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This will be a report thread on the 2013 IPMC,
which I had the honour of attending this past weekend.

I still have many photos to sort and upload, and I have
created a Flikr Gallery which I will use for the report.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/airdave/sets/72157636979853973/

I have also filmed a considerable amount of video from the Convention
including portions of the after Dinner, Awards and Auction event.
Please give me some time to edit something together and get it uploaded.

More info about this year's event can be found at http://ipmc-info.org/index.html
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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2013, 09:34:58 PM »
Glad things went well.  Are you heading home, yet?
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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2013, 08:33:11 PM »
Sorry Dave, for the delay in answering.
I am at home now (Monday evening)
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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013, 05:37:51 AM »
Looks like you all had a good convention (based on reports @PM.com). I'm glad you managed to do the trip and look forward seeing your reports.

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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013, 09:21:48 AM »
Ditto!
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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2013, 10:41:07 AM »
Looking forward to your impressions and experience. From the header photos seems like a lot of sharing going on :)

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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2013, 11:48:47 AM »
For me, it was a mini vacation (always good) and a chance to meet some of the people I have irritated over the last five years.
Having already done indoor and outdoor shows and events, and having recently done two "model" events, I was fully aware of how these events are organized.
This was just my first real dedicated "paper" modeling event.

I think everyone will agree, the only real disappointment of the event was the lack of public attendance.
Apparently other events (local shows and conventions and sporting events (Nascar and Football)) took precedence,
and the public traffic was slow and sparse.

I felt the number of members/vendors/exhibitors was a nice amount...but theres definitely room for a few more.
There were a couple of no-shows, apparently for health reasons, so lets hope they are okay.

Room size and table size was great...I had plenty of room to spread out my many models.
Big thanks once again to Don Boose and the show staff for setting me up!
I took way too much stuff, but I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to show off my stuff.

I think one of the best aspects of the exhibitions was the assortment of topics represented in models.
I think you usually expect to see a predominant theme like Military, Armour, Aircraft or Railway.
I've seen European events that are mostly Architecture.
But we had everything from planes and boats, to "dead chickens", to tanks and bulldozers, to a head chopping guillotine!

Its too bad that every event has to be where it is...and can't somehow move to everyone's location.
I think I travelled the furthest distance (by car) and obviously the distance is a factor when inviting modelers and exhibitors.
Unless you turn the event, and its organization, into a much larger thing, it will never attract any more people.
But once you do that, you lose the appeal that this small group has.

I'm glad I got to do this...at least once.
Who knows, I might be able to do it again...but I am seriously thinking about how I can organize a "north of the border" event for 2014.

...
uploading the last of my "still" photos to Flikr, as I write this.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/airdave/sets/72157636979853973/
also added some of the photos from Rick Steffer's and Ray Smith's posts (at pm.com)
I didn't photograph any individual exhibitors or my own tables, and they did...thanks!
Check out their stuff at pm.com, here:
http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/museums-air-shows-events-get-togethers/22358-2013-international-paper-modelers-convention-sterling-va-4.html

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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2013, 12:16:26 PM »
I'm glad you had the opportunity to attend.  I would have liked to have heard that this was something that crowds came in and were introduced to the hobby, but unless you hold it in a high-traffic venue, I don't know how that could happen.  I don't know how it could be arranged, but holding it at the Field Museum, or even in a shopping mall, would get a lot of traffic from people who are unaware of the craft.  Just throwing ideas out there.  Having it in a meeting room at a hotel means that the only people attending are coming because they are already associated with the hobby.  Just my two cents...
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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2013, 12:37:35 PM »
I agree, having the exhibition at a more public venue has its benefits of exposure.

Because its more than just a public exhibition, the idea of having the show in a Hotel makes sense.
A reception, dinner, awards ceremony, auction and the show itself can all be conducted at once in the
same location and you need only organize travel to the event.
And the hotel offers a good price for rooms and includes ammenities like Breakfast.

In the past, the foot traffic has apparently been better, but from what I understand its still been more
of a group thing than a public event.

I also know that efforts have been made to bring in some representatives of paper model manufacturers.
This would not only increase interest from modelers, but might help generate more revenue that could
be used for advertising.  I believe the event is currently advertised in a local newspaper.

My suggestion, if it hasn't been done already, is to notify the local TV news channels to run some stories.

But whatever is done, I personally think it benefits from a smaller, local atmosphere.
Something is lost when it becomes a bigger project, and larger organization.
Right now, its forty or so people who get together once a year for a like minded day of comraderie.
Theres room for a few more, and not all the faces are the same every year.
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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2013, 12:40:49 PM »
I'm happy to make it to this year edition of IPMC.
It was fun and quirky show. My first dedicated solely to paper modeling. Enjoyed chatting with modelers, even Dave, who turned out to be as feisty, sarcastic and cat-hating as he is online, hahaha!
I thought it may be bit akward experience since I was pretty much an ousider (papermodelers crowd) but the organizers and other modelers were very welcoming. Helped that I came with two modeling club friends who brough their models as well.

I see nobody can get my name right... first mixed up identity, now Kolato instead Kalata. Lol!
Cheers,
Tomek

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Re: International Paper Modelers Convention 2013 (Sterling Virginia)
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2013, 12:48:12 PM »
fun and quirky, is a good description!

I just finished uploading the photo with your name on it!!
Too bad you didn't post sooner.
I apologize that we have misspelled your name.
At least, I got it a little closer (Kalato)

Believe me Tomasz...everyone there was extremely happy to meet you.
And were very impressed with all your work.
I can guaranty they will be very disappointed if they never see you again.

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