Friday, March 27, 2020

Calendar Updated

Please check our calendar at the tab above for updated cancelations and postponements as many have changed in just the past week. 

If you are aware of any that should be revised, please send to

IPMS Richmond Meetings Canceled Until Further Notice

Given the current health situation, Smoketree has closed their Community Building until further notice. Accordingly, all IPMS Richmond meetings are likewise canceled.

The Smoketree manager is aware of our meeting dates of the second Monday and will notify us just as soon as they are able to reopen.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

2020 Old Dominion Open Special Award Winners

(Click images for larger version)

Best in Show and Best Diorama: Mike Trentadue
M48A3 w/M151A2 Jeep:

Best Aircraft: Barry Numerick, Bf 109 V-30a

Best Military Vehicle: Keith Hudson, Golovin Ivis w/Launch Truck

Best Automotive: Hilton Zapata, 1999 Ford Mustang

Best Maritime: Ulrich Guenther, Katy of Norfolk

Best Figure: Robert Bourgot, Saladin

Best Historical Figure: David Hoffman, Hernan Cortes

Best Real Space & Sci-Fi: Mike Turco, Space Transporter

Best Gundam: Tim Harkins, Air Drop

Best Junior: Katelynn Argo, Matilda II Mk.III

Model Classic 2020 Canceled

A message from John Figueroa, President, NoVA Modelers IPMS:

Dear Members, Vendors, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Friends, and Families:

The Northern VirginiaModelers (NoVA) Executive Board (E-Board) regrets to inform you that we have decided to cancel Model Classic 2020 (previously scheduled to be held on April 18, 2020) due to the current situation with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

Please be assured this action is not being taken lightly. TheNoVA E-Board realizes that the commitment made by all concerned for a successful Model Classic is substantial and we appreciate the impact of cancellation to all parties. However, after assessing available information, weighing options, and careful deliberations, we find it in the best interests of our members, vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, friends, and families to cancel Model Classic 2020 and concentrate on making ModelClassic 2021 a resounding success. As soon as a date for Model Classic 2021 is established, we will let you know.

The NoVA E-Board considered rescheduling Model Classic 2020. However, the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and the uncertaintyof the duration of the situation, combined with the realities of the current, and fluid, International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) Region 2 show schedule, preclude any dates that would not interfere with our planning cycle for Model Classic 2021. 

NoVA intends to refund all vendor table fees and Trophy Package Sponsorships already submitted for Model Classic 2020. If you have already paid for tables or Trophy Packages, please watch your mail for a check from ourTreasurer, Tim Barb.

The NoVA E-Board apologizes for any inconvenience that this decision causes you. We wrestled with this decision with little or no precedent to guide our deliberations. However, we are confident that canceling Model Classic 2020 is the correct decision and in the best interest of everyone involved.

As always, you can reachour Chapter Contact, Tom Henderson, at, our Treasurer, Tim Barb at, or me at for questions or concerns.

We wish all of you and your families good health in this trying time and we look forward to seeing you at Model Classic 2021. 

John Figueroa
President, NoVA Modelers IPMS

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Blog Article from a Gundam Perspective on IPMS, Contests, and Judging

I came across this interesting article by Keven Hagen on IPMS, its contests, and how to give yourself the best chance to succeed under IPMS judging. It's well-worth a read.

MosquitoCon Rescheduled to August 22, 2020

From Mike Pavlo, NJIPMS Chapter Contact:

Due to the current coronavirus situation, MosquitoCon is being rescheduled to Saturday August 22, 2020.  Everything else stays the same…same venue, lots of vendors, lots of models, lots of fun.  

As always, more detailed information about the show is on our website:

{And yes, the Wayne PAL has an excellent air conditioning system}

And thank you once again to all the clubs who so generously sponsored trophy packages.

Above all, stay safe.  We hope to see you at the show.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

March 2020 Spare Parts Now Available

The March 2020 issue of our newsletter, "Spare Parts," is now available for viewing and/or download from the tab above. Enjoy!