Other than the 120 mile round trip and paying $10 for a piece of "Blue"
colored "Copied" paper, if this is the way "IPMS" does their contests, I'm
I stayed for the so called "Awards"! It seemed, "all", if not "most", of the
fancy Plaques, Etched Glass, and Trophy awards went to IPMS members, with
the IPMS logos, on their shirts. And, if they didn't, it was members of the
Seattle Club, with their "Blue" shirts!
I sent a message to a friend of mine, who writes articles for a major model
publishing company, about the "Seattle Show"! His reply was:
"Hi Bob" "Your experiences are typical of what goes on at IPMS contests.
First, despite the name IPMS, they are a club for military modelers. They
are NOT car/truck/space/ship modelers.
"The judging at IPMS shows, have always been atrocious, in my experience.
The way they typically do it, is to have people who are competing in class
100, to judge class 200, and those in 200, judge 100. All this does, is lead
to the image of the judges, giving each other awards. It sounds like this
club didn't even have enough money to go out and buy some ribbons!"
So? There it is! And, he was right! Why $10 to enter one or more models,
when the general public pays only $5 to get in?
Well, they "suckered" me into it! But, it won't happen to me, again. At
least, not in Seattle!
And $2.25, for a Hot Dog? Come on! 7-11 sells "All Beef" Hot Dogs, for 99
10 dollars short and not going anymore at least to Seattle's' show!
Senior Engineering Technical Analyst