This is a show I always look forward to, as it has for me the feeling of the friendliest show of the modelling calendar. I picked Jim up and drove over to Southwell in lovely sunny autumnal weather and even at the early hour of arrival met some coming out with recent purchases to fill the boots of waiting vehicles. Our normal pitch just inside the door was not available this year but we were sited next to the competition at the far end of the ground floor.
Through out the morning it was pretty busy and it was good to see many familiar faces both in traders, visitors and various club stands which were showing displays of some impressive models. As the morning wore on so the competition tables filled with a good cross section of model subjects. As with most shows the aircraft sections were in the majority with some very good models being put forward to be judged.
As is usual the traders were generous with there donations for the raffle and thanks must go to them for this, as Ian and I didn’t have to twist any arms to get them. The competition area was closed in the early afternoon for the judging and after some difficult choices were made the competition area was opened up and the public allowed back in. There were some superb models and the list below is of the club members who took away some well earned recognition.
Later in the afternoon the raffle was drawn and against all odds I managed to get a book. After this the prizes were presented. S McConnell seemed to have a clean sweep with the Armour (Afghan Graveyard) trophies with some fantastic modelling skills on show, which well deserved taking the Armour Best of Show, The Rotherham Trophy and the Mick Cawley Memorial Trophy. The Aircraft Best of Show went to G Bullock for a Corsair which had to be well deserved as there were some excellent models in these classes.
The club did well with members walking away with a fair few wins, seconds and other awards. There were many good models in all the classes and some that stood out for me were the best of show Armour, Sinbad’s submarine, Neil’s KV-2 and Andy Brown’s MiG-15 to name but a few. With the day over, purchases and models back in the car and reflecting on the day, I think it was another hit and well run to which thanks must go to the organisers for another “Friendly Show”. Well done lads - see you next year.