|TELFORD 2010 Show report
by Jim Baumann
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The annual highlight of most UK modellers and many from all over Europe
and further afield, the 2010 IPMS UK National show- now known as SCALEWORLD.
(or to those 'in-the-know’.... simply as TELFORD..!!) was again held
in three very large halls at the Telford International Centre in
the county of Shropshire in the United Kingdom
Within the first hall a large, spacious food court served hot meals, hot /cold snacks along with beverages of all kinds; amply furnished with tables and chairs. As well as a genuine 1:1 Spitfire fighter aircraft and a separate cockpit simulator it gave many modellers the opportunity to meet friend over food and coffee and take a rest; busy shoppers to inspect their latest purchases whilst still being part of the hurly-burly that is 'Telford'.
The weather was not untypical for mid- November in the UK, drizzle and sun mixed during the day;.... this was not of much interest to the many thousands of modelmakers who attended this years show to look, meet old friends and buy, buy, buy.... the Traders I spoke to reported a successful show despite the current wobbly economic climate.
Modelers from as far afield as the USA, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Malta, Italy Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina, South Africa ,Austria, Greece, France ,Holland, Germany and many more made for a truly international show;..... along with the UK visitors!!
Remembrance Sunday fell on this Telford weekend, the RAF bugler
playing a moving rendition of ‘The last Post’ at 11.00 am ,
followed by the 2 minutes silence being observed impeccably, followed by
the uplifting ‘Reveille’
There were a vast variety of models shown both in type and quality.
Aircraft of all shapes and sizes dominated much of the exhibition space; however this year the IPMS nautical SIGs ( Special Interest Groups) namely Battleships SIG, Carrier SIG, Cruiser SIG, Small warships SIG, David Griffith’s 'My little Navy' and FineWaterLine.com had a huge long table collectively 66 feet long , crammed with ship models of all kinds and scales, making a most impressive and easily identifiable landmark that quickly became known as 'Ship row'. This plethora of ships tables was enhanced by the ‘German Gamblers’ having their ship stand opposite; which was also awarded the best stand display trophy! Each year the FWL SIG has a themed display; this year being Dunkirk1940 , many fine and innovative small displays were presented.
The sheer amount of model ships on display was quite overwhelming-especially considering that many were small ships in 1/700. As ever the quality and quantity of ship subjects in the competition continues to increase.
New products could be seen on the stands of White Ensign Models, L’Arsenal , YS Matsrepieces , Wespe Models, Cammet, Masterbarrels and new exhibitor to Telford, JB Models Euro.
I am grateful for the generosity of Rui Matos and Fillipe Ramires for their kind contribution of photos to make up for my shortfall in taking images of the many fine models on the stands of David Griffith and the Fine Waterline.com SIG stands
The (volunteer!) staff of IPMS UK have also to be congratulated on once again hosting another fine Scaleworld event in such professional manner .
See you all next year!