATCH BUILT Farmall tractorBest Ship...Scratch Built USS LangleyMichael Fritz Best WWIAnd......

The Popular Best in show:

And finally...The George Lee Judges' Grand Award goes to:

For the rest of the major award winners, please accept my apologies.  It's been a long week, and this was all I could remember for sure from the awards.

On to next year...Hampton VA.

And 2015?????  Survey says...Columbus OH!

Off to bed now.  Gotta get some sleep before the long drive home...

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