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Hinckley Model Show 2014

March 23, 2014 · in Show Reports · · 19 · 1.3K

Well I just got back from the Hinckley Model Show and a first for me,many of you outside of dear old blighty may never have heard of Hinckley so to to put you in the picture it is a town in the midlands of England and is the home of the Triumph motorcycle company so any of you lucky enough to own a classic Triumph then you have a connection,anyhow back to the show,I have to say I really enjoyed the day as it gave me a chance to meet a whole new group of clubs and modellers who as almost always are a friendly bunch always keen to talk about there work and the hobby generaly.

The displays and subject matter were varied and wide ranging with Aircraft of all scales Armour ,Figures and busts ,Sci-Fi and a display of very large working boats and ships(sorry no picture).There was a large number of traders so we could buy Kits and supplies as well as books and DVD's,I was able to trade an unwanted F15 Ra'am for a Supermarine Seafang and picked up a Waco glider to go along with my Horsa.

There were a good number of SIG groups as I have tried to show,the guy in the Japanese aircraft SIG is a Californian who came over in the 80's with the U.S. airforce at Mildenhall and liked it here in the U.K. so much that he stayed and now thinks of England as a second home.

There was a competition which was all exceptional work and our good friend Mark Housley took a well deserved second place place for his Polish airforce museum diorama, for those of you who want to see it you can check out my report earlier this year at the Bolton show where there is a picture , the best club stand went to IPMS Rutland and again was very well deserved.

I hope you all enjoy the pictures and will consider attending the show next year ,my thanks go to the organisers for a stirling effort and also to Mark,Dave Foxall and Geoff Cooper- Smith of 580 Modellers for a great day.

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  1. Nice pics Neil, looks like you had another great day out mate.
    I liked the Zulu` one.

  2. ZULU'S thousands of 'em !
    Thanks Simes.N.

  3. Some interesting subjects-thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks like a good time was had by all. After my pilgrimage to Telford this year, I really enjoyed the SIG and Clubs displays. I'd like to see more of that at shows here in the US of A, I guess we are just to spread out.

    Pte. Thomas Cole: Why is it us? Why us?
    Colour Sergeant Bourne: Because we're here, lad. Nobody else. Just us.

  5. Thanks for your positive comment,you were at Telford ?I did talk to an American Guy ,I wonder if that was you.

    • I was with the IPMS/USA tour group. On Saturday I shared a lunch table with a couple of fellows that were full of questions about if I had any guns at home. They were shocked and I was amused. Since I was one of a whole bunch of middle aged overweight bald guys there's no

  6. The Seafires really look great together. How did they place in the competition?

    • Morning Seamus,I didn't put anything in the comp,the standard was very high,and there wasn't a catorgary for "what ifs" anyhow.
      Thanks for looking Pal.N.

  7. Neil
    Thanks for posting. I like the idea of the different clubs displaying their work as a group. I'm pleasently surprised that you Brits build so many American aircraft, a nice spread of types and eras.

  8. Some outstanding modeling on display there...the Phantom and DC-3 display(s) caught my eye, as did that stellar Skynight build. Thanks for sharing your pics.

    • Morning Craig,that's only about 1/3 of the DC 3's on that display,my camera doesn't have a wide angle ,they were all built by the same guy,I liked the red tank just about to leap off the ramp,it was taken from a photo and was part of a Russian tank driving competition apparently,look how the tracks are going slack at the edge of the ramp.
      Cheers N.

  9. Inspiring stuff! Thanks for sharing. Great range of models on show. Cheers Neil 🙂

  10. Thanks for this, Neil, great photos and show report.

  11. thank you for posting...that chris craft

  12. Neil,
    Some very talented and creative modelers in this group. Congratulations to Mark.

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