Officers for 2017
Who We Are
The Delaware Valley Scale Modelers (DVSM) is a group of
adult builders of scale models of all types, including military and
civil aircraft, military vehicles, cars, trucks, ships and
dioramas--in addition to sculptors and painters of miniature
figures. Most of our members use commercially available kits to
construct their models. In many cases though, the kit is only a
starting point that the builder will extensively modify to produce a
truly accurate, highly detailed model of a particular subject,
sometimes far removed from the subject of the kit. Some of our
members scratch build their models from a variety of materials,
including paper, wood, plastic and metal. Others sculpt miniature
figures. A few combine all these techniques to produce extraordinary
dioramas. We welcome builders of all skill levels, and strive to
provide a supportive environment where everyone can improve their
skills, whether their goal is to build for pleasure and relaxation,
or for regional and national competition.
Established for over 40 years, we trace our roots back to
the original area club for Eastern Pennsylvania IPMS. Established in
1967 EP/IPMS ran as a highly successful club for five years in the
Philadelphia suburbs until size, loss of a meeting place and other
factors led to the re-organization on a more regional basis as
Delaware Valley Scale Modelers in 1972.
Prospective members are asked (but not required) to display a different model at
two meetings in order to qualify for membership. We find that most folks are happy
to display their work. As members, you are encouraged, but not required,
to display your work. We have monthly theme contests to focus and encourage participation
throughout the year. Current membership stands at over 50 with an attendance of 30
to 40 at a typical meeting.
Seminars on construction and finishing techniques are a frequent
feature of our meetings, in addition to video programs and
slide shows about modeling subjects. In the Spring of each year we
devote one meeting to non-competitive judging, where each model is
graded against a point scale and awarded (or not) a Certificate Of
Merit, or a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medal.
In December of each year we hold something called our Favorite
Five Contest. Each participant brings up to three models to the
meeting. (Any model that won in a previous Favorite Five Contest is
not eligible). Those who participate then get to cast one vote for
five different models. The criteria that is generally used is:
"What five models would I like to take home with me?" Awards
are given to the 5 entries that receive the largest number of votes.
The Contest Chairman oversees the results. This contest is open to
club members and non-members alike. In addition, any model that wins
is still eligible to enter our Spring Contest (as long as it did not
win in any other DVSM Contest). To see models of past favorite Five
contests click here.
We are a chapter of the International Plastic Modeler's
Society (IPMS). We publish a monthly newsletter which features
meeting reports, a calendar of events of interest to modelers, new
kit reviews, and articles on model subjects and construction
techniques. You can find our newsletters here.
How To Find Us
We meet the first Friday of each month at 7:30 PM in the
Artisans Suite, 2nd floor of The Professional Building at
8100 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. For directions to
The Professional Building click here.
How To Contact Us
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Delaware Valley Scale Modelers Flyers
A Links to the DVSM flyer can be found below. Feel free to
download them to your computer to be printed and distributed as needed. Thanks.
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