IPMS International Plastic Modeler`s Society
IPMS is an organization founded in 1963, in England. It unites people with common scale modeling interests. Throughout the years, IPMS grows via many local and international branches while establishing strict systems for the organization, execution and evaluation of events associated with scale models. IPMS UK is still the main branch, which approves the applications for a participation of a given country in the organization. At the time of the foundation of branch Odessos - part of IPMS Bulgaria, there are more than 50 international branches in the world, from which derive a number of local branches /as is the IPMS Odessos/
With the years and with the rapid development of the hobby and its derivatives, the groups of special interest SIGs appear - Special Interest Groups. They bring together people with a specific interest as they might be modelers from different branches or even countries under the umbrella of the IPMS community. The groups range from such for specific historical objects: Me-109, Spitfire and Tiger tanks, to Formula 1, World War I and others that combine a wider range of models, even eras.
The purpose of the SIGs is to unite people who are specialized in knowledge and modeling skills in a given theme, in a common "umbrella", to form more favorable conditions for a collaboration, research and assistance. Often during competitions, SIGs give a separate thematic award/awards, while the jury is accompanied by members of the group in order to achieve a more adequate assessment.
Currently, there are dozens of SIGs in the community of IPMS worldwide and there are no boundaries for their development.
IPMS is the oldest scale modeling organization and respectively with the strongest traditions in this area, as well as known as a benchmark for assessment during competitions and the way they are conducted. IPMS clubs from England organize the world`s biggest competition: IPMS Telford, with the presence and support of clubs from other countries - local and international.
IPMS is an organization created by scale modelers for scale modelers, with a history lasting over half a century, which is approximately since the existence of the scale modeling of plastic models. Nowadays, this hobby enjoys its greatest thrive since its existence, which suggests that IPMS will grow and expand to more interests and people, who could collaborate and communicate by their hobby.