Good morning guys, there is something I would like to get sorted now as it has been troubling me quite a lot since we got back from this year’s SMW Telford / UK.
One of you, a fellow modeller and as I get it a keen model kit buyer, while visiting our stand at SMW, accidentaly left his previous purchase at our cash desk, not knowing about his loss.
I can tell you, the stuff he left there really was not cheap. I am very much striving to get him his purchase back, so if you are that unfortunate modeller or by any chance have heard someone complaining about losing his purchase, do please let me know – via Facebook Messenger, or by the contact from at specialhobby.eu
Thank you ever so much! I am not gonna sleep well until this matter gets right.
The main display for Scale ModelWorld 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force in Hall 3. Many branches and SIGs are also expected to commemorate the founding of the RAF.
Also look out for North Somerset’s WW1 trench, Bomber Command SIG’s Victoria Cross Winners display, Tangemere’s 100 Years of Tangmere Airfield, the large Mulberry harbour display in Hall 1, and Farnborough’s tribute to the late Dick Ward and his Modeldecal range.
In the foyer the WW1 SIG will be marking the end of the Great War, along with IPMS(UK)’s nominated charity, the Royal British Legion.
It is with much sadness that Guideline Publications announces the death of its company chairman, Regis Auckland, after a long illness.
Regis had been with Guideline from the beginning and, although not a modeller himself, he soon became a popular figure within the hobby both in the United Kingdom and in Europe.
Regis began his career as a printer and more than thirty years ago established a print company, Regal Litho, with his long-time friend and business partner, Alan Corkhill. Together they saw the business opportunity in purchasing Scale Aircraft Modelling and later Military Modelcraft International and transformed the company and its stable of magazines and books into the market leader.
In the early years of Guideline Regis took the lead, attending shows, commissioning authors and really getting a feel for the hobby. In all his dealings, both business and personal, Regis was a true gentleman and his wry sense of humour and sound business sense saw the company through good times and bad.
In recent years, other business interests and ill health meant Regis’s involvement in day-to-day running of Guideline Publications lessened, but his experience and sage advice were always welcome. Regis had recently married Wendy, making plans for their retirement in Scotland, and he will be very much missed as a husband, father and friend. All of us at Guideline Publications send our sincere condolences to Wendy and his family.
A new trophy will be awarded for the first time at Scale ModelWorld 2018 competition.
It is called The Harry Frazer Mitchell Memorial Award & Handley Page Association Trophy, and will be given for the best model of a Handley Page designed aircraft in any scale, or a BAE Systems Hawk in any scale.
The new trophy replaces the original Handley Page Trophy. This covered any aircraft from the Handley Page company. The sponsor then was Harry Frazer Mitchell, one-time Chief Aerodynamicist of Handley Page.
Harry had always been a champion of the Society, and although it was not known outside his friends and colleagues Harry was heavily involved in the design of the BAE Hawk training aircraft.
When Harry passed away the trophy was renamed in his honour, with the permission of his family and the Handley Page Association.
IPMS(UK) is pleased to confirm that Wingnut Wings will be attending Scale ModelWorld 2018 with a major trade presence. Not only will this be a first for the United Kingdom, but it also makes them the farthest-travelled trader ever to attend our event.
Wingnut Wings have developed an enviable reputation in a just a few short years for their range of 1/32 scale First World War aircraft models and have set the benchmark for quality in this area.
Owned by film director Peter Jackson (best known for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies), Wingnut Wings is developing an ever-expanding range of models and accessories to compliment them. Their popularity has spread rapidly across the world and it is a huge honour for IPMS (UK) to welcome them to the UK
Wingnut Wings’ decision to attend Scale ModelWorld 2018 is particularly apposite as this year marks both the Centenary of the end of the First World War and of the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. Their product range contains many of the iconic aircraft designs from both sides of the conflict, giving modellers the chance to own and build a miniature replica of their favourite aircraft from the era.
Due to the adverse weather conditions we have decided to cancel the show. It has been a hard decision to make as we know a lot of people enjoy coming. But peoples’ safety must come first.
Also the school could not guarantee that it would open for the weekend as it is shut again today. What we didn’t want to happen is everybody turning up on Sunday to find the school closed and we hadn’t been able to inform people.
It has been put out on the web and social media but could you inform all your members.
I look forward to seeing you all at other shows throughout the year and see you all again next year at our show when the weather will be more pleasant.
Once again from everybody at the Peterborough Model Club we apologise for the cancellation of the show.
Owen Edwards spends a day at Telford Scale Model World 2017. Featuring interviews with IPMS members, the Airfix team, and Malcolm from Models for Heroes, plus a look around some of the many displays and the competition section.
Advance bookings are well under way for Scale ModelWorld 2018. There is a special price for bookings made up until 30th November 2017, so if you are thinking of having a trade presence at the 2018 show, better to book sooner!
The booking Terms and Conditions are available here (PDF, opens in new tab)
The Trader Booking Form is available here (Microsoft Word .DOC, opens in new window)
“Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been frenetically busy,” says IPMS(UK) President Paul Regan at the end of the first day.
“We don’t have exact figures yet, but it looks like it is a record breaking show. Traders have reported brisk activity, and the competition has had the highest number of entries since the 50th anniversary show, with over 1100 entries.”
You may have seen this sort of tool before but these have been designed and manufactured in the UK to our own specification.
We have had a limited number of these tools manufactured (just 200) and we will be selling them on a first come, first served basis at Scale ModelWorld in November.
The 0.25mm stainless steel tool is roughly the size of a credit card. The metal is robust enough and the edge sharp enough to gently scrape away the offending seam whilst minimising the risk of damage to the curve or angle kit parts.
The tool has a flat metal profile and each edge is profiled, incorporating a series of different radius curves along with several commonly used angles. Using the appropriate curve or angle, you can smooth off seam lines and joint lines on plastic models without damaging the existing curvature of the parts. It can also be used to reinstate the curve or angle of a part if it has been damaged or if you have filled a join or an imperfection in the part.
Want to remove seams off gun barrels? – some of the smaller radius profiles will be ideal.
Need to smooth the joint lines on a fuselage? – the larger profiles will do the job for you.
Have a right-angle that needs to be reinstated? – this tool has the angles that you’ll need.
The tool is priced at £5.00 but we will be offering a ‘show special’ price of £4.00 to IPMS members (on production of a valid IPMS Membership Card). Sales will be initially limited to one tool per purchaser until we have gauged their popularity. If there is sufficient demand then we will consider a second production run.
In addition to the Seam Tool, there will be a full range of IPMS(UK) souvenir merchandise on sale in the foyer at Scale ModelWorld 2017. This includes t-shirts, polo shirts, badges, patches, stickers, mugs, lanyards and magazine back issues.
MMP/Stratus are delighted to announce the publication of the first three books in the new “On Camera” series, which will be available at the MMP stand at Scale ModelWorld 2017.
The author, Alan Ranger, will be signing copies on request.
The “On Camera” books are photo albums of pictures taken by ordinary German servicemen during WW2, never before published. These are NOT official propaganda photos, but snapshots of vehicles and soldiers in everyday life.
Released at SMW will be: “Dunkirk”, “German Horse Power”, and “Sd.Kfz 7 Halftracks”.
Kinetic will be launching their Harrier T2 / T4 / T8 kit in 1/48th scale at Scale ModelWorld 2017. This is the first ever full kit of a first generation Harrier two-seater made by any mainstream kit manufacturer.
The kit includes all nose, fin and tail-sting options to build any RAF/RN twin stick, plus decals for Harrier TAV-8As and TAV-8Ss in service with the USMC, Spanish Navy and Thai Navy (although these will need Stencel III-S seats fitting which are not in the kit, but resin examples can be purchased from e.g. Wingman Models as WMF48002).
Important: Membership renewals and Scale ModelWorld 2017
(for those not already paying by Direct Debit).
To gain free access to Scale ModelWorld 2017, members of IPMS(UK) will need to have with them a valid IPMS(UK) membership card bearing their name and the printed date ‘2017’.
If you currently have a card bearing the printed date ‘2016’, you will need to renew your membership (and hence get a new card).
Please note that in order for you to be issued with a ‘2017’ membership card, the Membership Secretary must receive your renewal payment by midnight on Tuesday 31 st October 2017 at the latest.
Members whose renewal payments are received after this deadline (including those who renew at Scale ModelWorld 2017), will be issued with ‘2018’ membership cards.
If you currently have a ‘2016’ membership card and are planning to visit Scale ModelWorld 2017, please renew your membership now. Early renewal will avoid the risk of payments or membership cards being delayed in the post and your membership period will be preserved.
It’s long been the case that IPMS(UK) have a presence at a number of shows throughout the year. They have a table, manned by a member of the executive, with information about IPMS, merchandise, and the ability to sign up new members and to take renewal subscriptions from existing members.
The events diary has been altered to show events that will have an IPMS(UK) presence. Such shows are categorised as “UK Shows (IPMS Exec Presence)”. They can all be seen under the events menu, by clicking the sub-item “UK Shows (IPMS Exec Presence)”. Click here to see this listing.
If you are a show organiser and want to request IPMS(UK) to have a presence at your event, then please answer Yes under “IPMS(UK) executive presence requested” when you complete the “Add your event” form (Please note that IPMS(UK) having a presence depends entirely on a member of the executive being available for that date and location.)
Many thanks to our photographers Brian Keates, Ashley Keates, Adrian Constable, Tim Constable, Alan Brown, Andy Prentis and John Tapsell, and especial thanks to Chris Ayre for his work on the competition class winner photos.
With less than a week to go Scale ModelWorld has already attracted more than 1000 competition entries from across the world. Registrations closed on Saturday, 5th November on what has proved to be one of the largest competition registrations since our 2013 50th Anniversary event.
Final preparations are being made for the show and the real work will start on Friday, 11th November as we set up the exhibition halls and prepare for the thousands of visitors who arrive each year. With nearly 200 traders booked in there is almost nothing related to model-making that you won’t be able to buy.
200 Branch and Special Interest Group displays stretching across three large exhibition halls will add another 4000 models to the display total, meaning that visitors can marvel at more than 5000 completed examples of the scale modelling hobby at its finest.
Scale ModelWorld is once again living up to its reputation as the largest plastic modelling show in the world. Visitors and traders will be arriving from as far afield as Japan, South Korea and Australia, not to mention Canada and the United States, assorted South American countries and of course virtually every nation in Europe. The only continent not represented is Antarctica.