August 2019 Meeting

Our August meeting took place on Friday, August 30 at 6:30 PM at the Girl Scouts of America Campus on Upas Street. Manny Gutsche gave a presentation on the special and best of awards from IPMS Nationals in Chattanooga. We also had a lot of show n’ tell models.

Just a quick note – if attending a meeting and bringing a model for show n’ tell, please make sure to fill out a model information form and give it to Ethan, the webmaster, so that he knows what you built. 

IPMS USA 2019 Nationals

IPMS USA 2019 Nationals were held August 7-10 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The following are pictures from the convention.

Pictures from the Convention Center, Vendor Room and Contest Room:

The Popular and Judges’ Best of Show (both awards went to the same model):

The Best in Each Category:

Display-Only Models:

Aircraft Models:

Military Vehicle and Artillery Models:





Science-Fiction and Real-Space:

Miscellaneous, Hypothetical, Humor in Modeling and Triathlon:

July 2019 Meeting

Our July Meeting was held on Friday, July 26 at the Girl Scouts of America Campus on Upas Street.

We held our annual July BBQ – Kenny Petska graciously volunteered as Grill-Master. Thank you, Kenny!

We also discussed bringing our November and December meetings up by one week to avoid the holidays better and our April (2020) meeting up by one week to avoid a conflict with IPMS Las Vegas’ Best of the West. Gary Williams will follow up with the Girl Scouts to see if those dates are available.

We held a vote on the shirts we would like to order. By a sizable majority, the winner was – Hawaiian shirts! Joel Hendricks will next show design and pricing options for club approval.

Richard Abraham invited Santiago Flores to our club to give a presentation on his book – Mexicans at War – Mexican Military Aviation in the Second World War, 1941-1945. IPMS San Diego would like to thank Mr. Flores for his fascinating and insightful presentation. His book is available from most book retailers. Pictures are below:

Finally, we had a number of models brought in for show n’ tell. Those and general meeting pictures are below.

June 2019 Meeting

IPMS San Diego held a meeting on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Girl Scouts of America campus on Upas street.

We discussed Model Expo with an emphasis on what we want to do for next year. A few items of note:

  1. We would like to send preliminary flyers to the Southern California Gundam Model Competition on November 9 (see This means that we will need to come up with a date and themes earlier than usual.
  2. Per request by Tony Beres, we would like to hold the contest two weeks earlier than usual – in mid-May. This request is being relayed to the IPMS-USA Regional Coordinator for approval.
  3. Rachel Ambrose’s diorama building demo was a big success! Can we get more volunteers to do demos next year?

Meeting pictures:

San Diego Model Expo 2019

San Diego Model Expo took place on Saturday, June 1, at the San Diego Air and Space Museum Annex on the north side of Gillespie Field. IPMS San Diego co-hosted it with the San Diego Model Car Club in association with the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Display Models

Model Contest – Juniors

Model Contest – Aircraft

Model Contest – Military Vehicles

Model Contest – Dioramas

Model Contest – Ships

Model Contest – Figures

Model Contest – Science-Fiction, Real-Space, Hypothetical, Miscellaneous and Out-of-the-Box (Non-Automotive)