|IPMS/UK National Convention - ScaleModel World 2018
|Telford International Center, Shropshire, UK.
|November, 10-11, 2018
Modelers Express Machine (actually your editor and wingman Sandro Tomasetto)
that particular weekend was so eagerly waited that we have to find
something more interesting than building models to do in the previous
days. Not difficult when visiting England. We have chosen to
visit The Brooklands Museum, the FAA Museum and re-visit RAF Cosford
Museum. All three would make any trip from South America worth...
But SMW is growing - my personal impression - every year. The traditional three
halls of the Telford International Center are becoming more and more
traders, club displays, kit swaps and everything a modeler would expect
from this hobby heaven. The entrance lines are longer year after year.
Every season I head to the show thinking "This year I really don't have
many things to buy...". Yeah, sure. Well, besides the fact that I left
my whole salary in not really so needed goodies, what a show it was.
had the opportunity of wandering by the halls of TIC on
Friday, before the official opening, and that gave us opportunity to
take photos, talk to industry delegates, vendors and the IPMS team
before the army of modelers that would invaded the place on
the next morning. This year I did a single walk-around the competition
tables, took photos and returned to the vendors area. This report is to
show you these photos and share my impressions of what is probably the
largest plastic modeling show in the world.
is becoming cristal clear to me that every year, in spite of the great
number of traders, IPMS
branches and SIGs, the
number of entries in the competition is not proportional. If you count
the club tables that is another story, but many of them are repetitions
of the previous years.
Of course I haven't tried to take pictures of everything - it is
impossible, I'll just highlight
some things that are still fresh in my mind. Several traditional
vendors attended the show, as expected, as well as famous and not so
famous manufacturers. More importantly, I had the opportunity to talk
to several friends, make new ones and return to Brazil with no serious
regrets about anything. And I own a big thank you to my friend Sandro
for enduring my mood for the whole week.
have been waiting for the disclosure of a number surprises by some
major manufacturers. Other subjects were not really new, but everyone
wanted to see them in the flesh. That was the case of the new Tamiya
Spitfire in 1/48 scale. A half dozen of them were there, for reviewers,
and Tamiya had a stand with one being assembled during the show. It was
interesting to check out the solution they found for the landing gear
surprised everyone with the new 1/32 C-47. It is a big, impressive kit,
and at mere £575,00, it better be. The texture of the surface details
seems almost unrivaled.
The real show stopper was the Wingnut Wings
Avro Lancaster in 1/32 scale. After 9 (nine!) years of development, it
seems to be one of the most fabulous plastic models ever made. WnW
really raised the bar here with the stressed skin effect just right, at
the correct places, and looking really irregular - not manufactured
defects. This feature may be a real breakthrough in the plastic model
industry in what regards large scale models, but I know it is something
that will divide opinions. The WnW development team told me the
release date is not connected to the Dambuster movie premiere, and that the
model and the movie have not shared any CAD or CGI. Anyway, the
model which impressed me the most was their Handley-Page O/400 in 1/32
scale, almost as big as the Lancaster, a test-sample was there equally impressive.
couple of things about the new WnW Lancaster. First, it will not have
the fully detailed fuselage interior, like its HK brother (see below).
But don't cry yet because the kit comprises 1000+ parts. Secondly, WnW
said that the nose section will be a separate kit. Now that's a great
idea! Third, the model apparently will come with one single engine, but
more can be acquired as individual kits from WnW. And last, contrary to
several rumors, the release date will be end of 2019, having nothing to
do (I repeat: nothing to do) with the release date of the Dambuster movie next year. Or so they said...
is not every day that you see two Lancasters in 1/32 scale, but that
was what happened with HK Hobbies showing their version of the iconic
bomber. It is a very good model, too, but simply not on par to the
Wingnut offering. On the other hand, you probably will buy two
HK's Lancasters for the price of a single WnW's one. Different prices,
different details, different markets... Relax, both companies will survive.
booth had some interesting news as well. They promised a new PBY
Catalina in 1/72 for November, and the F4U-1B (correct denomination),
the British version of the F4U-1A. Still in the small scale, their new
Bronco is deceptively the old Academy (edited 19.nov). They will also
rebox Italeri's Mirage in 1/32 and promised a new F-18 Hornet for
December, also in 1/32. Another interesting release for November is the
Antonov 225 in 1/144 scale... the thing is huge!
showed their new 1/32 Ki-45. They brought only 50 samples and your
editor got the 16th. The model is fabulous and the box is really huge -
ask me how I know. Their Hs-129 is also ready. It will come in three
different versions in the spring of 2019. Z-M also brought the same 3D
printed trial of their
upcoming Fw-190A-4 in 1/32 scale of the last year.
new Airfix big model emerged on Saturday at 11AM sharp surrounded by a
big crowd. A F6F-5 Hellcat in 1/24 scale. It is a massive model, the
engine alone comprised of 80+ parts. Airfix showed evolution since the
Typhoon, and perfected the stressed skin effect - maybe a tad too
perfect, mind you. The model has been under development for almost 4
years, and the choice of a Hellcat over the Corsair was due to the
presence of the Tamiya Hog in 1/32. After what my friend Sandro was
able to unveil, there will be no dash-3. Airfix also disclosed their
new Bristol Blenheim Mk.I, Walrus and Messerschmitt Me-109E, all in
made the official release of their Tempest in 1/48 scale - what a
gorgeous kit. Tarangus has not brought their Saab Viggen in 1/72. I
think it is not ready yet. Iconicair released a Supermarine Attacker in 1/32. The French company
Da Mo displayed their new Peerless Truck in 1/35 - a fantastic resin
gem that will cost you a kidney. And
the list is almost endless to put here. We had surprises in every
imaginable field of our hobby - tools, decals, figures, dioramas,
supplies, new companies... It was a nuclear blast!
Again, I didn't get much time for talking, which I regret
immensely, but it was great to shake hands with Giovanni Cervo, Marcos
Bonfim, Roberto Lau, Javier de Anca, Roger at
Whirlybird, Mr. Arthur Bentley, Bill Devins, Vini Pompeo, Pierre Baudru
(slow down, man!) and so many others whose names are too many to
remember. I particularly missed Mike Dobrzelcki, which was there and I
didn't know until after returning (sorry brother!). I also didn't find Peter
Castle (last year National winner) to know the whereabouts of
his Aluminum skinned Firefly in 1/24... Next year, maybe?
I organized them loosely in 9 groups, so be warned that all links
contain entries of several sub-categories and sometimes from the club tables. Here you will find almost
730 photos, therefore I missed many entries. Enjoy:
The complete listing of the winners will be published on the IPMS-UK site. National championships:
The 1/48 NatuOeffag-Mickl G6 of the national champion was really good. A work of art at some places.
It was nice to see a 1/72 scale Skoda T-11 winning the AFV category. It
helps to prove that size not always matters. The other winners were ok,
too, but not as interesting, in my opinion. So I guess the BoS is in
good hands, and deservedly.
- SENIOR NATIONAL CHAMPION: Oeffag-Mickl G6, G-Series Flying Boat in 1/48 scale by George Tenediotis.
- JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPION: World War I Mark IV Male Tank in 1/35 scale by Alex Bienek
Congratulations to all in the IPMS-UK organizing staff. I hope to be visiting you again next year.