IPMS Vancouver is one of two chapters in the lower
mainland, the Fraser Valley Chapter being the younger
Although IPMS is often associated with contests in the mind
of the uninitiated modeller, the club actually exists to
give modellers a place to meet and share their knowledge
and enjoyment of their hobby.
IPMS Vancouver allows modellers to meet with others that
take their hobby seriously. The club meetings focus on
allowing members to learn, to share and to inform others of
techniques, background information or news within the
hobby. Many members bring models, complete or in progress,
to the meetings. In contrast, many members are not
comfortable bringing their projects into the club.
This does not mean that their model is of a lesser caliber
than those that appear, but rather that the modeller may be
too self-conscious to bring something of his to a meeting.
Regardless, modellers of both types are appreciated and
encouraged within the club.
Club meetings follow a flexible but familiar agenda.
The members gather from 7:00 pm and social interaction at a
lively pace ensues as members catch up with each others’
projects, seek advice, check out the items brought for
Door prize tickets are sold at each meeting and everyone
bringing in a model or work in progress is given a free
ticket. Two door prize tickets are drawn towards the
end of the meeting and winners choose a prize from an
eclectic array of prizes comprised mainly of kits of all
At approximately 7:45 the meeting is called to order by the
club president who updates the members with any news,
correspondence or requests from other clubs, and general
The meeting then moves onto the main activity for the
evening. A club member, or occasionally a member from
an outside club, will give a demonstration or talk on a
model related subject. This can be a slide show, an open
floor discussion or an actual hands-on demonstration of a
If one of the club’s annual contests, one of the "big
mouth" or "kit of the year" competitions, is to be judged
that night, this will happen towards the end of the
Auto Big Mouth Competition
Annual Members’ Swap Meet
Aircraft Big Mouth Competition
Armour Big Mouth Competition
Kit of the Year
Fall Show Post Mortim
Year End Party
Events & Contests
Vancouver Fall Model Contest
Vancouver’s Fall Show & Swap Meet, a model competition
and swap meet, takes place on the Saturday of the October
long weekend. The October long weekend occurs on the
second Monday of October. This means that the Show is
usually on the second Saturday of October but, depending on
the year, can be on the first one. Please check the
actual date on the Fall Show page.
The Show is held at the Bonsor Recreation Complex in
Burnaby, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The main show room
is closed to everyone but judges between 3 and 4 pm for
final judging and ribbon placement. The event is not
limited to IPMS members. Anyone can come and view the show.
Additionally, anyone can enter a kit to be judged, the
objective is for the best kit in a category to win, not the
best kit built by an IPMS member.
This is the event of the year for modellers in the greater
Vancouver area. The show attracts modellers from Western
Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Recent Shows have had
around 500 kits entered in dozen’s of trophy or ribbon
Several other modelling clubs are involved, sponsoring
trophies, door prizes, and volunteering to judge or just
Most of the hobby shops in the lower mainland contribute to
the show, sponsoring trophies or donating door prizes.
Several manufacturers and suppliers also contribute. There
is a vendor room with tables set up in flea market fashion.
Door prizes, largely donated by hobby shops and suppliers
to the industry, are given out during the day.
At the end of the day, awards and special prizes are handed
out and the winning models are photographed for the clubs
- IPMS Vancouver Annual Swap meet
February meeting is devoted to the club’s annual swap meet.
Members bring kits they wish to trade or sell and set them
up on the tables in our meeting room. This is about the
most informal meeting that will be held during the year.
April & July - The Big Mouth Contests
are annual events, judged every January (Auto),
April(Aircraft), July(Armour), that focuses on basic model
building skills. IPMS rules for “Out of the Box” models
apply. The year’s winner chooses the subject
that will be modelled for the next year.
subject for the coming big mouths are:
April 2012 - FW 190 1/48 scale - note that the TA series is
acceptable as well.
July 2012 - Staghound 1/35
January 2013 - Volkswagen
finished model kit can be entered so long as it meets the
IPMS Out of the Box rules which prohibit aftermarket detail
parts, scratch-building or conversions. Members compete on
a voluntary basis. Depending on the anticipated number of
entries, one month before judging the Aircraft and Armour
categories, kits entered are put on display at one of the
local hobby shops so that the modelling public can vote on
the subjects. The trophy goes to the kit that gets
the most votes overall.
- Kit of the Year
the big mouth, this is an annual event. The only
requirement is that the model being entered must have been
brought to a regular club meeting in the past 12 months in
some sort of in-progress or finished state. The subject is
up to the builder, who can enter as many kits as he or she
wishes, as long as the meeting rule is met. Again,
entry is voluntary. Members vote on the kits entered
to determine who takes home the trophy.
It’s simple, you just come to a meeting. First time
attendee’s are not required to join. Everybody gets into
their first meeting at no charge so that they can see what
the club is about. Thereafter, non-members are
required to pay a $2.00 drop-in fee.
There are three types of annual membership
Junior, $10 for members 16 years of age and younger
Adult, $25 for modelers over 16.
Family, $30 for members with more than one modeler in the
membership entitles member to the following.
A 10-15% discount on kit purchases at
participating hobby shops,
please see "Participating Sponsors" on
the drop down menu
Entrance to all club meetings in the calendar year but not
the Fall Show.
Please note that just because you belong to IPMS Vancouver
doesn't necessarily mean you will get a
discount, it is the retailers
IPMS Vancouver Executive
Club Acting President - Talino Bruno
Club Vice President - Vacant
Club Treasurer - Brian Birk
Club Membership - Brian Herrin
Demonstrations - Talino Bruno
Door Prizes - George Tufnail
IPMS Vancouver Fall Model Show & Display Chairman -
Head Judge - Talino Bruno
Vendors Room & Tables - Ross Hillman
Sponsorship Relations - Brian Herrin
Internet Relations - Chris Cowx
Signage/Poster Design - Steve Croasdale
Email Contact - email@example.com
Please mail items to:
Hickey 1055 Heritage Boulevard North Vancouver, BC V7J