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IPMS (UK) Column


The latest issue of the IPMS (UK) Magazine

If all goes to plan you should be able to read this issue of SAM at Scale ModelWorld 2017. If so, enjoy the read and enjoy the show. It is the December issue of course and that being the case, I’m already thinking ahead to 2018 and I’m musing on ‘themes’… We modellers are a diverse bunch, with lots of different areas of interest, and I feel it’s our differences as much as our shared interests that help to make IPMS such a healthy, successful society. Whether you are already a member or if you have just learned about them from reading this column, you will probably be aware of the very many Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within IPMS (UK). I believe there are currently over a hundred and I make mention of them here because, as I said, I’ve been giving some thought to themes, or more precisely to modelling to a theme. By their nature, I suppose SIG members build to a theme, having a shared interest, whether that be Aeroplanes of Honolulu, Green Things, or whatever it is that brings them together.

So, why am I musing on themes? Actually I was looking ahead to the New Year because, as most of you will surely know, 1st April 2018 marks the hundredth anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force. Here in the UK, this is a big deal - the RAF will have been in existence for a whole century! I have little doubt that many modellers are already planning to commemorate this milestone year and we are bound to see club displays, magazine articles and perhaps even individual modellers paying tribute in some way. In fact, although it’s early days and I’m not in the loop, I believe that the Big Display at Scale ModelWorld 2018 may well be such a commemoration.

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