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Scale Model World 2008


IPMS UK again put on their flagship Modelshow on November 15th and 16th 2008 at the Telford International Centre. For those who have never been, imagine if you can 3 large halls filled to the brim with models, modellers and traders, some would call it modelling heaven. As a member of the British Bulldogs (Kitmaker's own IPMS group) I spent the whole weekend revelling in my passion for all that is plastic and resin, meeting members from the site and talking with various traders and manufacturers. Due to the size of the show the editors from the various Kitmaker sites made the decision that we would each this year concentrate on our respective fields, in my case Armour and Dioramas. The other pictures from the show should be available on their respective sites at some point.
I would like to thank all the members who came by and spoke to me as it is always a pleasure to actually meet with members and finally put faces to names. I would also like to thank the IPMS committee who endeavour every year to put on such a fine show, and are not always appreciated for the effort they put in, as well as all the IPMS modellers I met over the weekend. Finally I would like to thank the members of the Bulldogs who spent the whole weekend smiling and enjoying each others company, as this is mainly what makes the whole weekend for me.

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About the Author

About Keith Forsyth (docdios)

Keith Forsyth (docdios) comes from the small town of Stafford in the United Kingdom. He began his interest in modeling at an early age with armor being the main focus. It was not until finding himself between jobs in 1995 that he really got hooked. It was during a shopping visit to another town when...


Does MK5 has this kind of camouflage with colors?Which area?
NOV 24, 2008 - 02:21 AM
WOW, there re some simply beautifully-finished models there, but I will never understand for the life of me what compels a masterful modeler to build and finish a gorgeously-weatherbeaten work of Art--and then to carelessly throw it on a boring, bare, lacquered piece of wood! AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRGH! Makes me want to cry every time! How hard is it to throw down a simple layer of ground material and some static grass?
NOV 29, 2008 - 12:50 AM
Karl, if you are refering to the photograph at the top, that is not bare wood, I believe it is depicting a concrete surface....
NOV 29, 2008 - 01:06 AM
I'm not 100% sure but I believe in certain competition entry rules the placing of a model has to be done in this way, otherwise I think it gets classed as a diorama rather than a "stand alone" model of a particular subject, but as I say I'm not 100% sure as I don't enter competitions. Alan
NOV 29, 2008 - 01:17 AM
I asked this same question not that long ago, and I was told that according to IPMS rules, if it is just simple ground work, ie: a road, grass, field, sand, etc, etc, "In its Natural Environment", that it is still considered armor. When you add anything else such as ammo boxes, figures other than on the vehicle, buildings, structures of any kind, etc, it then becomes a diorama. Not sure if the base of a road, grass, etc, would be allowed to incorporate trees and bushes and such......as that may be over the top as to how that rule could be interpreted.
NOV 29, 2008 - 05:00 AM
Hi Guys,:-H As it is a mate of mine who built the Chieftain MK5 on the photo, in answer to Karl quote, the MK5 is depicted on concrete and it was entered in the Military class. He has shown other of his chieftains in diorama settings but was told this entry would be classed as a Military entry. John's attention to detail is without question as he used to drive the things in the forces. On a another note, a so called expert on centurions looked at Johns ARV centurion on our club stand and declared it as 'fancy' and the look on his face when he found out John had driven the thing!! Mark
NOV 29, 2008 - 11:05 PM
Hi I am new in this page forums so let me say hello to everybody!! I have seen in one of Keith Forsyth photos (number 26803 of the fisrt page) a couple of UAZ-452 bodies in grey. I would like to know if there is a commercial kit of it or if those were jsut scrtch build. I am very interested in taht model so if any could give info will be very welcome. Thanks a lot in advance, Best Regards Nacho
DEC 02, 2008 - 02:52 AM