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!
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.
And finally (for the time being!) we are scheduled to be at the Sutton Coldfield Model Spectacular on 10th September at Shire Oak Academy, Walsall, WS8 7AQ.
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.
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!
We’re delighted to announce that our first two shows for 2017 have now been confirmed. We will be returning to both the East Midlands Model Show on the 12th March, as well as Poole Vikings Model Show on the 8th April.
Both shows are favourites of ours and we’re looking forward to getting back out to some events and showing off a new display. Unfortunately for all you Trekkies this year we intend to offer a broader spectrum of our members’ interests on our tables, so hopefully there’ll be something for everyone.
We hope to see you at one (or both!) of the shows. Keep checking on the website for further updates on our show plans for the rest of 2017. If you’d like us to display at your model show, just let us know! Check out the Contact Us page for full details of how to reach out to us.
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!
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!
It’s been a bit quiet lately on the website, but here’s a treat for you. Sam and Matt travelled up to the Sutton Coldfield Model Spectacular on 11th September and with them came our Star Trek display as we made our debut at our most northerly show in the club’s history!
Both had a great time at a new show, and Matt got all technological and live-streamed a video of our display during the show on Facebook! We saved the video and now you can enjoy it too whenever you want. Check out the video on our Facebook page, and while you’re there, give us a ‘like’ if you haven’t done so already!
Thanks to Sutton Coldfield Model Makers Society for having us along and putting on a great show. We love to be able to do new events – its all about seeing new clubs, new displays and new people. It’s easy to allow the show circuit to get stagnated so freshening it up with some new appearances always gets the creative juices flowing once more!
P.S. Those readers who are IPMS members may have noticed an article featuring our Star Trek display in the latest issue of the magazine in September – we’re finally famous! Our thanks goes to the magazine’s editor Don for kindly publishing the article for us, and if you still haven’t seen the display in person for yourself, remember we’ll be at IPMS Abingdon’s show on the 1st October, and also the ‘big one’ – Scale ModelWorld in Telford in November, so catch us while you can!
Show appearances continue to be added for the remaining months of 2016 for IPMS Middleton Cheney. The latest to be confirmed is the Sutton Coldfield Model Spectacular, which will mark the most northerly show the club has attended to date. The show is scheduled for the 11th September, meaning the club will have two consecutive weekends of show activity once again!
Club secretary Sam, and fellow member Matt will be taking the ever-popular Star Trek 50th anniversary display to Sutton Coldfield. We’re looking forward to making our debut and yet another show this year. We’ve had a fantastic calendar of show visits in 2016, and we’re grateful for the invitation to display from the Sutton Coldfield Model Makers Society. Thanks lads!