There are numerous national organizations that promote specific hobbies and offer resources and camaraderie to their hobbyist members. We recommend you consider joining an organization that fits your needs. Some of these organizations are listed below.
Academy of Model Aeronautics- AMA is the world’s largest model aviation association, representing a membership of more than 195,000 from every walk of life, income level and age group. More info at www.modelaircraft.org
International Plastic Modelers Society/USA- IPMS/USA is 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. More info at www.ipmsusa.org
For plastic modelers everywhere- IPMSUSA will be holding their annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona August 1st through 4th. Information follows-
Greetings! The modelers of Arizona would like to invite you to join us for the 2018 IPMS/USA Nationals on August 1-4, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona. The convention will be held in the Phoenix Convention Center located in the heart of Phoenix, the 5h largest city in the US. Our theme is Build It! Bring It!! Show It!!! In addition to having the largest model contest in the US and hosting the world’s largest traveling hobby shop, we’re going to place emphasis on the modelers in our society who are the basis of our organization, the heart of what we do – the individual modeler who builds models for the sake of building models, not competition. We all know that the National Contest is a large part of why we do our National Convention and that a significant number of our attendees come to compete in that contest. But not everyone does. In fact, the percentage of our entire society that competes in our shows, both locally, regionally, and nationally, is usually less than 20%. We want to see the work of the other 80%. To that end, we’re dedicating as much space as is necessary to display the work of those who just want to bring their models in and show them to the rest of us, without facing the prospect of having others judge their work. So, build your models, bring your models, show your models!
We also want to showcase our clubs to our visitors. As most of you know, IPMS/UK’s National Convention is very club oriented. We’ll have space available in our vendor room for clubs to set up displays and sit and tell people about your organization and your hobby. Contact our vendor coordinator to arrange for a table to be held for your club.
Come join us for four days of celebration of our hobby, look at literally thousands of models built by hundreds of modelers from around the US and a host of other countries. Talk to your club, arrange for a table, bring a display, and share with others what makes your club special. But most of all, come for the fun! See you in August!
Convention info at- www.ipmsusanationals.org
National Association of Rocketry- The NAR is all about having fun and learning more with and about sport rockets. We are the oldest and largest sport rocketry organization in the world. Since 1957, over 100,000 serious sport rocket modelers have joined the NAR to take advantage of the fun and excitement of organized rocketry. More info at www.nar.org
If you have an interest in model rocketry, the National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet (NARAM) will be held in Pueblo, Colorado August 3rd through the 10th. Spectators are welcome to observe and the event includes a Fly It- Take It program for new rocketeers. The event is hosted by the Southern Colorado Rocketeers. More info can be found at-
National Model Railroad Association- The NMRA advances the global scale model railroading community through education, advocacy, standards, and social interaction. More info at www.nmra.org