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March 2018 Dave Heyward Trophy

To give it it’s correct title every March the Chelmsford Model Club ( now a member of IPMS ) holds a competition for the “Dave Heyward Memorial Trophy”. This competition is open to all club members and always has an aircraft theme. This year being the 100th anniversary of the forming of the RAF the theme had been narrowed so that it had to be connected with the RAF. There were a large number of entries both large and small and as you can see the table was almost completely filled. After the final reckoning the winner was John McDermott with his 1/48th scale Airfix Hurricane being re-armed. Second place went to Brian Thomas for with his very colourful Hercules C130 in a “DERA” scheme used for meteorological purposes ,In third place was Phil Batten with his 1/48th scale Consolidated Catalina that occupied a fair portion of the table ! Thank you to all those who entered and next month is an open competition so bring anything you like.

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We have joined IPMS (UK)

Following discussion at recent club meetings we have applied for, and been accepted into IPMS (UK).

The running of the club will remain essentially the same as before but there are benefits from belonging to the organisation which have been considered and accepted by our club members.

Membership also allows us to participate in the world’s biggest model show (Scale Model World at Telford in November).  We have already applied to attend this year’s show.

So, if you are an IPMS member (or even if you’re not), come over to us at the many model shows we attend and say ‘Hi’

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On Track Show Report

On Track was held at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkstone on the 24th of February 2018. Athough not officially attended by the Chelmsford Model Club there were a number of members from the club attending under the guise of Essex MAFVA and Gravesend Model Club. Not having been before I can’t tell whether this was quieter than usual but I was told by a few participants that it was. Chelmsford Model Club members Mark Gilbert and John McDermott both received Highly Commended certificates in Class 1 ( Military vehicles 1/48th scale or larger ). So here are a few of the things that caught my eye on the way round in no particular order.


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February 2018 Open Competition

As you can see there was a bumper crop of models submitted in this February’s competition. This months winner and recipient of the £10 prize was Mark Gilbert with his 1/35th scale T55 Enigma. Second place went to John McDermott with his 1/35th scale Morris Quad, limber & 25pdr Gun. Third place went to Ulrich Kempt for his 1/32nd scale P47 N Thunderbolt. Well done to all the other entrants. Next month is the Dave Heyward trophy and this year the theme is the RAF as it’s the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF so sorry Ulrich you’ll have to come over to the bright side 🙂 See you next month.

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January 2018 Modeller Of The Year

Well maybe it should be called “Modeller Of Last Year” but I suppose that wouldn’t sound so good ? January sees the “Modeller Of The Year” competition at the “Chelmsford Model Club”.  This competition brings together all the monthly winners from the previous year and puts them head to head in a winner takes all first place only challenge. So all these models will have appeared on these pages before already worthy winners. The other main difference with this competition is that there is only one judge picking the winner, not the usual all members vote. This years guest judge  was Phil Lloyd-Worth from the Southend and Hornchurch Model Clubs. Thanks to Phil for being our guest judge. Well to get straight to the point this years “Chelmsford Model Club Modeller OF The Year” is Andy Tebbutt with his recovery lorry and tractor diorama. Well done Andy. Andy gets to take the trophy home for a year and will get a small silver salver engraved with his name that he can keep. Next months competition is a free for all, well I mean it’s an open competition so bring what you like, well a model at least, not breathing though. Until next time. Jim has just told me that Phil was so impressed he’s decided to join the club so welcome to Chelmsford Model Club Phil.

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December 2017 Christmas Meal

It’s that time of year when Chelmsford Model Club supplies free food to hungry modellers from all over Essex. Well our members get some free grub at the Horse & Groom. We also run a light hearted “what if” competition for the “Soni Trophy” named after one of our members who died far too young. In a very close run competition Andy’s “Minotaur” ( big tank thingy ) that won a silver medal at IPMS Telford last month took the gold here ( metaphorically speaking ). Only one point behind was our beloved leaders (Jim) Essex Police “E200” (wee tank thingy) and bringing up the rear was Jens’ immaculate and beautifully rendered “Norwegian Pony” (mustang plane thingy). We also held a raffle and apologies for forgetting to take pictures of the buffet ! Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and brought down models. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

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November 2017 Meeting

This months meeting included an open competition open to all models and modellers. A very wide variety of models were server up to a very high standard so well done to all. This months winner was Mark Gilbert with his Archer 17pdr SPG. A rare appearance from Nigel resulted in a second place spot for his gun by De Vinci and in third place was Ulrichs Red Arrows Hawk.