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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!

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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The Expert’s Eye: Volume 1

Last year we published a guide on how Martin built a box diorama using Airfix’s Jabba’s Throne Room kit. Well, with the new website finally coming along, here it is again.

Entitled “Breathing New Life into a Golden Oldie”, Martin describes how he went about the project from the perspective of someone who had never built a box diorama before.

Click here to read Volume 1 of The Expert’s Eye, and keep a look out for future editions!

April Club Meeting Review

The April monthly club meeting took place last night (21st April) with a very healthy turnout. It was the second round of the 2016 club competition and while unfortunately we have no pictures to show this month, the scores are very close. It’s proving to be a very competitive year!

Discussion covered our upcoming shows: Milton Keynes is taking place this weekend, where our finished Star Trek display will make its proper debut, while in two weeks’ time we’ll be preparing to make our debut at IPMS Gloucester’s show. It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks! Attendances and plans for both were finalised as the next meeting will take place after both have happened.

On the subject of the next meeting, the date was agreed on. The May meeting will be taking place on Thursday 19th May, as usual from 7pm in the Parish Meeting Rooms, Middleton Cheney.

If you’ve just discovered us and live in the area, why not pop along? You can get all the details on the meeting location, and what to expect when you’re there by clicking on the Club Meetings page.

Get the date in your diary and we hope to see you there!

 

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!

Craig's latest kits

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!

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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