Marczak, H Rosa and IPMS-Santa Maria.
|C I Bld - Centro de Instrução de Blindados (AFV Tranining Center of the Brazilian Army),
Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.
visitors, kids and enthusiasts
year the IPMS-Santa Maria put out the first Mercoplasti. The show was held on the September 5-6 weekend at the AFV Tranining Center of the Brazilian Army,
Santa Maria, Brazil. It was a great show, with the presence of Mig Jimenez from Ammo products, Diego Quijano, Rodrigo Hernández - the famous wizard of dioramas and author, and Alex Grass from the popular Ushi van der Rosten
line of products. The presence of the masters of course attracted
people from all over Brazil, plus Argentina, Bolívia, USA, Chile and
other countries that I'm forgetting now.
I presented a lecture on 'Modeling contests: pros, cons, judging and the Brazilian context'.
It was a great opportunity to discuss contradictory aspects of modeling
contests with several modeleres. I had a great time and, more
important, could see several old friends and make new ones from all over the planet. On
Saturday afternoon and on, workshops and clinics with the masters - a
level of the models was very high, and considering geographical
aspects, a trip to Santa Maria is not the easiest one. Even so,
modelers pushed themselves to bring their best works and the outcome
was fantastic. The venue also couldn't be better, the Center for AFV
Training of the Brazilian Army, decorated with a FT-17 in running
condition, Shermans, Osorios, and many other preserved AFVs, not to mention the operational equipment.
The officers were so kind with the attendees that it didn't even look an
active Army center.
to all the IPMS-Santa Maria organizing staff for putting out such a nice event. Good show, boys... Now that you raised the bar, keep it up.
Here are some photos I took:
The Best of the Show deservely went to a fantastic IJN Mutsu in 1/350 scale, by Gil 'Rufus' Sifred:
See you in 2016...