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The last month or so has led me to reflect on a topic that I often think about and discuss in this editorial: the difference between UK and European model shows. In October, I had the pleasure of attending the Scale Model Challenge show in the Netherlands (you can read an extended show report in this month’s issue). A few weeks later the UK’s premier show, the IPMS Nationals, was held in Telford. The contrast in speaking to people who attended both, and the chatter on social media, was stark. In some ways, it probably reflects the character and interests of my friends – the armour and figure modelling fraternity – as much as it does the shows themselves, but I think there are differences in culture and experience. One of the recurrent gripes, certainly among the armour modellers who commented on the Telford show, was the over-zealous attitude of some of the competition officials. Models were disqualified for being in the wrong category (rather than being moved into the correct one) and there was even a pre-prepared laminated notice available to place against the unfortunate entry. Personally, I don’t really understand the rationale behind this, but I think it goes some way to explaining why model competitions are so different on the Continent. It has been my experience, at least in terms of armour models, that UK competitions are short on entries and frequently lack the quality in depth of their counterparts across the Channel. I know there are good modellers in the UK, but for some reason they are reluctant to enter their pieces in formal competitions. At SMC, by contrast, the tables were packed with literally hundreds of armour models, some outstanding, but from a range of modellers of various abilities (including many UK modellers) who were pleased to take part and have their work judged against that of other modellers. The competition then becomes the centre of the show, tables of fantastic models to be photographed and admired, rather than something that causes divisiveness and angst. It’s a competition culture we should aspire to at UK shows

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Inside this month's issue: - IDF Puma. Ivan Momcilovic Momcha presents some IDF heavy armour. - Iranian Shilka. Vorya Hidaryan joins the MMI team with Meng’s sublime Shilka. - The Russian Tiger. Bryan Krueger builds a Soviet KV prototype.