IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA

IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA




Ron Bell

Ron BellIPMS/USA # 12907

My IPMS/USA biography in a nutshell is, many terms as a local chapter officer including President, local model show chairman for many years, chapter newsletter editor for over twenty years, four years as RC 4, twelve years as elected 2nd VP and then called back to serve out 2 years of the term of a resigning 2nd VP, re-wrote the IPMS/USA National Contest Model Show Handbook, re-wrote/re-organized the rules to the IPMS/USA National Model Contest, wrote a regular column for the Journal called “Basically Speaking”, organized several tours to Scale Model World in England for IPMS members, and was elected President of IPMS/USA two years ago. That’s all well and good, but like they say, “What have you done for me lately?”

In my first term as President, IPMS/USA underwent many changes. I can’t take credit for all of them, but here’s a list of what we’ve accomplished.

  • hired a new Office Manager
  • appointed a new Treasurer
  • moved the society’s office to Florida
  • have changed our bank
  • accepted bids for the national convention three years out instead of just two
  • started a new marketing committee
  • initiated a program for chapters to sell discounted memberships at local shows
  • consistently posted an update of Eboard activities monthly on the IPMS/USA web site
  • began our membership recognition program with 50 and 25 year continuous membership pins.
  • changed how pre-registration is handled for the nation convention to make it easier for the local host chapters.

As I said, I don’t claim credit for much of this, but it did happen on “my watch” and I was sure a part of it all. However, there is one thing that I can state that I did myself, and that is I completely re-wrote the Constitution and By Laws to bring them more in line with how the society really operates as well as making it possible to adapt to the many changes that are coming in the 21st century. You’ll find more information about these changes in other places of this special election issue. It’s not final yet, nor will it be until the membership votes on the matter, but it’s a start at bringing the society up to date.

That’s a lot of change, most of it un-noticed by the average member, but necessary for the functioning of the society. I would like to serve another term to continue leading IPMS/USA into the future and help the organization thrive and grow and I ask for your vote.

1st Vice President

John Noack

John Noack

My name is John Noack and I am a long-term member (#23017) of IPMS/USA. My most recent role is Director of Local Chapters, but I’ve served in the 1VP role for three terms, two terms as president, and a term as secretary – so I have some familiarity with how the society operates. I’ve been a member since the mid-’80s and on the board in one role or another for the majority of that time since then. I’m proud to have been chosen to receive a life membership and I’d like to continue to give back to the organization that’s given me years of great experiences and great friends.

Dave Morrissette has done a masterful job with the 1VP slot, greatly expanding the IPMS Reviewers’ Corps (which I started some years ago). Over 9000 reviews have been posted to our website and/or published in the Journal. That program will continue if I am elected to serve. Dave has grown great relationships with the modeling industry and I have many old friends in the hobby that I look forward to reconnecting with and continuing those relationships. His recent focus on using our industry base to support possible growth of the society is a great idea and while it’s challenging to convince some of the larger manufacturers/distributors to do so, I’d like to help grow that program.

I thank you in advance for your consideration of my request for your vote in the upcoming election.

John Noack


Dennis Tennant

Dennis TennantAs your current secretary, I respectfully ask that you re-elect me to a third term on the executive board. I have been a volunteer with the IPMS/USA since 2007 when I joined the Reviewer Corps. I enjoyed that experience so much that I volunteered to help with editing and preparing reviews for publication on our website. That led to being appointed administrator of the IPMS/USA discussion forums, followed by my election as secretary four years ago.

I’m responsible for putting together the monthly board updates as well as the minutes from our quarterly conference calls and sharing them with the membership. I also answer member questions and help our Office Manager handle the various member issues and requests that pop up from time to time. Last year, I collaborated with Webmaster Eric Aitala to set up a member-sourced hobby shop database to allow members to share info about their favorite hobby shops with each other on our website. Our goal is to grow it into a useful resource for our membership.

I currently reside in Virginia and recently finished a term as president of IPMS Tidewater. I served on the 2014 IPMS/USA nationals team (Hampton) as contest co-chair and helped make that convention one of the most successful in club history. If elected to another term as secretary, I promise to continue to do my best to produce accurate, timely meeting reports and to be as accessible and helpful to our members as possible.

Director of Local Chapters

Dave Lockhart

Dave LockhartI’m originally from Massachusetts but have lived in Georgia for the past 30 years. I’m not moving back – I like the weather down here.

For work, I’m a clinical microbiologist and have been in diagnostic medical sales for the past 40 years.

I’ve been married for 40 years, and we have one son, one daughter, and one granddaughter.

I’ve been building models for more than 50 years. My favorite type of modeling is sailing ships. I’ve been expanding my topics by getting into sci-fi, cars and hopefully this year an armor model.

I’ve been president of the IPMS/Marietta Club in Marietta GA for the past four years, and I have been the IPMS Region 3 coordinator for the past year.

IPMS Historian/Publications Director

Jim Pearsall

Jim PearsallI have been a member of IPMS/USA for 50 years, since 1967. I have been active in local chapters for most of that time, with the Polish Coast Watchers in Peoria, IL and the Craig Hewitt Chapter in Phoenix, AZ

My latest big project is the “Memos” which came wrapped around the IPMS UK Magazines. These were published from 1968 to 1973. There isn’t a lot of color scheme information or kit reviews, but it’s interesting to read about Jim Sage’s visits to IPMS Chapters around the country, various chapters coming on line, and the “Wants and disposals” column (really cheap stuff from 40+ years ago!) I have finished the index, and I’m working with the IPMS web crew to make these available for download to all members. Special thanks to Ralph Forehand, the original IPMS Historian, for making the missing Memos available to me and you.

I have now gotten scans of all of the National Convention decals.

I have also begun keeping all of the IPMS Chapter newsletters so they won’t be lost. My deep thanks to Fred Horky who collects newsletters and sends them to anyone who is interested, which includes me.

My other job in IPMS/USA is as a reviewer. I have reviewed over 300 kits, books, magazines and add-ons since 2005. I also help Dave Morrissette with uploading reviews to the IPMS web site.