Friday, December 20, 2019

January 13, 2020 Meeting

Our first meeting of the new year will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the SmokeTree Community Center.

In addition to it being a Build Night (no movie), we will also hold a "Swap and Sell"--so bring all those kits you need to get rid of to make room for your Christmas goodies!

See you on the thirteenth!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

2020 ODO: Rules Changes!

There are TWO MAJOR CHANGES to the Rules for the 2020 ODO: Inappropriate Entries and Picture Build Books.

A. Inappropriate Entries [This brings the 2020 ODO into alignment with IPMS National rules.]

The Chief Judge will exclude/remove from competition any entry considered by Contest officials to be inappropriate or offensive to generally acknowledged standards of taste and acceptability. The following are prohibited in competition and may not be placed on display at any IPMS event:

1. There shall be no depiction of excretory functions depicting any human being or animal.

2. There shall be no depiction of sadomasochistic activity, equipment, settings or situations, to any degree, regardless of whether there are figures in the model and regardless of whether any figures present in the model are clothed.

3. There shall be no depictions of explicit sexual conduct, bilateral or autoerotic, regardless of degree and regardless of the clothing-status of the participants that involves the touching of the breasts or genitals or other erogenous zones of any depicted figure.

4. There shall be no depiction of any nude human male or female figures where the genitalia of the figure are exposed where the clear intent of the same is to portray a sexual scene.

Picture Build Books
Build books of reasonable size can be placed on the table next to the model entry. However, these books shall not be viewed or considered in any way by the judges of that particular category. All enhancements, additions, or modifications for judges’ consideration should be noted in the box provided on the model entry form.

Both of these changes are highlighted in red in the 2020 ODO brochure.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

2020 ODO: Category Revisions and Clarifications

In order to facilitate your entries, following are the category revisions and clarifications for the upcoming 2020 Old Dominion Open on February 29, 2020 (changes in bold type):

32. Competition, open wheels, 1/20 and smaller
33. Competition, straight line, 1/20 and smaller
34. Competition, closed wheels, 1/20 and smaller 

37. Large scale, 1/19 and larger, all eras

40. Pro Street (Street Legal Drag Style)

59. Busts (Military)
60. Busts (Non-Military)

63. Gundam, 1/144 and smaller, UC (Universal Century)
64. Gundam, 1/144 and smaller, Non-UC
65. Gundam 1/100 and larger, UC
66. Gundam, 1/100 and larger, Non-UC

Please note that several key ODO positions have changed for 2020:

  • Chris Bryan is ODO Chairman
  • Richard Leininger is Head Judge
  • Craig Norris is in charge of Vendors
Their contact information is listed in the ODO brochure.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

2020 ODO Brochure and Forms

The brochure and forms for the 2020 Old Dominion Open are available at the link above or by clicking HERE.

Included in the brochure are:

  • Contest Categories
  • General Information
  • Rules
  • Model Entry Form
  • Registration Master Form
  • Trophy Package Sponsorship Form
  • Vendor Registration Form
Over the next few weeks, we will be posting information regarding the changes to the 2020 contest categories and rules. For now, please note the following contact information:

ODO Chairman: Chris Bryan,
Head Judge: Richard Leininger,
Raffle: Mike Lyons,
Vendors: Craig Norris,

Thursday, August 8, 2019

August Spare Parts Now Available

The August 2019 issue of "Spare Parts" is now available online at the link in the menu above.

As a reminder, all issues of "Spare Parts" dating back to January 2017 are also available at the same link. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Airbrushing Craft Paints!

Chris's Eastern Express Gaz 66 Command Vehicle
You've seen examples of his work at our meetings, now you have the opportunity to see exactly how the "Model Professor" himself, Chris Bryan, accomplishes this. Join us at our August 12 meeting to learn how Chris mixes, thins, and airbrushes inexpensive craft paints. It'll be a demo not to be missed!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

NCMSS 58th Annual Show, September 7, 2019

The National Capital Model Soldier Society will hold its 58th Annual Show on September 7, 2019 at the Springfield Hilton in Springfield, VA. Click here for more information and forms:

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 2019 Spare Parts Now Available

The July 2019 issue of "Spare Parts" is now available on the above page.

Many thanks to our editor, Mark Elder!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

June 2019 Spare Parts Now Available

The June issue of our monthly newsletter, "Spare Parts," is now available at the link above. Thanks, Mark Elder!


Thursday, May 9, 2019

IPMS Richmond Helps Ronald McDonald House

A local RVA restaurant, Lunch and Supper, in Scott's Addition, holds an annual PIG auction of painted concrete pigs for the benefit of Ronald McDonald House. This year IPMS Richmond entered the auction with our WWII USAAF FLYING PIG modelled and painted by Mike Lyons, our president. Through his work and our club's donation to purchase the concrete pig, IPMS Richmond helped raise $950 for the charity!

--Bob Walls

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

2019 ODO Photos

Bob Walls has compiled three sets of photos from Mark Elder, George Honeycutt, and Richard Leininger and has posted them to Postimage. Following are links to the three sets... thanks, guys!

Mark Elder's Photos

George Honeycutt's Photos

Richard Leininger's Photos

People Watching ... you never know who you might see

And Yet More People

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

IPMS Richmond Calendar

The IPMS Richmond Calendar is back up-and-running. Check here for the latest date for your favorite shows and events.

If you know of an event that you would like to have listed, please send the event name, date(s), and contact website or email to

Thursday, March 7, 2019

2019 Group Build

The IPMS Group Build for 2019 will be "Mustangs." There are only a few rules:

  • Your model must be started and completed in 2019.
  • If it is a plane, it must be 1/48 scale.
  • If it is an auto, it must be 1/24 - 1/25 scale.
  • If it's a horse, scale is whatever it is :)

We'd like EVERYONE to build something. We are more interested in the number of modelers than in the number of models. This build is open to anyone who wishes to join in, member or non-member of IPMS Richmond.

There is no plan for a display, although it might be nice to see them all at our Christmas dinner meeting.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

IPMS Richmond's Spitfires Around the World Exhibit

IPMS Richmond exhibited their group build of Spitfires Around the World at this year's ODO. Enjoy the following photos of this "gathering":

2019 ODO: Pictures of Special Award Winners

Shown below are photos of all of the special award winners at this year's Old Dominion Open--congratulations one and all!

Judges' Best in Show and Best Diorama, "British LRDG," Mike Trentadue
Contestants' Award, "German Railway Gun 'Dora'," Gary Griffith
Best Man in Space, "Friendship 7," Yancey Christopher
Best Aircraft, "F6F-5 (N)," Chris Durden
Best Military Vehicle, "Holt R75 Artillery Tractor," Hugh Dyarman
Best Automotive, "1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R," Scott Bregi
Best Maritime, "PT 117," Gene Berger
Best Figure and Best Historical Figure, "General Bonaparte, 1797," David Hoffman
Best Real Space & Sci-Fi, "Hover Tank," Jason Jennings
Best Junior, "Fury vs. Tiger," Jacob Rothgeb

Thursday, February 28, 2019

2019 ODO Results

The 2019 ODO Highlights and Contest Results are ready!

View and/or download them at this link.

Monday, February 25, 2019

"On the Road: IPMS Richmond 2019 Old Dominion Open"

If you haven't run across this fine article yet, please take the time to read it--a thoughtful, well-written article on the future of our hobby, in general, and the merging of the "classic scale modeling" and "Gundam" worlds, in particular. Thank you, Jon Bius!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Complete ODO Vendor List for this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Richmond Raceway

Here is a complete list of vendors for the show Saturday:

Over 170 Vendor tables in our Henrico Hall  and Colonial Hall buildings. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Grex Airbrushes

Yes, representatives from Grex will again be in attendance at this month's ODO with demos, etc. and YES, what you see in the photo below WILL be on our sooper-dooper raffle tables! Thank you, Grex!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

More Kits Received for the 2019 ODO Raffle

Thank you, Fire House Hobbies! Everyone come on out to Richmond Raceway on February 23rd for our largest-ever number of vendors, a mind-blowing contest, and a raffle loaded with super kits both large and small!

Friday, February 1, 2019

2019 ODO Model Registration Forms

If you're looking for model registration forms you can use without downloading the entire ODO brochure, just click the link below.


2019 ODO Model Registration Forms

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Less Than a Month to Go

Less than a month to go until the 2019 ODO to be held at Richmond Raceway on February 23. Finish those models to enter in our contest, make plans to spend those dollars at our larger-than-ever vendor area, or just come on out to be part of the action! Be there or be square!

Revell is Back!

Be sure to head out to the 2019 ODO on February 23 to see if you can take home one of these fine kits from Revell as a prize from our raffle!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January "Spare Parts" Now Available

The January 2019 issue of "Spare Parts" is now available by clicking on the "Spare Parts" tab above. In addition to information on our upcoming meeting/dinner/contest/raffle, it also has the latest on the ODO and some great kit reviews! If you missed any of the previous issues, there are links for them going back to January 2017.

Thank you, Kitty Hawk and Panda Models

Kitty Hawk and Panda Models have donated the following great kits to the 2019 ODO--thank you so much!

Tru Color Paint Donation

More donations for the 2019 ODO raffle--thank you, Tru-Color!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 ODO Vendor Expansion!

With the completed rental of the 9,000 sq. ft. Colonial Hall right next door to our usual Henrico Hall venue, the 2019 Old Dominion Open will have one of the largest vendor areas of any show on the East Coast: 1,360 linear feet (that's four and a half football fields long, folks!) of "model heaven." That increases our number of vendor tables from 120 to 170!

The tables in Henrico Hall sold out in early November and half  are already  booked for Colonial Hall. If you have been waiting to rent a table for the ODO on February 23, 2019, act now! Please use the form linked below or on the 2019 ODO tab at the top of the page. Tables will go to those first paid after Jan. 15th. If you have not paid for your reservations, mail in your check.

Colonial Hall Vendor Form