Category Archives: model contest

Final contest award presentation

The chapter meeting is ongoing as I write this and we finally received our plaques from the show. We had a problem with the production of our “best of”s , so most had to be mailed out. The final two were to one of our chapter members, JW Dirske who won best aircraft and the judges grand award (best of show) for his DH 2.  Here are two photos of the award ceremony we did at our meeting tonight. 

Thanks for coming to our show!

Thanks for everyone who came out to our show on Saturday.  We had a good turnout  of modelers, models, and a nice selection of vendors to help you pass the time as we judged.

Remember to save the date– next year’s contest is 15 September 2018, and the contest theme will be “at the Movies.”  We’ll ave more details in the coming months, but basically any model that represents a vehicle in a motion picture is eligible.

Hopefully we will get the results posted in the next few days from the contest.  Watch here for an announcement.  Also, check out our Facebook page  (link to the right) for a gallery of photos from the show.

Thanks again for coming!


contest tomorrow- 16 September!

The day we’ve been working for all year is here- the 11th annual Prison City Model contest in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Check out our contest page for information on categories, fillable registration forms, and our sponsors!

We have a packed room full of vendors, and the tables are set-up and waiting for the first models.  See you at 9:00 a.m.!

Chapter meeting– contest prep

We are one month away from our 16 September show! Planning is going well– 18 vendor tables sold, trophy sponsorships coming in, and a couple of demos being planned include Tru-Colors new military paint line and a possible 3-D printing display. We have a great meeting planned for tonight, and will finalize our contest theme for 2018–so you can start building for next year.

We’d like to also like to thank some of our recent sponsors–IPMS Fort Crook who is sponsoring the Best of Armor trophy, and A-5:  Prop Driven Aircraft, 1/72 scale.  Tru-Colors Paints out of Phoenix, AZ is issuing a new military colors line in late 2017, and has provided paints samples for the raffle as well as for a demo at the contest of the new military line.

Thanks to all, and hope to see you at the chapter meeting.



Congratulations on Nationals

Congratulations to the Fort Crook IPMS/USA crew for hosting an outstanding convention.

I’d also like to congratulate our crew of modelers who made the trek north to compete. Shane Curtis, Paul Curtis, Ed Burgess, Ron Denning, Rick Brownlee, and Paul Reeb all competed, while Tim Fincham, Doug Hall, and Mark Gerges drove up for the vendors and to see the competition. Winners for our club were Ron Denning with a second in aircraft scratchbuilt and conversions for his CH-54 Skycrane, and Paul Curtis iwith a first place in ships (pre-teens) , first in military vehicles(pre-teens), first in dioramas(pre-teens), and second in aircraft, 1/144 and 1/72 scale (pre-teen)

Well done to all, and can’t wait to hear about your experiences at the August meeting.

Contest results posted.

Thank you everyone who came out to support our 17 September model show.  From the modelers who worked for months on the models, to the vendors, and guest judges, you all made it a success.  Thanks for coming.

The results are now posted under 2016 contest results.  Photos of many of the models are available on our Facebook page– see the link to the right of this post.

Link to contest results:



Contest tomorrow!

It’s finally here– our annual model contest, located in the heart of historic Leavenworth, the first city in Kansas. The set-up from the club is complete– The Heritage Center, located at 109 Delaware Street has 31 tables with 35 categories, and the vendor room contains twenty-one tables just waiting for the goodies to arrive.

Weather looks to be good, perfect for a walk down to the Mighty Missouri or around town as you look at our numerous lunch places.  Travel safely, and we hope to see you in Leavenworth!

17 September contest is near!

Hello, just a quick update on the 2016 contest next weekend, 17 September.  The trophies were picked up today; we currently have 20 vendor tables sold, and the club shirts have arrived so you can pick us out of a crowd when you get here.

The registration forms and model entry forms are in the contest page, and I just created a Frequently Asked Questions page on some of the contest questions we have gotten over the years.

Hope to see you at the contest on Saturday September 17th, and if you are a club member, remember we meet a week early this month, 14 September so we can do some last-minute judges’ training and assigning of responsibilities.

Hope to see you in Leavenworth!

Leavenworth Contest information

Our 2016 contest is right around the corner.   We posted the contest flyer that you can download and place in hobby shops or send out to your members in the contest page, or you can click here: 2016 Contest Flyer.

Our ad also ran in the newest issue of the IPMS journal. IPMS ad 2016

The contest page contains downloadable registration forms– note, you need one for yourself, and one for each model you plan on entering.

The actual day of the contest will be unchanged from previous years: door open at 9:00 a.m. for modelers (8:00 for vendors only to set up), registration runs until noon, and then judging begins.  The award ceremony will be at 3:00 p.m., and our raffle will be running through out the afternoon.

The kind people at the Heritage Center will be providing, for a nominal cost, some snacks and coffee in the morning and something more substantial for lunch and sodas.  All profits from the food concession  goes to the Heritage Center.

There are still vendor tables available at $10 a table.  Please contact Mark if you’d like to reserve some table space.

For those of you looking to make a weekend of it, two new hotels have opened in downtown Leavenworth, as well as some new and updated restaurants within walking distance of the Heritage Center. The Frontier Army Museum on Fort Leavenworth,  Carousel Museum, Carrol Mansion and Leavenworth Historical Society and Richard Allen Cultural Center are all nearby and worth a visit.

Looking forward to seeing you in Leavenworth!