A long weekend in Telford
Friday 12th of November is the start of the weekend frivolities in Telford with the 6 monthly trip to the Cosford air museum to meet up with a few of the other Bulldog members.
Most of the time is spent in the museums cafeteria catching up, with a brief walk-around of the exhibits.
It was decided that setting up could be done on the Saturday morning, as all the stand and models to be displayed would be present at that time.
The Friday night was spent across the road from our Bed and Breakfast, (run by Dave and Anne Marie, and are quite exceptional hosts) in the Swann Hotel, where more catching up, along with dinner and drinks was the order of the day.
The Saturday morning saw about 14 IPMS Kitmaker members descend upon the Nationals.
After setting up, the exploring of our new surroundings went ahead, with members aimlessly wandering around with open mouths and wallets.
It soon became quite clear that the space behind the stand was in no way adequate for the boxes upon boxes of models that seemed to be piling up, in quite a short space of time. Luckily a lot of the models were taken back to the B+B that evening, or we would not have been able to get behind the stand at all. We should count our blessings that one member who shall remain nameless, kept his haul under the Souf East Lundon stand, where it apparently rose a couple of feet in height lol.
Space became even more limited once the tea and coffee making facilities were incorporated into the area, but were very welcome (thanks Maggie).
Most of the members wandered around the show in pairs as spending each others money (well Andy's anyway lol) was considered highly enjoyable pastime. It really does not help anyone's wallet when certain resin manufacturers produce drop dead stunning models.
The competition area was very busy and our own Keith Forsyth (docdios) entered a few models and managed to get a couple of them Commended. The strange thing from my point of view is that one of his builds was a Israeli whatsit target thingy with about a thousand bits hanging off it, that didn't come anywhere (I personally thought it was the best thing on the competition table).
A few other members of the Kitmaker Network made themselves known through out the day, but as I'm useless at remembering names I apologise for not naming anyone who visited.
Always a welcome sight at the nationals is seeing Rui Matos (Skipper) who helps man the FineWaterline SIG table (I think its that one), well I say man as I only once saw him at his stand lol. Its great to see him with his infectious bubbly nature and he greets all the Kitmaker members as old friends.
Our youngest member (well stroppiest teenager) Courtney (yoghurt) was a late arrival to the show as she came up by coach, she was soon cheered up by Mal, Andy and Elaine, who just by their natures could cheer up anyone.
Saturday evening was spent in the pub, where battle plans for the following days purchases took place.
The Bulldogs annual AGM was held where the theme for next years build for Telford was discussed. It was decided that you could build anything you like, but it must be kept a secret, so no posting or build blogs will be seen relating to the 2011 Nationals show.
Also on the agenda was a new stand which Allen Berry (Tomcat31) has said he doesn't mind designing and building (thanks Allen).
The Sunday proceeded along the same lines as the Saturday with multiple purchases arriving behind the stand.
Whilst the competition area was quiet a couple of us sneaked off to take photos of the entrants for the various features that can be seen across the Kitmaker Network.
The IPMS (UK) as always organised a bugler to play the last post on the Sunday morning . The 2 minute silence was observed impeccably across all three halls at 11.00, this was then followed by the bugler playing 'The Last Post'.
After the "Last post" was played we organised the group photo, which I do believe is the largest gathering of Kitmaker members at a show so far.
The hardest part of the weekend always to seems to approach too fast, the goodbyes.
After spending a few days in the company of your fellow Bulldogs, saying goodbye to them is always hard. We will meet up at various shows across the UK throughout the year, but its not quite the same as Telford weekend, where you can sit and relax in the pub just generally chatting about everything and anything.
On a personal note I would like to thank Andy (Bigskip) for getting me to and from the show, thanks mate.
I would also like to say that the Telford weekend is the one part of the year I really look forward too, as spending time in the company of who I regard as friends makes the weekend what it is.
A big thanks to the IPMS (UK) committee for running a great show yet again.