International Plastic Modellers' Society
The International Plastic Modellers' Society (often shortened to IPMS) is an international organisation of hobbyists interested in building plastic model kits. The Society is made up of national branches, and within these, local clubs who usually represent a town, city or locality. The first branch was established in the United Kingdom in 1963.
Local clubs organise regular meetings, typically once a month for members to meet up, show off their latest models, discuss the hobby and work on ongoing projects. Many also organise their own annual shows and invite fellow clubs to display alongside traders, and together, these shows make up a busy calendar of events throughout each year. The UK has the most developed club network, with organisations covering virtually the whole country. Elsewhere, local clubs can often function as national branches simultaneously, such as IPMS Argentina who also represent the Mar del Plata region of the country.
At a higher level, national branches will also organise their own shows. These are typically termed 'Nationals'. The largest of these is IPMS UK's Scale ModelWorld, held at Telford in November each year and features not just local British club displays, but also contributions from overseas branches and clubs, such is its scale.
In addition to the branch and club structure, Special Interest Groups (SIG) exist which focus on a specific area or type of model building, for instance a particular aircraft such as the Tornado, a time period like the Cold War, a manufacturer such as Airfix or a genre like science fiction and fantasy. SIGs often transcend club and branch boundaries, being made up of modellers from around the world sharing a common interest. As a result, most SIGs do not meet up on a regular basis like clubs, but instead communicate more frequently online.
The following is a current list of IPMS (UK) SIG's
Aerobatic Display Teams ; Aircraft Carrier ; Airfix Modelling ; Airliner ; Airport, Aerodrome & Airfields ; Armour TAS Armour ; Australia ; Aviation Ireland ; Battle of Britain ; Battleship ; Between The Wars ; Beyond the Box ; Biggles ; Bomber Command ; Brazil (São Paulo) CAFFE ; Canberra ; Car & Motorcycle ; Civil Aircraft 1/72 ; Classic British Jets ; Classic British Kit ; Classic US Jets ; Coastal Command ; Cold War ; Cruiser ; Czech & Slovak ; DC3 / C47 Dakota ; Eighth USAAF 1942 - 45 ; English Electric ; F-4 Phantom ; Fine Waterline ; Finnish ; Fleet Air Arm ; Formula 1 & Motorsports ; French Airforces ; Gulf War ; Harrier ; Harvard ; Hawk AJT ; Hawker Hurricane ; Hot Rod and Custom Car ; Israeli Defence Forces ; Italia ; Japanese Aviation ; Landing Craft ; Latin American Aviation ; Luftwaffe ; NASA ; New Zealand Aviation ; Night Fighter ; Panavia Tornado; Photo-Recce ; Portuguese Military Aviation ; Project Cancelled ; Racing and Record Aircraft ; Red Cross Wings ; SAAF ; Sci-Fi and Fantasy ; SIG 144 ; Small Warships ; South Atlantic ; Soviet Aircraft ; Special Schemes ; Spitfire ; Splash ; Swedish Airforces ; 1/32 Scale ; Truck ; UK and Commonwealth Armed Forces ; US Air Forces of WWII ; US Airforces ; US Naval Aircraft ; Vietnam ; Warbirds ; What If? ; World Helicopters ; World War Two ;
List of IPMS National Branches
|IPMS Argentina||1985||IPMS Argentina|
|IPMS Auckland (New Zealand)||IPMS Auckland (New Zealand)|
|IPMS Australia||1964||IPMS Australia|
|IPMS Austria||1970||IPMS Austria|
|IPMS Belgium||1968||IPMS Belgium|
|IPMS Brazil (GPPSD)||1978||IPMS Brazil (GPPSD)|
|IPMS Canada||1964||IPMS Canada|
|IPMS Chile||1987||IPMS Chile|
|IPMS China||IPMS China|
|IPMS Colombia||IPMS Colombia|
|IPMS Costa Rica|
|IPMS Cyprus||1996||IPMS Cyprus|
|IPMS Czech Republic||IPMS Czech Republic|
|IPMS Denmark||IPMS Denmark|
|IPMS Ecuador (GMEC)||2013||IPMS Ecuador (GMEC)|
|IPMS Egypt||IPMS Egypt|
|IPMS El Salvador|
|IPMS Finland||1968||IPMS Finland|
|IPMS France||1975||IPMS France|
|IPMS Germany||1966||IPMS Germany|
|IPMS Greece||1981||IPMS Greece|
|IPMS Guatemala||IPMS Guatemala|
|IPMS Honduras||IPMS Honduras|
|IPMS Ireland||2007||IPMS Ireland|
|IPMS Israel||IPMS Israel|
|IPMS Italy||1968||IPMS Italy|
|IPMS Korea||2011||IPMS Korea|
|IPMS Latvia||2014||IPMS Latvia|
|IPMS Luxembourg||1980||IPMS Luxembourg|
|IPMS Malta||1981||IPMS Malta|
|IPMS Mexico||1977||IPMS Mexico|
|IPMS Netherlands||1971||IPMS Netherlands|
|IPMS Norway||IPMS Norway|
|IPMS Panama||IPMS Panama|
|IPMS Philippines||1968||IPMS Philippines|
|IPMS Poland||2011||IPMS Poland|
|IPMS Portugal||IPMS Portugal|
|IPMS Puerto Rico (Borinqueneers)||IPMS Puerto Rico|
|IPMS Qatar||2012||IPMS Qatar|
|IPMS Romania (AMA)||2010||IPMS Romania (AMA)|
|IPMS Serbia||2011||IPMS Serbia|
|IPMS Slovenia||IPMS Slovenia|
|IPMS South Africa||IPMS South Africa|
|IPMS Spain||IPMS Spain|
|IPMS Canary Islands||IPMS Canary Islands|
|IPMS Switzerland||IPMS Switzerland|
|IPMS Turkey||IPMS Turkey|
|IPMS Ukraine||IPMS Ukraine|
|IPMS UK||1963||IPMS UK|
|IPMS USA||1964||IPMS USA|
|IPMS Venezuela||IPMS Venezuela|
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