Needed: Kit Donations to Raise Funds

While we have a healthy membership in terms of paid members (one of if not the largest IPMS Chapter in Canada, and I think second or third largest AMPS chapter world-wide), we have a budget challenge in that each month costs us money to cover the room rental at Loblaws.

As such, Bernie Hengst has gratiously allowed us to have a table at the AJAX Show this fall (thanks Bernie!), whereby kit donations will be sold and all funds used by AMPS Fort York Toronto and IPMS Toronto towards room rental cost coverage, so we continue to have our home and place to meet monthly.

Please take time to scour your collections and bring those orphaned and unwanted kits to the September and October Meetings. Also feel free to bring them to Ajax on Saturday October 24 if more convenient! Please mark your name on the kits you donate, as we will offer a prize to the person that donates the most kits!

Star Wars Paper Models by Szukiel Bernard

Hailing from our sister club in Warsaw, Poland, please enjoy these awe-inspiring photos of the paper models of Szukiel Bernard.

“My name is Szukiel Bernard, and I met Robert from IPMS Toronto on the Model Show and Contest in Warsaw as he approached my Star Wars models. I first become accustomed with Star Wars within the movie theaters during the early 1980’s, and this was love at first sight for me. Ever since my first movie, I have developed and held a fascination about the franchise, and this prompted me to collect various building materials from all around the globe, something that I still do to this very day. I am full of admiration for both people working on such models and those dealing with special effects, as in my opinion it is the latter that gave the franchise its great success. My dream is to see such life-sized models that they use in the filming studios. Within these past couple of years, I have been collecting various photographs of the Millennium Falcon, of which I wish to construct a model of. Building this ship is not easy, but what is even more challenging is the planning phase on how to build something from just photographs, as this will be my very first time building a model this way. I would say that approximately 99% of my model is constructed from cardboard of various dimensions and different kinds of wires. Illumination of the ship was possible by incorporating LED diodes. The beginning of the project consisted of planning the size and perfecting dimensions, followed by cutting out and gluing together small individual fragments, that then at the end of the project would become painted as they were incorporated into the entire ship. The model took approximately four years to build, with a bunch of breaks in between. In the beginning, my model did not look like the finished product at all, but only when I started constructing specific fragments of the ship, did it begin to look like the Millennium Falcon, and at that point I knew I would enjoy working on this project. My interests in the Millennium Falcon surpassed my expectations and I did not expect to receive that many opinions and positive feedback from other artists, which in the end only motivated me to build further vehicles. One such model following my Millennium Falcon was the AT-AT walker, which I decided to want to construct in three different poses. This quickly turned out to be a bigger challenge than my Millennium Falcon, however I was fortunate to be able to find more time in my day to work on the models, and for that reason I was able to accomplish my goal in less than six months. When I attended a model show in Poznan, I displayed my models and received much recognition, which really motivated me to continue this line of work. I am in the middle of my next project now, which consists of constructing an X-Wing and I spend every available time on this model. Finally I would like to bless Canada and all Star Wars fans from around the world.”

For more information you can visit

Click on the photo below to view a gallery of his work.

Hornet Hobbies Presents: Adam Wilder Seminars

Renown armor modeller and teacher of the modelling arts, Adam Wilder, travels from the US to Hornet Hobbies to present several seminars on the Sept. 18-20 weekend. Join for this rare opportunity to up your modelling game and learn specialized techniques.

All clinics held at Hornet Hobbies: 1563 O’Connor Drive Toronto M4B 2V7
Clinics are limited to 14 participants. Registration is not guaranteed until full payment is received. Thank you for your understanding. Call 416-755-4878 for further details and to reserve your spot!

Friday September 18        (Clinics A & B repeated Sunday September 20)
Clinic A:            METAL WORKS         9:30 – 12:00        $25.00

*metal finish *distressed finish *rust
*chipping *scratching *hairspray


Clinic B:        EFFECTS OF COMBAT        1:30 – 4:30        $30.00

*shell impact patches *dry dirt/wet dirt *washes and filters
*fuel stains/ oil spills *diesel exhaust effects *chipping effects
*making a winter camouflage using hairspray *pigments *making rain marks and dust effects


Saturday September 19
Clinic C:        PHOTO ETCH         10:00 – 12:30            $25.00

*soldering *battle damage
*folding *prep for painting


Clinic D:        HEAVY MUD        2:00 – 5:00            $30.00

*built up mud *track mud *pigments
*wheel & track weathering *wet mud/dry mud *dust
*spattering/splashing *streaking effects


Sunday September 20 (Clinics E & F repeat of Friday schedule)
Clinic E:            METAL WORKS         9:30 – 12:00        $25.00

*metal finish *distressed finish *rust
*chipping *scratching *hairspray


Clinic F:        EFFECTS OF COMBAT        1:30 – 4:30        $30.00

*shell impact patches *dry dirt/wet dirt *washes and filters
*fuel stains/ oil spills *diesel exhaust effects *chipping effects
*making a winter camouflage using hairspray *pigments *making rain marks and dust effects


Warsaw Modeling Fiesta 2015

From the international file, another report from this year’s Warsaw Modeling Fiesta courtesy of Robert Wlodarek who traveled to Poland to attend this contest and supply us with some great photos:

On June 13-14 the Warsaw modeling fiesta was held, where more than 400 models were issued into different categories. Similar to last year, this meet-up consisted of participants and friendsfrom IPMS Warsaw. I established new friendships and had a very wonderful time at the Model Contest.”

Armor and Dioramas

Aircraft, Ships, Figures

Groundwork Seminar Video by Ying Louie

Please enjoy this fantastic video of a groundwork seminar conducted by IPMS Toronto member Ying Louie at our July 2015 club meeting.  Ensure you also read through the comprehensive notes below which Ying provided to supplement the video.  Credit for the video goes to Robert Wlodarek.

Additional Notes:

The next progression to our models whether it be figures, trains, cars, or tanks. We want to see our models viewed in a form of reality.
Our best instructor is nature itself, where we just need to look out the window.

1. Begin with a theme a setting or backdrop for your model referring to a place, and time period.
2. Always look toward reference books, internet, and other sources that you find.

Scenery like all elements model/figures etc.. are all equal components together we should not treat any element with half hearted effort.
Put the best of your skill into all your elements.

First your base, should be a decent style display clean and clear of imperfections and faults if helped.
Choose a manageable size, balance your work to your base, oversizing and undersizing will challenge your base.

Placement and positioning
1. Avoid linear placement, having offset, or angled subjects will stimulate the viewers eye.
2. Choose the viewing direction of the subject and build around it.
3. Visual interest such as height and angles will enhance your viewers eye.
4. Work out the positive and negative space to balance your work.
5. Place your work towards a direction of light.

Ingredients to Groundwork

The Tools
White glue, dull coat spray, scour pads, insulation foam, sculpting tools, knives, train supply scenics, resin aftermarket items,
items of nature, art supplies, and model kit accessories are some of the many tools for dioramas and vignettes.

From the Trains store
Static grass, poly fibre, hydo-cal, shrubs, fine chipped foam, and trees, are some of the items we borrow to make ground work.

The Art supply store
Sculpa-Mold, Das Pronto, sculpting tools, x-acto knives, some paints like oil, and acrylic can be found here.

The Hardware store
White glue, scour pads, extra fine steel wool, foam insulation, plumbers seal are what you can search and find in these likely places.

The Hobby shop/Internet
Finding the accessory model kits for scenery, road signs, buildings, architectural foundations, resin and plaster aftermarket items are the likely things to find here.

Outside to mother nature
Soil, dry leaves, roots, stones, and small branches are real nature. Real nature looks best in your groundwork.
Real nature supplies great items like that of dry clay making great soil. Rain run off areas for soil.
Other areas I like to search are under bridges for soil.
Clumps of dry clay found by the streams, rain run off areas, uprooted trees, areas of soil erosion, under the bridge, limestone walk way (Stones).
Garden wood chips are great scenery additions.

Before your begin
Choose your base, you can find your base supplied by almost anyone.
A trophy shop, an art store, and even a dollar store.
Choose the size area that will look good with your model.

This part will be dictated by where you want your display to be. Seasons like fall, winter, summer are things to be considered.
History pictures of the places like that of towns or cities will make you think of urban scenes.

If you can think about the layout of how your going to place your elements before you begin, would really help your start.
It is here you consider placement and positioning. One thing we should all think of is a “catch idea” to create interest and to stir conversation.
Putting something interesting into your scenery like an animal of sorts, or a discarded piece of garbage.

Lets get started.

Place your frame out and find it’s size to balance your model work.

Take the size and measure it out to cut out your insulation foam. It’s easy to cut with a sharp knife or saw.
Think now about height and elevation. This is also the best time to consider angles and perspective views.
Use a sanding block to smooth away your imperfections.

Lay your foundation and plot your scenery items.
Using the Art supply store Sculpa-Mold, or Das Pronto try your hand with sculpting tools.
Shape your scene the way your want it to appear. The tools and the scour pad will texture a convincing surface.

If you have a model you will need to place it into the foundation and wait for it to dry.
Ensure you have a non-stick release on the vehicle such as Vaseline to help the model not to stick to the foundation.
Most foundations will shrink when drying, and is the reason to place the model in place at this time.

After foundation is dry you need to apply a primer coat of spray paint that will help with the painting that will come later.
Any items that are made of plaster will also be ready for paint if it is already painted with primer.

If your doing an outdoor scene now is the time to apply your glue to soils, static grass, and vegetations.
When laying things like static grass, we layout areas with diluted white glue, sprinkle the grass, blow the grass to standing. After the grass has dried we can then airbrush
and drybrush it. Tall grass can come from the hairs of a natural paint brush, plotting it out and place it with glue, or the use of extra fine steel wool.
Follow the actions by glue it, let it dry, brush it up, prime it, airbrush it, and drybrush it. Trees are roots that you find outdoors, upended, applying poly fibre to the roots.
Apply some glue to the fibres and sprinkle crushed leaves, or other items like railroad chipped foam. There is one other item new is Photo-Etch.
Certain points when using photo-etch. It is important to prime it, and to bake the primer to harden and make it resilient for use.
Choosing realistic greens use the airbrush to colour your photo-etch plants, last to give them a oil wash.
Here you can think about the angle of light and drybrush the textures to highlight toward the light direction.
Urban scenes start at the moment you plan your foundations like plaster items and resins. My thoughts about plaster and resin items are as follows
Prime it, paint it, wash it, drybrush, and detail paint it.

After the groundwork is applied and properly dried, we begin the painting process. Please avoid painting the natures roots for they already have a natural colour
that you will not have to paint again. The best efficient method will be the airbrush to detail colour your work. When you start airbrushing, I like to use acrylic paints,
it is logical to pre-shade your work using the airbrush. There are some areas of nature added, and railroad supplied products that do not require painting,
please use your judgement.

When the airbrushing is dry I come back to applying a liquid wash using artist oil paints. This will enhance the crevices and shadows of your scenery creating depth.
When the oil wash is finally dry we can begin the artist process of painting highlights and shadows with oil paint. I like to apply this process with a series of flat brushes
which adds enhancement to the blending of the oil paints to the surfaces of what we paint, and remember your painting toward and angle of light, and a point of interest.
After we have satisfied painting our work we last cover most of the shiny painted oils with a coat of dull coat spray.

My last ending point I will take from my design years to consider in everything you do… “LESS IS MORE!”  Without question you can always overdo the amount of details.

August Meeting

A friendly reminder that the August meeting will be Monday August 10 due to the Civic holiday falling on the first Monday of the month

John Wong will lead the meeting. The meeting location again is at Loblaws Cooking Room (  We have pro-rated our memberships so if you have not paid-up, please see Grant Goodale.  It will be a regular build night and we will have 30 minutes alloted for slides from the IPMS USA Nationals where IPMS Toronto members made a very strong showing!
In addition, Robert Wlodarek will talk about his recent visit to the Warsaw Modeling Fiesta, held on June 13-14 in Poland. Robert will also be raffling off two models and promises a few more goodies and surprises.