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WE DID IT!     finally after a good few years of trying Best in Show SIG! 







Many thanks to all involved, my ONLY gripe, the awards were presented late in the day (around 15.00 ish) so wa were denied the opportunity to really rack up those gloat points. 


Highlights ?, the win (obviously),  Kotare Spitfire is simply beautiful and HK A 20, who, have again raised the bar. The new release even includes subtle oil canning.


I have a test shot to build I will report more as I go. 


I will post a few of my photos up when I get 5 but I must say Im creamed! it was a really busy weekend and soooo nice to catch up with everyone.  


@npb748ryou are likely being to hard on yourself. build for yourself, if you get positive comments on your work then thats a bonus, if someone provides constructive criticisim then that too is a bonus. if you get negative comments without context then they are not worth worrying about so wins all round really. 

I would encourage you to bring one or two of your builds to the table, I think youll be surprised. 

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I only went on Saturday. Having arrived early so I could park, around 07:30hrs, {venue didn't open until 10:00hrs}  I joined one of 2 queue's. One side for IPMS members and the other for ticket holders. Not being able to buy tickets at the venue was, to me an issue for me, I had to go on line and purchase a ticket {the way of the world  now I suppose} Although, once inside the venue and still in a queue, I noted one of the electronic boards stating you could purchase tickets from there using a QR code, but no info regarding that anywhere !!!.  The biggest gripe for me was people standing around chatting or generally just getting in the way of the "flow" of others walking around the displays. Same for the trade stands, most if not all, you had to wait for others to leave or shuffle along in a queue !!!. The food available was very expensive and not the best quality I'm afraid. If I'm completely honest, its not a model show I enjoy going to. I only went because it will have been the second show I have been to in several years. I doubt I will go again, I much prefer the {in my opinion} better local shows.

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5 hours ago, Stevepd said:

We’ll just a thanks for letting me put the Puma on the stand alongside some outstanding models for all tastes. It’s the first time I’ve been on that side of the bench for over 12 years now and my first at SMW, so I feel kind of privileged (box ticked). Nice too meet those present and put a face to a name. My purchases consisted of a 1/32 Tamiya F-4J Marines, 1/35 Trumpeter Hind and a Airfix Beagle Basset. Topped up on paints and added some new tools spending just shy of £300. Then the 3 hour drive home. A great day.


Good to see you again Steve.


4 hours ago, Trak-Tor said:

Well, it was more than great.  Once again. 

We have started our car a few minutes ago and are on our way home already.  It's something like 2000 kilometres long trip.

I'll see you there next year if possible. 



Sorry I missed you.  Safe journey.


46 minutes ago, Phartycr0c said:

WE DID IT!     finally after a good few years of trying Best in Show SIG! 


Great achievement, my two Mustangs and I are quite proud to have been a small part of that.  Sorry I missed the photo.


The tailwheel repair on "The Comet" can wait until tomorrow.

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21 hours ago, vince14 said:

And a real show-stopper - the contest judging was underway when I was there, so I didn't have a chance to get a better picture, but I think this is the HK Dambuster Lanc.





Now this was just amazing and even more so that someone hade the balls to to cut up and convert the £600 Birder Lanc. Hats off indeed !


Regards. Andy 

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3 hours ago, npb748r said:

interesting day for my first ever scale model meeting. Not sure I'd do it again, unless it was located somewhere with additional things to see (eg Duxford, etc). It was a long day with a 6 hour round trip but nothing compared to 2K Kilometres mentioned above !!  I thought about the day as I drove home and concluded the following.

  • the food was of shockingly disappointing quality (cold limp chips with an over-cooked sausage roll)- if I went again it would be with a pack lunch.
  • I was jolted into thinking I must finish the kits on my shelf of doom by seeing what people did with their builds, it made me realise that I need to work harder and find some enthusiasm for those kits. 
  • What was really noticeable to me to that the vast majority of aircraft builds on display were in a really flat matt finish, much flatter than I do with my builds which are more of a satin finish (apart from some areas  areas of weathering). Have I got it wrong or is this an aircraft modelling fashion trend ?? 
  • I've realised I'm now an online shopper only - the trade stalls were bypassed after the first couple browsing attempts and I came home with nothing purchased. Tonight I will purchase the things on the list I took with me online and probably cheaper 
  • The biggest issue for me was I left feeling slightly down rather than inspired - the vast majority of what was on display were works of art. I'd say the best of my builds fall into the worse 5% of those on display and that's probably being kind to myself. I thought I might have left inspired to improve but on reflexion I don't think there's much room for improvement after 50+ years of kit building. 
  • The chap from Kotare said they had designed the spit kit with as much of a modular approach as they could for future builds. As others have said, no further commitment beyond more Mk I and Mk Va but he didn't say never for other later marks. 
  • The new HKM Havoc looks simply stunning - they have clearly shifted up a gear or two.  
  • The level of skill of the models in the competition area left me stunned.
  • Finally, a 1/32 Sunderland is big enough to to use as a cross channel ferry. Seeing the one on display was a wow moment for me.
  • Oh, and there was an alarmingly number of smelly people in attendance - I thought that was a joke from earlier in this post but clearly not !


Just a few points:

  • The RAF Cosford museum is a 10 minute car journey down the road from Telford, well worth making it a double-header
  • You might not believe this, but the food had actually gotten better over the years at Telford. It's gone from dreadful to just awful
  • As modelers, we're always self-critical of our builds. Honestly, they're probably not as bad as you think
  • I do think the quality of the vendors is variable - Hannants and Wonderland are usually pretty good, but the second-hand kit dealers tend to be a mess and attract the smelly contingent. I tend to avoid them
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I went to SMW and only purchased from second hand sellers, guess  I'm one of the smelly contingent :angry2:  Why go to a show and pay more than retail??? They have to cover costs of being there in the first place. One of the reasons I won't be going to SMW again. I'm a pensioner and love a bargain, something SMW does not provide. Local shows for me from now on :D

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On 11/12/2022 at 11:33 PM, vince14 said:

And a real show-stopper 




Truly was a show stopper - I awarded the airscale trophy to it too!!


Congrats also to the LSP team on best SIG, very well deserved and long overdue 


Was a brilliant weekend all round and we smashed our own sales records so it really feels like SMW is back to its best :)


Wonderful to see everyone and so much new stuff coming from all sides it seems


Totally worn out, so off for a lie down...



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Congratulations  PhartyCroc (Dave)Mike C, Roy and last person in the photo(don't recognise him).

Gentlemen  you have gone to Telford diligently  and put up a superb table  every year and Finally you DID IT GUYS!!


You deserve to be awarded the  much sought after award.

KUDOS to you all and the table looks STUNNING with the models.




And Peter(Airscale) what an honor for you too to present the Airscale Trophy to it too.





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8 minutes ago, MARU5137 said:

So I think its MikeC, Dave(phartyCroc),Roy and don't know the last one ..

I bet I am so wrong.



You're right in parts Maru - that's not me on the left, but it is another Mike. The photo was taken quite late in the day, I think I may have gone to pick up my models from the Avon club stand and depart on the drive home.

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