2015 News Archive
Thanks to Chris B for standing in as photographer this month due to my indisposition.
November is of course Scale Model World and as usual it was an excellent if tiring weekend. Our members did well in the competition with Otto winning a Gold, Silver and Bronze, plus the "What If" Trophy, Jay Boyle winning Gold and Chris Shepherd winning silver in the figures class and Andrew Prentis winning Bronze and a Commended in the Sci-Fi classes. So here is some of the medal haul:
Once all the results are officially published, I'll put together a proper results page as in previous years. in the meantime here are some photos of the club display and some layabouts hanging around SMW 2015 Gallery
Competition gallery and results table are now up to date with the October meeting competition. This month was the Wattisham Anker Trophy with the subject being Handley Page. The winner was Toby Knight with his excellent Handley Page Hastings C1.
The second weekend in October was the Tank Mod show at Bovington Tank Museum. This is the second year they've run it and it was a bit of an improvement over last years as there was more catering available :) Its a fun show and the museum is always interesting
The first weekend in October was the IPMS Abingdon show, always a popular one for us. We had our usual location at the far end of the gymnasium and we had a nice full table and an excellent lunch!
IPMS Avon show was on the 9th August. A small group of Farnborough/West Middlesex took part. It was a much bigger show than previously and well organised, apart from being able to find Hall 3 at first! The main problem being the journey home on a Sunday evening. The had a competition and Tony Horton won the ships class with his HMS Warspite. Overall it was a good show.
The Bugle Call show run by the British Model Soldier Society and based in Bath was attended on 27th June. Sadly it was a very poorly attended show, but we had a nice lunch in a local pub. The one-way system around the town centre of Bath was designed by someone with a cruel sense of humour!
Saturday 30th May was the IPMS Salisbury show. We had a good turn out and a full table, with a great variety of exhibits. Lunch was well up to its usual standards, although the parking was a bit sardine-like!
New page added to the reference section for an A4 page with club lables of different sizes that can be downloaded and used to create your own labels for the club table at shows, amazing eh? Click here to go to the page This has now been updated to include a Word Document with the image as a background and text boxes for where you need to type.
Poole Vikings model show was held on 18th and we attended as in previous years. The organisers have made an effort to solve the space problems from previous years by opening up an extra hall which meant the aisles and space behind the tables was much less cramped than before. Great improvement, well done guys!
It was a truly exiting event!
The first event of note in April was a trip to RAF Cosford for the annual IPMS Shropshire show. Its a superb setting for a model show and our location is well illuminated, unlike other events we could mention! As usual an excellent time was had by all, apart from some Orange Juice incidents...
More photos of these dodgy miscreants can be seen here
Competition gallery and results table are now up to date with the March meeting competition, including the Members Trophy which was won by Harriet Langridge with a model of a Deckel FPI Milling machine
21st February was the first model show of the year the club attended. This was the Fleet Air Arm Museum show at Yeovilton. A strong turnout guarnateed a full table of models, but due to being in an awful location and terrible lighting, the display wasn't very visible. The photo shows it much better as the flash has filled in the huge shadows cast becaus eof the poor overhead lighting.
That said, it was still an entertaining show and no damage was done to the Wyvern, apart from a few threatening glances!
There were quite a few entries in this years competition, including a couple of rather large ones!
Model of the Year was decided at the January meeting and for the second year running it went to Jim Potts for another one of his superb tank transporters, this time it was an SL 756 Faun Tank Transporter with a Leopard tank as the cargo! Weclome back to the club Jim, we are all glad you have recovered!
It was a tough contest, with over 30 entrants on the table, showing a superb level of skill from the club members
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