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IPMS MALTA - The Society for Scale Modellers

‘Merhba’ (welcome) to Malta’s community of very active members of IPMS-Malta who are proud to form part of this worldwide modellers’ organisation.

Established in January 1981, the society’s primary objective was to raise the level of scale modelling to the highest possible standard and to change public perception from that of a hobby for dilettantes to that of an appreciated art-form.  This objective was reached and surpassed through the years as attested by public attendance at the Society’s events which have taken place every year since its inception and continue to this day.  The main event of the Society is that of its Annual Exhibition which has evolved from a National Championship in the 80’s, Model Expo in the 90’s and as History in Scale in the last decade.  The venues have varied from Malta’s most popular hotels to a hangar of the Aviation Museum at Ta’Qali where the club also has a permanent exhibit consisting of aircraft models and dioramas.

IPMS Malta has its premises centrally located at Blata l-Bajda just outside the town of Hamrun where members meet every Wednesday evening after 18.30 for a drink and where talk centres on all different aspects of modelling.  In the warm Maltese summers, it’s a Barbeque every other week on the third level rooftop terrace.

Now and again members from SSM take part in various international competitions like the IPMS Nationals (UK), Euromilitaire (UK), World Expo (Glasgow, Roma, Boston, Girona), IPMS Athens (Greece), Herzog von Bayern (Germany), Kulembacht (Germany), MFCA (USA), Atlanta (USA), Le Petit Soldat (Italy), CSMS (Catania), A.M.T. Valencia (Spain) ... and have always returned home with flying colours and many, many awards.

IPMS Malta is an affiliated member of the World Model Soldier Federation and from 2008, also started a twinning and brotherhood with the Greek modeling community of HELMO.

Our doors are always open for new members and visitors so if you like to build models, interested in trying it for the first time or a modeller visiting our island, do not hesitate to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and meet the members.

 


Historical Note:

 

In 1981 philanthropic organisations were not allowed to use the country name in their title and therefore, IPMS Malta was then locally called The Society for Scale Modellers.  In time, this piece of legislation was no longer enforced and when it was eventually repealed, the society could use its proper name of IPMS Malta which it had used internationally for many years. As both names have historical and prestigious significance, they are both used simultaneously with much pride by present and past members of this great fraternity.

 
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