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:-
- Single foot or mounted figures up to and including 60mm
- Single foot or mounted figures over 60mm
- Aircraft up to and including 1/72 scale
- Aircraft over 1/72 scale
- Military vehicles & artillery up to and including 1/48 scale
- Military vehicles & artillery over 1/48 scale
- Dioramas including vignettes of 2 or more figures
- Civilian vehicles
- Ships, any scale
- Miscellaneous – anything not covered above and including Sci-Fi and Fantasy, any scale
- 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!