We display at a few different model shows throughout the year. Hoping to share these days with you all- if I can remember to take the photos and not get too excited over the kits on sale 😉. First up for 2017 is Bolton....
Bolton Model Show.
Bolton Model Show is a new show for us... looking forward to seeing a few different clubs that don't venture south very often.
First impressions are that it's a busy show, Situated in a school there is a hall and several classes full of displays and traders. Going to have an explore in a bit- the table is already set up.
We have a bit of a different layout than normal as we don't have our main figure painter, Steve, or tank displayer, Alan.
We have had a good day, lots of different models to be seen- a selection of which are above. There has been a bit of interest in our models, which is nice as we like to chat to people about what we have done (and whether or not it had gone to plan), had a bit of feedback and suggestions of different techniques to try in future,
And to round off a good day out, we had the pleasure of seeing one of our members, Frazer, bag the prize for 'Best in Show' with his Italeri 1/35 Landing Craft. Very proud of you, Frazer, well done!
Frazer's Italeri 1/35 Landing Craft.
South Cheshire Militaire, 26th February 2016.
Wow, what a day! One of our closest shows, South Cheshire Militaire is the next in our displaying calendar. We were very excited to see this show, as it is the first in a new venue (and yes it has worked, the last place, while very lovely, just wasn't big enough). This new venue has made a vast difference in the show, plenty of space, and the lighting is a lot better too.
Not too early a start to the day (this is only a half an hour drive for us) it promised to be a good day from the start, a multitude of different clubs, traders and other exhibits were hard at work when we pulled up. Set up the table quite quickly, and away we go.
Now while I spent most of the day doing some housekeeping for our show (three weeks to go now EEKK!) confirming bookings etc. I did get chance to have a good ganders around. It was nice to see the displays of LEGO, and the Sealed Knot adding a different flavour to the mix, and my son always loves watching the RC section- he probably would have spent the entire day in that one area!
It was lovely to see a good variety of clubs at the show, to chat to new faces and the more familiar ones. There was a fantastic variety of models on display, from the military, LEGO, guns, RC, wargames being played, and model boats.
And once again, our modelling wonder, Frazer, took home gold for his 1/35th Italeri Landing Craft. He says he plans more work on it still, but not for a while yet (why mess with a winning formula?!)
And home again, after a long day, we have all tired ourselves out with the brilliant day out. Can't wait for next years show, chaps!
East Midlands Model Show
So, I might actually be certifiable at this point in time, it's one week to go to our show, have loads of those last minute things to sort out (yah know what I'm saying?? lol) and instead of doing that I have decided to spend the day at the East Midlands Model Show.
Now in all fairness, this is our first time at this show- lots of first club attending shows this year that we are incredibly excited about- so it would be rude not to come and enjoy the day and see what IPMS Hinckley have to offer us in the way of modelling delights.
So, down to business, first impressions, the drive down was a pleasant one, and we arrived nice and early. Now we were warned previously that there isn't much parking outside (so clubs were asked to unload and then move cars) but this didn't seem to sink in until we were faced with pulling into a disabled parking bay so we could quickly unload, and then I left my glamorous assistant (Lexi) to find somewhere to park.
Going in to the show, we were the last of our club to arrive, and they had already taken the 4 allocated bands for the club stand, so we did have to pay, however, this isn't a criticism, I think this is an innovative way of making sure that their show running costs are covered while also making sure that everybody is truly committed to the show.
Now on to the venue, its brightly lit, spacious and the show looked very nicely laid out in the hall. Having said that, I was a little worried when I was told that this layout was the product of squashing both halls into one as there had been a leak on the previous day eliminating the smaller room, I think it might have made the hall seem empty if it had been more spread out.
So the show, was a lovely one, saw different clubs that I don't normally see on the show circuit (we don't normally come this far east) which made a really lovely change, And today heralded a taster of our new SIG- the British Airborne SIG- which has been dreamt up by our chairman John. This occupied a small portion at the end of our table- next week at our show will see the official launch of it.
I know that our modelling wonder, Frazer was disappointed by the lack of a competition here, as he would have liked to have obtained a hat-trick with his landing craft, however, I am sure he will still achieve this before the year is out.
IPMS Telford @RAF Cosford, 2nd April 2017.
So, yeah wow, I've had a week off after our show, and we are straight back in to attending shows. This quarter is so jam-packed with amazing shows I never want to miss them, but I do feel like I'm on a merry-go-round by the end of it. However, I haven't been sitting on my bum for this last week, we held our AGM, and I am very proud and excited to be the new Chairman of Stoke on Trent IPMS. I hope I will be as successful as John and I do have some big shoes to fill (I'm so screwed on that front- I have tiny feet!! Lol)
Now, Cosford is one of my personal favourite shows and I've been looking forward to this for some weeks, I love the intermingling of stands with the planes as they are a subject very close to our hearts - and I'm sure that's a sentiment held by a lot of you fellow modellers. I'm thrilled that Stoke was invited to have a stand here again, as I know that not all clubs have been successful at obtaining a stand, and we have bought along our SIG as well to sit at the end of the club stand. We are situated in hangar 1 as usual, but we have moved location slightly, I think this is probably in line with the fact that we do have a rather large stand here and needed more room really last year.
So we all set up the table, and I'm very pleased to see that we have had a couple of our rarer-spotted members attend and bring their fabulous models, as well as a couple of our stalwart members bring along their newly completed models, loving the Vietnam theme that you have going at the moment, Alan. I am continually astounded and amazed by the talent that our modelling community produces, and I love how as a club we feed off each other's enthusiasm. We are missing our figure painter Steve today, however we weren't lacking on the figure front due to Gaz and Chris bringing their magnificent models.
So, having a good look round, the show is lighter on clubs and a few traders this year, but to be honest, I think the show had benefited from it this year, as I usually become overwhelmed by all of it, however, this year the balance was nice, I got to chat with a lot of the other model clubs, and really admire the models that are displayed. The downside to the show this year, is like at Hinckley, there is no competition, this is usually a fantastic mix of talent in, however, it was one of those things that couldn't be helped.
Overall, a fantastic show as usual guys!! Looking forward to your show next year!!