Scale Model World – IPMS Telford – Saturday

Now there is some good news from today, well for me at least, but things didn’t get off to a great start.  Last night in the hotel was was dreadful and I didn’t sleep at all well.  This isn’t unusual for me these days but having had a couple of beverages as well as a very long day I thought I would get off to sleep in next to no time.  It wasn’t to be.  Well that’s not entirely true, I did in fact fall a sleep but that was about two hours before I was due to get up and having not set an alarm clock I then overslept!  Things then became a bit of a panic and although I remembered to take my Samsung tablet to take some photo’s I didn’t realise until a little later that it hadn’t charged overnight because I hadn’t put the wall switch down!  At least I still had a 30% charge which would enable me to take a few photo’s.  More on those shortly.

The show opened to the public at 09:00 and I have to say there was a lot of people waiting to get in.  I doubt any records were broken but without a doubt the event was going to be successful.  Hopefully tomorrow will prove to be just as popular.

Our display attracted a good amount of interest and I enjoyed a lot of chats with people who liked what I had done and had on display.  I even had a visit from Dave Berryman, the Editor of IPMS who wants me to write an article for the magazine.  I confess to being flattered but am now concerned about what to write.  I’ll worry about then when J get back home.  The rest of the morning was spent either at our club display or shopping for modelling “essentials”.

The afternoon saw the judging of the competition.   Judging takes about 5 hours or so, there are simply so many models for them to look at and judge.  For my part I had entered 16 models, I just thought why not?  After the judging we were allowed into the show area to see how we got on.  In total there are 8 categories and in each category there about 10 sub-categories or classes as they are called.  All in all that makes 90 classes and 90 Gold medals (and Silver and Bronze) up for grabs under each sub-category/class with a trophy awarded too for the best model in the category.  The eight category winners are then judged to determine the overal National Champion.

Of my 16 entries 7 of them won nothing at all but 3 did receive “Commended” which was nice.  Things got better though as I then found out that I had won 2 Bronze medals, 1 Silver and 3 Golds.  Having won 1 Gold at the last show which was held in 2019 I was blown away to have won 3 this time around.  This was beyond my wildest expectations but then I discovered I had won the overall Diorama category.  As winner of the “Best Diorama In Show” I was now one of the eight modellers whose model would be judged for National Champion!  Alas that’s where my story ends.  An incredible model was awarded overal winner but for a brief spell I was in with a shout and as they don’t have a second or third place I don’t know if I would have come runner-up or eighth.   To be honest I really don’t mind.  My day was greater than I could possibly have imagined.

So what models of mine won and which of my models didn’t?  Well you will have to wait for that but feel free to guess.  Tomorrow I will take plenty of photo’s and as soon as I can I will get a post up. 

A very few photos appear below.  I will take a lot more tomorrow and I will have my tablet and phone charged!  The first four are the Plymouth display.  Not outstanding but there were only three of us with models so not to bad really.  The other shots are pretty random and may just give a small flavour.  More will follow, probably via two or three posts, starting Wednesday I hope.



31 thoughts on “Scale Model World – IPMS Telford – Saturday

  1. Oh wow man congrats on all the medals. Amazing mate. You should be very proud. Nice to hear you’ll be writing an article too. Sorry to hear the sleep was so bad but the good thing is your next night will see you sleeping like a log. Just don’t wake up in the fireplace.

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      1. They should all be shouting you drinks mate. Question, has the success mixed with not getting the national championship inspired you to push it even more for next year? I think your work is incredible and definitely has the potential to win the National.

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      2. Cheers mate, appreciate the kind words. It’s an interesting question IRO and one I don’t have an answer to yet. In truth I’m not sure where to go from here, it’s messing with my head and is a bit of a dilemma right now.

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  2. Very well done mate, I’ve seen the standard some of these competition entries have in the past and though we all know how good you are, it’s still a great achievement!

    Hope you didn’t sleep through breakfast! that would really be a disaster!! 😁

    Please don’t take this the wrong way but i was immediately drawn to the Trans Am in your photo’s though it wasn’t clear that looked a fantastic model too! Please tell the chap who built it , It looks really nice!

    Looks a nice venue too by the way.

    Cheers Roger.

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  3. Congratulations TIM, so many trophies, I agree to with the others above that the wizards tower was your highest winning entry.
    Sounds like the show is good, wish I could say the same about Salute, but that’s another story for another time.

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  4. As a lifelong insomniac I’ve got total sympathy for your disturbed night, hopefully last night was better. Well done on those medals, all of them very well deserved. Looking forward to finding out what won what. Really nice to see people just out and about, getting on with their lives and enjoying the show too.

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  5. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The sleep situation sounds rough! I’m a light sleeper myself so I can feel your pain. At least you had a fun thing to do the next day, I suppose. Big congratulations for all of those awards and the writing opportunity. That is a fantastic haul and while I don’t have any guesses, I imagine the Gold award involves one of the awesome dioramas you’ve built πŸ™‚ As far as the show goes, it looks great and I’m envious as I have to wait until spring next year at the soonest to be able to go to another! Thanks for taking pictures and sharing with us, especially considering the circumstances.

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    1. Thank you. It was so nice being able to go to a show once again. Pre-Covid I guess things like that were taken some what for granted but this time it was something I really appreciated. All being well then next year should see more shows as clubs will be more geared up and confident of running them. πŸ™‚

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  6. You bugger ! I don’t normally have things in my eyes that make them all watery but you have mate !! Brill mate, if anyone could get that many medals it you Dave mate,!!! Oh the girls said they are not surprised from the work they have seen!

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  7. Well, that’s just superb. Well-deserved I must say and I am so happy for you after such a crappy couple of years pandemic-wise. SWMBO will need to allow you to have more room for models AND to display your medals. She should know how much of a national treasure you are!

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