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2021 IPMS-USA Nats hotel reservations are open

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2021 IPMS-USA Nats hotel reservations are open
Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, July 16, 2020 7:45 AM

Go to the website natslv2021.com to access the hotel reservation system.  The hotel (Rio Resort in Vegas) has a block of 600 rooms set aside with options to expand in response to demand

Mine were $89 per night for the 4 nights of the convention, with options to book additional nights before/after the show to lose more money at the tables.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, July 16, 2020 11:05 AM

I wonder how this pandemic is going to pan out next year?  I was planning on attending, but the way things are right now, anything could happen.  But thanks for the heads up!

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Posted by Frankenpanzer on Friday, July 17, 2020 12:06 AM

Vegas should be ok by then. I made my room reservations the other day.

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Posted by Greg on Friday, July 17, 2020 9:26 AM

I'd love to attend this in Vegas.

My main purpose in going to nats or big shows is buying stuff. The airline won't let me throw my stash "in the trunk"....or the backseat, so my M.O. so far has been if I can't drive, I don't go. Hence, I have attended exacty one nat in 7 years which pretty much sucks.

I don't suppose I'm the only one. Am I overlooking a simple solution to this dilemna I've made up in my head? (Enjoying the show and not buying stuff is not an option Big Smile)

 

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Posted by Real G on Friday, July 17, 2020 10:58 AM

My focus going to shows nowadays is to enjoy the models.  I just love seeing how creative or crazy modelers can get.  I like it best when the dial goes to 11!

The highlight of going to shows used to be the shopping, but I have been buying less and less as time goes on.  The last time I attended the Nats, I brought home two kits, but one was for a friend. 

That being said, I do shop for supplies, accessories and tools for the kits I already have.  And I DO still love hitting the vendor’s room - it’s always the first stop!

Fingers crossed that the COVID thing is under control by next year.

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Posted by Greg on Friday, July 17, 2020 11:27 AM

Real G
Fingers crossed that the COVID thing is under control by next year.

+1 for sure. Yes

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Posted by armornut on Friday, July 17, 2020 12:25 PM

   I was hoping having a cool beverage with the mighty Armornut was a good reason to go to the Nat'sSurprise. Just kidding RG! Just got news that my trip to Vegas may be easier than it was a few weeks ago.

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Posted by Real G on Friday, July 17, 2020 12:57 PM

Here’s hoping things work out. I would definitely like to have the honor of having a drink in the presence of the Mighty Armornut!  Smile

But beware being seen with me - I carry the mark of a Napkinwaffe/anime leper!  Serious scale modelers shun me.  Stick out tongue

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Posted by armornut on Friday, July 17, 2020 1:33 PM

   I'm a legend in my own mind sooo...we'll be in good company LOL. Lets hope we can make it happen.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, July 18, 2020 12:55 PM

Ooh, the block of hotel rooms ran out yesterday!  They added some more, but if you are thinking of going, better make your reservations ASAP.

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, July 18, 2020 3:55 PM

    Gonna have to hold short for a couple weeks, just got re hired at my job, was laid off for a couple weeks. Worse case I end up out in the boondocks and have to drive in for the convention.

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:42 AM

My company's travel agent sent out this article in an email yesterday.  They are not allowing us to pre-pay and book any hotels outside of six weeks.

https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/hotels-survive-COVID-19-15411455.php?

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Posted by EdGrune on Monday, July 27, 2020 8:51 AM

Real G

Ooh, the block of hotel rooms ran out yesterday!  They added some more, but if you are thinking of going, better make your reservations ASAP. 

The organizing committee announced over the weekend that they had gone from 1600 room nights (that's 400 people for the four days of the show), through 2000, 2200, and are ending the block at 2400 room nights.   That's 600 people at the convention hotel.  Today's task for them is negotiating room block rates with adjacent hotels. 

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:13 PM

For a first-timer, do you have to be an IPMS member to go there and look around/shop the vendors? Would you need to do anything other than pay general admission?

(I assume to compete you’d need a IPMS membership, though? What preparations would you need to compete a model, too?)

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     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 17, 2020 1:34 AM

John 3:16 KJV

For a first-timer, do you have to be an IPMS member to go there and look around/shop the vendors? Would you need to do anything other than pay general admission?

(I assume to compete you’d need a IPMS membership, though? What preparations would you need to compete a model, too?)

 

 
No, anyone can go.  Just pay the admission, go inside, and go nuts!  Admission gets you into both the contest room and vendor room.  You do need to be an IPMS member to compete.
 
If you are serious about competing, it’s good to check out the competition first.  Some folks recommend going stag (no model) the first time, just so you get a feel for what you are up against.
 
You will learn that some categories are heavily entered, others not so much.  Hit ’em where they aren’t, and you have a better chance at placing.
 
A friend described the Nationals to me as kind of like the Olympics, but with models.

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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 17, 2020 1:40 AM

My friends and I have reserved hotel rooms, but none of us have any confidence it will happen with the way things are going now.

But we all agreed that we should start our contest models now, just in case.  If we finish them but the Nats gets cancelled, at least we have something for next time.

Fingers crossed, and hope the pandemic gets reined in soon.

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Posted by EdGrune on Monday, August 17, 2020 9:57 AM

Real G

 

 
No, anyone can go.  Just pay the admission, go inside, and go nuts!  Admission gets you into both the contest room and vendor room.  You do need to be an IPMS member to compete.
 

 
Day trippers also do not get the convention swag-bag which contains the convention decal sheet, pin, and other goodies.    IIRC, you actually need to be a member in order to attend as a registered attendee even if you do not plan on entering the contest.    And you will need to be a member in order to judge.
 
Judging will teach you a lot to help improve your modeling skills.   For a first-time judge no special training is required.  Attend the judges briefing before judging starts.  You are paired as a member of an experienced judging team and learn by OJT - On the Job Training. 
 
 
(I assume to compete you’d need a IPMS membership, though? What preparations would you need to compete a model, too?)
 
 
See the National Contest Committee's page on the IPMS national website.
 
 
On the right side of the page are links to several documents including the guide to IPMS model contests, rules, and categories.    These are currrent for the canceled 2020 contest and the Las Vegas team picked them up to populate their website.   The NCC hasn't met this year (planning a virtual meeting soon) to review changes.   If any are made they will be posted on the national site and forwarded to the Vegas team to update their site
 
 
 
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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 17, 2020 1:18 PM

Ed,

You are correct in that you must register (and thus be an IPMS national member) to get the swag bag.

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Monday, August 17, 2020 2:00 PM

RealG- Thanks for the info; that’s good to know about the admission! 

Ed- Thanks for your input, too! Those extras would be nice.

If I got an IPMS membership, how would I become a registered attendee? Is there a form for that I’d have to fill out and send somewhere/bring with me?

 

 

 

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 17, 2020 2:11 PM

Once you are an IPMS national member, you fill out a registration form that is usually made available around February.  The host chapter will have a webpage up to download forms as well as specific convention details.

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Monday, August 17, 2020 10:40 PM

After filling out the forms, where do you send them? 

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 17, 2020 11:14 PM

You either fill out the registration form electronically and email it back with payment information, or print out the form, manually fill in, then mail it back with a check.  The instructions will provide the address. 

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Posted by EdGrune on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:31 AM

Go to the Las Vegas convention website ...

https://www.natslv2021.com/

... and click the registration tab.    Online registration opens in February.   It is a simple process to checkout through the shopping cart.   It all gets billed through the IPMS National Office.   They take plastic or PayPal.   When you get to the convention you walk up to the registration desk, give them your name, and they hand you your packet & swag bag.

It doesn't look like the paper registration forms have been uploaded yet.   You can always rely on the USPS (yeah, right).

You can always register on site.   Costs you a bit more and you will have to wait in a separate line with the other slackers.

The convention opens a year from today.   You have a bit of time to worry about it.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 1:24 PM

!!!  A year?  The clock starts ticking!  Surprise

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:38 PM

Thank you, guys! 

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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