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Scale Model World @ Telford
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:00 PM

I get to cross off a bucket list item on November 8 & 9, as I will be attending Scale Model World in jolly Olde England!  This has been something that I have wanted to do since I picked up an issue of Scale Models back in the 1970s (It had a 1/32 Hasegawa Bicentennial A-4 Skyhawk on the cover, and a fantastic large scale scratchbuilt Fairey Swordfish inside - thread for cooling fins?  Unbelievable!).  This is farther away from home that I have ever been, like half way around the world far away, so I am quite excited.  Do any of you have recommendations to seek stuff out?  Stuff to avoid?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Being that FSM's forum community is international, are any of you planning on heading to Telford this year?  Maybe an impromptu gathering?

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Posted by P mitch on Friday, October 31, 2014 3:33 AM

Real G

I've done Telford a few times and will be back again this year.

First suggestion would be take your time and have a good look round before you dive in too far. If you have room for purchases then you'll do very well this year but some stands will be busy and you may not have the room to transport what you buy ( I know Zoukie Mura have the new HO229 available this year but I think the numbers are limited).

Second the club stands are usually very good with people from all over Europe attending and some very specific clubs will be there again I'm sure (WingNut wings had their own fan club last year).

Third have a look at the contest hall when you can as you will see some amazing build in there.

Fourth look for the smaller stands as some of these are new ideas and new products. I've had some interesting chats with people on these stands and they are happy to talk about their products in great detail. I don't think they always get much attention with some of the bigger stands about.

Fifth check out the big manufacturers stands, Airfix and Revell have big stands usually and there can be some great new kits on them.

Sixth take lots of cash as you will find you will spend it anyway and dont be affraid to have a look in boxes on some of the trade stands as you can find some great stuff hidden away.

Phil

"If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: it's all balls." R J Mitchell


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Posted by Real G on Friday, October 31, 2014 2:13 PM

Phil,

Hey thanks for the tips!  I have never bought too much to stuff in the suitcase, so I should be OK running amok in the vendor's area.  I'll also be roaming the countryside to check out the RAF Museum, the Armor Museum in Bovington, and others.  I'm flying out this Sunday, so I'd better start packing!

See you at SMW.

Neal

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  • From: Norwich, Norfolk, Nelson's County. Exiled in Suffolk.
Posted by Bish on Friday, October 31, 2014 2:59 PM

Unfortunately I won't be going. But earlier this week I went to my first ever model club, the Ipswich Model Club, and I know some of those guys are going and one is building the ZM Ho 229 to show there. I have never been to a model show but Telford is on my to do list and hopefully I can make it next year.

Bovvy is a great museum, I am sure you will love it. When you say RAF museum, I assume you mean Hendon. If you get the chance, travel a few miles north and visit Duxford, another must see museum.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

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Posted by Real G on Friday, October 31, 2014 5:55 PM

Bish,

We'll be trying to get to as many museums as time allows.  Since we are going without a tour group, our schedule is highly flexible.  Yup, RAF Hendon.  Cosford and IWM Duxford are also on the to-do list.  We will see how far we get!

Sorry you can't make it to SMW this year.

Neal

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Posted by P mitch on Saturday, November 01, 2014 3:07 AM

If you have time and can get up to Leeds have a look at the Royal Armouries. I've been a few times and there is some amazing stuff in there. Not much form the model era but some amazing old stuff

www.royalarmouries.org/.../war

Phil

"If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: it's all balls." R J Mitchell


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Posted by Real G on Sunday, November 02, 2014 3:39 AM
Thanks Phil, I'll see if we can!
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Posted by stonehead on Sunday, November 02, 2014 1:28 PM

To give you an idea of how big it is , there are 150 traders , and same amount of club and sig displays spread over 3 halls , as well as the completion room in hall 4  .

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Posted by Milairjunkie on Sunday, November 02, 2014 3:01 PM

if you are going to Bovington, the Fleet Air Arm Museum is only 40 miles away in Yeovilton - lots of interesting stuff to see!

Their site is http://www.fleetairarm.com/ although the aircraft section seems to be undergoing maintenance at the moment.

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, November 02, 2014 10:00 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the tips! The bags are packed, t-minus five hours to blast off! Has anyone started a betting pool regarding Airfix's big kit announcement? I'll guess it's a 1/72 Shackleton or a 1/24 bomber Mossie. A 1/48 Vulcan? Never happen!

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