Romsey Model Show 2024

Confirmed list of Traders


Affinity Models

Frome Model Centre


Aeromodeller Books

Matador Models

Mark Spicer

Colin White

Hayley Rudge

List of Clubs attending

IPMS Romsey

IPMS Salisbury

IPMS Farnborough

IPMS Southampton

The Great War Sig

Scale Racing Lines

Castle Road Modellers

Southdowns Model Group

Tank Museum Modellers

Tangmere Sector Modellers

Igors Crazy Constructs

West Berkshire

Poole Vikings

Kevin Peart

Richard Franks

Bognor Regis Military Modelling

as well as Models 4 Heroes

Scale ModelWorld 2014

The clubs second visit to Scale ModelWorld was no less exciting , tiring , expensive , interesting, educating, envy making, gob-smacking, stash swelling…. as our first visit last year.

Paul Adams, Sean Summers and myself managed to cram everything into my car (and roof box) before setting off at a respectable 10am. The drive up was a real horror show with torrential rain slowing us down and increasing the journey time to around 4½   hours. Fortunately the rain let off as we arrived and transported the kit from the car to our table. We had a lot of models which we planned to rotate but fortunately the table next to us was undermanned and they let us expand our display to 18ft (double width). We spent a good two hours laying out the display and when we had finished we were very pleased with the club’s display. All the 55 models on the table were of a high quality, with the table clothes, stands and model labels all giving a really professional look.

With the display complete we headed back to our hotels before meeting for an evening meal and drink.

After what turned out to be a sleep interrupted night for Sean and I (we were sharing a room and found that both of us could snore for England!) the show started for real. Having three of us on the stand allowed all of us to take turns to wander around the tables admiring what was on show, and of course make purchases.

After originally stating that I wasn’t going to by any models over the weekend, I soon lost my resolve, spending £30 on what I think was an absolute bargain, a Tamiya 1/32 F-14A. It was in a battered box and was missing decals but on subsequent inspection was fully complete.

Sean spotted a Tamiya 1/32 Corsair for £85 and suggested I take a look, I found Paul and we headed to the vender. Paul did his best to persuade me to buy it, eventually saying “if you don’t I will!” I called his bluff and soon Paul was busy stuffing his new purchase under our table.

Gray had travelled up for the day, along with Simon Manning and Nick Burden. Southampton’s table was located directly behind us so there were plenty of friends to talk to and show off purchases. It’s great that there is now such a cross over between the clubs, with many people attending both. Southampton had the Mulburry habour on display along with a theme of the Solents involvement in WWI – a cracking display.

Around mid-morning, Airfix announced some of their 2015 releases, after rumours of a new 1/24 aircraft there possibly was a general feeling of anti-climax , however judging by the quality of the test shots of the new  Defiant , HE111 and Sea King the disappointment will be short lived.

Around 3pm Barry Sharman came back to the table with a shocked look on his face, he had only won “Best of Show” with his MV Help! He was so overwhelmed; he had to send Nigel to confirm his achievement! Naturally there followed much back slapping and congratulations. I must admit I hadn’t seen the model before so the award came as a surprise to me , however once I had a chance to examine it , I think it’s a very worthy winner for what must be one of European Modelling’s top prizes. I like the sound of “Barry Sharman European Champion”.

Due to my sleep deprived state I was pleased when 6pm came along and we could head to the Holiday Inn for our evening meal with the Garagista crowd. I must admit I wasn’t the life and soul of the party and did head off to my bed reasonably early.  Sean’s and I’s second night sharing was much better, due to very firmly placed ear plugs! However I doubt the people in the room next to us slept very well.

After the good night’s sleep we returned to the show (via a huge Wetherspoon’s breakfast). Sean kindly took our “duty” and spent an hour and a half taking money on the door.  Richard Stewart joined us and shared table manning duty.  Throughout the weekend we had a lot of possible comments from “punters” at the table, the B-25 and Richard’s TSR2 probably got the most interest.

Sunday was less busy in the hall so I took the opportunity to visit the competition area. As my photos show the standard was once again phenomenal, being both inspirational and daunting in equal measure.

At 11am there was a perfectly performed last post, followed an universally observed minute silence for remembrance Sunday, made more poignant by the 100th anniversary of WWI.

The IPMS had put together a WWI display, which was superbly done with some fantastic quality models coving aircraft, balloons, ships, tanks and trench dioramas.

The rest of the day was spent wandering around the show, picking up some last minute purchases and checking out tables missed on previous excursions from our display.

At 3:30pm packing up started and we were faced with somehow getting the models back in one piece into the assorted containers they had arrived in. Fortunately the task was not quite as painful as it first seemed and by 4:30 we were packed and ready to go. It was fortunate that Richard offered to transport some of the kit as I don’t think we would have got everything including the newly purchased items into my car. Andy Birch who lent us the B-25 surprised us by offering it to us (“else it would just end up in a museum”) some how both Paul and I declined due to lack of storage space.

By 5pm we were on the road, getting back to Romsey by 8pm. Once again we had a fantastic weekend; I thoroughly recommend it to anybody who has yet to experience it.

Roll on Scale ModelWorld 2015.

Barry Sharman’s Best in Show winner MV Help

Poole Vikings Model Show 12th April 2014

Romsey Modellers at Poole Vikings Show 2014Paul, Richard and myself took the brief trip down the A31 for our annual visit to the Poole Vikings Model show. We have been disappointed with our pitch in the main hall over the last two years, with exhibitors being squeezed in every possible space so we were delighted to be allocated a well lit table near the canteen area giving us the potential to swing plenty of cats if the need arose.

The table was quickly set up and looked superb, the 21 models we had on the table were all of the highest quality and though lacking our normal armour quotient was surely in the running for best table.

Richard had brought his son Michael and was soon dragged to the “make and take” where they set about building Revell’s excellent GR1 Tornado. Naturally we spent plenty of time browsing the various vendors and all ended the day with a number of packages to try and slip past the wife. The highlight of the day was when one of the visitors to the stand pointed at my Javelin and said “ that’s my era”, on further questioning it transpired that he had done his national service in the RAF and flew Lightning’s! He then spent a good 15 minutes telling us stories of flying the aircraft to 70000ft (upside down), through the Welsh valleys at ground level, and buzzing Soviet Bears. He certainly had some great memories of an era where there was so much more freedom to fly where and how they wanted.

At the end of the day (very late in the day) the competition awards were announced, I won a silver for my Lancaster and Typhoon and best large scale aircraft for my Javelin, Paul picked up a silver for his BMW, however we were more surprised that Richard came away with nothing for his TSR2 and our superb table display also went unrecognised, it just goes to show the vagaries of judging.

Still the day turned out to be much better than we had expected and no doubt we will be back next year.


Romsey Modellers at Scale ModelWorld 2013

Friday 8th November. : Setting up

By Tony Adams


Paul and I arrived at Telford after our 180 mile drive in the rain at around 1 pm and after a vital.cup of tea gained access to our table in Hall 2 of the Telford International Conference Centre.


On arriving at our table we had a wonderful surprise, as we found a cake complete with our new logo : was this something that a virgin societies to the show were presented with? The mystery was soon solved when Chris turned up and claimed “bakership”. Following a quick trip to Sainburys to get some polish for the shelves ( and a huge amount of snack shaped provisions) it was time to lug the models in from the car park.

We had a little panic when we realised that the tables were narrower than the tables we had practiced the display layout on Wednesday but magically we fitted all 39 models on the table with space to spare. We only had one miss hap with an antenna on Gray’s Lunar module needing a quick swipe of CA (Gray if you reading this, don’t worry – we are professionals and the model is recovering well!)

Eventually we had all models on the table ( after executing a search for Sean’s Hellcat) , followed by a hour of concentrated “feng shui”  we were happy with our display.


Richard Stewart wins Best in Show at Hendon

Romsey Modellers came home with the Best in Show trophy for the second year in succession as Richard Stewart’s USS Hornet took the top prize. Following on from Paul Adams win last year Richard’s model was a very popular winner, getting just recognition for his 6 years of hard work. The challenge is now on for us to find a winner next year!

Richard Stewart wins Best in Show at the Hendon Model Show

USS Hornet

We also had another class winner with Russell Eden winning the Best Diorama for his Berlin 1946 model

Russell Eden's Class Winner "Berlin 1946"

Poole Vikings Model Show

On Saturday April 14th Romsey Modellers will be taking our traditional trip down the A31 to Poole for the Poole Vikings Annual model show at Parkstone Grammar School. This is generally one of the better shows we attend during the year with good club attendance and lots of vendors (so remember to bring your wallets – or NOT!). Over the years we have been quite successful in the competitions so it’s well worth bringing something along to enter. We are likely to get 18 foot of table space and hopefully will be rolling out our new club stands. A full report on the show will no doubt feature in next month’s magazine.

Further details at

Model Shows in April

Romsey Modellers will be attending two shows in April

The first on April 2nd will be Newmod 2011 hosted by Newbury Scale Model Club

Park House School,
Andover Road,
RG14 6NQ
Open: 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Admission: Adults £3, Concessions £2, Children £1
Web Site

The second will IPMS Dorset’s (Poole Vikings Model Club) Show on 16th April

Parkstone Grammar School,
Sopers Lane,
BH17 7EP.
Web Site

We hope to see you there…

Yeovilton Spring Model Show

The first show outing of 2011 for the club takes place on Saturday 19th February at the now familiar location of the superb museum at RNAS Yeovilton. We have 24 ft of space allocated next to the Corsair, though I believe we are on the other side this year. This one’s always a popular event for club members and visitors alike.
Doors open to the public from 10:00am. More details on the event can be found on the museum’s website;

RNAS Yeovilton