We hear rumours of IPMS Canada members doing some very fine work on their latest modelling projects, but the flow of material we receive to publish in RT is a comparative trickle. These can be submitted to us at anytime for consideration. The Webmaster is always trying to improve this website; equipment photos, photos of your models, Internet threads you've collected, and interesting links can be a great help
The IPMS Canada Branch publication, RT, is always in need of new articles from the membership. ( Take a look at some down-loadable samples of RT in PDF format here) Although Canadian content is always preferred, the Editorial team can always use modelling articles, historical material, reviews, and other subjects that you see in the magazine. If you've got an idea or a project that you think might be worth sharing in RT, please feel free to contact the Editor and ask for more information. Current submission criteria are:
FIRST and MOST IMPORTANTLY - take notes and take pictures while the model is under construction. Twenty photos of a completed project doesn’t do much to help readers understand what you did to create it. This is a good site we've found that may help you produce better photos :
Tony Tio's A PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE for MODELLERS
Another site that will help with understanding backgrounds and compositing is this feature on the work of Michael Paul Smith
Photos do not have to be ‘catalogue quality’. They just need to be:
well-lit (your modelling desk lamps can do the job nicely),
reasonably well-composed shots.
If the in-progress photos are taken with the model sitting on your workbench, that’s perfectly acceptable (you should tidy up the background a bit by removing cigarette butts and beer bottles, but your normal modelling bench detritus is okay).
You do not need a high-end digital camera to do RT quality photos. Many reasonably-priced modern compact digital cameras and even your iPhone or smart phone have more than enough close‑up capability to do the job quite satisfactorily. When you’re shooting for RT, please keep the resolution and JPEG quality as high as possible!
Your ideas and details are more important than the language quality. In other words, don't be too concerned about grammar and spelling, even if English is not your first language. We’ll edit your text without changing the intent of your thought and ideas … unless you’re a genuine crazy person, of course. But even then, if you have a good idea we will still work to sort the wheat from the chaff to produce an article for RT.
Whether you’re doing a product review, build, conversion, colour schemes or historical piece, the following points all generally apply to your article:
Apologies to all scribes and typewriter fans out there, but all text material for RT or the website must be submitted in electronic format (by disk or email). Any common Windows word processing format (MS Word .doc format is preferred if possible) or even just a text file (.txt) Unless it's for foreign proper names (e.g., Pearl Harbor ), use Canadian English spelling for all common words. (e.g., modeller, colour, centre, armour, defence, etc. …)
Do not send articles with imbedded images. The text file and the images need to be sent separate from each other.
Do not send in copyrighted material unless you have obtained the necessary permission from the copyright holder(s) to republish the material in RT.
Good quality digital imagery is now the preferred format for submissions, ideally from the highest quality image your camera can produce. (This may involve adjusting your camera settings to produce the highest quality JPEG and the maximum pixel size.) For publication in RT, imagery should be 2500 pixels or more in width. Editor’s preference for photos – BIGGER is BETTER! You can also send in traditional photo prints, but if you can scan them yourself and email them, so much the better. All imagery should include detailed captions, either as part of the article or as separate text. DO NOT enhance the images or place graphics in the image, as this can cause integration problems with the layout. Or if you need to do enhancements to indicate points of interest in the image(s), then you are asked to supply a second untouched copy of the image(s) for the Editor to use and enhance using our software.
Artwork may be computer‑generated (300 DPI, maximum of 19cm/7.5" wide), or drawn with black ink (no pencil, please)
To save the Editor and the Webmaster unnecessary grief, written articles need to be prepared keeping the following important points in mind:
a proposed title for your article,
your byline information:
your IPMS #,
your Club/Chapter affiliation,
and your city/town
biographical information for use in the ‘About the Author’ block seen at the end of most RT articles (about 80 words should do it). We also need a digital ‘mug shot’ of yourself to show the world who you are.
To allow flexibility in the article layout, all supplied photos need to be supplied with detailed captions. This can be done in one of two ways, depending on your writing style and the way the information is being presented to the reader:
Clearly refer to the image in the text of your article, and tie the caption to the photo filename
Write stand-alone captions that will appear directly beside the photo
Either way is fine for publication in RT or on the website.If possible, for easier writing and reading, your article should be broken down into logical sections. A typical section breakdown can include sub-topics like the following:
1. The Kit Used
2. Conversion Parts Used
6. Interior Details
7. Exterior Details
8. Painting & Decals
10. Final Steps
In addition, the following may be useful:
Products Used. List the ‘non-basic’ items used in the project and have mentioned in your article. Conversion parts, aftermarket items, special tools, special paints, weathering kits, etc. If you have a URL for the company, please include it.
References/Resources. List the main sources of information you used to complete the project. Include URLs where appropriate.
About the author - Give us the W5 info – who you are, where you’re from, what do you build, how long you’ve been building, other hobbies, real life activities, family stuff, etc. About 80 words max.
Website Material, sure thing!
This site should be 'live' and growing. Contact the Webmaster for details.
Here are some areas when anybody in IPMS Canada can help to keep the website fresh:
Local Chapter information - keep the Chapter Liaison Executive member informed and aware of changes that need to be made. En anglais or French.
Reference Photos - If you've got nice photos of Canadian military equipment in operation, current or past, please consider sharing them with your fellow IPMS Canada members. Photos may colour or black & white. Scanned material should be a minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels, high quality JPEG, ideally with no colour corrections or retouching done to the imagery. Please include some descriptive information if known (the W5 stuff: who, what, where, when, why)
Members' Model Gallery - send in your JPGs and caption material. Tell us something about yourself and the models you're submitting.
Threads - Canadian content or context only please! For now, the Webmaster will post up the things that he's downloaded because they've been of interest to him. You are all invited to help out. If you come across something that you think should be preserved here for posterity, by all means get it here!
Fun Page - Got a real thigh-slapper or something else that's appropriate to this medium? Send it in for consideration. Even better if it's modelling and/or Canadian.
Help us with Special Projects. Really, I can do that?
When we are getting ready to start work on the next special project decal sheet, we always send the call to the field to ask for your ideas. The response is usually abysmal. We are trying to promote Canadian subjects in the modelling hobby, be it aircraft, armour, ships, cars, or whatever. If you've got an idea, especially if you can assist with the research (photos, drawings, etc.), then please get in contact with us. We want to hear from you!