Well this is the big one. Chelmsford Model Club “Modeller Of The Year” competition. This competition is only open to winners of one of the monthly competitions held in the previous twelve months so makes for a good variety of entries. In the end the winner by a good margin was Mr Dave Oliver with his outstanding “Russian Diorama” in 1/35th scale. It has to be seen in person to truly appreciate it so I make no excuses for including a large number of photographs of this exhibit. In second place was another diorama an “Airfix Hurricane” in 1/48th scale by Mr John McDermott. Bringing up the rear was Mr Phil Lloyd-Worths excellent Japanese First World War battleship Mikasa in 1/350 scale. Next month February is back to being an open competition so bring whatever you like. Until then happy modelling.
Well it’s that time of year again so December means the “Soni Trophy” and free food. The “Soni Trophy” is held every December in memory of one of our members who was taken from us far too early. The theme of the competition is “What If” so fantasy, funny or paper panzers and planes. This year entries were fewer than last year but what it lacked in width it made up for in quality. This years winner with his excellent “Warhammer Titan” was Mr Dave Oliver. Dave gets to keep the trophy for a year and a small silver platter to keep for eternity, or thereabouts. In second place was Mark Gilbert with his “Robot Carrier” a futuristic take on the Universal (Bren) Carrier and in third place was Mark again with his 1/35th scale “Standard Panzed ‘D’ “. Thanks also to Stewart Pagg for his excellent “Focke Wulf TA183 Huckebein ” in 1/48th scale. Food was provided by the staff of the “Horse & Groom” Galleywood and an excellent job they did too. Our outgoing president Jim handed over the reins to bob who is now our new club chairman so congratulations ( or commiserations ) to Bob and thanks Jim for all your work over the last seven years. Jim will be a hard act to follow but Bob is definitely up to the job so good luck. Fat Totem awards were also handed out to two members for services to the club. Keith Jackson received a Fat Totum award for the design and procurement of the new club banners. Terry Regan also received a Fat Totum award for his superb rendition of the Marconi Tower which will grace our display tables at future shows. Next month is the modeller of the year competition so please only bring along models for the competition if you won one of the monthly competitions last year, you have been warned ! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, until January adios.
Our monthly competition attracted many and varied subjects this month. This months winner and the recipient of a crisp new £10 note was Dave Oliver with his very skilfully painted Reaper Dragon. In second place was Andy Tebbitt with his well weathered farm shop sign / van and in third place was Phil Battens excellent Dornier 217K2. Next month is the Soni Trophy so amusing entries please. See you in December.
“Chelmsford Model Club” was only recently affiliated to the “International Plastic Model Society”. One of the benefits of the club joining IPMS is that they have the change of exhibiting at the yearly “Scale Model World” exhibition held in Telford. So here are a few pictures of our stand from Saturday & Sunday the 10th and 11th of November 2018.
Well who’d have thought it ? Just as well somebody was keeping track but it’s Chelmsford Model Clubs 30th birthday this month. I’m not sure if any original members are still in the club or are even alive still but HAPPY BIRTHDAY to us all. As it was a special occasion for the club we had a free bar and some hot food at The Horse & Groom ( Galleywood, our usual venue ) to celebrate.
Well with that out of the way there was still the yearly “build out of the box” competition which has cash prizes for first, second and third. The rules for this competition are simple and basically you can use what’s in the box and nothing else other than glue, filler and paint. No photo etch, resin or after market decals.
This years recipient of the £25 first prize was Barry Kaye with his lovely 1/72nd scale Airfix JU87 Stuka. Second place went to Ulrich Kempf for his excellent 1/48th scale Seafire also by Airfix I think. Bringing up the rear in third place was Mick Pits 1/700th scale USS Comte De Grasse built from the Dragon kit.
Well done to all who entered and next months competition is an open competition so anything goes, any scale, any price and as much after market detail as you can shake a stick at if you want. Until next time, get building.
Just to let you all know there’s a new page with pictures from this years Essex Modellers Show Here
Well with the world cup and endless sunshine you might think that there wouldn’t have been a lot of modelling happening but of course you’d be wrong. An excellent crop of models were on display and in great variety. For some reason there was no armour this month but there were plenty of things with wheels, some with only two. This months winner was once again Phil Lloyd-Worth with his Type IIA U-Boat. After a recount there was an unusual tie for second place between Guys Mosquito and Darrens Suzuki Katana. So that means that Bob Pamores Hawker Hurricane Mk 1has been bumped up to third 🙂
Another open competition next month so get building, the world cup is over so no more excuses.