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Freddy Krueger pops by!

A little while ago Martin shared with us his latest finished figure. Adding to his already impressive collection is this cracking Freddy Krueger model, complete with his own diorama, where he’s about to sneak into a bedroom. Time to stick Nightmare on Elm Street on, but which one?

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Works in Progress – May 2016

What’s been in the pipeline lately from club members? Well, club chairman Martin has been busy putting the finishes touches to his latest finished kit, the Matchbox 1/48 scale Seasprite! Eagle-eyed site visitors may have noticed the Seasprite has already made it’s way into our display cabinet photo gallery. It’s a cracking job on a vintage kit, and according to Martin, it gobbled up the filler!

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Elsewhere, Craig has been busy with his latest project, making use of the Airfix Land Rover Patrol kit to put together the beginnings of an Afghanistan diorama. There’s another two Landies to come yet, and of course the terrain too. One to watch out for!

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In addition, preparations are well underway for our big display at the Bloxham Steam Rally. If you’d like to attend the two-day event, you can find out all of the details on the show’s own website: http://banbury-rally.co.uk/annualrally.html. If you can’t make it, keep tabs on the website for plenty of photos from the weekend!

Report: 2016 IPMS Gloucester Show

Our third model show in six weeks! Following on from the Poole Vikings show and ModelKraft, IPMS Middleton Cheney made its debut at IPMS Gloucester’s show on the 8th May. It was an absolutely beautiful day, a shame to be inside perhaps, but seeing lots of new stuff and being able to display our 50th anniversary of Star Trek feature made up for it!

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The show itself was a lovely, cosy affair and we were impressed with the sheer number of clubs and traders accommodated in the venue, so kudos to IPMS Gloucester for getting us all in! We had lots of interest in our Star Trek display which was nice to see. As sci-fi subjects tend to be more niche, especially on the show scene, with our sci-fi expert members we have a fantastic opportunity to really bring something different and unique to a model show, and the interest we receive as a result is a great reward. Top tip to other clubs: the young ‘uns love a bit of popular culture!

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While at ModelKraft we had our whole stand dedicated to Star Trek, in Gloucester we had a few F1 cars creep into proceedings as well, courtesy of James! There was no doubt about the main theme though, and we’ll be carrying this through the other shows we attend right until the end of the year.

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Our thanks go out to IPMS Gloucester for the invitation and for putting on a great show! Now we have a brief rest before the preparation begins for the big one at the Bloxham Steam Rally at the end of June…

Are you a budding model builder, or an experienced hand, and live in the Banbury area? Young or old, we’re always on the lookout for new members! Whatever your interest, why not pop along to our next meeting, which will be on the 19th May. All the details on how to get there can be viewed here.

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Report: 2016 ModelKraft Show

Just under two weeks ago IPMS Middleton Cheney attended the ModelKraft show in Milton Keynes. Always a well-attended event with plenty to look at, 2016 was no different! As one of the nearest shows to our club, we always like to make an appearance and this year was the perfect occasion to properly debut our special Star Trek display which made its debut in limited form at the Poole Vikings show two weeks previously.

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With ModelKraft traditionally featuring a strong sci-fi contingent it was the perfect venue to get the display out there in final form, and it’s not for the faint-hearted! Featuring a whole range of Starfleet ships and many alien vessels too, the aim is to cover as many areas within the Star Trek history. With the original series having been first aired in 1966, it’s a history that covers 50 years in 2016, hence it being our focus for our show displays this year.

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We had a great time at the show, and it’s always great to see the interest in what we do, so if you were there and stopped by our stand, then thanks! Also, thanks to Milton Keynes Scale Model Club for putting on another fantastic event.

Next up for us is the IPMS Gloucester Show this Sunday, 8th May. If you’re attending we look forward to seeing you there!

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Works in Progress – April 2016

The fun never stops when you’re building kits. Once one is done it’s onto the next! Here’s what some of the membership at IPMS Middleton Cheney have been up to recently…

Sam has been busy assembling a Pirates of the Caribbean fleet. He already has the Black Pearl finished, although he’s making some improvements to it, and now his sights are set firmly on a worthy adversary to the Pearl – the Flying Dutchman! With no kit available of the model itself, Sam is going all out with the conversion and here’s an in-progress shot of the work so far. Better stock up on that filler Sam!

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Craig meanwhile, normally noted for his armour builds has finished two kits recently, but these are of the winged variety. Two Typhoons, one with propeller and one with jet!

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And finally, James has been working on his latest F1 car, a Lotus 99T from 1987. There’s a first time for everything and on this occasion it’s using photo-etch and wiring up the car. Lots of tiny little details, and this is just a work in progress!

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Let us know what you think in the comments below, and you never know, the Dutchman and Lotus might make it onto the website again in the near future – completed that is!

Report: 2016 Poole Vikings Show

Our first show of 2016 took place on the 9th April, the Poole Vikings club’s annual show. This was our third year attending, and for this year, the show marked the debut of our latest display. Featuring as many Star Trek models as we can, we’re marking 50 years of this hugely popular science fiction franchise.

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Whilst our display at the weekend was somewhat unfinished, by the time our next appearance on the show circuit comes around in two weeks’ time at Milton Keynes, you can rest assured it will look even better! As well as the display however, we’ve also dispensed with our regular green club shirts, and replaced them with a uniform that befits an Enterprise’s crew!

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Clearly our efforts made an impression on those at the show, as we ended up being awarded with the Best Visiting Club Display trophy. Very nice indeed, and our gratitude goes out to everyone at Poole Vikings for inviting us, and putting on an excellent event. In addition, Martin and Sam were delighted to pick up ‘highly commended’ certificates for entries into the various competition categories!

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If you haven’t attended the show before, we highly recommend it. Always friendly, and with some outstanding models and displays on show, there’s a reason we keep coming back every year. Now we’re just waiting for 2017! See below for more photos of our stand from the event.

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Ghurk, of the Nurgle Rotbringers

Check out Richard’s latest project – the hulking Ghurk, part of the Glottkin set released by Games Workshop for its Warhammer Age of Sigmar game. Rather than the traditional sickly green Nurgle colour, Richard has instead chosen to paint the monster in white with black horns. Have a look at the base as well – pools of blood sit amongst fallen snow. Delightful! And all of the teeth on the beast’s right arm – not something you want to think about for too long…

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Our 2015 Trophy Winners!

Along with the AGM, the January club meeting is also the point at which the trophies are awarded to their new owners – temporarily at least, they’ll have to give them back next year, unless they win again! For 2015, we had new faces all around.

Rob French won the main competition trophy having collected the most points over the course of 2015. The competition is run every other month – each club member can enter up to two models and everyone gets a single vote to pick their favourite of the bunch. One vote equals one point and the member with the most points after the final competition month in December is the winner. For 2015 it was Rob, who has plenty of years left in him yet to carry on wow-ing us with his brilliant, innovative dioramas and ideas!

Club Competition Trophy Presentation Jan. 2016
The main club Competition Trophy for 2015 is presented by Sam Evins, club secretary (left) to the winner Rob French (right).

In addition, the Most Inspired Modeller Award, a trophy that recognises special effort, improvement and/or overall passion for the hobby was jointly awarded to Tony Gill and Craig Wilcock. Tony has built many kits over the years, including many cars, but his real passion is boats, and his hand made efforts are always mightily impressive. Craig’s passion is armour and he’s produced some very fine work over the course of last year and so both are deserving winners.

Most Inspired Modeller Award Presentation Jan. 2016
The Most Inspired Modeller Award for 2015 is presented by Martin Aris, club chairman (centre) jointly to Tony Gill (left) and Craig Wilcock (right).

Congratulations to all three winners from everyone at the club! All richly deserved, and now it’s time for the rest of us to try and get our own paws on those trophies this time next year. The bar has been raised!