Reviewers' Corps Membership and Product Review Guidelines

  1. Reviewers' Corps:  To join and maintain your membership in the Reviewers' Corps, you must be a current IPMS/USA member in good standing.  Email me (Dave Morrissette) if you are interested in signing up.  Unsolicited reviews are also welcome from IPMS/USA members - again, contact me (DM).
  2. Deadlines:  In order to ensure timely posting of reviews, particularly on new or exclusive products, the following deadlines should be followed.  If you decide to bid for a review opportunity, please be sure you can turn the review in the requested timeframe:
    • Books and other publications - 3 weeks.
    • Decals - 3 weeks if it's an "on the sheet review" - but we strongly prefer shots of the decals in place on a kit if at all possible.
    • New releases - 2 months. For special cases, we will do a multipart review (on line real time) but this must be agreed upon ahead of time between the 1st Vice President and the reviewer.  After agreement, a "First Look" review within 2 weeks is requested.  This can be a shot of the kit contents with some initial comments and the promise of a full build review to follow, within the 2 month timeframe.
    • "Re-pops" and repackaged releases of older kits - 3 months maximum.  Again, a buildup is preferred, but we can accept occasional in-box reviews if we work that out in advance.
  3. Qualifications:  You do not have to be an expert modeler.  A variety of experience levels and viewpoints, from beginner to veteran, are valuable.  In fact, some of our best reviews have featured a parent/child joint review of, for example, a snap-together kit.
  4. Content:  The review does not have to be an advertising plug for the manufacturer, nor should it be a "slam job".  The review should objectively highlight the good points and offer constructive criticism of the problem areas.  Please limit any historical introduction to a few sentences; a reader can do research in more detail after acquiring the product.  Also, model reviews should not rehash the instruction sheet with a step-by-step assembly of the model unless any specific step caused a significant problem in the assembly and is therefore worthy of mention in the review.
    • If you are reviewing aftermarket resin or photo-etch items, it is highly encouraged that they be used in a kit.  If it is not possible, you should at least compare the replacement parts to the kit parts to demonstrate whether or not they are an improvement.
    • Please include pricing and availability/ordering information in your review.  It doesn't help much to tell our members about a great new product, but not how to find it.  If you don't have company info let me know and we will assist you in adding it to the review.  Remember to include your name and IPMS number!
    • Including a few words thanking the supplier for the opportunity to review the product goes a long way towards getting us future items to review.
    • We reserve the right to edit your review for punctuation and grammar and may make small edits to provide clarity.  We will not change the gist or intent of your review.
  5. Submitting Your Review:  Completed reviews should be sent to me.  When you email me your review, it is most helpful if you include the title of the review in the subject line of your email ("Review of 1/72 Hasegawa F-18 Hornet").  Your review should be in an attached MS Word document or text file, and not be written in the body the email itself.  
    • To facilitate the process, please:
      • ensure your article is in sentence case or normal capitalization - do not use all caps in headings, emulate ee cummings, etc ...
      • use the color black for your article text; only use other colors to highlight instructions, such as picture placement, and then use only blue or red ...
      • do not use tables, forms, or publishing-specific formats.
    • Our web site uses a standard font and style for consistency among all reviews and the rest of the IPMS site - the font conversion and style are pretty much automatic, so you don't need to worry about what font you use, etc.  You may format your review for clarity and emphasis and I will use that as an indication of intent - although what you will usually get is black text in either normal or bold emphasis.
    • The completed reviews for IPMS are to stay on the IPMS site only and cannot go to other public venues such as Hyperscale, Cybermodeler, etc. It is accepta