Convention Updates

Grex Airbrush Workshops nearly sold out!

4/17/2019 10:37 AM

At this time, and pending possible drop outs, there are only four seats left for the Grex Airbrush Workshops, and they are all for the Saturday session.  We are keeping a short waiting list for each session, but if you want to guarantee yourself a spot on Saturday, you might want to sign up soon!

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A Milestone for the 2019 Nats...

4/14/2019 3:48 PM

Well, my perusal of the latest registration reports show we cracked 100 pre-registrations this last week!  With what should be a record number of vendor tables reserved, we're feeling like we are well on the way with registrations now too.

A couple of notes.  Sign-ups for the Huntsville tour and the Songbirds dinner are looking pretty low at the moment.  We need a minimum of 50 to make the Huntsville tour work, and 175 for the Songbirds dinner.  If you haven't signed up, you might want to think about doing it.  We know modelers like to wait until the last minute (or is that just me projecting???), but we have a deadline of about June 15th to pull the plugs on both of those without penalty.  If we don't have the numbers we need by then, we'll have to cancel them and refund everyone who has signed up.

T-shirt pre-orders aren't exactly lighting the world on fire either.  They are $18 (for all sizes) if you buy them at pre-registration, and you're guaranteed to get your size if you pre-order.  We will order extras of course, but those will be a financial risk for that will get passed to those who wait until the day of the show to buy.  We're probably looking at $20 for sizes up to XL and $23 for any sizes bigger than XL.  So, the moral, if there is one, is to pre-order your t-shirts!


More shameless begging for display only models!

4/14/2019 3:12 PM

We’re serious about packing the Model Room with Models!

Really!  - 1 free raffle ticket for each display only model ?  Read On…..

We’re sure there will be thousands of models in the competition.  But we’re also interested in display only models.  We’ve got the space and we want to use it to show off models!  To encourage participation in the display only model department we’re going to put it on the line!  We’re going to give you one free extra raffle ticket for each model you bring to display that is not entered in the competition!  We would hope you would want to show off your work regardless but if you are on the fence about hauling a model to Chattanooga for display only think again!  Just image walking away with a primo prize raffle item just for bringing a model to show.   Just like your weekly Barnes & Noble coupon some exclusions apply.  There is a limit of ten (10) free raffle tickets per person for this purpose.  Likewise club or group displays have a similar limit -  no more than ten to any one individual participant and you have to have a model in the group display to get a free ticket.

So dust off those previous winners.  Pull out those special models that only you have seen.  Let’s turn the Chattanooga Convention Center into a miniature museum!

There may be more incentives that we’re not telling anyone about!!!

Bring your Display Only Models!

4/7/2019 4:39 PM

We think a National Convention centered on scale modeling should be about more than just a model contest and vendors.  Don't get us wrong.  We've spent WAY more than our fair share of money in the vendor's room at the Nationals over the years.  And we've entered plenty of models in the contest.  But what about just seeing lots of models?  Why don't more folks bring their models just to display them?  Why do winning models go home with their builders, never to see the proverbial light of day again?  What about those folks who for whatever reason, don't like to enter a model contest?

Well, as we've said before, we'd really like to see LOTS of models on the tables at this year's National Convention.  Just like we don't think it was over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, we don't think the world will stop turning if some day there were more models just on display than were entered in the contest.  

So we'd like to give a little more encouragement to everyone to bring models just for display.  If you bring a model that's just for display, not a contest entry, we'll give you a raffle ticket.  That goes for every model you bring for display, up to 10.  We're not saying we only want you to bring 10 models for display, only that we don't want to run out of raffle tickets.

And that goes for group and club displays.  If you're group of club display is more than 10 models, we'll make sure that every modeler who participated gets a ticket, even if you're display is bigger than 10 models.

So come on folks, bring some models just for folks to look at!

Staybridge Suites added to the Convention Hotels!

3/28/2019 9:03 AM

Ok folks we've been able to secure another 25 rooms per night at the Staybridge Suites.  The Staybridge is immediately across the street from the Convention Center.  Apart from having to go outside and cross the street, rooms there will actually be closer to the active convention areas of the Convention Center than the Marriott.  Go Figure!

There are 15 "Studio" rooms available at $154/night and 10 "Double Suites" at $164/night.  Parking will be $9 per day.

While the room rates are a little higher than the other hotels, remember these are extended stay type suites and you can typically get more heads in a room there than you can at the Marriott.  For example, all rooms include a queen sized pull out.  Breakfast is also included!

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 423-267-0900 and referencing the IPMS National Convention, or online here.

And finally, if you made a reservation at the Staybridge before we opened this block, please let me know!  If the convention rate is lower than the rate you currently have, the convention rate will be honored, and the convention will get credit with the city for your rooms.  If the rate you currently have is lower than the convention rate, your lower rate will be honored and we will still get credit for your room.  So again, if you already have a room reserved, please let Mike Moore know by email -

Three Hotels SOLD OUT - More coming!!!

3/21/2019 5:50 PM
Well, we've done it now.  We have a record number of vendor tables reserved, and now we've sold out not one, not two, but THREE, count 'em, THREE hotels.  If you've already booked your rooms, fantastic.  If you haven't, fear not, we're already in touch with the convention and visitor's bureau about getting another one or two opened up.  Give us some time and we'll have more rooms open!

A Record Number of Vendor Tables?

3/3/2019 8:43 PM
It sure looks that way.  The current record is Atlanta in 2005 with 424.  As of this writing, we've got 431 tables reserved.  And we have 5 months still before the convention!  If you want vendor tables, go to the vendor page and get your reservation in.  If you want to shop and epic vendor hall, make plans to come to Chattanooga in August!

Hotel Rooms can now be reserved!

9/14/2018 1:05 AM
That's right.  Our hotel blocks are now open.  Click here for the reservation links!

Chattanooga Scale Modelers are getting ready for Phoenix

7/26/2018 9:44 PM
The local club is sending a decent contingent to Phoenix this year. There's going to be a lot of shadowing going on to help us do a bang up job on the 2019 Nationals.

2019 Web Site Launched

7/22/2018 5:41 PM
The new website for the 2019 IPMS USA Nationals has been launched! Please check back for updates soon!