TRIPMS is the Three Rivers/Pittsburgh chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society/USA. We are a group of scale modeling enthuiasts that gather once a month to share our love of the hobby. Currently, we have over 30 members who come from as far away as Ohio and West Virginia on the first Friday of every month to share their builds, learn about new techniques, and enjoy each other's company.
We meet at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Whitehall, PA., the first Friday of every month. Our meetings start at 7:30 pm. Please feel free to come by!
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Since 1997 Three Rivers IPMS members have been wearing black shirts with a skull and crossbones logo and the motto Build or Die.
The logo was designed by member Rob Willis, who is both a professional graphic designer and a military history buff. Inspired by military unit patches, the skull and crossbones (actually crossed paintbrush and xacto knife) gives the club a bit of swagger: Pirates don't always follow the rules.
The Build or Die motto was inspired by Live Free or Die, the motto of New Hampshire, taken from a quote by General John Stark. Stark was a revolutionary war hero (and a bit of a rule breaker himself), and his famous quote is often taken as a battle cry, but it was actually a toast to his men made long after the war, when in failing health he declined an invitation to a reunion. The full quote is "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils". General Stark was reminding his men that winning a war for a principle was not nearly as important, or as hard, as living according to those principles every day.
Build or Die is a reminder that when a modeler stops building he is no longer truly living. Our building models is what keeps the hobby alive.
IPMS: A Worldwide Organization of ModelersThe International Plastic Modeling Society (IPMS) was created almost 50 years ago by modelers as a means to help one another learn model building and acquire not only basic, but advanced skills that increase the enjoyment of the hobby. The membership extends across many international as well as demographic lines. Our members have varied interests, and not only work in plastic, as our name implies, but metal, wood, resin, and other mediums. Becoming an IPMS/USA member is easy, and it reaps many benefits. The one mentioned most by our members is the bi-monthly modeling publication called "The Journal." It provides useful model reviews, techniques, and reference photos, all in color. In addition, regular features provide updates on shows and events. Membership also carries with it discounts at many shows and qualifies you to participate in the annual National Convention each summer. This is the premier modeling event in the USA, drawing modelers from across the USA and beyond. Want to host a local show? Membership in IPMS/USA entitles access to an insurance rider that will save many dollars in show expenses. The Make 'n Take program sets out to introduce our youth to the hobby with free model kits to build. IPMS/USA also supports our military personnel serving overseas by coordinating collection points for donated kits, supplies, and paints that go directly to the troops. If you are considering joining IPMS/USA or want to find out more, please visit the IPMS/USA website.