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.
2015 - 9th August
Seven of us made the trip west this year, though Tony and Brian manned the Farnborough stand, as the club could only muster one other club member from 50+ to represent them. (Tut, tut, what is the world coming to?). Their reduced numbers did allow us to gain some extra table space, which is why the display looks a bit "stretched". If we'd have known we had more space, we would have brought more models!
Chairman Dave, Dave H, Chris K, Graham C and Graham J looked after our table during the proceedings and thus the models were split on strictly partisan lines: Subs and Sci-Fi; Ships; Armour; Aircraft and never the twain shall meet. It does mean there's usually something for everyone to look at.
It felt as those it was a much quieter show last year with regard to visitor numbers and visitor interactions. Yes, the folks on Britmodeller all had a good chat once they'd identified themselves with the secret handshakes and user names, but the general public seemed to be outnumbered by them and exhibitors. It is the middle of the school holidays and we have had some good weather recently, so perhaps models are not top of the agenda. Nevertheless, a generally good time was had and as ever it's fascinating to see the wargamers in action - though sometimes it looked distinctly like inaction.
In the show competition, Tony won first in class for his HMS Warspite and Dave H got a silver in the same class for his USS Chevalier (a Gearing-class destroyer). Congratulations to you both. Here are a few photographs of the table display ...
2014 - 10th August
Dave T, Dave W (hereafter "t'Dave") and Graham J made the trip westwards down the M4 to represent the club. The remnants of Hurricane Bertha threatened to put a bit of a damper on the day, but it appeared both clubs / traders and the public were prepared to ignore the weather and make a go of it. With only three of us, we worried about filling the table, but I think we managed to acquit ourselves and put on a reasonably varied spread. Our general view is that many of these shows, and this was no exception, now seem to be more about grabbing bargains from traders and "under the table" sales than actually looking at, and asking about, the models. Seems a shame when the quality of models presented by all clubs is increasing year-on-year.
T'Dave decided to rope me into judging in the Miscellaneous Class of the competition. Thanks t'Dave, but no thanks next time. He thought it would be easy with only three models, but it was anything but. I don't envy anyone who has to judge these models - there were some fantastic entries and few out-and-out obvious winners. Anyway, enough of all that, on with the photographs ...
2013 - 11th August
Space is at a premium now as model sizes seem to increase with every show. Perhaps we need to build some 1/144 scale models. Congratulations to Tony Horton (2nd for his HMS Richmond) and Brian Boot (1st for Focke Wulf FW190 and 2nd for his Taisho Japanese Commander) for their success in the competition.
2012 - 12th August
For a change, we left the models grouped by their makers. Congratulations to Dave Haskell, Dave Turner and Brian Boot for their success in the competition.
2011- 21st August
Tony, Dave H and Les represented the club. Photos taken by Dave Haskell.