2016 IPMS USA National Convention

The USS Confederacy 1778
The USS Confederacy 1778

Wooden Model Ships from the 2016 IPMS USA National Convention

Micro-Mark attended the 2016 IPMS National convention in Columbia, South Carolina. It was a good year for IPMS.

IPMS is not just for plastic modelers, it also showcases wooden ships. Here are a few of the representations from the show.

The USS Confederacy 1778
The USS Confederacy 1778

USS Confederacy was a 36-gun sailing frigate of the Continental Navy in the American Revolutionary War. The British Royal Navy captured her in March 1781, took her into service for about half-a-year as HMS Confederate, and broke her up in 1782.

HMS Sovereign of the Seas 1637
HMS Sovereign of the Seas 1637

Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAOTpYyodXc

Sovereign of the Seas was a 17th-century warship of the English Navy. She was originally build as a 90-gun first-rate ship of the line of the English Royal Navy but at launch was armed with 102 bronze guns at the insistence of the king. She was later renamed Sovereign, and then Royal Sovereign. The ship was launched on 13 October 1637 and served from 1638 until 1697, when a fire burned the ship to the waterline at Chatham. For more information about Sovereign of the Seas go to http://www.royal-navy.org/hms-sovereign-seas1637

Mayflower 1609
Mayflower 1609

The Mayflower was an English ship that transported the first English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England to the New World in 1620. There were 102 passengers, and the crew is estimated to have been about 30, but the exact number is unknown. This voyage has become an iconic story in some of the earliest annals of American history, with its story of death and of survival in the harsh New England winter environment. There was a second ship named Mayflower that made the London to Plymouth, Massachusetts voyage several times.

For more information about the Mayflower go to http://mayflowerhistory.com/history-of-the-mayflower/

Micro-Marks sells the Mayflower at 1:64th scale at http://www.micromark.com/Artesania-Latina-Mayflower-Ship-Kit-1-64-Scale

HMS Victory
HMS Victory

HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

She additionally served as Keppel’s flagship at Ushant, Howe’s flagship at Cape Spartel and Jervis’s flagship at Cape St Vincent. After 1824, she was relegated to the role of harbor ship.

In 1922, she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She has been the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012 and is the world’s oldest naval ship still in commission.

For more information about Victory go to http://www.hms-victory.com/

Micro-Mark sells HMS Victory at 1:84th scale at http://www.micromark.com/Artesania-Latina-HMS-Victory-Ship-Kit-1-84-Scale

For more ships and tools for model ship building go to Micro-Mark at http://www.micromark.com/search?keywords=ships

IPMS/USA is the US Branch of the International Plastic Modelers’ Society. The organization’s roots can be traced to the startup of the first IPMS National Branch during the 1960’s in Great Britain. In 1964 a US-based modeler applied for a charter to start the US Branch. In the ensuing 4 decades, IPMS/USA has become a 5,000 member, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the modeling hobby while providing a venue for modelers to share their skills in a social setting, along with friendly but spirited competition in the form of local, regional, and national contests and conventions. As this is written, there are over 220 active US chapters (including groups in Canada and the Philippines as well as one “cyber-chapter” existing entirely on the internet). For more information about IPMS at http://www.ipmsusa.org/.

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