Special trophies for SMW 2017

This year’s new additions to the Scale ModelWorld competition trophy list include some interesting items, and one which is for this year only.

First, we have the special trophy that will only be awarded this year:

ROBERT S. HOPKINS III AWARD                                 

Awarded for the best model of any variant of a Boeing KC-135

This is to coincide with author Robert S Watkins III’s  launch of his new book on the KC 135.  He will be at ScaleModel World this year signing copies as well as sponsoring the new award.


Other new trophies for this year are:    

REME MUSEUM TROPHY                                                

Awarded to the best Military Recovery Repair or Engineering Vehicle or diorama

This is an award from the REME museum and hopefully will be an annual award.  I believe this trophy will be worth winning this year and in future years. It is also good to see an AFV trophy.



Awarded for the best Armoured model in any scale

Inside the Armour have again made great efforts to support the competition with this award, and they have decided to make their award this year to cover a broader base within the Armour categories.


SHIP MODELLER MAGAZINE AWARD                             

Awarded to the best Ship Model in any scale

It is great to see an award for ship building competitors back this year, and is to support the newly-realised ship modelling magazine from Inside the Armour Publications.


For all the information on the Scale ModelWorld 2017 competition, see

Tony Horton, Competition Secretary

SMW 2017 competition entry form

The entry form for the competition at Scale ModelWorld 2017, the lists of classes and trophies, and the rules and definitions are all now on the Competition page at

New Executive Committee

Following the elections at the Annual General Meeting, executive committee posts were filled as follows:

Competition Secretary – No nominations received. Tony Horton continues in a co-opted capacity until an appropriate volunteer is identified and elected to post

Honorary Secretary – Richard Middleton

Honorary Treasurer – Mark Hill

Magazine Editor – David Berryman

Membership Secretary – Cliff Bassett

Overseas Liaison Officer – Roland Turner

Technical Advisory Service – Alfie Bass

UK Liaison Officer – John White

The details of the entire Committee can be found at

Abingdon, Wombourne and North Shropshire shows

Three new shows have been added to the events diary:

Abingdon , see

Wombourne, see

North Shropshire, see

Important message for Branch Secs & SIG Leaders

The web site has been updated with the information supplied on the annual return forms.

Please can all Branch Secretaries and SIG leaders check their entry to confirm the details are correct?


Andrew, UKLO

Model Baumesse, Austria

Details of 10th International Model Exhibition in Reid, Austria are now in the events diary at

Torbay show cancelled

Due to Torbay Council commandering the town hall because of the General Election the IPMS Torbay show on the 27th May 2017 has been cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but this is obviously out of our control.

We hope to see you on the 26th May 2018.

Club Secretary

Les Wells