Monday, April 23, 2018

2019 ODO: "Man In Space: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Man's First Moon Landing"

Richmond IPMS is pleased to announce this very special award for the 2019 Old Dominion Open commemorating the 50th anniversary of Man's first moon landing!

Figures and manned space vehicles (all nationalities) are eligible from the X-15 through Apollo 17.

Models must be entered in the appropriate Figure category, in the Real Space category, or in Dioramas/Vignettes. (Note that the Photos in Time category will be included under Dioramas/Vignettes beginning in 2019).

This will be a free-standing special award judged by its own judging team.

So, all you spaceketeers, start planning your builds now--this is sure to be a popular subject for 2019!

2019 Old Dominion Open

We have opened a page for the 2019 Old Dominion Open to be held at the Richmond Raceway on February 23, 2019. The tab is at the top of the page.

Be sure to check back here (and on Facebook) as the year progresses for announcements of new awards, category changes, rules changes, and the posting of the 2019 ODO brochure and downloadable forms.

2018 ODO: Copy of Information from 2018 ODO Page

2018 Old Dominion Open

February 24, 2018

Richmond Raceway Complex
The Henrico Building
600 East Laburnum     Richmond, VA 23222

Doors open 8:30     Registration closes 12:30

The winner of this award will be chosen by his fellow contestants. Each contest entrant will be given a ballot on which to record his choice for favorite entry.

New Categories
  • Gundam, all scales
  • Photos in Time: Any entry that depicts a photograph of the actual subject or event. The photo or photo copy you're depicting MUST be exhibited with the entry--photos on electronic devices will NOT be accepted. In addition to the usual judging criteria, entries will be judged on how well they accurately replicate the subject of the photo.
  • Weekend Warrior:
    Aircraft, all scales, all types
    Military Vehicles, all scales, all types
    Automotive, all scales, all types
    All Other, all scales, all types
    This category is for novice and/or casual modelers and is limited to entrants who have NEVER won any award in any category at any IPMS-, AMPS-, or NNL-sanctioned events.

Rules Clarifications

  • Category 22: AFVs, closed and open top: visible interiors, opej hatches/doors; interiors will be judged, larger than 1/48. If the model has open hatches or doors and the interior is plainly visible, the entry will go into Category 22. If the modeler uses figures to fill the hatches or doors, the model may be placed in either Categories 19, 20 or 21. If there are figures present but hatches are opened for reason of showing the interior, the entry should go in Category 22. All entries in Category 22 will have their interiors judged.
  • Dioramas & Vignettes: A diorama is a story-based display. The strength of the story or message along with how well it is communicated are critical considerations for the diorama. A vignette is a model-subject-based display built specifically to show-off its components in their historical, technical, or environmental context. While both will be judged on construction (vehicles, figures, groundwork), finishing, weathering, and degree of difficulty/overall feel, a diorama MUST convey a story. Vignettes do NOT have to tell a story.
  • Out of Box (OOB) Categories: Kit’s instruction sheet or photocopy of such MUST accompany the entry (placed under entry form). Instructions on any electronic device are NOT acceptable.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spitfire Mk Vb: Rasmussen

Gene Rasmussen is first out of the gate with his Spitfire Mark Vb from Pro Modeler.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Paint Conversion Chart

Humbrol/Airfix Color conversion

If you are  building or have build an Airfix kit, you are aware that the instructions give you a few basic color names and paint numbers on the model Color Profiles. The colors/numbers are for their line of paint. The  step by step instructions give you numbers but NO names.  At our last meeting Aaron Winner brought in his Color Conversion Chart that was in a recent Airfix Magazine. Unfortunately, this issue appears to  be sold out in Richmond. There are several online sources for this information.  Here is a printable version of the Color Conversion. It only gives you Humbrol to Vallejo but it does at least give you an idea if the paint is dark gray,  light green, black etc. The actual colors will not be an exact match for what you see on this conversion chart, but should still be a good guide. Unless you memorize the Humbrol color numbers, the Airfix instructions just are not very helpful.- Bob Walls

Here is a link to a PDF of the chart as pictured below.
Humbrol Conversion Chart LINK 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"Spitfires Around the World" Group Build

They said it wasn't possible, but IPMS Richmond is kicking-off yet another group build--Spitfires Around the World! Here are the "rules":

Begins May 2018 and ends February 2019

  1. The models have to be 1/72 scale Spitfires, any kit and any version. All must be painted and marked in a NON-STANDARD scheme. No "plain Janes." Foreign markings are preferred--the more unique the color/marking scheme the better.
  2. You purchase your own kit(s).
  3. The club will buy several sets of decals, publish the markings, and make them available with photo copies of the decal directions to any member who wants to participate.
  4. To start, you are allowed to do up to two kits with club decals. You may do as many planes as you like supplying your own decals.
  5. All models have to be ready to display at the February 11, 2019 meeting.
  6. Actual aircraft pictures/research, kit pictures, model pictures, reviews and build photos will be placed on our Facebook and blog pages and included in Spare Parts. Send them by email to, Mark Groth, or Mark Elder We encourage members to bring in their kits for show and tell throughout the year so additional pictures can be taken.
  7. Build quality should be up to club standards as seen at our Chesterfield Airport display but does not have to be contest quality or super detailed. All kits must be painted in as historically accurate paint scheme as possible within your build skills and available decals/research. Out of the box is perfectly fine.
  8. Models need to be wheels down so they may be displayed as if on an airfield and will be grouped on a IPMS Richmond club table. No bases allowed.
  9. After the ODO, models may be used for a temporary display in our airport case and might be used at other shows. The models belong to the builder and will be returned to their owner before the end of 2019. Wear and tear should be considered very likely, so if you do not want you model moved about, you may pick it up after the 2019 ODO and take it home.
Advice: Do not run out and just buy a Spitfire kit. Not every Spitfire was used by foreign countries or painted in unique camo. Do some research. You will most likely have to purchase a kit online as the local hobby outlets have very few Spitfires. Some of the countries that flew Spitfires include USA, Russia, Israel, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand, Egypt, Germany, India, Portugal, Southern Rhodesia, Turkey, Thailand, and Greece.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

2018 ODO Photos...and More Photos

Mark Elder, IPMS Richmond's "Spare Parts" editor and ODO photographer, has worked with Mark Aldrich, IPMS USA Associate Webmaster and Tacoma IPMS member, to post the photographs taken by the many photographers at this year's ODO. The photos can be found in the IPMS USA Events Gallery at the following link:

So grab a beverage of your choice, sit back, and get ready to view ninety-seven pages of images covering every aspect of this year's ODO!

Thank you Mark and Mark!