Contest Results posted

Thank you again to all who came to the IPMS Prison City Model Show on 19 September.  We could not have been a success without the modelers, vendors, and sponsors who contributed to the overall event.

We have now posted the results here. Congratulations to our winners, and we hope to see you back next year.

Congratulations to all who came

The 19 September Leavenworth contest was a resounding success, with over 200 models present.  Modelers from across the region came to Leavenworth on a beautiful fall morning, and we had some incredible models to judge.  I hope to have the results and a few photos published in the next few days, so check back often to see.  If in the highly unlikely event I misspell a name (ok, not that unlikely at all) please send me an email of leave a comment and I’ll correct it.

Thank you again to all who helped make this show a success, and we’ll see you next year on 17 September 2016 in downtown Leavenworth (pending regional coordinator and IPMS USA approval, of course, but we have the venue!).

September meeting reminder and newsletter

Hello, the September meeting of the IPMS Prison City Modelers will be Wednesday, 16 September at 7:00 p.m. at the Leavenworth Public Library.  We’ll be preparing for the contest on Saturday (have we mentioned that before?) as well as conducting a judging clinic and our normal “Show What Ya’ Brung.”

To give you something to do until then, this month’s newsletter is now post on our website here.

Hope to see you at the meeting Wednesday, and even more importantly, at out show on Saturday.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for registration!

Almost here! 19 September contest


Our annual show in Leavenworth is one week away!  The doors open for registration at 9:00 a.m.; vendors you can get it at 8:00 a.m. to set up.  Because we will still be moving tables around and doing other chores, we will not let anyone register before 9:00.2015 Contest Flyer

Parking in the early morning will be a little challenge, as a 100 mile bicycle race is starting near our venue and many of the parking slots were taken last year when we showed up. Luckily, many people select a shorter route, and by 10:00-10:30  there was no problem with parking.

Categories as well as the PDF registration forms are on our contest pages. Find them here. The special theme is 1940, and any autos, aircraft, AFVs, ships, etc  in use in 1940 are eligible. If you think your model is eligible, make sure the registration desk marks your forms when you come in.

There has been a lot of construction in downtown Leavenworth over the past year, and a number of new or refurbished restaurants are available for lunch near our venue.  Unfortunately the Italian restaurant and Grinder’s High Noon saloon, both within walking distance and being totally remodeled, will not be open by next Saturday.

Some people have had problems with the registration forms not being fillable when downloaded from our site.  If you have problems, please email me and I’ll send you the files directly.

By the way, I spent some time adding our club newsletters for the past year.  You can find them here:  If you’d like to be added to our distro list and receive the newsletter directly each month, please send me an email.

Looking forward to seeing you in Leavenworth next weekend, Mark

September show is right around the corner!

Well,  the summer is more than half over, and we are starting to look ahead to our fall model contest.  We’ve just posted our new flyer, with some minor changes to the categories for the 19 September contest.  Please print out copies for your local hobby shop, or send them to members of other model clubs to help us get the word out.

The special theme for the contest is 1940.  This can include anything from the fall of France, Battle of Britain,  or newest automobiles coming out of Detroit.  Only rule– had to be in use in the year 1940.

Hope to see you in Leavenworth in September!

Here is the link to the 2015 Contest Flyer

April meeting reminder

Well, the April 15 meeting is just around the corner.  We’ll meet at our normal location,, the Leavenworth Public Library at 7:00 p.m. in the Jahn meeting room,  You go to the circulation desk, take a left, and go through the children’s book section to find it.  The club build of the KI-84 Frank is on the agenda, so make sure you bring your kit and share with everyone the various techniques you used.  We are up to step four, attaching the wings and some other things.

There will also be a demo on modifying 1:35 plastic figures for dioramas– part one, since I haven’t gotten beyond the tearing them apart phase– it’s a work in progress.  The club will also so our normal show and tell of what you have been working on this month.

The club newsletter should be emailed out later tonight or tomorrow.  If you aren’t on our distro list and would like to get a copy absolutely free, please send me your email and I’ll add you to our list.

Hope to see you there!


Weekend Build Ready for Decals

Weekend BuildLeft SideRight Side Three Pictures of my ‘weekend build’  Took longer then a weekend but was happy overall with the quality of the Edmond Weekend Build Kit.  Parts fit well together and instructions were understandable.

Still the canopy and the undercarriage cause me problems.  I built it first then painted it.  Mixed feelings about building first then painting.  Though it fits together nicely that way painting, and the handling of the model was something I did not like.  I used gloves to avoid finger oil on the model, which helped a little.  Painting the details after built was a challenge, but that but will continue to improve as I build more models.  Now to add the decals.

2014 Contest Results posted

The results  from the 20 September contest in Leavenworth Kansas are now posted in the Contest Results page.  Congratulations to all of you who came and competed, and we hope to see you next year on 19 September 2015.  A special thanks goes to our sponsors for the various categories as well as the vendors who make the contest so worthwhile– and get us in hot water with our sponsors–but it is totally worth it!

Here’s the link to the results page

Congratulations to all!


Building Models of different quality

I have found that building older models that I moved all over the place while I was in the military, provides me a chance to work on many skills newer models do not. Some include making new pieces, heavy filler work, sanding (A Lot), figuring out what the instruction sheet really is trying to tell and show you buy the printing, and the recovery of old decals.
I am not complaining, rather I am taking these efforts as training sessions so when I work on newer models with new aspects, I am rather founded in the basics of model building.
Wondering what other people think about building older kits and if there is any value in building them at all?

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