The admission prices for Scale ModelWorld 2018 have been held at the same level as in 2017. Click here for details
The Special display planned for 2018 is “100 Years of the RAF”. We are also looking at ways of commemorating 100 years since the Armistice
Advance tickets sales will be online from 1st August 2018
Competition forms and suporting documents will be available from 1st August 2018
It is planned to have an online competion entry form. (This is an addition to the regular methods of entering the competiion; we will continue to support paper forms via the post, or emailed forms.)
The free minibus service from the railway station to the show is confirmed for 2018
There will be free Wi-Fi at the venue
The free printed Show Guide is confirmed for 2018
Can all branch and SIG leaders please check that they have received the annual returns which this year are being sent as an online form by survey monkey unless a paper copy has been requested.
If you have received neither and your branch/SIG is not shown on the website as return received please contact the UKLO and I will arrange to resend in whichever format you require.
The booking form for Overseas Clubs wishing to exhibit at Scale ModelWorld 2018 is now available online – click here
Thanks to Andy Prentis for the team photos of just some of the UK Branches and Special Interest Groups that were at Scale ModelWorld 2017
Again, many thanks to Chris Ayre for producing some stunning images of our championship models
Many thanks to Chris Ayre for the excellent images from Scale ModelWorld 2017
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.
A ship model went missing from the competition area at Scale ModelWorld 2017 on Sunday 12th November.
It may have been picked up by mistake when competitors were collecting their models at the end of the show.
If you had entries in the competition, can you please check that you don’t have this model in with your own, please.
The results of the Scale ModelWorld 2017 competion are now available (PDF, opens in new tab)
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!
Many thanks to all who exhibited at or visited Scale ModelWorld 2017. The exact figures are not yet in, but the attendance figures were extremely high.
And a special thank you to all the volunteers who run the show, without whose hard work and dedication Scale ModelWorld would not be possible.
We look forward to seeing you next year at Scale ModelWorld 2018, on the 10th and 11th November, at the same venue!
“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.”
Scale ModelWorld 2017 continues tomorrow, Sunday 12th November.
IMPORTANT: all IPMS Members attending Scale ModelWorld, and all Traders and other exhibitors should familiarise themselves with this briefing
- The Health & Safety briefing for 2017 is available here
- The only change from 2016 is the requirement for all persons present during the breakdown to wear yellow tabards.
We are delighted to announce the return of modelling demonstrations at Scale ModelWorld 2017, in Hall Three.
Demonstrating their skills at various modelling techniques will be:
- Bob from MDC – moulding and casting
- Franck Oudin – Airbrush (GSI Europe)
- Peter of MAN Models – Hakata Paint
- David Parker of AFV Modeller
- John Adams – vacforms
With thanks to Applied Vacuum Engineering for supplying moulding and casting equipment, and to Neill’s Materials for raw materials.
At Scale ModelWorld 2017 IPMS Israel will be awarding a special trophy for any Israeli subject.
This has been in the planning stage for months and has finally been confirmed.
No separate entry is required and Members of IPMS Israel will be judging the new award.
The “latest and greatest” version of the Scale ModelWorld 2017 floor plans are now at
Advanced ticket sales allow you to beat the queue for the cash desks at Scale ModelWorld.
Price for adults is £10 per day + £2.20 booking fee – click here to book
Advanced ticket sales for Scale ModelWorld 2017 will not be available after midnight on 2nd November 2017. This is to allow time for tickets to be sent through the post.
The briefing document for Branch Secretaries and SIG Leaders, with important information for IPMS members, can be found here
Only sixteen days to go now, Branch and SIG leaders will be receiving the drop off car passes any time now as they were posted on Monday.
Can all those who have not yet let me have names and membership numbers for their early entry set up crew please do so as soon as possible please on the UKLO contact address.
**NEW FOR SCALE MODELWORLD 2017**
The IPMS (UK) Seam Tool
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.
The floor plans and the locations of Branches, SIGs and Traders for Scale ModelWorld 2017 are now available
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).
The Scale ModelWorld 2017 timetable is available as a PDF here. Please note the timings are almost bound to change.
Revell will officially be launching a new-tool 1:32nd scale P-51D-5NA Mustang (early version) at Scale ModelWorld 2017.
In addition to the normal built-up sample on display, there will also have kit sprues for visitors to view and handle.
Revell are also expecting to have a further built-up sample of the kit from the guys at Scale Aviation Modeller magazine, just ahead of a full build review in their December issue.
The list of overseas clubs who will be exhibiting at Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been update, see:
Please note that due to the Scale ModelWorld workload, the Membership Office will be closed between midnight on 31st October 2017 and midnight on 12th November 2017.
It will therefore not be possible to renew memberships or to make new applications (either online or by post), during this period.
Face-to-face renewals/applications will be available via the Membership Desk at Scale ModelWorld, but the cards issued will only be valid for admission to SMW 2018.
The following clubs are confirmed as attending Scale ModelWorld 2017:
- IPMS Austria
- Scale Aircraft Team Germany Poland
- Modelsportclub (MSC) Hans Grade
- IPMS Netherlands
- IPMS Portugal
- IPMS Serbia
See https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/overseas-at-smw/ for the full list
The 2017 menu and booking information for the Scale ModelWorld Annual Dinner is now available here
The following traders have signed for Scale ModelWorld 2017:
- Inside the Armour
For the full listing see https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/traders-at-scale-modelworld/
The following traders will be joining us at Scale ModelWorld 2017:
- Kinetic Model Kits
- Tiger Hobbies
Go to https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/traders-at-scale-modelworld/ for a full list of traders who will be attending the show
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.
Click here to renew your membership
Cliff Bassett, Membership Secretary
The list of overseas exhibitors confirmed for Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been added to the site
Clive Davis, The Aviation and Military Book Centre, Aires Hobby Models/Quickboost, Sovereign Hobbies and Alclad II have joined the ranks of traders who will be at Scale ModelWorld 2017
Can branch and SIG leaders please contact UKLO by email with details of set up team requirements for wristbands.
Include your Branch SIG name, the name and membership number of each person needing a wristband (max 4). Wristbands will be valid for all weekend, can you also please let me have details of how many car park passes will be needed.
The sooner this is in the better even if I have to make a few last minute changes
The admission prices for Scale ModelWorld 2017 have been set as:
- Saturday only-Adults £12, Concessions £8
- Sunday only -Adults £10, Concessions £7
- Two day pass – £20
- Advance ticket sales – Adults – £10 per day + £2.20 booking fee – click here to book
- Children under 16 – FREE – up to 2 children per full-paying adult
- IPMS Members – FREE – to learn more about membership click here
- “Concessions” means either:
- Seniors (over state retirement age), or
- Registered Disabled (accompanying carer gets free admission)
More details on Scale ModelWorld at https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/
The list for traders booked so far for Scale ModelWorld 2017 is now on the site at https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/traders-at-scale-modelworld/
Because I seem to be getting a lot of emails from people worried about the risk assessments I have decided to issue a generic form which can be edited to suit.
As it stands it covers all the basics and just needs a Branch or SIG name adding along with a date.
If your Branch or SIG has any extra risks that you feel should be mentioned then they can be added at the end of the form.
Please note it is a Branch or SIG responsibility to perform a proper risk assessment; simply “tick boxing” the template form is not sufficient.
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.
INSIDE THE ARMOUR PUBLICATIONS AWARD
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 https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/scale-modelworld-competition/
Tony Horton, Competition Secretary
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 https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/scale-modelworld-competition/
Photos of all the competition class winners have been added to the SMW 2016 Class and Trophy Winners Gallery.
In addition, a large number of other photos of the show have been added to the SMW 2016 General Photos Gallery
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.
Scale ModelWorld 2019 will be held on 9-10th November 2019. Venue is as before, The International Centre in Telford.
More details at https://ipmsuk.org/calendar/scale-modelworld-2019/
For details of all future Scale ModelWorld shows and other IPMS(UK) events, see https://ipmsuk.org/calendar/category/ipmsuk-event/
The results in full for the 2016 competition are now available
Click here to view (PDF opens in separate window)
The are now photos of the Scale ModelWorld 2016 Senior and Junior National Champion winning models, and also the Category winners in the photo gallery at https://ipmsuk.org/gallery-2/
Apparently the Holiday Inn at Telford is fully booked for next year’s Scale ModelWorld. This is a measure of the success of the show…. !
Some pictures from the first day of SMW 2016 can be found here
These include images of the 2016 National Senior Champion winning model
This year’s Scale ModelWorld is now open to the public!
Sorry, advance tickets for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are no longer available; it’s now too close to the event to allow for delivery in time.
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.
The final floorplans and lists of exhibitors for Scale ModelWorld 2016 have been posted.
Please note little has changed since the previous versions; see the “Corrections and Updates” section at the foot of the Floor Plans page here
MMP Books have announced the following new books for Scale Modelworld 2016:
- Polish Wings No. 21 MiG-29 ‘Kościuszko Squadron’ Commemorative Schemes
- Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 2
- The Fairey Barracuda
- The Stockholm Run. Air Transport Between Britain and Sweden During WWII
- U.S. Military Aircraft in the Royal Swedish Air Force
There is now a page for the locations and opening times of catering outlets at Scale ModelWorld 2016
Please see here
Book Signing Event at THE AVIATION BOOKSHOP stand on SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER at SCALEMODEL WORLD 2016
Simon Watson of The Aviation Bookshop has announced that the following will be signing copies of METEOR BOYS:
- Steve Bond ( Author )
- Alec Audley ( Meteor Pilot )
- Mike Sayer ( Meteor Pilot )
- Alun Williams ( Meteor Pilot )
In addition, PHILLIP CAMP will be signing copies of SQUADRONS, PATCHES, HERALDRY & ARTWORK OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE 1932 -2016.
Also announced is that Harpia Press will release its latest title RUSSIAN WARPLANES vol. 2 by Piotr Butowski.
Azimut Productions will be joining us at Scale ModelWorld
Please also note that the trading name of Jonathon Dale is GAMEIN5D Base Boards, and that Vapour Trials have a new trading name, 1/144th
We have received notice that due to unforseen circumstances IPMS Newton Aycliffe will be unable to attend Scale ModelWorld 2016
No further applications to join IPMS or to renew membership can be made until after Scale ModelWorld
- This is to allow for processing and sending out of membership cards already in hand.
- The membership admin site will re-open for new memberships and renewals after 14th November 2016
This is traditionally our busiest time for renewals and new memberships but this year we have had an unprecedented volume of people asking to join or renew in the past couple of months and this has placed significant strain on an already busy membership administration system.
We are trying to process them as quickly as we can but it is taking time and may result in some members not receiving their membership cards in time for Scale ModelWorld.
We hope it won’t be necessary, but if we are unable to send out the cards in time to reach some members, there will be a collection point in the main foyer at Telford from 08:15 on Saturday, 12th November 2016.
Part of the problem this year has been the number of ‘late’ renewals adding pressure to an already busy time of year. We would strongly encourage everyone to renew on time in 2017 so we can avoid similar problems occurring next year.
Please also note that we are unable to complete any new Direct Debit mandates prior to Scale ModelWorld as it takes time for them to go through the banking system and they won’t be ‘live’ before the show.
We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience this situation may cause. The volume of interest in the Society, whilst gratifying, is pushing the limits of our current resources. The membership administration is carried out by volunteers in their spare time and as such, there is a limit to what we can
achieve in the time available.
IPMS (UK) Membership Secretary
- New members
- If you want to join IPMS(UK) before Scale ModelWorld then you must make your application by 26th October 2016. You can renew online or by cheque through the post, see here
- Existing members on Direct Debit
- If your renewal date is prior to 14th November 2016, and you have a DD confirmed to be drawn by the end of September, your renewal will go through automatically and your new membership card will be sent out in time for Scale ModelWorld.
- Existing members NOT on Direct Debit
- If your renewal date is prior to 14th November 2016, you must get your renewal in by 26th October 2016. You can renew online or by cheque through the post, see here
The latest floorplans for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are now available here
These include an overall guide showing access points for setup, and lists of traders, UK Branches and SIGs with grid references to show their locations in the halls.
Unfortunately, 8th USAAF SIG and IPMS Devon – South / Torbay won’t be exhibiting at Scale ModelWorld 2016.
Unfortunately the Revell SIG leader has had to withdraw from this year’s Scale ModelWorld, for family reasons, and so the SIG will not be exhibiting.
Their place in Hall 2 will be taken by the Motor Museum In Miniature.
The exhibitor layout for each of the three halls at Scale ModelWorld can now be seen here
Please note a full plan with a grid on it will be published shortly
The following traders will be exhibiting at this year’s Scale ModelWorld:
- Hong Kong Models
- Jonathon Dale
See here for the full list
There are considerable numbers of roadworks around the Telford International Centre during the period of SMW 2016.
You are strongly advised to check road conditions prior to travel, and to allow extra time for your journey.
The local authority’s website carries more detail.
There is also info (which seems to err too much on the side of caution) at roadworks.org – Live and planned traffic disruptions (put in the postcode of the International Centre, TF3 4JH)
The timetable for the Kit Swap for Scale ModelWolrd 2016 is now available on the Kit Swap page here
IPMS(UK) is pleased to announced that the following exhibitors will be attending Scale ModelWorld this year:
- Miniman Factory
- RB Productions
- DeAgostini UK
Click here for a full list of traders
Instructions and download links to the forms for this year’s Kit Swap are now available:
Added Barracuda Studios to the traders who will be at Scale ModelWorld 2016
Update 7th November 2016: Sorry, advance tickets for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are no longer available; it’s now too close to the event to allow for delivery in time.
Beat the queues! To buy tickets for Scale ModelWorld online, please
- Tickets purchased online will be posted prior to the event and will not be available for collection from the venue
- Only full price adult tickets (£10) are available online
- There is a £2.15 booking fee per ticket to cover administration and postage
For more information on Scale ModelWorld click here
There is yet more overseas presence at Scale Modelworld 2016 in the shape of IPMS Ireland, IPMS Portugal and IPMS Czech Republic.
See the full list at https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/overseas-at-smw/
Please note neither Scunthorpe & North Lincs, nor Wisbech will be exhibiting at this year’s Scale ModelWorld.
For a full list of which UK Branches will be showing, see https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/branches-at-scale-modelworld/
Latest additions to the International zone at Scale ModelWorld are IPMS Serbia and IPMS Russia.
For a full listing of who’s attending from overseas see https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/overseas-at-smw/
All IPMS Members attending Scale ModelWorld, and all Traders and other exhibitors should familiarise themselves with the Health & Safety briefing, which is available here
Latest confirmed traders for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are Pocketbond and SAM Publications, see https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/traders-at-scale-modelworld/
IPMS Switzerland are also confirmed, see https://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/overseas-at-smw/
There are now 169 traders confirmed for this year’s Scale ModelWorld show.
See the SMW Traders page for a full listing, with links to their websites.
The menu and booking arrangements for the 2016 Annual Dinner to be held at Scale ModelWorld are now available.
Saturday 12th November 2016
Reynolds Suite, Holiday Inn, Telford
7.00pm for 8.00
£23.00 per person
For further information: Scale-ModelWorld-2016-Annual-Dinner.pdf
Now confirmed for SMW 2016 are:
- The Beyond the Box SIG
- Model Kit Static Boulonnais (IPMS France)
- Modellsportclub (MSC) Hans Grade Berlin (IPMS Germany)
We have pretty well a full house now of IPMS Branches and Special Interest Groups for Scale ModelWorld 2016.