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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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…
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!
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.
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!