Scale Model World 2009
A light hearted look at Telford weekendTelford weekend always starts on the Friday with a visit to the RAF museum at Cosford. Bulldogs in attendance for the slow walk around the exhibits were Sam (Camogirl), Allen (Tomcat31), Derek (Commandpost), Mal (Holdfast), Andy (Bigskip), Courtney (Yoghurt), and myself, the other Andy (betheyn).
The highlight of the museum this year was undoubtedly James Mays 1/1 scale Spitfire which he built with several children for the BBC programme James Mays Toy Stories. Mal did point out that he could have done some Miracle Masks for the Spitfires markings if they had asked lol.
After drinking several cups of tea and coffee, we then decided we had better head off to the Telford Exhibition center to set up the stand for the show. Setting up was pretty straight forward unlike trying to actually find where we were supposed to be, which took Mal several minutes to track down and work out the map displays. Courtney our youngest member was left in Andy L's car (as she is not allowed into the halls during set up, health and safety issues), where she kept setting off the car alarm by moving about, kids can't take them anywhere lol.
A rather rapid drive back to the Willow House bed and breakfast ensued, and a warm welcome from the B&B's owners Dave and Anne-Marie was nice (they also do a very nice fried breakfast). After booking in we absconded to the Swann pub across the road for our dinner and drinks. For the first ever time Phil (Almonkey) and his soon to be wife Maggie, with Riccardo (Deepstriker) in tow were actually the last into the pub. Phil told us they nearly didn't make it at all as he car decided that this Friday was a good day to break down (after Telford Phil found out the car wasn't as broken as he thought it might be, so it didn't cost the earth to fix).
A few of us complained of a pretty sleepless night due to be excited about the show (we are big kids really lol), but we all arrived the next morning in high spirits and eager to wander around the show.
Our theme for this year was military engineering vehicles, with the title "No Bang Bangs" in honour of the late Steve Cruickshank (Barv), his son Steve Cruickshank jnr (SAS007) was impressed with the display and said "his Dad would have been proud".
Andy L and Keith (Docdio) were the first two to pull volunteer duty for the shows organisers (we all did our part for the IPMS), and were both rewarded with a bottle of beer from one of the Overseas members. Andy L later claimed that was the reason for his credit card to keep falling out of his pocket onto to the traders tables lol. If there was a battle of the wallets then Luciano (Littorio) won, with pre-orders from several traders, causing the South East London branch stand (of which he is a member) to rise by several inches with his newly purchased stash underneath lol.
Most of the members went a wandering, with the exception of Courtney who decided to look after the stand, and came back with several bags. Mal was after the new Tamiya 1/32nd Spitfire, and was quite miffed that it hadn't been released yet, I was half expecting the Tamiya Spitfire sprues that were on display to go missing, but they were still there Sunday night lol.
Sam and Allen managed to get a review kit and book off the magazine Sam works for, with Sam getting the new HobbyBoss Hellcat to build, which does look a very nice kit.
The Saturday seemed to be dominated by at least 5 of us buying the FineMolds Star Wars kits that Hobby Link Japan were selling off at a rather tasty discounted price.
Jason (Jasonbee71) was a welcome addition to the Bulldog stand on the Saturday, and is now becoming a regular member to the shows ( now if only we can persuade his wife to stay over for the whole weekend, mm thinks, Jason tell your wife there are some brilliant shops Maggie can take her too lol).
Other Bulldogs and Kitmaker members also popped round to our stand, but I managed to miss everyone, so I am not exactly sure who you all were, but your all more them welcome to hang out at our little corner at future shows.
Saturdays shopping bonanza soon came to an end, and we all headed back off to our digs, with aching feet and reduced wallet contents.
Saturdays meal was at Pizza Hut where our annual AGM was discussed, well I say discussed more of a stand up comedy show whilst we tried to decide on next years theme lol.
Sunday morning and we were all up early as Kieth and myself had press passe's to get into the competition area before the public, so we could take some pics for the Kitmaker Network.
Our stand got the most interest that morning as Courtney, no doubt suffering from all the early morning wake up calls, decided to have a bit of a sleep. Several people have taken a picture of her lol.
At 11 o'clock on the Sunday , a 2 minutes silence was held, which was impeccably observed by everyone at the show. Allen managed to get Sam to buy his Xmas pressie a 1/48th Revell B-17 "Memphis Belle" at the show, but whether that will get wrapped up is another question all together lol.
Rui (Skipper) was on the Fine Scale Waterline stand and Derek and myself met up with him several times over the weekend whilst out for a crafty cigarette lol.
Sunday soon came to a close and the hardest part of the weekend arrived, the goodbyes. I would like to thank everyone who made this weekend one of the best ever, thank you all Guys and Gals, looking forward to next year already.
Ship photos, suppllied by Rui. Member photos, supplied by Riccardo. Thanks guys.
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