Barry Sharman will be bringing his model of the “MV Help” to the club on Wednesday.This model was awarded best in show in the IPMS competition at Scale Model World Telford 2014 and Barry is now IPMS Senior National Champion 2014 For those of you who have not seen it, I think it is better than his Flower Class Corvette. Judge for yourselves on Wednesday!!
What a great club night and what a competition!! The standard of all entries in the Airfix competition was outstanding and reflected a lot of hard work by all concerned so, I think, pats on backs all round!!
There had to be a winner which was Richards outstanding TSR2 a superb model of one of my favourite bombers and one of the most interesting aircraft models I have seen this year. However, I don`t honestly know how anyone separated the Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners!! Silver went to Gray s BAE Hawk, again, a fantastic model featuring working lights and a flashing warning beacon. What is even more remarkable is that when I gave the kit to Gray at Christmas, at that time, part of the cockpit had been built up badly by a kid but then I knew Gray liked a challenge!! Russ was awarded the Bronze with, again, a great model of a lightning FGA2 in the bare metal finish, I was so jealous and coveted that model especially. Tony was commended for his model of the Dambuster Lancaster though I thought that he was unlucky not to get anything for his lightning FGA2 in the later green finish.
Such was the standard that many models, which would have done well in other competitions, failed to place on the night.This reflected the standard of the entries on the table. Clearly the modelling standards of all members are rising within the club and long may this continue.
It also showed how far Airfix have come as a manufacturer, in terms of quality, in the last 15 years. If we had held this same competition a few years ago I think that there may have only been a few entries and these would have been of a considerably lower standard than all of the entries on display on Wednesday night.
Remember Saturday 31st May is Salisbury Model show so I will see some of you there at what is, usually, a very good show.
Just to remind you all that we are holding the Airfix competition at club night on 21.05.2014. I know some of you are frantically trying to finish entries for this competition whilst others are feeling rightfully smug as their entries have been completed!! It should be a good night and Paul is bringing along his camera, so some very high quality photos will be taken of the prize winners. Today Sunday 11.05.2014 some of you are at Hendon, again a good day out at the RAF museum. I am sure the club will be successful in the competitions and we all await the report in this months magazine. Wednesdays Club night extra had Paul showing everyone how to polish the finished paintwork on one of his car models, so no excuses now, go out and build that 1/24 car model you have always wanted. See you all at club on 21st, unfortunately Barry Sharman may not be attending as he is booked in at the hospital that day to have his hip replacement operation.
Another excellent club night with a talk and model display given by Andy Argent one of the countries top diorama modellers. Andy has won gold medals at Scale Model world Telford and Euro Militaire for his work which was of the highest standard. Those who didn`t attend missed out on a treat as Andy s dioramas were superb in terms of the detail he had managed to pack into them and also their composition. Every one told a story, which is the key thing with a diorama and the fine details, particularly the ground work on the bases, were highly impressive. Andy says the key to success at that level is to take plenty of time to finish each piece perfectly and not to rush ahead. Club members asked him many questions and I think everyone went away from the evening inspired. What was also nice was the fact that as it was a club night we could all spend as long as we liked viewing the models which, often, you cannot do at a show, such as Telford, with out being jostled by other modellers eager to also have a look.
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.
It gives us great pleasure to finally announce confirmation that Romsey Modellers are now an official UK IPMS branch.
We are now listed on the homepage’s link to branches, which includes contact details for the secretary (Paul) and a link this website. We are determined not to lose the Romsey Modellers name tag we’ve had since the clubs inception, and so we’ll be known as IPMS Romsey (Romsey Modellers). I anticipate we’ll be known to most by our original name, which is just fine, as saying “IPMS Romsey open brackets Romsey Modellers close brackets” is a bit of a mouth full!!
The impact of this affiliation will not be seen immediately, though we expect an upturn in membership, improved exposure through the IPMS website, and the publishing of our articles in the bi-monthly IPMS magazine. Long term we’ll need to look at possibly displaying at Scale ModelWorld, Telford. The rest we’ll just have to wait and see!
Romsey Modellers’ own Paul Adams won Best in Show at Sunday’s model show at Hendon aircraft museum. His winning model of the 1999 Aprilia RSV250 ( see the November 2010 edition of The Romsey Modeller) won against some very strong competition. Congratulations from all at the club.