IPMS Livonia

Livonia, Michigan, USA
A Proud Chapter of IPMS USA Since 1976

2019 Nationals Report

The 2019 IPMS USA National Convention in Chattanooga TN has come to an end.  Here’s a few highlights for those of you who didn’t get to make it.

The Chattanooga Convention Center was large, clean, and easy to navigate.  There were hundreds of vendors, and over 4,000 models on the table.

The city of Chattanooga was welcoming, with a free downtown shuttle, and plenty of things to do, see, and eat.  The picture below is the jellyfish exhibit from Tennessee Aquarium.  Some of the group visited the Coker Museum, and the International Towing Museum.

One evening, a group of thirsty modelers met on the balcony of The Pickle Barrel bar for some laughs.

At the dessert banquet, everyone waited anxiously to see the list of award winners.

Our club was bestowed the IPMS/USA Ralph Forehand Website of the Year Award!

Here’s a nice look at some of the awards our members took home.  All totaled, our club took 17 awards and trophies.

It’s Ian Dow with his big award score!

Take a look at Ian’s award winning Beetle.

Steve Grigg took one model to the contest, and came home with one award.  Good ratio!

Alex Mierzejewski impressed the judges with his Type VII D German U Boat.

Here’s Jeff Edge’s M109A6 Paladin

And Jeff also took a silver for his 1/144 Gouf


Here’s a list of all of our award winners!

Alex Mierzejewski’s Type VII D German U Boat took a GOLD for Ships/Subs/1:350/Pre-1946

Tim Howell’s Fast Attack Vehicle took a GOLD for Armor/Soft Skins/1:35

Ian Dow’s SAM Transporter took a GOLD for Armor/Towed

Ian Dow’s FW-190 took a GOLD for Diorama/Aircraft/1:72

Ian Dow’s tractor took a BRONZE for Auto/Commercial/Light

Ian Dow’s VW Beetle took a “Fahrvergnügen” Theme Award

Jerry Fraske’s (plane) took a BRONZE for Diorama/Aircraft/Large

Jerry Fraske’s Spitfire took a BRONZE for Diorama/Small Composition, 1/48 and 1/32

Jerry Fraske’s ME262 took a SILVER for Aircraft/Small Jet/1:48

Jeff Edge M109A6 Paladin took a GOLD for 1/72 Military Vehicles/Fully Tracked post Korea

Jeff Edge YMS-07B-0 Prototype Gouf took a SILVER for Space and SciFi/Mecha

Chris Nichols’ T-72/B1 took a BRONZE for Armor/1:35+/Closed-top AFVs, post-Korea, Warsaw-Pact and Russian

Steve Grigg’s Boeing 737 took a SILVER for Aircraft/Airliners/OOB

Travis Blevins’ “Vandus Hammerhand” took a SILVER for Figures/Fantasy/Small

John Kesner’s Motorcycle took a GOLD for Armor/ /Soft-skinned Military Vehicles

Albert Divetta took “Region 4 – Best Website of the Region 2018”

Albert Divetta took “Best Website of the Year 2018”

(Help me out with missing details, y’all.)


If you missed the fun in 2019, maybe we’ll see you in San Marcus TX in 2020!