Welcome to this weeks Musings!
Pessimist, Realist or Optimist? Post Telford Update
… and the winner was … The Realist!
Well not really a surprise but as predicted the audience and participants pretty much comprised of ageing men and fathers and their sons. To be fare there were women about but they were very few and far between, either that or they were simply avoiding me at all costs. As a consequence I never got to discuss the finer points of “how far do you think I should dip my brush” , “do you have a favorite tool?” and “the best way to strip a lovely figure”.
I shall retain my optimism and hope that next year I will meet the young lady featured in The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 33) but suspect by then that the following may well be more applicable!
Post Telford Review
As mentioned in previous posts this was my first visit to Telford and hopefully it will prove to be the first of many. I was told prior to attending that it was the biggest event of its kind in Europe. I don’t know for sure if that’s true but it is without a doubt a very sizeable event. I appreciate such events aren’t every ones cup of tea but as a participant and as a visitor I did thoroughly enjoy it.
To help those of you who have never been a photo below to provide some perspective. The photo is of one of three equally sized exhibition halls. There is also a very large space dedicated to competition entries. The photo was taken before the doors were opened to the general public which is why it looks sparse.
Over the course of the two days I managed to talk to a great many people both in respect of my own models, those of the Plymouth club and of course their own modelling interest. All very nerdy I grant you but its my hobby and it’s nice to spend time with like minded people rather than have the piss taken out of me by my son and daughter even though I love them both dearly.
If I’m honest the event favors those who are more into kit building, be that planes, tanks, cars or whatever, rather than figures. The traders pretty much mirrored this too. That said there were plenty of figures being exhibited and several traders had figures to sell so I was kept more than happy.
On the down side, or the up side pending your take on it, it was very easy to spend a lot of money. I went with a budget and am pleased to say that I spent far more than I intended to! Initially I wasn’t concerned until I realized I had to get everything passed SWMBO when I got home. Fortunately I conceived a cunning plan on the way home. By stopping at the motorway services a couple of times to grab a burger and shake I was able to return home late enough for her to be in bed given that Monday was a school day and she had to be up for our daughter! From talking to other modellers this kind of clandestine approach is not uncommon which leads me to think modellers would make great drug smugglers.
I was tempted to provide you guys with lots of photo’s but since arriving home several video’s have sprung up on YouTube which will provide a far better insight than I can. If you’re interested simply search under “IPMS Telford 2018”.
This week TIM has been listening to …
The nice thing about a 4 hour car journey to Telford (and back again) is I get to play music as loud as I like and without being moaned at by either SWMBO or the kids. As a consequence I got to listen to a lot this week, far to much to mention really so I picked out one track which was relevant to the journey home.
I should perhaps point out that I was about 100 miles away at the time and driving!
Best played very loud.
This week TIM has been watching …
The above track always reminds of a film called “Adventures In Baby Sitting”. It’s a film my kids both enjoyed when they were both a bit younger. But for one “F” bomb it’s a great family film if your kids are of a suitable age and it also has a great soundtrack which includes Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones and Real Wild Child by Iggy Pop. Anyway, nostalgia got the better of me so I’ve been watching it while trying to make progress with my current diorama.
The 1987 film stars a rather hot Elizabeth Shue and arguably worth a watch for that alone.
Until next time!