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IPMS (UK) Column

Flash, Bang, Wallop…


So, there you go, the World’s Greatest Model Show gone in a flash! Well, that’s how it seemed to me, even more so than in previous years, perhaps. Due to other commitments I didn’t arrive at Telford until after 10.00pm on the Friday (and the double cognac waiting for me was very much appreciated, Neil). For quite a number of Scale ModelWorld weekends now, my habit has been to park my car in the adjacent hotel car park at around 2.00pm on Friday and to leave it there until sometime on Monday morning. My usual routine was somewhat disrupted this time around, with no opportunity to get involved with my Branch display set up, the knock-on effect being that I had to be up nice and early on Saturday to cart my photographic gear into the International Centre before the rear doors were locked off. One of the services I provide for IPMS (UK) is provision of a ‘studio’ set-up in which I photograph all of the competition Class and Category winners. Well, at least those that are movable, and thereby hangs a tale.

After that initial scramble to get in, followed by a very brief foray around a few trade stands, it was business as usual. I spend several hours on the photography, which is quite demanding, and I couldn’t do it at all if I didn’t have the invaluable help of those moving models for me and I’m indebted this year to Jez White and John Tapsell. Every year we have one or two winning models that are either impossible to move to the studio - or we just daren’t even try… Winner of the Best Diorama Category was Ian MacGonagle with his LCT(4) Landing Craft Tank to 1/35th scale and, whilst extremely impressive in many ways, perhaps the most notable feature from my point of view was that the huge cased model weighed in at some forty five kilos. As far as I was concerned, it was going nowhere. Unfortunately, the model that went on to become the Best of Show was also one that I wasn’t prepared to risk moving. The well-deserved winner was Peter Castle with his 1/18th scale Spitire Mk.XIVe, another large model but this time it was the heavy, shiny and slippery base that gave me cause for concern, and I couldn’t find the new Senior National Champion when I needed him. My thanks go to Peter for subsequently helping me out and providing some excellent images himself.

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