Saturday, November 14, 2015
International Plastic Modellers 2015
Telford was wet. Very wet. And it's a 20 minute walk from the station to the show. Driving wouldn't have been any better as by the time I arrived, about 10 past 10, the car park was full so you were in for a tramp from your vehicle to the hall.
Watching from inside, I was amazed at the number of modellers bringing in items for display who didn't have a box for transporting something they have ploughed many hours of work in to. Sprinting through a downpour trying to keep your pride and joy dry seems a bit risky - one trip and you'll be buying glue...
The reason I was waiting was that I'd managed to persuade Howard from BRM that this was a show worth a trip and he was bringing along a video camera so we could bring a taste to our magazine readers.
For a while we wandered around chatting to people to plan some shots. This is a big show and we were after 5 minutes worth of footage. By the time we'd lunched - me with a luke-warm dog that claimed to be the best in the world, it was time to get serious.
We had a chat with a car modeller asking how they achieve flawless paint, also the guys on the Airfix stand who were encouraging kids to have a go at building plastic kits. We talked about tools and finding unusual plastic kits on stands too. As a regular at this event, I knew what to expect but Howard was a bit wide-eyed at the scale of the whole thing - perfect as I suspect this will be the reaction of a lot of viewers.
One thing we noticed was that the age range of the modellers attending was much lower than that you find at a model railway show. Backpack etiquette was much better too.
My shopping list included an Airfix TR7 but I failed to find one, even with all those kits available. Determined not to leave empty handed, I bagged a couple of bargains - Revell kits for a Trabant and VW van. There were also some tools and a load of details for Ruston Quays from specialist suppliers.
The show closed at 6 and I left five minutes before the end. I probably could have done another hour as it certainly was a full day. I did take plenty of photos though, which you can enjoy over at Flickr.