Our experiences and model displays at Scale Model World (SMW) run by IPMS(UK)...

We are able to exhibit at SMW now that the club has returned to the IPMS(UK) fold. The show promotes itself as "the largest event for the scale modelling hobby in the world", and who are we to disagree? Certainly none of the other shows in the UK come anywhere close and we don't travel abroad to others in case the UK Border Agency don't let us back in, so we cannot verify the claim. 2016 was our first visit to the show this century. We have been a few times in the 20th century we think, but it's all such a long time ago and no-one clearly remembers. There's probably evidence somewhere, but it's all academic now. Like Arnie, we're back! Enough of the history, let's get on with the show ...

2019 - 9th-10th November

The set-up team as the IPMS would call us, comprised Chairman Dave, Dave T, Chris K and Graham C. We set off late Friday morning to arrive mid afternoon, we got the stand set-up. Our display covered a broad range of genres, subjects and scales which illustrated our diverse interests as modellers.

Our display was very well recieved with all the models drawing a lot of attention.
On Saturday the rest of the show team Martin S turned up, with a day visit from Alan H, Guy T, Gary K, Thomas G, Les C and Bob L
Much buying of models was partaken by all. We all managed a reasonably quick getaway, to avoid the traffic on the journey home, exhausted but happy.
This was our first year of awarding the West Middlesx Trophy for the best British uniformed figure.
We're looking forward to a return visit next year.


2018 - 10-11th November

The set-up team as the IPMS would call us, comprised Chairman Dave, Dave T, Chris K and Dave H. We set off late Friday morning with the models, cloths etc and got the stand set-up. Our display covered a broad range of genres, subjects and scales which we hoped would illustrate the diverse interests of the club members.

Our display was very well recieved with a certain diorama and table drawing a lot of attention along with all the other models we displayed promoting our club. We also had a display of World War one models and postcards to mark the WWI centenary and the table was scattered with rice paper poppies.

On Saturday the rest of the show team Martin S, Graham C and Alan H.joined the stand with a day visit from Les C and Bob L.On Sunday the team were joined by Mark I.
Much buying of models was partaken by all. We all managed a reasonably quick getaway, to hit the traffic on the journey home, exhausted but happy.
Congratulations to Alan who received a comendation in the model competition for his Sharpe figure.
We're looking forward to a return visit next year.

2017 - 11-12th November

The advance party - or set-up team as the IPMS would call us, comprised Chairman Dave, Dave T, Tim E and Graham J. We set off late Friday morning with some of the models, cloths etc and got the stand set-up. As you will see below, we had a pretty busy display and we covered a broad range of genres, subjects and scales which we hoped would illustrate the diverse interests of the club members.

Our display was very well recieved with a certain train and table drawing a lot of attention along with all the other models we displayed promoting our club.

On Saturday the set-up team were joined for the day by Les, Bob, Chris K, Alan H and Dave H. On Sunday the set-up team were joined by Mark I and Martin (with his wife) for the day. Dave W did battle with a packet of cheese on the sunday, dont ask!
With a few helping hands to help dismantle the display and pack the models, we all managed a reasonably quick getaway. Sadly the same can't be said for the journey home where a 2 and a quarter hour journey stretched into 3 and a half. However, all of those who went had a good time they say, with much buying and joviality.
We're looking forward to a return visit next year, in Chairman Dave's words a lower key presence with the emphasis on lower!!!

2016 - 12-13th November

The advance party - or set-up team as the IPMS administration would call us, comprised Chairman Dave, Dave T, Bob L and Graham J. We set off late Friday morning with all the models, cloths (new), banners and display items and got the stand set-up, all bar three models, by late Friday afternoon. As you will see below, we had a pretty busy display and we think we covered a broad range of genres, subjects and scales which we hoped would illustrate the diverse interests of the club members.

On Saturday the set-up team were joined for the day by Alan H, Tim E and Dave H. On Sunday the set-up team were joined by Chris K, Tim Ev and Martin (with his wife) for the day. With a few helping hands to help dismantle the display and pack the models, we all managed a reasonably quick getaway. Sadly the same can't be said for the journey home, where a few of us got help up on the M42/M40. Deep joy! However, all of those who went had a good time they say and we're looking forward to a return visit next year. Some hotel rooms are already booked!

Aside from the folks mentioned, we also had models on the table from Chris M, Chris R, Ian H, Les, Mark and Matthew.

SMW 2019
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Our display for SMW 2019
SMW 2019
SMW 2019
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A selectiion of Dave W's, Martin S's, Dave T's and Chris K's models
SMW 2019
SMW 2019
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Further models by Dave T, Martin S, Graham J and Chris K
SMW 2019
SMW 2019
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Models by Dave T, Graham J, Martin H and Chris K
SMW 2019
SMW 2019
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Alan H's figures on display on the saturday.
SMW 2019
SMW 2019
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Guy T's cars on display on the saturday.
SMW 2019
SMW 2018
Our club display for Scale Model World 2018 at Telford
SMW 2018
SMW 2018
Part of our WWI display to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI
SMW 2018
SMW 2018
More of our WWI display to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW
SMW 2018
SMW 2018
more of our display up close
SMW 2018
SMW 2018
our display up close
SMW 2018
SMW 2018
more of our display up close
SMW 2018
SMW 2018
The last of our display up close
SMW 2018
SMW 2018
A view down our table
SMW 2018
SMW 2018
The lively lads behind the table, from left Dave W, Martin S, Dave T & Alan H.
SMW 2018
SMW2017
Our table at Scale Model World 2017 with the three Dave's in heated discussion
SMW2017
SMW2017
Models on the table from Les, Tim, Chris K & Dave H
SMW2017
SMW2017
Models on the table from Les, Tim, Chris K & Dave H
SMW2017
SMW2017
Models on the table from Les, Tim, Chris K & Dave H
SMW2017
SMW2017
Models on the table from Les, Tim, Chris K, Mark, Dave W & Dave H
SMW2017
SMW2017
Models on the table from Graham J, Chris K, Dave W & Dave H
SMW2017
SMW2017
Models on the table from Alan H, Dave H, Colin L, Graham J & Dave W
SMW2017
SMW2017
Models on the table from Dave H, Tim, Dave T, Colin L & Alan H
SMW2017
SMW2017
Models on the table from Martin, Graham J, Chris K, Mark & Dave T
SMW2017
SMW2017
Martins train and Dave H volunteering for what? to Mr president
SMW2017
SMW2017
Our display from the side
SMW2017
SMW2017
Our display from the other side
SMW2017
SMW2017
Alan's Sharpe figure and busts with Dave H's fantasy females
SMW2017
SMW2017
Table end on, not sure if we are keeping Tim awake?
SMW2017
SMW2017
From egg planes to Star Trek
SMW2017
SMW2017
Ships, planes, figures and armour and a table?
SMW2017
SMW2017
Submarines, ships, tanks, batman and sci-fi
SMW2017
SMW2017
Marks AA gun surrounded by armour
SMW2017
SMW2017
A tree of Star Trek ships
SMW2017
SMW2017
Theres that train again with 007 putting the boot in!
SMW2017
SMW2017
A fine selection of aircraft, batmissile and figures
SMW2017
SMW2017
Toon Tanks, Lancaster and egg planes.
SMW2017
SMW2017
Dave H's armour and IJN ship, with Tim's Flower class corvette astride with a naughty fairy that got its fair shair of attention!
SMW2017
SMW 2016
Our first visit of the century, the 2016 show. This is the view of the display from the IPMS South Somerset stand who were directly opposite us. Despite the banners, we still had a few folk ask where we were from ...
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
The left-hand side of the display contained models from Chris K, Chairman Dave, Dave H, Martin, Alan H, Les, Chris M and Chris R ...
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
And on the right-hand side we have models from Dave T, Tim Ev, Dave H, Martin, Chris K, Chris M, Graham J and Ian H ...
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
And a few more views from a little bit closer - you can of course find these models in the respective members' galleries ...
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
Between us we reckon that every model got a mention of some kind from one or more visitors showing that there was something for everyone on the table to look and talk about ...
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
Having said that, a few folks gave the eggplanes a dismissive look whilst others cracked a broad smile when they saw them ...
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
And Martin took a few orders for cod and chips with his "Chip Shop" diorama ...
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
The show was much busier on the Saturday than the Sunday (which is usual), but everyone had a chance to wander round and seek some bargains. Oh yes, some of us even looked at other peoples' models - an increasingly rare activity it seems at some shows, where stash building is the name of the game. Some of us still remember to build models every now and then.
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
Chris K relates that Chairman Dave had posted on Britmodeller on Friday that the A team was there on Saturday and that it was going downhill on Sunday with the arrival of the B team. Chris K replied “Does that mean your taking us skiing Dave?” to which he replied “I've got your models Buddy!”

On Saturday Chris K get a phone call that there had been a couple of breakages, with members in the background saying Chairman Dave had dropped the box with them in. [Ed: He'd tried throwing it across the table - ROFL]. A very apologetic Chairman Dave was met on Sunday. He hadn’t dropped the box but knocked it. Chris K commented "Accidents happen, no need for fuss, a bit of superglue and all was sorted."
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
As you can see, it was really, really busy. Okay, this was before opening and Chairman Dave already has to fend off the first of the Britmodellers who want to camp behind our table and eat our chocolates. Don't they have their own clubs to go to?

We had 90 models on the table from 13 club members. Not a bad start for our first display at SMW in the 21st century.
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
Dave H, Chairman Dave, Dave T and Dave, err no I mean Graham J, posing for the photographer (Photo - Andrew Prentiss)
SMW 2016
SMW 2016
And here's Chris K, Chairman Dave and Dave T (Photo via Andrew Prentiss)
SMW 2016