IPMS Vancouver’s Fall Show & Swap Meet is the event of the year for modellers in the greater Vancouver area. The show attracts modellers from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Recent Shows have had around 500 kits entered in dozen’s of trophy or ribbon categories.
The model competition and swap meet, takes place on the Saturday of the October long weekend. The October long weekend occurs on the second Monday of October. This means that the Show is usually on the second Saturday of October but, depending on the year, can be on the first one. Please check the actual date on the Fall Show page.
The Show is held at the Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The main show room is closed to everyone but judges between 3 and 4 pm for final judging and ribbon placement. The event is not limited to IPMS members. Anyone can come and view the show. Additionally, anyone can enter a kit to be judged, the objective is for the best kit in a category to win, not the best kit built by an IPMS member.
Several other modelling clubs are involved, sponsoring trophies, door prizes, and volunteering to judge or just helping out.
Most of the hobby shops in the lower mainland contribute to the show, sponsoring trophies or donating door prizes. Several manufacturers and suppliers also contribute. There is a vendor room with tables set up in flea market fashion.
Door prizes, largely donated by hobby shops and suppliers to the industry, are given out during the day.
At the end of the day, awards and special prizes are handed out and the winning models are photographed for the clubs archives.
Fall Show Themes
2012 – War in The Pacific
2013 – The Korean War
2014 – The Great War
2015 – The End-1945
2016 – Japan
2017 – South East Asia post war
2018 – Between the Wars 1920-1937
2019 – Blitzkrieg!
2020 – The Battle of Britain (Canceled due to COVID-19)