IPMS Vancouver Show and Contest 2018

IPMS Vancouver Through the Eyes of a Scale Canadian

by Jim Bates

(Editors note: The man behind A Scale Canadian is here with a first-hand account of the recent IPMS Vancouver show. Jim is a good modeler in his own right and pretty handy with a camera as well. Many thanks, Jim!)

IPMS Seattle and the Northwest Scale Modelers were again well represented at the IPMS Vancouver show on October 6 with a strong contingent of attendees and models.  The show takes place at the Bonsor Community Center in downtown Burnaby, British Columbia: near a mall so large it has a couple of stores repeated.





The only real problem with the show is the early 5am departure time required to drive up from Seattle. I was assigned to be driver for our small group and, as usual the Seattle group met at a Denny’s north of Arlington, Washington for an early breakfast.





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Shockingly, we were allowed into Canada…we did have a tank modeler in the car after all…and made it to Burnaby bright and early.  You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day.  This year the show added a second vendor room and had about 500 models in the contest.




I got roped into judging and even won an award for my P-40N (clearly, the judges had been treating themselves to the hippie lettuce before they looked at my model).





Tim Nelson came home victorious winning First Place in the Vacuform/Scratch/Conversion category for his 1/72 Waco (see Tim’s beautiful 1/32 Camel here).




When I put my models on the table, I was shocked to see my 1/72 Mosquito was the fourth of the type on the table.  Who would have expected that?  The Airfix Me-262 was also a popular model this year.






No Vancouver show would be complete without a trip to Burnaby Hobby on Rumble Street and dinner at the White Spot. Finally, the long drive back to Seattle with the hope that the customs agent would again forget to ask us about the presence of any armor modelers in our group. After a long wait, we were permitted across the border but were required to declare an allegiance to the one true scale of 1/72.




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Some models of interest on the table was a nice Airfix ME-262 in Czech markings, a 1/72 Sonia, the IPMS Canada award winning Spitfire IX in 1/32, a vacuform Waco by Tim Nelson, and out of the box builds of the Valom Abermarle and Matchbox Heyford.




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