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.
Here’s a couple of recently finished kits from two club members that you wouldn’t expect to see together. First up is some German armour from Rob French:
This Panzer III is in 1/72 scale. Rob’s done a lovely job with it and even included a nice bit of foliage as additional camouflage.
Meanwhile, Sam Evins has built something that isn’t in any related to Star Trek for what seems like a heck of a long time! He’s completed a resin figure of Sweeney Todd, played by Johnny Depp in the film. Here’s a work in progress shot during the January club meeting:
A big moment in the club’s 11 year history. Our first appearance displaying at Scale ModelWorld, widely considered to be the biggest and best model show in the world! Our whole year had been building up to this weekend in November, where we would cap off a tour of shows that had taken us from Poole in the south to Sutton Coldfield in the north, Milton Keynes in the east and Gloucester in the west. Everywhere we’ve gone this year, our Star Trek display has come with us, commemorating the 50th anniversary since it first graced our TV screens. Watch Sam’s video of the display during the show here: https://www.facebook.com/MiddletonCheneyIPMS/videos/558432090997235/
Scale ModelWorld in Telford was the culmination of our year’s efforts, and it was a joy to join the many other clubs and SIGs, not just from Britain but across Europe in sharing in this fantastic hobby. Over the course of the two days we were inundated with people interested in the stand, with many stopping by to chat. It was brilliant to see so many people take an interest in what we’ve produced and a sure sign that the sci-fi modelling category continues to go from strength to strength.
The show was made all the better by the sheer number and variety of clubs and SIGs displaying. Club chairman Martin had two of his own models on display on the TV and Film SIG’s stand. We were very impressed by the standard and variety of work on show from everyone displaying. All deserve a huge pat on the back for producing such impressive work.
We were stunned then when we were awarded gold for the Best Branch Display! There can be no greater accolade than one that comes from your peers and so to come away with the best display of the show was deeply satisfying, and something we are very proud of and grateful for those who voted for us! It bookended our year perfectly, having won the same award at the Poole Vikings show back in April when the Star Trek display made its first appearance. You can see Sam’s video after we were awarded the trophy in the video at this link: https://www.facebook.com/MiddletonCheneyIPMS/videos/559117840928660/
A huge thank you must go out to the EC and everyone organising another great Telford show. To attend as a club displaying gives a different perspective rather than just as a normal visitor. You’re able to get a lot more out of the event. We wholeheartedly recommend other clubs to consider applying for a table next year, and now we need to go away and plan for ours! See you all next year!
Here’s some modern armour to get excited about. Club member Craig has recently completed his latest model kit, the Revell 1/35 GTK Boxer sgSanKfz armoured ambulance, in German forces markings.
The versatile German-Dutch Boxer comes in many variants. The Revell kit that Craig has built covers the medical ambulance module that is mounted on the vehicle, and comes with two variants of vehicles serving in Afghanistan in 2013.
Craig will be entering the Boxer in the model club’s competition during the next round in October. It’s always great to see what each of us has come up with for our entries and the Boxer will no doubt scoop up some points when the votes are counted! Thanks Craig for sending the photos over!
James’ latest F1 car has been a long time coming! It’s the Tamiya 1:20 Camel Team Lotus-Honda 99T. The kit itself is the original release from 1988 which is so old it contained the tobacco decals on the standard decal sheet!
The standard kit has been modified with the addition of the Studio 27 photo-etch set, lots of carbon fibre decal sheet, wires, tubes and lots of other little extras, some scratch built. Seatbelts were added too.
This car was driven by Ayrton Senna in 1987. This was the penultimate Formula 1 season for turbo cars, and the Lotus and its Honda engine was particularly suited to street circuits. Senna won two F1 races during the year, at Monaco and Detroit, and these would prove to be the final two races won by Team Lotus after a long and illustrious history in Formula 1. Senna would leave Lotus at the end of the year and join McLaren, beginning his famous rivalry with Alain Prost. Lotus would continue with Camel sponsorship until the end of 1990 as they gradually slipped down the order before pulling out of F1 completely at the end of 1994.
With the additional detail added to the kit, the main body shell was left off and displayed on homemade paddock stands. As well as the photos here, check out the full set on Flickr, in lovely high resolution: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119092223@N07/?
Right on the back of one show report comes another. On the 1st October we were at our 11th event of the year – Abingdon IPMS’ show at Larkmead School. This is an event that is more local to the club and consequently is a bit of an easier journey! Martin, Sam, James and Craig were present on the stand which was fully dedicated to our now regular Star Trek display.
The Abingdon show is a friendly affair with a small but dedicated selection of clubs and traders, and we’re always happy to support the event. Thanks to Abingdon IPMS for having us! The show competition is always something we like to get involved with, and this year we came away with a gold, silver and bronze award. James scooped the gold in the civilian vehicles category with his Lotus-Honda 99T (keep an eye out for some photos of that!) while Martin and Sam collected silver and bronze respectively in the sci-fi category, only loosing out to a very nicely detailed Millennium Falcon. Here are the three happy chaps after the prize presentation:
As well as a few pictures of the display, below you can check out some closer shots of some of the ships we had on display. All of the small ships have been built by Sam, and they make up quite a sizeable fleet now! All of these smaller craft are the same scale, giving an idea of the relative sizes of the different ships in the Star Trek universe.
We had a great time at the show and we managed to pick up a few new additions to our stashes as well – more sci-fi goodness for Sam and Martin, while James picked up the newly re-released Italeri Manx Norton. Some work in progress shots of these new purchases might make their way onto these pages, you never know…!
Getting bored of our Star Trek display yet? Well, there’s just one event left on our calendar for 2016 – the big one! See you all at Telford for Scale ModelWorld in November!
Better late than never as they say! IPMS Middleton Cheney made its second appearance at IPMS Avon’s annual show at Thornbury Leisure Centre in South Gloucestershire on 7th August 2016.
As usual for what is a large and always well-attended show, we had an excellent time. Of particular enjoyment at this particular event is the increased presence of wargaming. IPMS Middleton Cheney has historically maintained a good wargames following – it’s often how younger modellers get into the hobby and both club secretary Sam and webmaster James came through various Games Workshop games while growing up. Thus, we always do our best to accommodate any club members interested in worshipping the dice gods! At the IPMS Avon show there’s the opportunity to get involved with many different games and this year we thought we’d get in on the action and have a Dreadfleet game set up, using the set owned by club member Richard Coughtrey.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Dreadfleet was a game made by Games Workshop for a short period from 2011. It is set within the Warhammer Fantasy world and places the players in command of ships sailing on the high seas of the Warhammer world.
Here, both Sam and Richard are taking the game for a spin, and Richard was on hand to answer questions and provide information for the many interested parties. It was nice to be offering something different! But of course alongside the Dreadfleet game we had our regular display for 2016, the Star Trek 50th Anniversary set, with some of James’ F1 cars completing our spread. As always, the Star Trek feature caught many eyes, and during the day we were delighted to be offered the chance to display at the Sutton Coldfield Model Spectacular show in September. You can watch a video of our display from that show in the post below.
You might have noticed that our regular tablecloths were missing! Unfortunately we forgot to pack them, and an early morning message to James to rustle up some emergency covers resulted in this. A spare curtain from his airing cupboard and a Marussia F1 flag. Not a disaster by any stretch in the end! The show itself was of a far better organisation, and our thanks go to IPMS Avon for once again putting on a superb event! Definitely one of our favourites for its size and variety, we’ll be back for sure!
Over the last few weeks the club has been putting in the hard yards with appearances at two local non-modeling themed events. We like to support local activities as much as possible, not only does it give visitors something else to look at, but it allows us to get into the community, make ourselves visible, and hopefully draw in new members and bring new people into the hobby.
With that in mind, we attended the Middleton Cheney Fete on 5th June, with a gazebo full to bursting with all sorts of our finished work, with some of the flying craft hanging from the gazebo ceiling! With the weather very favourable we had a lovely day and enjoyed meeting new and familiar faces alike.
At the end of June, we then made our annual appearance at the Bloxham Steam Rally where we resumed our huge display in the dedicated modeling tent. Naturally for our centrepiece show, the 50 Years of Star Trek was front and centre, and accompanied by a huge range of kits from our varied and talented membership.
The weather was a bit iffy, but on the most part good and there were plenty of people taking a keen interest in the display and we had lots of fun and interesting conversations with those stopping by. Our thanks goes out to everyone who stopped by at either the Fete, Steam Rally (or both!) and enjoyed what we had to offer. Now the planning starts for next year!