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.
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
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.
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.
There is a cutoff of 26th October 2016 to allow for processing and sending out of membership cards prior to Scale ModelWorld
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