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IPMS Scale Modelworld, Telford UK Largest Scale Model Show In The World
Posted by Bugatti Fan on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:33 AM

Organised by IPMS UK the founding branch of the society, and taking place on UK armistice day weekend Saturday and Sunday 10th 11th November 2017. Fantastic show taking up all 4 halls plus suites at Telford International Exhibition Centre UK. At the heart of the show is the competition that was formerly the IPMS UK Nationals. It is still a competition that only IPMS members from any country can enter by an earlier registered entry. Besides the competition where you can see the best of the best, there will be many, many trade stands catering for all interests. Lots of IPMS SIG (Special Interest Group) displays, IPMS Branch (Chapter) stands and our famous Kit Swap Area (actually Second Hand Kit Sales) that is only available to all IPMS Members on the morning of each day before being opened up to the general public. In one of the halls there is an area where there are International displays by many overseas IPMS organisations. Hope as many visitors from across the pond can attend.

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Posted by Billmc on Thursday, December 28, 2017 9:15 PM

Where is 2018 show at?, and when?

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Posted by Bish on Friday, December 29, 2017 1:42 AM

Billmc

Where is 2018 show at?, and when?

 

Its always in Telford and in Nov. 10th and 11th this year.

http://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/

One of these days i might actually get there.

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Posted by Hunter on Friday, December 29, 2017 6:53 PM

Bish

 

 
Billmc

Where is 2018 show at?, and when?

 

 

 

Its always in Telford and in Nov. 10th and 11th this year.

http://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/

One of these days i might actually get there.

 

I've never been to a IPMS show...I reviewed the link you provided, and that looks like a pretty good and big show. Do a lot of vender show up to this show? I hope you get to go one day Bish.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 30, 2017 1:32 AM

Hunter
 
Bish

 

 
Billmc

Where is 2018 show at?, and when?

 

 

 

Its always in Telford and in Nov. 10th and 11th this year.

http://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/

One of these days i might actually get there.

 

 

 

I've never been to a IPMS show...I reviewed the link you provided, and that looks like a pretty good and big show. Do a lot of vender show up to this show? I hope you get to go one day Bish.

 

 

From what i gather yes, a lot of vendors go to this one. Even the smaller shows have quite a few.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, December 30, 2017 4:21 AM

I have made it to one UK Scale Model World back in 2014, and about a half dozen US Nationals.  The difference between the two that was most apparent was that in the UK the non-competition club displays outnumbered the contest entries by a considerable margin.  The vendor rooms were stupendously huge with more stuff than I could mentally process.  I felt the contest entries, although fewer in number compared to a typical US Nats turnout, were of generally higher caliber in quality.  That's not to disrespect the US Nats, it just seemed that the heavy hitter modelers were the ones to enter the contest.  A friend who I regard as an expert modeler only managed an "honorable mention" for his entry.  I didn't bring a model to the contest, but if I ever do, it had better be pretty darn impressive!

It may be far away, but guys in the US should go at least once to Telford, just to experience it and see how they do it "over the pond".  Plus there's the RAF Museum in Cosford a couple of train stops from Telford.  Heck I'm in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and it was a lo-ng flight.  But I watched six movies so it wasn't too bad!

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 30, 2017 8:18 AM

Well if you can make it G, i have no excuse. Not all of the shows i have been to have shows, but those that do, even small ones, seem to have a very high standard. There is one guy in our club who builds some of the best aircraft models i have seen, and he struggles at Telford.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, December 30, 2017 3:46 PM

Do it Bish, you will be glad you did!

Telford was a bucket list destination for me since the late 1970s.  The issue of Scale Models with the Hasegawa 1/32 TA-4 Skyhawk in bicentennial colors on the cover was the catalyst.  IIRC the show report in that issue had a photo of a working 1/3 scale Merlin engine that ran on something called "petrol".  I was amazed that such things could be built.  Also in the issue was a scratchbuilt Fairey Swordfish in 1/24 scale I think.  And there I was looking on with incredulity, sitting on the floor with my tube glue and crummy Testors nylon bristle brushes!

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 30, 2017 4:05 PM

Our club has a display there every year, i just haven't saved up the cash for it. I need to start putting some away.

Ye, that petrol stuff lol. Its seeing thing like that as kids that i think really inspires us and sets us on the path.

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Posted by Hunter on Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:42 PM

Real G

I have made it to one UK Scale Model World back in 2014, and about a half dozen US Nationals.  The difference between the two that was most apparent was that in the UK the non-competition club displays outnumbered the contest entries by a considerable margin.  The vendor rooms were stupendously huge with more stuff than I could mentally process.  I felt the contest entries, although fewer in number compared to a typical US Nats turnout, were of generally higher caliber in quality.  That's not to disrespect the US Nats, it just seemed that the heavy hitter modelers were the ones to enter the contest.  A friend who I regard as an expert modeler only managed an "honorable mention" for his entry.  I didn't bring a model to the contest, but if I ever do, it had better be pretty darn impressive!

It may be far away, but guys in the US should go at least once to Telford, just to experience it and see how they do it "over the pond".  Plus there's the RAF Museum in Cosford a couple of train stops from Telford.  Heck I'm in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and it was a lo-ng flight.  But I watched six movies so it wasn't too bad!

 

Hello G,

That's cool you have been to this IPMS show. The wife has been wanting to go to the UK...maybe I can kill two bird's with one stone. Plan it to where we go and end up there for the show. I also agree with you in regards to the quality of builds from our friend's on the other side of the pond. Between the photos, YouTube and Military Modeller I have noticed the attention to specific details, and the diorama's they put out are amazing.

Bish, Bish, Bish...please save up and get to this show. And make sure to take some of your builds.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 31, 2017 3:17 AM

Hunter, if you plan on timing a visit here with the Telford show, just don't let the wife check the weather forcastes Big Smile. Could winds and drizzel are not exactly the ythings most people look for in a hiliday destination Wink

I will and i'l be sure to take some pics.

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, December 31, 2017 7:11 AM

Bish

Hunter, if you plan on timing a visit here with the Telford show, just don't let the wife check the weather forcastes Big Smile. Could winds and drizzel are not exactly the ythings most people look for in a hiliday destination Wink

I will and i'l be sure to take some pics.

 

LOL...boy I would not hear the end of it if I took her there during the rainy season, It would not bother me. 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 31, 2017 7:33 AM

Rainy season, now thats good. We don't so much have a wet and dry season, more like a very wet seaon and a bit less wet seaon.

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, December 31, 2017 10:06 AM

 

Bish

Rainy season, now thats good. We don't so much have a wet and dry season, more like a very wet seaon and a bit less wet seaon.

 

LOL...at least the gentlemen on eash side are getting a laugh out of it. 

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Posted by Silver on Monday, January 08, 2018 2:21 PM

England may be a bigger show in the world.But;The U.S. is where the very detail is at.I have been at those shows in Europe,and have seen no match like our I.P.M.S. Nationals winners In the past few years.

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Posted by Silver on Monday, January 08, 2018 2:32 PM

Not to create bad waves .We need to have a sponsorship type of modeling show that can be bigger and eventful for the hobby.Thats how they do it over there.A ribbon won’t cut the cake .You need a -example— a 2,000$ prize and so on.Some what an incentive To work twards e real craftmanship.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:58 AM

Been there , Done that !

 When I worked for British Petroleum / Shell as a tanker captain . We had some standown due to a tug bending our bow Bulb badly . Got to drive in the U.K. Too .That was a blast ( I guess I always wanted to drive on the " wrong side ").

 Anyway this was some years back .The work on the models was almost Anal . We had a lot to learn . Anyway as is the case, Modeler to Modeler , this was like a breath of fresh air . 

 Remember , tankers don't hang in port often . If we ain't movin we ain't earnin ! Telford shall always one of my favorite experiences . Biggest  point at that time , No Snobbishness was shown anywhere .

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:00 AM

Hunter

 

 
Bish

Rainy season, now thats good. We don't so much have a wet and dry season, more like a very wet seaon and a bit less wet seaon.

 

 

 

LOL...at least the gentlemen on eash side are getting a laugh out of it. 

 

 

You ain't got a bloody choice Big Smile Why do you think we have such a warped sense of humour.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:03 AM

Silver

Not to create bad waves .We need to have a sponsorship type of modeling show that can be bigger and eventful for the hobby.Thats how they do it over there.A ribbon won’t cut the cake .You need a -example— a 2,000$ prize and so on.Some what an incentive To work twards e real craftmanship.

 

Do they, thats a new one on me. If you need money as incentive to build a model, your in the wrong hobby.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:52 PM

Ha ha!  When I went to SMW the weather was rather good, except for the day we went to the RAF museum at Cosford.  The day started out cloudy, got drizzly when we got off the train, then came down in buckets while we were walking to the museum.  It's a fair distance, and we ended up getting soaked to our skivvies!  The rain never let up that day, so on our way out we bought some hideously overpriced "Red Arrows" umbrellas from the gift shop (or is that gift shoppe?).  But yeah the umbrella has become a cherished souvenir, and it gets regular use warding off Hawaii rain!  The fog the following morning was also an experience, as it was so thick, I had to follow the sidewalk edge to get to the show!

I would love to go to SMW again, but with something to throw into the contest.  No going "tebura" (i.e. empty handed) next time!

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 13, 2018 2:07 PM

G, right first time, Gift Shop.

O, and its a foot path, not a side walk Wink

Those gift shops, got to love em. They know how to lighten your load.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, January 13, 2018 3:41 PM

Thank you Bish for the clarification!

The gift shop pricing was not a put-off, since admission to the museum was free.  That was an awesome value!  My friend and I put £20 in the collection box. We did the same at Hendon.  (Airfix please LIDAR that Sunderland for a new kit!)

Speaking of free, for those who hold IPMS membership anywhere in the world, not only do you get into SMW without charge, you get in an hour before the paying public.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:07 PM

Thats not to bad then, a lot of our museum here are free. I have never been to Cosford, going to have to get over there at some point.

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