Just who are the IPMS "Buzz" Beurling Scale Modellers?
Welcome to our page about us. Who we are, what our interests are, and
other things that are too much us to go anywhere else.
We are one of several model clubs in and around Toronto, and one of two
IPMS/Canada chapters (strangely
enough, the other one is called "IPMS Toronto"). [For those of you from
south of the border, or who are just interested, here is a link to the
After some thought during the initial meeting, back in 1976, and since the
name "IPMS Toronto" was already taken, it was decided to name the chapter
after "Buzz" Beurling, a Canadian fighter pilot
and ace, during the Second World War.
Although a relatively small group, the chapter does keep busy with
appearances at annual displays, and helping to sponsor model competitions.
Membership isn't confined to the Toronto-area. Several members come from
well outside the
Currently, in-person meetings have been
suspended for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to
return to in-person meetings in the neat future when such gatherings
When meeting in person, our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of
each month. Meetings are held at Wheels
and Wings Hobbies in Toronto. Having meetings IN a hobby store
is great, but can provide
temptation to deviate from one's current project...
``Buzz'' meetings are about as informal as you will find. We typically
along something to build, or just plain chat about models.
At some point, during the day, we manage to cover any chapter matters
(like how's the weather, and what shade of plastic tastes best...), but
most importantly, just enjoy each other's company, while doing a little
If you're in the area, we invite you to drop in and see what we're about!
For more information on the club, including annual dues, joining, and
to meet, you can email :
Lorenzo Vitiali (lorvitsympatico.ca)
-- President (or is that Prime Minister...?) by popular decree,
or at least luck of the draw.
- 1/72nd and 1/48th U.S. Navy WWII to present day.
- 1/72nd bombers WWII to present day.
- The odd phantom or so (give or take several dozen or a hundred).
claims he can stop "any time he wants..."
Andrew (AJ) Forster (ajf.oakridgesgmail.com)
-- Vice President and Liason, not to mention taker of
unusual aircraft pictures in his travels hither and yon.
least luck of the draw.
- Aircraft, primarily 1/144, especially airlines, but he has been
seen building 1/48 and 1/32, and recently 1/1 scale daughters.
- Some 1/35 Armour
- Anything else too neat to pass up.
-- Treasurer and Secretary (methinks the latter is so I get to
bring coffee and donuts when I make an appearance). Also has the distinction
of being the webmaster, so any errors, here are probably my
- 1/72 and 1/48 Canadian aircraft from about 1955-1980.
- 1/48 WWII Luftwaffe nightfighters, jets, flying wings, and other
- 1/48 WWII Allied Nightfighters, jets, flying wings, and other
- okay, okay, 1/48 Nightfighters - any era (though post 1909 :-) )
- 1/144 modern military aircraft
- Anything else that catches my eye...
- 1/72 Aircraft that served in French
IndoChina (his own site) through to the Vietnam War.
He's also been seen doing 1/72 Armour that is applicable to the
- Bryan Beaton
- 1/72 Aircraft, roughly 1935 to present.
- Some 1/144 Aircraft.
Mike Dougherty (grendellunaticfringe.org)
Grant Drew (gdrewgerrie.com)
- 1/72 Aircraft, with a preference for the unusual.
- Some 1/144 Aircraft.
- Did we mention `unusual?'
- Odd French aerial creations
- Anything Irish Aircorps.
- Did we mention `unusual?'
Sadly, some of our dear friends are no longer with us, Hopefully they are happily building in some better plsce.
- Bill Coffman
- Andy Irving
- Richard Hopper
- Derek Pennington
- John Sproatt
``Buzz'' friends, associates, and `Persons of Interest'
(a.k.a. those members ``on the lam'')
From time to time some of us tend to head off to foreign shores, or at
least get run out of town on a rail, for a bit. Nobody ever really
leaves completely - in time most of our wandering friends tend to find
their way home and back to ``Buzz''...
Dave Askett (davecode4.ca)
- Building, Converting, and Scratchbuilding 1/48 Post WWII Royal
Navy Fleet Air Arm.
- Various 1/48 aircraft, including Resin and Vac-form kits.
- Aircraft, mainly 1/32, especially those too big to ever build (at
least for a normal person)
- Creating drawings of things in 1/32 that nobody in their right
(or wrong) mind would ever try to build.
Ray Borman (fokkereivyahoo.ca)
- 1/72 Prop Aircraft, with a preference for WWI.
- 1/72 Armour
- Various figures
Scott Hemsley (hastypgmail.com)
- 1/72 Canadian military aircraft, WWII through present day.
- The occasional deviation into 1/72 NATO jets.
Ian Pearson (ivpearidirect.com)
- 1/72 RCAF
- Various other interests across the board
- "Shameless Plug":
Ian has co-authored a book with Jack Kopstein, entitled "A Heritage
of Canadian Military Music".
It's a historical overview of military bands in Canada, including
the bands, music, marches, pipes,
drums and tattoos of the Canadian Armed Forces Music Branch, past
and present, with many rare photographs.
The book is available through either "Chapter's" bookstores (in
Canada), or directly from
Vanwell Publishing (salesvanwell.com). You can also reach Vanwell by
phone:(905)-937-3100, toll free: 1-800-661-6136 or
The following bits of humour (and reality?!?!) are presented here with the
kind permission of Steve Sauve, past chapter liasion for
Theseitems appeared in "Chapter Chatter No.5", that was an insert
into a past issue of IPMS/Canada magazine "Random Thoughts" (RT):
Humour (or is it?) from OKC
WHY ARE MODELERS POOR?
- Buy a model.
- Buy a different model because you don't have all the information you
need to build the first model.
- Go out and buy a $50 book to give you the information you need to
build the second model.
- Go out and buy three other models covered in the book to justify
what you spent on the book.
- Go out and buy another book because the first book doesn't cover the
version you want to build.
- Buy supplies to build the model: replace paint that has dried up:
replace old tools and buy new ones that will be perfect for this
project; and buy new decals because the ones in the kit aren't right
- Go and buy a backup model just in case you want to build it again.
- Go and buy another kit to replace the one you just screwed up (Don't
touch that backup! That's for when you can no longer find the model at
the hobby shop)
- Buy a different model that you plan on building, but you can't get
to it right now because you're in mid-project.
- Go buy another model from a different manufactuer because of
the errors you found in the one you're building, or
- Go buy another model for the next time so that you can do it
right. (if your answer was 1, return to Step 7)
- Accumulate the materials necessary to display the model. This step
is based upon the formula that you have not completed it unless these
materials exceed the cost of the model by a factor of three.
- Plan a trip to see the real thing. Take plenty of film.
- Make a return trip to replace the screwed-up pictures or to pick up
the shots you missed.
- Return to Step 8 unless this is your second time on this step. If it
is, throw up your hands and keep on building.
- Perform Step 7 again. (no reason, it just seems to happen that way!)
- CONGRATULATIONS! You have completed a model that is sure to
elicit at least five seconds of viewing enjoyment. Begin planning your
trips to enter the model in as many contests as possible.
- Return to Step 1 and start your next project as long as it isn't the
model purchased in Step 9.
Oklahoma Historical Modelers Society
The Oklahoma chapter's newsletter had this interesting piece that was
Politically Correct Modelling Terminology
Aircraft - Skeet
Airliners - Domestic Skeet
Armour - Ground Target
Automobiles - Visually Enhanced Ground Targets
Trains - Directionally Challenged Ground Targets
Ships - Floating Targets
Figures - Organic Targets
Sci-Fi - Operationally Enhanced Targets
Junior Models - Targets in Development