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 80s, Model Expo in the 90s 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.
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.