IPMS Middleton Cheney is a friendly and informal model club based in the village of Middleton Cheney, South Northamptonshire. The club maintains a more light-hearted approach towards the hobby, and actively supports all abilities, believing that if the model looks good to you, then it’s good enough for us!
Alongside newcomers, the club benefits from having specialists in most categories. So if you want to know the right shade of green for a 1942 Eastern Front ME-109, or the correct panel shades on Enterprise D we can help!
Founded in 2005, the club is made up of members from around the Banbury area, indeed an early name for the club was the Four Shires Model Club, owing to members living in the counties of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire.
Later on the name was changed to the Middleton Cheney Scale Model Club and then in 2012, it became affiliated with the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS) and thus joined an elite group of clubs to carry the IPMS moniker.
In 2015 the club celebrated its tenth anniversary, while in 2016 we focused our show displays on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, resulting in best display awards at the Poole Vikings show, as well as the prestigious Scale ModelWorld in Telford, on the club’s debut. The Star Trek display was also featured in an article of the IPMS UK magazine.
In 2018 we returned to Telford for a second time, debuting a pub themed display, using bottles of alcohol and models related to them. It was very well received, and we ended up scooping third overall in best club display. It was subsequently decided to tour the pub theme around shows the club attended in 2019.
Throughout the Covid pandemic in 2020 and 2021 the club continued on, with numerous virtual meet-ups, before resuming face-to-face meetings and attending shows in the latter half of 2021. And after the lack of activity over the previous two years, 2022 is filled with one of our busiest show calendars in the club’s history.
We have a helpful, friendly committee team of four that run the club alongside a growing membership that specialise in a wide variety of genres, of all ages and levels of ability. Each year the club runs a competition, open to all members. Read more about it, including a list of previous winners, at this link.
If you’d like more information on the club, go to the contact page and get in touch!