The 2018 edition of Scale ModelWorld marks the second appearance of IPMS Middleton Cheney at the biggest and best model show on earth! But what theme to use for the club’s stand? Star Trek had done the business back in 2016, netting us the Best Club Display award, so how could we top that?
Bereft of ideas, we decided to call off an initial brainstorming session and instead did something far more enjoyable: we cracked open the beers and let liquid inspiration play its part. Of course, the answer hit us right away – why don’t we combine the delights of the golden nectar with our favourite pasttime and create a display that unites the two passions in our lives?
Apologies to the wives/girlfriends/significant others!
We welcome you therefore to “The Sprue and Decal Free House”, serving up model kit-themed liquid delights in Hall 2 of the International Centre, Telford. You’ll have to drink it all in with your eyes though, we’re not that generous! Featuring an impressive, thirst-quenching array of real ales and a smattering of ciders, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, it really is a sight to be seen.
Thanks to all of those who came over to see our latest creation today and for all of the kind an generous feedback you lavished upon us. We are not worthy! Pop down and see us on Sunday to catch a glimpse of what we’ve created, or if you can’t make it to Telford, keep a look out for photos of the display. And if you’re planning show visits in 2019, you might just get to spot us again. More on that another time!
As Spring finally draws nearer, it’s time for a quick round-up of the club’s plans for 2018.
We’re excited to confirm a number of shows in the early part of the year, as we make our debut at the Stoke on Trent Model Show on 25th March and follow that up with a return to the South Coast and the Poole Vikings show on 14th April.
Two weeks later we will be making an appearance at the inaugural Thames Con event, which will bring together lots of different attractions from the TV, film and sci-fi world including guest appearances from famous faces including Sir Tony Robinson. Should be a great day out!
The club’s AGM was held during the January meeting with a small number of changes to the club’s activities while Sam has assumed the role of Vice Chairman alongside his existing role of Secretary.
We have some big plans for our show display later in the year, and we tentatively have a number of other shows in the pipeline to attend. Watch this space for new announcements on that!
Over the past few months we’ve been slowly growing our calendar of events for the latter half of 2017, so it’s time for a run-down of what we have lined up for the rest of this year.
In July, we have two shows, firstly Smallspace 6 – the model show for all things space, science fiction and fantasy, which will be taking place on Sunday 16th July at Hanslope Village Hall, Buckinghamshire, MK19 7NZ. Then on the following weekend, we shall be present for the last ever Midland Model Expo, at Leasowes Sports Centre, Halesowen, B62 8PJ.
Next, we will return to the IPMS Avon Show on Sunday 13th August, the third time we’ll have displayed here. The venue for this one is Thornbury Leisure Centre, South Gloucestershire, BS35 3JB.
As always, we will continue to hold our monthly meetings throughout the year on top of our show commitments. We’re always open to new invitations as well – if your club is hosting a show, why not drop us a line and see if we can make it! All of our details can be found on the Contact Us page.
Not the identical kind though! We are delighted to announce that IPMS Middleton Cheney is now twinned with the Central Jersey Plastic Model Club from the other side of the ‘pond’. Having met one of the founding members of CJPMC, John Ezzo, during Scale ModelWorld in 2016 we were blown away by his and his club’s dedication to the hobby. We’ve kept in touch in the meantime, and like a young couple ready to take the next step, we are now officially twinned clubs, giving both a truly international flavour (or should that be flavor?!).
Below is a shot of CJPMC’s meeting location in West Windsor, NJ – an outbuilding belonging to John which he has heated and air conditioned and converted into a modeller’s paradise! John has been building models for more than 50 years, and having been founded in 1995, the club has been meeting there since 1998.
Besides an extensive built model collection John also collects American Military uniforms and now has over 70 mannequins dressed in period uniforms ranging from WWI to present day lining the walls – you can see some of them in the cabinets in the photo below.
It’s an honour to have an association with a club on the other side of the world, especially one that shares our passion and outlook on the hobby as something to be enjoyed, whatever your ability. Now we’re looking forward to arranging some activities together in the future – best get checking those flights across the Atlantic! We at IPMS Middleton Cheney raise a glass and say ‘cheers!’ to our new friends Stateside!
This one’s a bit late. Apologies! What seems like quite a while ago now, in April we made our annual pilgrimage to the south coast for the Poole Vikings Model Show. As we’ve come to expect, it was another very well organised event with a fantastic number of clubs and traders in attendance. Hosting shows in school buildings and the like must be difficult, but the organisers should take great credit in getting us all in and making the event that much better by having such a wide array of stands in the limited space.
Our own display evolved from the previous show in Hinckley, as we narrowed down our aircraft to focus on 1:72 subjects from the Second World War. On the left, the Allied planes, and on the right, their Axis foes. The aim here is to showcase some of the more colourful and unusual planes that saw action, so there’s no shortage of variety, and certainly not a sea of brown, green and grey!
In addition we had a smattering of other subjects, some ever-popular movie stars for the young ‘uns and the more pop culture savvy among the crowds. All in all, a nice variety that demonstrates that the club’s membership really does dabble in a bit of everything.
In addition, a few of us got involved in the competition with both Sam and James scooping certificates, Sam mostly in the sci-fi category, and James in the civilian vehicles where he received overall silver for his Lotus 99T F1 car.
On an absolutely beautiful day, we had another brilliant time in Poole and we’ll be back again next year for more of the same! Our thanks go out to the Poole Vikings club for having us and for putting on a great event. It remains one of the highlights of the club’s year. Keep up the good work guys!
On the 12th March IPMS Middleton Cheney made it’s first 2017 show appearance, at the East Midlands Model Show in Hinckley. A strong contingent of seven members were there helping out on the stand and a great time was had by all. The Star Trek display was no more, replaced by a fantastic array of different genres from the membership. A smattering of movie stars made up the backdrop and were surrounded by Allied and Axis WWII aircraft, F1 cars, Warhammer and plenty more too!
A big thank you to the show organisers for putting on a fantastic event. It was well-attended with a great spread of displaying clubs and many traders. We all came away with plenty more kits for the stash – some things never change!
Check out the photos of our display below. We’ll be attending many more events in 2017 – we’d love for you to stop by the stand to say hi and have a chat. Next up is the Poole Vikings’ show on the 8th April. We hope to see you there!
Slightly delayed, but a brief report on the February 2017 club night finally reaches the website! It was the first competition month of the new year and there were a whole host of entries and really excellent spread of model genres really highlighting the club’s diversity and talent. Check out the photos below.
A great turn out of 11 members enjoyed a couple of hours of chat, jokes and a bit of modelling too. But the big focus was on the competition entries and who to cast the vote for. With each member getting a vote, there were plenty of points up for grabs, but with the results a closely guarded secret everyone went away none the wiser as to who had taken an early lead. All will be revealed in January 2018!
Like what you see? Come and join us at a future club meeting, normally held on the third Thursday of every month, from 7pm at the Parish Meeting Rooms in Middleton Cheney. Full details are available here.