Our experiences and model displays at the Avon IPMS model shows ...
2017 - 13th August
Six of us headed west for this year's Avon Model Show: Chairman Dave W, Les C, Dave T, Graham J, Chris K and Tim E. This was a very good show and well run. We were made very welcome by our hosts, it was also good to catch up with friends from the modelling world, including our old chairman Tony H.
There was a good attendance with lots of interest shown in our display. We all had a good time, with Graham buying a kit or two despite his protestations that he was hunting for tools? Bargains were had by all and Tim resisted the urge to buy something big! just. During the more relaxed periods, Les was able to expand on his secret love of the F-16 to chairman Dave.
2016 - 7th August
Four of us headed west for this year's Avon Model Show: Chris K, Dave T, Graham J and Les. With only the four of us, we had room to spread the display over the two tables we were allocated. Sadly the show was spread out too, with numbers appearing to be down from last year and it had quite a slow start. A shame really, as this is a good show and well run and we are always made welcome. More traditional summer weather - i.e. cloud and rain, may have pushed numbers up, but we had warmth and sunshine for a change.
Irrespective of attendance numbers, we had a good time. During the more relaxed periods, Les was able to expand on his secret love of war gaming, having had a look at the various battles being enacted in Halls 1 and 2. More surprising was his appreciation of the F-16 and the display by the SIG, being particularly enamoured with the regular Viper schemes. All his references to "shades of grey" did make us wonder if he'd been confusing a recent best seller with USAF tactical camouflage schemes.
Chairman Dave and Les discussing, Les's upcoming F-16 project and what grey to use. While Tim and Dave T discuss Schnellboot size.
A selection of models from Chairman Dave, Chris K, Graham J and Les.
A selection of models from Les, Bob L and Graham J.
A selection of models from Les and Graham J.
A selection of models from Graham J, Tim, Dave T and Chris K.
A selection of models from Tim and Chris K.
2017 Avon display
The armour selection provided by Les
US Navy aircraft from Dave T
Odds and ends from Graham J
Nautical and SF from Chris K
Fun Boy Three - Les, Dave T and Chris K ready to repel rivet counters at the 2016 show