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New shows confirmed to finish 2016 season

IPMS Middleton Cheney are delighted to confirm that the club will be attending three more events that will complete the club’s 2016 show season.

Chief of these will be our inaugural appearance at Scale ModelWorld in Telford on the 12th & 13th November. Billed as the largest model show in the world, we’ll be bringing along our 50 Years of Star Trek display for the two day event. It’s always a fantastic show to visit, so being on the other side of the table will make for a fun change and we’re all eagerly looking forward to it!

We are also happy to confirm that we will be returning to the Abingdon IPMS Model Show on the 1st October. As one of our more local shows, the shorter distance makes it a bit easier and we’re looking forward to supporting what is another great show for this year.

Finally, we will also be making an appearance at Banbury Old Town Party on the 3rd September. We’ll be rubbing shoulders with local, independent traders and it will be great to get back out there and show off what we do to the wider public.

With the Midland Model Expo and IPMS Avon’s show also to come, we’re set for a busy second half to 2016!

Report: Middleton Fete & Bloxham Steam Rally

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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For the full collection of pictures for each event, check out our Facebook page, or Flickr page.

Interested in joining? Want to find out more about model making? Then pay a visit to one of our monthly meetings. Find out where we meet here.

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Next Appearance: Middleton Cheney Fete

IPMS Middleton Cheney¬†is pleased to announce that we will be displaying at next weekend’s Middleton Cheney Fete on Sunday 5th June.

We’re delighted to be able to support local events and hope visitors enjoy our display. It provides a great opportunity for the club to make its presence known within the community, as well as give the model-making hobby exposure to the general public. Budding model makers and experienced hands, young and old, don’t always realise there might be a club for them in their neighbourhood and therefore local events give us a platform to recruit new people into the hobby.

If you plan on attending, we look forward to seeing you there!

WATCH: Our display featured in Sci-Fi & Fantasy SIG’s ModelKraft video

Courtesy of the fantastic efforts of John Marriott, you can view all of the brilliant¬†science fiction and fantasy models that were on display at this year’s ModelKraft show in Milton Keynes in the video below. In addition, he has kindly made a special feature of our own 50 Years of Star Trek display in the video, which you can watch from 6:33 onwards.

Our thanks to John and everyone at the Sci-Fi and Fantasy SIG for featuring us! If you’re interested in joining the SIG, you can email scifisig@hotmail.com

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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2016 Event Schedule

Visitors already familiar with our website may have noticed our event calendar in the right column of the page. With this list evolving and with new events being added over time, here is a run-down of what IPMS Middleton Cheney will be getting up to in 2016.

So far, we have already made an appearance at Geek Con Banbury, the first sci-fi/comic/film fan event to be held in the town, giving us a great opportunity to reach out to local enthusiasts and potential new modellers, both young and old and grow the club’s membership.

Last week we also made our first appearance on the show circuit for the year when we displayed at the Poole Vikings club’s show. There we scooped the trophy for best visiting club display with the debut of our Star Trek theme.

Coming up, we will be returning to ModelKraft in Milton Keynes next week, and two weeks later we will make our debut at IPMS Gloucester’s show. Then, at the end of June, our annual ‘big one’ at the Bloxham Steam Rally where we’ll occupy a ludicrous amount of table space – it has to be seen to be believed!

Going into the second half of the year, we’re looking forward to making a first visit to another show, this time the Midland Expo in Birmingham, and then in August returning for a second time to IPMS Avon’s show in Thornbury.

In addition to these shows, we also have a number of other events in the pipeline that are awaiting confirmation. As and when we get the green light, the news will be up here immediately, so stay in touch!

We hope to see you around at one (or more!) of these shows over the year!

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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