The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 19)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!  This week is given over to a report on the 2018 Plymouth Model Show.


The 2018 Plymouth Model Show

There are a few ways of reviewing the success or otherwise of the show, namely through the eyes of the club, other exhibitors, the visitors and the competitors.

From a club perspective there were two primary aims.  The first was to host a successful regional event, the second to raise sufficient funds to ensure future events take place and the Plymouth Model Club itself remains financially sound.  Both aims were achieved.

For the first time the event was held on the same day as Armed Forces Day.  It was a potential gamble but one which paid off handsomely.  The weather was glorious which brought with it a large turnout of people to Plymouth Hoe for the Armed Forces events being held there.  The majority of these visitors have to walk past the civic hall where the show was being held and it was hoped that this would generate a higher than normal footfall.  This decision turned out to be successful one and as a consequence the venue has already been booked for next year to be held once again on Armed Forces Day.

The success enjoyed by the club was matched by the trade sellers present on the day and the responses from other attending clubs and the general public were all extremely favourable.  The WW1 and RAF displays put on by the club particularly went down well which was appreciated as a lot of work went into both.

In addition to exhibiting models of all types, shapes and sizes the show also holds a competition for those club members who wish to participate.  There were 12 entry classes:-

  1. Single foot or mounted figures up to and including 60mm
  2. Single foot or mounted figures over 60mm
  3. Busts
  4. Aircraft up to and including 1/72 scale
  5. Aircraft over 1/72 scale
  6. Military vehicles & artillery up to and including 1/48 scale
  7. Military vehicles & artillery over 1/48 scale
  8. Dioramas including vignettes of 2 or more figures
  9. Civilian vehicles
  10. Ships, any scale
  11. Miscellaneous – anything not covered above and including Sci-Fi and Fantasy, any scale
  12. Juniors under 16

With over 25 clubs in attendance all the categories were well represented.  One thing which did disappoint me personally was the lack of smaller scale figures.  Category 1 was very much open to 28mm, 32mm and 40mm scale but the minimum scale on show seemed to be 54mm.  Despite the model show being open to all modelling genres the war gaming world was simply not represented.  I’m guessing that modellers wouldn’t be present at a gaming show either but it just strikes me as a shame because both have a great deal to offer each other.  That’s certainly my experience through this blog.

For my part I entered two figures under category 1 and a fantasy model in category 11.  With hindsight I ought to have entered a diorama into category 8 but those I’d brought with me were all featured in the WW1 display that the club put on and I simply forgot to go and get one!  I’ll do better next year.  That said the competition within the category was very high so I’m not sure it would have made a great deal of difference.

Notwithstanding the fact that I am a competitive individual my primary aim for entering the competition was to get a feel for the standard of my work.  Within my model club I’m doing very well but this show represents the next step up and I was keen to see what level I was at, not that I am in any doubt that I have much room for improvement.  I wasn’t present at the time of the judging and by the time I did get to view the models on the competition table many had already been removed by their owners.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had come third with my fantasy model and second and third with my two single figure entries.  Unfortunately I have no idea what models I lost to!

Now my success here has to be kept in perspective.  Whilst I was and still am delighted that my models were considered to be of a decent standard the reality is that many of the outstanding painters/modellers simply do not enter the competitions.  If they did I would not have had a look in.  Still, as SWMBO pointed out when I got home, you can only beat what’s put in front of you.  Furthermore, I now have a better idea than I did before of what I need to achieve if I want to win a competition at this show in the future.

All in all a great day.  I enjoyed myself, learnt a lot, got plenty of ideas and am motivated and looking forward to next years show.  Next year, assuming the classes remain the same, I aim to enter 1, 2, 8 and 11.  The other categories don’t interest me particularly and I fall just outside of the 16 year age group!

Photo’s below.




19 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 19)

  1. Wow some amazing quality there. I love the Vikings model and the batmobiles are cool too. A big congrats for you mate you’ve done very well and I reckon you’ll smash it even more next year. SWMBO is on the money and sounds like a smart lady. I can see why you must obey her because if you didn’t I think you’d be wondering around the English countryside in your pyjamas muttering to yourself and stinking of Brandy and Old Spice.

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    1. Haha. Old Spice we still buy my dad for Christmas! As for SWMBO she is so smart she married me! More than that she’s smart enough to have stuck with me for almost 40 years! Was a great show and the quality of some pieces was stunning.

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      1. Yeah but I don’t work in that size. I’d i did I feel like it’d be opening up a whole new can of worms and believe me I’ve got enough worms. Errrr wow that didn’t sound as disgusting in my brain. Anyway if you’d like to have a squiz maybe send me your email or something. 👍🏼

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  2. Well done mate ,good to see you get some recognition for you work and as you say a bit of a yard stick for future entries .I have never won anything ,not even third place ,but as SHMBO says , I probably would have done better if I had bothered to enter ,smart lady Dave .
    Thanks for the photos mate ,just love Jonesy” sticking it up the fuzzy wuzzies “just loved that show ! . The Spitfire is well-done though I would have removed the props as we did when building model aircraft when we were young ,to give it a bit more realism in flight . PS ,If Dave was in Auss, IMP it would be Bundy and Brut !.

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    1. Cheers Pat. If I remember correctly the Jonesy bust won best in show and deservedly so. Could pass for a photo. I like the spitfire too, very cool how the guy made it look like it was in flight but as you say it would have been better to have removed the props. As I just replied to IRO, SWMBO is so smart she married me!

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  3. Looks like an amazing show and congrats on your awards! It’s not the sort of hobby stuff I work on, but I feel like I could learn (and ogle) far more there than a gaming-centric convention. I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I also feel like there is a point (at least in my personal taste), where a model is too perfectly painted. There are a couple there that look like they were airbrushed by a robot. It’s stellar that someone’s talent is so good that their blends are absolutely perfect, but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I really should check to see if we have some sort of miniature shows in my area sometime.

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    1. It was a very good show and an Interesting experience. I tend to agree with you regarding the perfection issue, particularly in respect of planes and tanks. They look like they’ve just come off of the assembly line whereas I prefer them to have seen some action and in a diorama. The figures can also be too professional but when you see the size of them in the flesh it’s hard not to admire them regardless of how they are painted. Way out of my league but skillfull all the same. Still, an opportunity to come away with lots of ideas. If you get the chance to go to one I’d love to hear what you think.

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  4. Well done on your wins- there are some nice models there.

    I always find it is interesting to see how modellers and wargamers approach the same thing from different angles….



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  5. Looks and sounds like it was a well worthwhile day. Congratulations as well on the wins – especially in the fantasy category! Can we see which of your models won (and your trophies/plaques/whatever)?

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  6. As I didn’t win my awards were only certificates but I’ll do a short follow up piece with copies of them and the figures in next week Musings. The Fantasy model is the one I just posted, a little cheat on my part as I completed it just in time for the show with all the will in the world I can’t turn out models like that every few weeks but I’ll try!

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