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Organizing World Model Expo Chicago 2017 is an International Cooperative Effort

A collaborative effort of organizations working together is the force that is taking the concept of World Model Expo 2017 from a dream to reality. It is with the help of several groups from all parts of the United States and beyond that this triennial international show returns to the USA since Boston in 2005.

Chicago, IL, June 05, 2017 --( Operating a show that will attract more than 1,000 people over three days of exhibits, vendors, seminars and awards takes a lot volunteers to do right. Volunteers will be staffing registration and information desks and judging the artists’ work with many other tasks in between, all working together to make this event operate smoothly for all to enjoy. The following organizations are contributing the time and expertise of their members to make the event a success on an international scale:

MMSI - The Military Miniatures Society of Illinois was founded in 1952 by a group of five toy soldier collectors and modelers devoted to converting miniature figures. Based in the Chicago area, the group now has hundreds of members dedicated to the art of painting and sculpting military miniatures and toy soldiers as well as collecting these scale works of military and fantasy art. The groups holds an annual show every October that is a “juried exhibition” of work by its members and modelers from throughout the U.S. and around the world. It also holds monthly meetings with speakers on a wide range of historical subjects of interest to members, and it publishes a quarterly journal called The Scabbard.

AMPS - The Armor Modelers Preservation Society, founded in 1987, is one of the oldest armor modeler organizations, with over 600 members worldwide. Members specialize in building, promoting and preserving modern armor. The local Chicago area club is “AMPS-Chicagoland.”

IPMS - The International Plastic Modelers Society is the oldest modeling organization in the United States and England with over 7,000 members. Local Chicagoland clubs are the “Lakes Region IPMS” and the “Butch O'Hare IPMS.”

APG - The Artists Preservation Group is a gathering of like-minded historical artists whose mission is to generate capital through fundraising and donations to aide in the preservation and restoration of threatened historical sites and artifacts. It is committed to using members’ artistic talents to actively support historical sites via preservation, restoration, and interpretation of events that shaped history.

Long Island Historical Miniature Collectors Society - Formed in 1981, the Long Island Club is a group of artists and modelers located in the New York City and Long Island area devoted to creating, painting, and collecting miniature figures, whether they are historical, fantasy or science fiction. The focus is to teach new members state of the art techniques in sculpting and painting miniatures, and club members include notable sculptors and painters in the field always willing to help newcomers perfect their own skills. The club holds its annual show every November.

Atlanta Military Figure Society - Formed in 1995, the Atlanta club is devoted to the hobby of miniature figure painting, and it holds it annual show every Spring. The group is dedicated to educating members about the hobby and history.

The organizers of the World Model Expo 2017 Chicago also thank their sponsors for their financial and media support of this triennial, international event: Reaper Miniatures, Badger Airbrush, W. Britain Ltd., United Empire Miniatures, Keith Rocco, Last Cavalry, Michael Roberts Ltd., Michigan Toy Soldier and Euro Modelisimo/Panzer Aces/Accion Press, Histoire & Collections, Soldatini

For More Information, contact WME2017 Secretary Jim DeRogatis at or Publicity Chairman Mark Matz at and visit
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Military Miniature Society of Illinois
Mark Matz
Pat Vess or Jim DeRogatis
630-730-2492 or

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