Scale Model World 2017
Friday 10th November and it was the start of the annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of Modelling, Telford International Exhibition Centre for Scale Model World 2017! After arriving and checking into the hotel, the Club table set-up crew, namely Chris M, Sam, John and Paul plus a few assorted hangers on and gate crashers started getting the table set up. John had brought along his enormous Star Destroyer in its purpose built crate and once it was all on the table, was an impressive sight - in fact it was probably one of the most photographed table model in the show.
Once set up the club stand looked like this as of Saturday morning:
Friday evening was a trip out to the Four seasons for all you can eat, which was remarkably good and then back to the hotel for some liquid top-ups. The sensible ones went to bed at a reasonable hour in preparation for the following day...
Saturday saw the show open, the first few hours were very busy and the queue to get in was quite impressive:
Saturday morning also brought the sad news of the death of Dick Ward. Chris McKee has written an obituary for him one this page: Dick Ward, 1938-2017
Saturday was also competition judging and the club did well with members getting a total of 3 golds, a silver and some commendations. Full results can be seen here: SMW 2017 Competition Results
Saturday evening was the annual IPMS Banquet and the usual suspects cleaned themselves up and presented themselves remarkably well:
and here is a link to the full size photo if you wish to download it. There were two photos taken so some may prefer this version, although I doubt Sam will!
Again here is a link to the full size version
Sunday saw the 11am Remembrance Service which is always a highlight of the show.
Sadly the expected 2 minutes silence on the Saturday didn't work because the usual whistles had not been handed out to the yellow shirts. Speaking of yellow shirts, much fun was to be had with members of IPMS Tangmere who for some reason have chosen their club shirt colours to be yellow, so were regularly being asked directions to things by certain members of our club!
The end of the show saw our usual participation in the breakdown, which brought up some difficult situations which need to be resoved next year - none of us are getting any younger!
All in all it was another great weekend, with only the sad news of Dick Ward to dampen spirits slightly.