The show report from Warwick, worth the wait as its another splendid report from our ace reporter
Mike Hodgson did a fine job as usual, organising the trip.
Many thanks, Mike, you`re doing a great job.
Here we are at Halfords, Stockport, waiting for 1/2 hour for a missing club member who was still in bed when the coach pulled in!
The Warwick showground comes as a bit of a surprise, when first seen through the coach window! It`s in a farmers field, in the middle of nowhere!
The coach journey is nice, plenty to see and takes about 2.1/2 hours, depending which racing driver you get!
The exhibition consists of four large buildings, which grow larger, as time goes by and by 4.00 pm one is only too glad to crawl back in the coach for a good sit down!
The first club stand had a GIANT destoyer on show, very impressive but lacked any detail. Wouldn`t like that in my garage!
The Model Barge owners stand was very interesting. I often find myself thinking of building another barge, as they are full of olde worlde charm. Saw Richard Chesney on the stand, the stalwart of 1/24th scale barge racing
Canal barges were very popular, as builders can "go to town" fitting them out with all the dolly stuff!
One stand which caught my eye was showing beautifully glossy speedboats, the finish on them was amazing! I was tempted, but once again, managed to misplace my Visa card!
This winter's issue of Modelboats Special contains a write up of a plastic kit conversion by Dave Abbott of the USS Arizona and the actual model was on display on the Luton club stand, which was interesting and I noticed a few more models too, which have appeared in the magazine previously
The Royal Spithead review display was on show again. 575 models, all built to the same scale of 1 inch = 100ft by Jack Snary. Had a good chat with Jack and he has been building his fleet for the past 30 years!
He hopes to build a model of Great Eastern and the rest of Brunels ships, shortly but has a backlog of 12 more battleships to build first!
On the impressive lifeboat stand, was this Watson class on the high seas! The cloth below was motorised in all directions and could easily make one sea sick, just watching it!
Some models must have taken simply years to construct, just look at the immense detail on this WW1 Battleship, complete with delicate anti torpedo nets!
Then an exercise in weathering!
My personal favourite kit builder, Model Slipway!
At the end of the day, what could be nicer than a welcome sit down, rest yer legs and just watch the boats?
Then it`s off home and await the next enjoyable coach trip, but that`ll be next year now!
Bye chaps........Bob Abell
Many thanks to Bob for another splendid report, those that couldn't manage to go will at least get the idea of it for next years outings.
Thanks again to Mike the social sec for another great event this year!.