Our experiences and model displays at the Museum of Army Flying model shows at Middle Wallop ...
2017 - 19th November
Bob L, Dave T, Les, Dave H and Martin braved the trip to Middle Wallop and hosted our display at this year's show. Dave T said "This was a good, friendly venue with plenty of visitors in the museum.We had plenty of interest in our models". Thanks to Dave H for taking the photos.
2016 - 20th November
Bob L, Dave T, Les and Martin hosted our display at this year's show, with Chris K paying a flying visit. Dave T reports "This was a good, friendly venue with plenty of visitors in the museum up to about 2.30pm. Traders were a bit thin on the ground and were mostly the ones who deal with old kits. We had plenty of interest for our models so the day seemed to pass quickly! Good cafe and Martin and I treated ourselves to a chicken korma for lunch!" As usual, Martin's lighting rig added some much needed light to the table. Thanks to Chris K for taking the photos.
2015 - 22nd November
Dave W, Dave T, Ed, Matthew, Martin, Les and Chris K represented the club at this year's show. This year we had 33% extra space to fill, which we managed to do with our usual variety of genres and subjects. It turned out to be quite a busy show, only tailing off in the last hour. Once again Martin's lighting rig came to the rescue as the museum's lighting is more suited to restful repose than detailed examination of subjects in the spotlight. The chaps sold a few items, picked up some bargains and had a few chats with visitors. All-in-all, another good show and the chaps are keen to return next year. Perhaps we need a helicopter or two on the table next time? Thanks to Chris K and Ed who took the photos.
2014 - 23rd November
Martin, the three Daves (H, W and T) and Graham drove down the M3 to represent the club at this small and friendly model show at the museum. The show was pretty busy in the morning, but tailed off quite dramatically after lunch, though this is not entirely unexpected. With a broad range of kits on show, from the serious to the funny, from the well made to the thrown together (the egg planes), we attracted a good range of visitors and had a number of interesting conversations. As with the other museum based shows, it is nice that we get to meet and talk to more occasional or non-modellers than is true of the club based shows. It makes for a pleasant change in the subjects of the conversations. All-in-all, a good show, well hosted, no hassle and it was warm inside! Here's what you would have seen had you been there ...
2013 - 24th November
Martin and the three Daves from the club travelled to the show and displayed their models. As you can see, we had a varied collection of models. The show was small, friendly and hopefully will become established on the circuit. We certainly intend to attend next year. Photos taken by Dave Haskell.
Middle Wallop 2017 model display, looks like Bob has put Les to sleep.
A selection of Martin's & Dave H's models
Dave H's and Les's models. Bob and Les in the background, a rivetting conversation?
Dave t's models
Close-ups of Dave T's cats.
More of Dave T's aircraft
Bob and Les's armour
Dave H's warship with more of Les's armour
Dave H's armour and fantasy figure
A selection of Martin's dioramas, Dave H's fantasy females and armour
2015 Show - All set to go. Is that Dave T attempting to hide a kit purchase in case the missus finds out?
It wouldn't be Middle Wallop without a display of armour from Les ...
And a few more [sorry this one's a bit blurred] ...
And the last ones ...
A few aircraft from Dave T ...
And some of Martin's dioramas ...
As you can see we had a few less models that normal for our displays. "Quality not quantity" the boys cry ...
Lastly a selection from Chris K.
Dave T more relaxed, having hid the purchase. Les is bemoaning the fact the F-16 Viper SIG have not put in an appearance.
2015 Show - Our table all set and raring to go, all 18 feet of it. Note the obligatory under the table sale of kits and books - de rigeur these days at model shows.
If it;s Middle Wallop, there must be armour!
... and submarines and sci-fi ...
... and a bit more armour ...
Back along the table, in case you've forgotten already ...
... moving on to ... Oh Dear! More armour ...
... Ah, that's better, some variety ...
... and finally some winged things.
Oh look, it's all that armour again!
Come on lads, be serious!
That's a bit better. Now all we need are some visitors! Thanks to Chris and Ed for taking the photos.
2014 Show - Dave H is ready, not sure about Dave W, but then we've never been sure about t'Dave! He may have spotted some dodgy looking characters approaching - Dave T and Martin.
The wingy-thing end of the table with models provided by Dave T and Graham
Dave H's ships and Martin's dioramas get centre stage at this show
More ships and tar, sorry tanks, complete the line-up, along with the obligatory under-the-table kit sales
Table ready, off to find some goodies and suffer a bit of RKI (Repetitive Kit Injury) caused by constantly bending down to pick up kits whilst muttering "Do I need another kit for loft insulation? / Cor, look how much they want for this / Is this the one with the okey-cokey fit first implemented in 1944 by the First Armoured Boot when they met the ....." (delete as applicable)
The view from the height of some of our smaller visitors
I've been told that you need to note the red gun barrel. Very important. If you think the colour is wrong, speak to Dave W and t'Dave, who will out you right.
Egg ships make an appearance alongside egg planes for the first time - in fact, there was a group build diorama by t'Dave and Graham which was accompanied by a repetitive droning coming from the other end of the table that sounded like "I told you not to build one of them"
Egg planes and ships - the yolks are definitely on us. There was supposed to be a second Zero in the diorama, but t'Dave's attempt to glue the wing on led to a serious structural failure - not t'Dave's belt snapping, but a melt down of the wing and fuselage. The use of industrial strength glue does explain a lot of things about t'Dave. We can still hear Dave H muttering, even now.