Seminars and Meetings

We have a wide variety of seminars and hand-on activities to educate, entertain, or add to your repertoire of modeling skills.  Check our Schedule page for dates and times, and look below for a brief description of each seminar.  While we may need to rearrange the schedule somewhat, or may have some additions , you will be provided with a final printed schedule as part of your convention registration packet.

Seminars

1. Six Hour Build presented by IPMS / CoMMiES (Colorado Modeling Militia Enjoying Sci-Fi).  For the reduced cost of the kit ($20), the CoMMiES chapter challenge you to build a model and do what you can within just 6 hours.   Bash it!  Out-of-the-box it!  Whatever comes to you at the moment.  If you are up for building at a modeling convention, contact the CoMMiES Six Hour Build Coordinator, Vern Clark .  The Six Hour Build will be held on Thursday, from 10am to 4pm, in the Conference Center Rotunda.
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2. Demos in Casting presented by Mike Fuller and Jerry Beasley, Reynolds Advanced Materials. Learn about traditional rubber molding techniques using heat vulcanized natural rubber and RTV silicone and polyurethane rubber techniques. Techniques include brushed-on, poured cut and uncut block, keyed multi-part, sprayed silicone, pressed putty, matrix, blanket/cavity pour, poured and brushed on alginate and silicone for life-casting, rigid and flexible molds in rubber, resin, and gypsum-based media; and thermo-forming plastic molds and parts.  Come learn about Demos in Casting Thursday morning from 10am to 11:30am in the Lake Loveland Room.
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3. Model Photography 101/102 presented by Aaron Skinner of FineScale Modeler.  This hour-long seminar is presented Thursday at 1pm in the Lake Loveland Room.
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4. Hands-on Intro to Casting presented by Mike Fuller and Jerry Beasley of Reynolds Advanced Materials. C asting techniques were demonstrated in the Demos in Casting earlier on Thursday.  Now folks can try it for themselves. All materials provided by Reynolds Advanced Materials.  Seating for 12 ; SRO as available.  Thursday, 12:30pm to 2:30pm in the Lake Loveland Room.
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5. Building and Finishing Airliners with Dem Brudders.  Get everything from basics to tips-and-tricks for assembling and finishing 1/144 airliner kits from award winning airliner modelers Dick Engar and Bill Engar . . . better known as "Dem Brudders!"  Be there Thursday at 1pm in Carter Lake A for this hour-long discussion.
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6. Intro to Web Mastering presented by Michael Benolkin, Cybermodeler.  The founder and webmaster of Cybermodeler Online will present an overview of how to create your own hobby website.  Thursday, 2pm, Lake Loveland Room.
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7. Weathering Spacecraft (Sci-Fi) presented by Jeff Brown.  A demonstration on how to weather science fiction spacecraft.  The technique can be equally applied to real spacecraft, aircraft, and even ships, armor, and autos.  This one-hour seminar on Thursday starts at 2pm in Carter Lake A.
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8. Colorado Aviation History, presented by Chuck Stout, Colorado Aerospace History Project. Hear Chuck discuss the history of aviation in Colorado. Thursday, 3pm to 4pm, in the Lake Loveland room.
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9. Scratch Building with Dave Straub.  A basic review of how to start and complete a scratch-built model.  Research methods, scale plans, and tools from the simple to the complex.  Discussion of various techniques including the use of lathes and endmils, resin casting, adhesives for bonding, fillers that work on different materials, casting masters, metal casting, making decals, and where to find materials for modelers. Carter Lake A, Thursday, 3pm.
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10. Airbrush 101 , presented by Tom Grossman, TAG Team Hobbies.  Learn the basics of airbrush operation and maintenance in this 60-minute hands-on session for 12.  All equipment and supplies will be provided.  Sign up for any of the Airbrush 101 seminars at the TAG Team Hobbies' vendor table (A6-A8) in the Sprue Brothers Vendor Room.  Otherwise, it will be first come, first served.  Four hour-long sessions are available:  Friday at 1pm and 2:30pm, and Saturday at 9am and 10:30am.  All sessions will be held in the Iwata Hands-On Workshop Room.
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11. What Judges Look For , presented by Aris Pappas, former Chief Judge, National Contest Committee.  Ever wonder how the judges determine the winning entries in a category and what criteria take an entry out of contention?  Join this informative session to learn what the national judging corps looks for in a winning model.  This is a must-see for all On-the-Job Trainee judges, as well as anyone interested in learning about judging criteria.  Thursday, 4pm, Lake Loveland.
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12. The Space Program . . . The Way It Was Supposed To Be , presented by Kevin Atkins.  Friday, 9am to 10:30am in the Lake Loveland Room.  The Space Shuttle ended its career. Construction of the Space Station is complete. The Orion/Constellation program, cancelled. There are no concrete plans for more manned spaceflights by NASA. With these thoughts in mind, go back in time to the days before there was a NASA and before President Kennedy pledged that the US would go to the Moon and return before the end of the 60s.
With the end of WWII, the beginning of the Atomic Age, and the first use of large scale rockets as weapons, outer space was seen as the next great challenge. With the defection of rocket engineers such as Dr. Werhner von Braun and his team to the US, the groundwork was in place for our future journeys into space. It is a little known fact that Project Mars: A Technical Tale is a science fiction novel written by on Braun in 1949. It tells the story, in somewhat technical terms, of the first manned mission to Mars.
Join Kevin Atkins on Friday morning for a look at the what was imagined to be our future in space. He’ll be presenting an illustrated look at some of the early designs for space shuttles, lunar landers, space stations and even a mission to Mars.  H
e'll cover the Colliers Space Program and the Walt Disney Presents: Tomorrow Land series, along with the films Destination Moon and The Conquest of Space.
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13. USS Langley Scratch Building , presented by Dave Straub. Scratch building the USS Langley, where many of the methods talked about in the Thursday afternoon session on Scratch Building will be shown.  Friday, Carter Lake A, 9am to 10:30am.
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14. Flesh Tone Hands-On Class presented by Mark Krabbenhoft, Iwata.  In this hands-on class, learn to create virtually any human skin color using the Flesh Tone set from Iwata and other paints applied to a large scale resin figure that you get to keep.  Class is limited to 12.  Basic equipment and supplies will be provided.  Register online and check out other equipment options which are available.  An additional fee is required for this class of $55 to cover the cost of materials.  Friday, 9am to 12pm, in the Iwata Hands-On Workshop Room.
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15. Building the Mir Space Station in 1/144 Scale .  Learn from Mike Mackowski, Space Modelers Forum, about his adventures in building the Mir space station in 1/144 scale.  The presentation will include photos and a discussion on adding photo-etch parts to models.  Friday, 10:30 am to noon, the Lake Loveland Room.
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16. Painting Model Cars with Automotive Urethane , with Greg Hansel.  Discussion and demonstration of selection and application of automotive urethane paints and clear coats.  Discussion will cover the entire process from pulling the kit body, preparing it for painting, priming, color coats, candies, and clear coats.  Other topics covered will include intercoat clears, pearls, metallics, and marbelizer.  We'll review benefits and precautions of two-stage automotive clear coats.  Friday, 11am to 12:30 pm, Carter Lake A.
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17. Armor in Viet Nam with Jim Mesko.  Spend 90 minutes learning about the use of armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) from 1945 through the end of the American involvement in the Vietnam War in the early 1970s.  The discussion will cover the major combatants including France, US, UK, ARVN and NVA.  Friday, 1pm to 2:30pm, Lake Loveland Room.
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18. Finding Paints for Color Accuracy , Michael Benolkin, Cybermodeler.  Friday, 2:30pm, Lake Loveland Room.
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19. Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear with Dem Brudders.  How do you make something great out of an old basic model that has been over-molded and over-produced?  What if you procure an old built model that you want to tear apart and fix up?  How can you turn it into something you can be happy with?  Dem Brudders will take you through the steps to help you turn those older kits cluttering up your model storage area into great results that will impress all, whether at a club meeting, NNL type event, or contest.  We will cover parts preparation and clean-up, proper re-assembly, painting techniques, and so forth.  Friday, 3pm, in Carter Lake A.
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20. Spotting P-47s in WWII Photography - Details You Never Noticed. This seminar is presented by Steven A. Brandt, Ph.D. There will be a discussion of WWII photographs showing P-47s with seldom-noticed details, like replacement parts that have been cannibalized from other aircraft, and the progression of unit markings, cross-referenced with MACRs to date-specific photos. Other details include 5-inch High Velocity Aerial Rocket (HVAR) installations on P-47s in Europe (not the 4.5-inch bazooka rocket launchers).
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21. 3-D Printing with Tony Lamb.  Saturday, 1pm to 2:30pm, in the Lake Loveland Room.  This program will outline the use of 3D printing in all areas of modeling. Beginning with the creation of 3D mesh work and the programs that are able to do this - transform those files into a format that a 3D printer can convert into a printable object.  There will be examples of different printers that are available, the different materials, printable mediums, and costs of printing in those mediums.  There will be a slide demonstration of the creation of the mesh, the process of the build, and the end product.
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22222lkjlkj 22. Back to the Future : The History of Lifting Body Vehicles. Jay Chladek, Thursday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, in the Carter Lake A Room.  It started as a development project by NASA engineers to prove that a wingless aircraft could achieve stable flight, and morphed into one of the most successful aircraft research projects of the 1960s.  Lifting body research was used in the Space Shuttle program and captured the attention of both  movie and television audiences.  Today, its influences can be felt in commercial spacecraft designs, such as the Sierra Nevada Dreamchaser.
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23. Tools, Tools, Tools .  Doug Geiger, Friday, 1-2:30 pm in the Iwata Hands-On Workshop Room (Carter Lake B).  Tools can easily be the most important part of enhancing your modeling skills.  Join us as we explore various modeling tools and supplies; ranging from basic (exploring the workbench), advanced (calipers and material organiza-tion), exotic (punch and die sets and scribers), and conclude with power tools (slow speed drills and mini sawz-alls).  Modeling tips will also be discussed during the seminar.  Examples of many of these tools will be available after the seminar for inspection.
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24. Heritage Makers with Renee Filton.  Two sessions - Friday, 10am-1pm, and Saturday 10am-12pm - both in the JQ Hammons Board Room.  Heritage Makers is an online scrapbooking program designed to preserve and help record family memories - such as your trip to Colorado and the IPMS/USA National Convention.  The program is helpful in organizing photos that are stored on a camera or computer.  Those photos tell the stories of your life and they deserve to be shared with family and friends.  The Studio program is an easy drag-and-drop process of your pictures to make a book of your favorite family vacations, stories about ancestors, or other memories that you would like to remember.  There is a club membership that makes the publishing of the products easy to do.  Whatever your style, there is a program of 90,000 pieces of digital artwork.  It is like having a scrapbook store at your fingertips.  With a club membership, you can design to your heart’s content.
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Business and SIG Meetings

Following is a list of the annual meetings conducted as part of the IPMS/USA National Convention, along with a few special-interest group gatherings.  Meetings are typically restricted to the appropriate group, and are noted below whether or not they are open to the public.

A. IPMS/USA 50th Anniversary Committee Meeting (closed session).  Thursday, 10am-11:30am, Carter Lake A.
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B. IPMS/USA Regional Coordinator Meeting (closed session).  Thursday, 2:00pm-3:00pm, JQ Hammons Board Room.
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C. IPMS/USA Financial Meeting (closed session).  Friday, 1pm-2pm, JQ Hammons Board Room.
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D. IPMS/USA Judges' General Meeting (closed session).  Friday, 6pm-7pm, Mountain Holly (contest) Room.
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E. IPMS/USA Business Meeting (open to IPMS/USA members only).  Saturday, 9am-11am, Lake Loveland.
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F. IPMS/USA Convention Bids Presentation (open to IPMS/USA members only).  Saturday, 11am-12pm, Lake Loveland.
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G. Large Scale Aircraft Group (SIG) (open to IPMS/USA members only). Hosted by Michael Techlicz, Phantom Hobbies.  Saturday, 12pm-1pm, Carter Lake A.
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H. IPMS/USA Executive Board Meeting (closed session).  Saturday, 12pm-2pm, JQ Hammons Board Room.
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I. 1/72 Scale Armor Group (SIG) (open to IPMS/USA members only).  Hosted by Al Magnus.  Saturday, 2pm to 3pm, Carter Lake A.
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J. IPMS/USA National Contest Committee Meeting (closed session).  Saturday, 2pm-4pm, JQ Hammons Board Room.
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We still have a few openings for additional speakers.  If anyone is interested in presenting a seminar as part of the Educational Program at the 2013 IPMS/USA Thin Air National Convention, please contact the Education Program Coordinator or submit your Proposal in writing. The Colorado National Contest Committee is working to make this the best national convention yet. Please share your expertise with other IPMS members.

Presentations related to all aspects of scale modeling and all modeling subjects are welcome, particularly hands-on workshops where participants have the opportunity to try new techniques with an instructor present. The Education Program Coordinator may be able to help secure products for these workshops. Early contact is important in such cases.

As has been done for many years, the convention will be advertised locally to recruit new members into the organization and hobby - and you can be part of that effort by participating in a strong program of basic technique clinics.

Please complete the Educational Program Proposal and send that as an email attachment to our Education Program Coordinator. You may also print the form and mail it to the address below.  Attach additional sheets as needed.

2013 IPMS National Convention
Attention: Education Program Coordinator
PO Box 75974
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80970-5974

Confirmation of receipt of Proposals will be sent immediately. Although our initital submission deadline of May 31, 2013, has passed, we may be able to accommodate some additional seminars. Approval of each proposal will be dependent on review by the host committee and hotel safety officials.  Our current schedule of seminars is posted on our Schedule page.


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