We are back from Florida visiting our family. We had a fun and productive trip. My back precluded my playing golf, so I was the caddy. Walks on the beach and stretching did help and I am feeling better.
|My two models on display and their medals|
I had two models on display, the 1/32 Land Merrimack and the 1/56th Battle for Aachen. The Land Merrimack got a gold and the Battle for Aachen got a silver. I suspected that would be the case as many IPMS modelers are accustomed to super-detailed, larger scale models and smaller scale models have to be really outstanding to attract attention. The fact that the Land Merrimack is totally scratch built, and has working brakes and an operable cannon also attracts attention.
My brother had several models on display and he received a gold, 4 silvers and a bronze. Given that he took up modeling about 18 months ago that is quite an achievement. In general I am not that enamored with model contests. So I liked the idea of awarding medals according to a standard. But there were some extremely well built models that did not receive medals. From what I could tell, if a model was not weathered, it did not receive an award, no matter how finely built except for model show cars, like hot rods.
Speaking of hot rods, there was one model hot rod that had the most impressive paint job I have ever seen on a model car. The builder was a retired auto body painter and he did an amazing job. He received a gold medal and best car model award.
|My brother's display of 1/72nd scale armor models|
was awarded a Gold Medal.
|These ship models were well built but did not get medals|
|Possibly the best paint I have ever |
seen on a model
There were a few of the large scale armor models on display. These models out of the box are so well detailed it is amazing. The photo below shows a 1/35 and a 1/16 scale Abrams tank adjacent to each other.