It wasn't until I was on my way home, when the Sirius/XM 80s channel played the Top 40 from 1984, that I realized this year marks the 30th year since I attended my first convention, the 1984 Nats in Atlanta. The show never fails to deepen my enthusiasm for the hobby.
The models were impressive this year, and if I have any regret it's that I didn't spend nearly enough time in the contest room. Next year I need to commit to spending at least 3-4 solid hours really studying the models to learn what I can.
I photographed quite a few models across all the categories, but here are a few that I thought were particularly impressive, interesting, or memorable. Go to my Google Picasa gallery to see 180 photos from the contest.
One of my favorite 1/48 scale entries, a perfectly painted and weathered SB2U.
A beautifully executed 1/48 Ju-88 A-4 by Ricard Rivas of Venezuela.
My favorite 1/32 scale aircraft in the competition, an F-84G with a flawless natural metal finish.
Another favorite 1/72 entry, a AH-1W Cobra. It's rare to see a helicopter built and weathered so well.
A gorgeous vacuform PD-1 Flying Boat.
I'm a sucker for the obscure and unusual, so this scratchbuilt 1/72 Italian Obicie 305/17 DS artillery piece caught my eye.
An amazing scratchbuilt 1/9 scale Ariel W/NG 350cc Italian motorcycle by Alex deLeon, which took Best Military Subject. His trike (pictured on the IPMSs web site) won George Lee Judges' Grand Award.
A stunning 1/350 SMS Vulcan, a U-boat salvage tug.
Who doesn't like a red Ferrari. Here's a gorgeous 1/24 Fujimi 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spider.
Classic car lovers appreciated this 1/25 Moebius 1952 Hudson Hornet.
An excellent 1/20 Masterpiece Miniatures Apollo Saturn V engine by Ronnie Rutherford.
Best Space/Science Fiction Vehicle went to this amazing scratchbuilt 1/48 Curiosity rover by Mike Mackowski.
This Imperial II Class Star Destroyer had lights and everything!
If I were to give an award for most unusual model, it would be for this paper model of a Teddy Bear, seen in the pre-teen categroy. Seriously, that has to warm your heart, right?
See you in Columbus, Ohio next year!