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!
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 email@example.com
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.