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ORGANIZATIONS & DISCUSSION GROUPS


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Here you will find links to organizations and shows for collectors of military miniatures and
related online discussion groups.

 

ORGANIZATIONS:

Antwerp Model Soldier Society

Belgian organization established in 1992. Primarily for figure modelers
and painters. Has nice photo galleries of members' work.

Armor Modeling and Preservation Society

"The purpose of AMPS is to foster a knowledge and appreciation of the history
of armored vehicles, through examination of preserved examples located in both
museums and private collections, in miniature through modeling. To this end, AMPS
publishes a 28-page journal called Boresight six times a year. This journal covers reviews,
tips, articles on preserved vehicles, and comparisons of models and related items."

Atlanta Military Figure Society

Since 1975 this organization has brought together military figure painters
in the Atlanta area. They sponsor an annual show. There are photos of the
members' award winning figures and dioramas included on the site.

Australian Plastic Modelers Association

"APMA is an organisation which aims to promote the enjoyment of scale modelling for
all ages. As such, we would like to extend you an invitation to join us.We cater to modellers
of all ages and skill levels. Ships, aircraft, cars, military vehicles, figures, science fact and fiction
and anime are all subjects covered by our members." Includes a gallery of members' models.

British Flat Figure Society

"The Society seeks to encourage the collecting, studying, painting and displaying
of the flat tin figure in all its forms. A quarterly Journal is produced, with colour pages
included in two issues per year. The range of articles is diverse, reflecting the diversity
of the flat tin figure, and each Journal includes pages devoted to newly released figures."

British Model Soldier Society

Supports model soldier enthusiasts of any scale or period. Primarily UK based
but accepts overseas members. Sponsors annual model soldier show in London.

Canada Toy Soldiers Club

An online club open to all who register. Includes photo gallery, news, scanned in manufacturers'
flyers, web links and discussion forum.

Club Modellistico Quattrogatti

Rome, Italy based modelers club. Includes model gallery and photos
for research.

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society: East

"HMGS is a non-profit, charitable and educational organization whose main purpose
is to promote historical miniature wargaming as both a legitimate hobby and as an
alternative method for the study of military history. Chapters are conveniently
located across the United States and accept members from around the world
without any regard as to residence." This is the Eastern U.S. chapter.

Here are links to the other chapters of the HMGS.

International Plastic Modelers' Society: USA

The major organization for scale modelers. Has chapters throughout North America
and the world. Very useful photo galleries of models and walkarounds of real armor. aircraft.
etc.

Links to worldwide chapters of the IPMS.

Military Miniature Society of Illinois

"The MMSI is a Chicago area based organization dedicated to the art and collection
of the Military Miniature. We hold a show/competition each year in October. There are
also monthly meetings that deal in a wide variety of subjects. We publish a bi-monthly
journal called "The Scabbard" that includes articles on history, uniforms and miniatures.
Meetings are held on the first Friday of the month."

Miniature Figures Collectors of America

Philadelphia-based organization establishe in 1941. Responsible for the annual show
in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Minnesota Military Figure Society

Minnesota scale modelers group. Includes examples of members work.
More than just figures. Includes armor and aircraft.

National Capital Model Soldier Society

"The National Capital Model Soldier Society provides the military miniatures hobbyist with
a means to exchange ideas, information, and reference materials. It creates an opportunity
for figure painters as well as collectors of miniature figures, toy soldiers, plastic models, and
militaria to meet socially and exhibit their work.  We hold monthly meetings, sponsor regular
painting clinics at a local hobby shop, publish a monthly newsletter, and host a major annual
regional military miniatures exhibition.
The NCMSS has been in existence for more than 45
years and is one of the premier military miniature clubs on the East Coast of the United States.
"
Located in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey Historical Miniatures Associates

This 25 year old organization is "a group with quite diverse interests. Among our members
are collectors of antique and connoisseur figures, those who create their own miniatures,
those who paint figures and dioramas and plastic model builders. "

Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers

British-based wargaming group. Publishes a journal covering
a wide variety of wars and conflicts of interest to gamers.

South Florida Toy Soldier Club

Collectors' club with annual shows of members' collections.

 

SHOWS:

BMSS Great British Model Soldier Show

Annual show of the British Model Soldier Society held in London.

Chicago Annual Toy Soldier Show

The major North American annual show bringing manufacturers, dealers
and collectors together. A week long convention!

Cold Wars

The annual winter convention held over 3 days in march in Lancaster, PA.
for the HMGS: East (See below).

East Coast Toy Soldier Show

Annual show and sale held in Hackensack, New Jersey

Historicon

Website for the annual convention of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society.
This is a "gaming convention devoted to historical gaming. It's held at the Lancaster
Host PA, over 4 days in July every year. Each year draws about 5000 people and
around 100 dealers offering everything from figures to terrain. And games that range
from ancients to ultra moderns with a little Si-Fi and Fantasy. There are tournaments,
seminars and a painting competition."

Michigan Toy Soldier Show

Semi-annual and annual shows of toy soldiers and historical miniatures.

The Toy Soldier Show

Shows sponsored by the Nevilles of King & Country, U.K.

West Coaster

Annual toy soldier show held in Irvine, California.

 

DISCUSSION GROUPS:

Diecast Aviation Website and Forum

Devoted to diecast aircraft (planes and helicopters) both military and civilian from
1/144th scale through 1/32nd scale.

Fine Scale Modeler Forums

Forums sponsored by a major modelling magazine. Includes aircraft, armor, figures, dioramas,
painting tips. scratchbuilding, etc.

Missing-Lynx Forum

Includes a number of discussion groups: WWII Allies, WWII Axis, WWI, figures,
1/48th scale, modelling and painting tips.

Panzer Column Forum

Covers all facets of military modelling.

The Miniatures Page

An online magazine for wargamers. Has excellent discussion lists. Covers wide
range of periods and topics. Great for uniform and colors information. Select
"Message Boards" from the Table of Contents.

Treefrog Treasures Toy Soldier Forum

Includes discussions of manufacturers, "how to" tips, buying and selling, and general
historical topics.

 

 

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