You really know how to stir the pot, but, then again, some pots need stirring from time to time. Let's see - where do I start:
IPMS has been around for a long time and is responsible for providing a forum, around which like minded hobbyists got together and shared their love of building miniature representations of the vehicles they were enamoured with and the figures associated with them. This is still true even in this day of instant internet connection and gratification. That's why you were drinking beers on a Saturday night with a group of fellow modelers in a hotel room after the IPMS Omaha Nats a year ago.
I have made life-long friends around the world because of the framework IPMS developed 50+years ago. I continue to make friends because of the same opportunities.
The local monthly club meeting provides the same social glue.
While magazines and the internet provide a wonderful service in publising "how-to" articles on modeling, nothing beats a technique being demonstrated live. That's just one thing that IPMS provides.
To all the detractors of IPMS politics, my standard recommendation is join, then run for office and see if you can make it better.
IPMS Contests and Judging
Putting on event is hard work. Anyone who attends one of these wonderful events should always make an effort to thank the organizers. I have been judging since the late 1970's and generally found the judging to be professional and above board. I am not going to bother to re-engage on the AMPS/Figure Shows Open Judging vs IPMS Judging debate to any degree. I'm confortable working with both systems. Each has its drawbacks and positive aspects. As a Senior Judge in IPMS USA, I have to say that I enjoy judging. IPMS makes an effort to mix teams up from various chapters across the country in order to cut back on the possibility of favoritism. And again, this technique also provides another social/work setting to meet and interact with modelers from around the country and around the world.
A general comment I would make is that there is nothing wrong with competition. In fact, it is measure of a person on how they conduct themselves in a contest. Good sportsmanship is a mark of maturity, a lesson some modelers fail to learn. Win, lose or draw, it's downright fun to enter a model contest. If you are not into competition, that's fine. Any model in competition is also "on display".
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