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2012 IPMS Nationals: All the Armor

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Introductions

Well it's 2013, and I am just getting around to publishing photos of the U.S. IPMS Nationals which took place at DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida, this past year. Having the event at DisneyWorld was certainly a change to past contests. My family and I decided to merge this trip with another planned trip we had been planning to go to the new Harry Potter theme park at Universal's Island of Adventure. It was great fun and we certainly wore out our feet and tried to survive the oppressive heat of Florida in August. Being born in Florida though I have to say... it was awful! Luckily the IPMS portion of the trip all took place in the relative air conditioned comfort of the Contemporary Resort. The show was spread out across two large convention halls, with more rooms scattered about for special events and seminars.

I spent a lot of time in the vendor room as people tend to be a bit more social there. The model hall always seems to have that quasi church-like feel to it and conversations there are muted and sometimes rare. The number of people taking photos or videos seems to increase with each show I visit. I have to imagine there are already a ba-zillion photos published on web sites and Facebook pages since last August. I will add mine to the mix. I managed to take photos of almost all of the armor entries at the show. Not every photo came out well enough to publish however so if you don't see your entry my sometimes poor photography skills are the reason.

Hope you enjoy the 14 PAGES of photos! Just a note, but the photos on this page were taken during the first full day of the show (so not many entries or people had shown up yet).

~ Jim

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About the Author

About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Comments

Awesome show report Jim, cheers. And many congrats to everyone who entered the comp- lots of very fine modelling on show there!
JAN 10, 2013 - 06:44 AM
Good to see such premium photos and great entries. My favourites are the Iraqui IFA missile launcher and the IT-28 with the grafitties. Thanks Jim for the great effort to present it.
JAN 10, 2013 - 11:09 AM
Nice coverage, thanks Jim
JAN 10, 2013 - 01:00 PM
Hi Guys; Yes that was a GREAT SHOW, My Club ( THE PELIKAN CLUB ) was 2012s IPMS Host. We were the ones who Set it up. The Show lasted 4 Days Wed-Sat, At Disneys Contempory Hotel. And we had a Great Turn-out, the Vendors Room was Fantastic. All the BIG WIGS of Disney were in Shock as they had no idea that Our Hobby was so Big and Different in every Aspect, from Military Tanks too Space Ships. IPMS USA is held every year at a different local. 2013s is in Luvland Colorado. CHEERS. MIKE.
JAN 10, 2013 - 05:52 PM
incredible time. thanks for sharing the photos Jim, the sales room was superb too and the organization was perfect. it's nice can see my stug in your coverage. thank you so much happy new year sdl
JAN 11, 2013 - 06:13 PM
Hi Jim, Thanks for all the pics. Terrific range of builds, a real feast of quality. Cheers Al
JAN 12, 2013 - 07:11 AM
What an AWESOME display of military muscle!!!
JAN 12, 2013 - 11:35 AM
Thanks Jim.A ton of exellent work there and others were still going to show up ? Wish I was there.
JAN 12, 2013 - 12:51 PM
Thanks for posting that great pic of the Redfroghobbies.com booth. They are great people especially Ron......LOL We had a great time and it was nice meeting you.
JAN 31, 2013 - 04:39 PM
many photos ,good for referance
APR 25, 2013 - 04:46 AM
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