The International Plastic Modeler's Society
IPMS (International Plastic Modelers' Society) is an organization dedicated to the fun of scale modeling. It was started in Great Britain in 1963, as the British Plastic Modelers Society. Jim Sage, of Dallas, Texas, started the Society here in the US. There are now branches of IPMS all over the world.
IPMS gives you issues of a magazine called the Journal six times a year. In it you will find stories of interest on subjects such as aircraft, armor, automotive, ships, figures, you name it. Even though we are predominately aircraft oriented, those of us who build other things are infiltrating the ranks more and more every day. You will also find listings of IPMS contests and swap meets, hints and tips, and reviews.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter
The first meeting of the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society was held on Thursday, August 26, 1993. Many ideas were discussed for the future of the club. Everyone agreed that the time was right for an IPMS chapter in Roanoke and that it could be a big benefit to plastic modelers in Southwest Virginia. Contests, Group trips, Swap Meets and Demos were just some of the things mentioned as activities we might tackle.
The numbers were low but the spirits were high of those attending. Dues, Club Charter, By Laws, and officers were started and appointed. The rest is history.