Well it’s come around quick, but this weekend see’s the Scottish National Scale Model Show return to The Dewars Centre in Perth.
This years show looks like being the biggest to date with 45 Traders and around 60 exhibitors across the two halls. It should be a fantastic weekend with plenty to see and buy.
Unfortunately I have nothing new to display this year as it’s now 12 months since a completion, something I intend to rectify as soon as possible but I will have a couple of my builds from last year on the IPMS Dundee tables and I am sure the show will provide its usual dose of inspiration and push me to get some more building done over the coming weeks.
If you have the chance to come along then please do, these shows simply wouldn’t happen without the support of the hobbyists, every one loves a bargain and with this many quality traders you are sure to find something to add to your stash. Also if you are not a member of your local model club shows like this also provide the perfect opportunity to see what clubs are all about, have a chat with some of the members and see if you think joining your local club might be for you.
Well it may have been cold and wet outside on Saturday but that didn’t matter as I spent the day indoors at the East Neuk Model Show in Cupar, Fife and not only were the Bacon rolls delicious but there was some fantastic builds to be seen.
This was my 2nd visit to this show and just as last years was, it was a great show. I love the intimate feel of this show, it feels to me much more of a social event than just a model show. The host club, East Neuk, had their full Commando Comics display on show; it was this display with which they won this years ASM Trophy for Best Club Display at the Scottish Nationals in April.
There was a good selection of vendors present as well as some fantastic club displays by the other clubs that were present.
I hope you enjoy the video and I will hopefully be back soon with more posts!
Well today sees me venture across the water to the East Neuk Model Show in Cupar Fife. This is a super friendly and great little show with plenty of builds on display and the food n cakes are pretty awesome too!
Well it’s getting closer so I thought I would drop a quick post about the model show the club I am a member puts on each year, The East of Scotland Model Show.
This year we have had to move the venue for the show away from the Marryat Hall at the Caird Hall Complex and will be holding it at the venue we use for our club nights, The Boomerang Community Centre on Kemback Street in Dundee.
There will be the usual great mix model competition, tombola, traders and club displays just in a new venue. I believe the community centre are also running the cafeteria for us in the morning for rolls and refreshments, but there are no shortage of places to grab something to eat or drink just across the car park on Albert Street.
I hope the new venue doesn’t put people off, it’s a great little community centre ran by real salt of the earth people who do a lot for the local area of Stobswell. I myself am going to be stuck at work in Glasgow for most of the day unfortunately but I should make it along before the show ends with any luck.
Away from the show I am going to be posting infrequently over the coming few weeks, I am having some renovations done to my home that will mean the bench and my kits need packed away and moved for a while. I do still have a couple of completion photo sets to take for my Vampire and Seawolf builds, and I should have the Astute done in short order also so hopefully I will be able to get those posted up whilst the bench is out of action!
This post is something a little different for me as I wanted to talk a little about model clubs today, after visiting the Scottish National Scale Model Show a couple of weeks ago it made me think about how important local clubs still are to the hobby of modelling.
In the past I had wondered if with the rise of the internet if model clubs were suffering the same kind of treatment as local model stores are finding themselves receiving. With the rise of modelling groups on social media, personal blogs such as this one, and forums such as Britmodeller for example are model clubs finding it harder to find fresh membership and to a certain extent how relevant were they still to the hobby.
I am a relatively new member to the IPMS Dundee model club, I will have been a member for almost a year now and I have to say I have absolutely no regrets about joining. Whilst I am an active member of many scale modelling forums, Facebook groups and having my own blog, I have found that whilst they all have their place in my enjoyment of the hobby, none of them are able to offer everything I get from membership to my local club.
For a start off on the personal side of clubs you are speaking to face to face with people, so there is less drama. I find that people online are much more likely to be negative towards you, your techniques and your final results than they ever would in person. I don’t mean that in person people don’t offer constructive criticism as they do, but it’s nearly always followed by suggestions of how to improve rather than to just point out somethings wrong. We have all come across the odd staunch rivet counter out there but I have found that they are much less frequent to come across in person than they are in online formats which seem to attract them in their droves.
Even when speaking with other clubs members at shows I have always found people to be extremely personable and more than willing to offer advise and tips if they can, to explain how they achieve the results on the tables before them and generally just have a chat. Online there are often misunderstandings purely due to not being able to correctly read the tone of another persons post and it never takes long for things to escalate from there, then you have the people that are just being argumentative for the sake of it, people having a bad day are much more likely to lash out online than they are in person, even when the people they are lashing out at have nothing to do with why they’re in a bad mood in the first place.
This face to face meeting with fellow modellers also has the advantage of you being able to actually sit and show people issues you may be having to get advise or be able to physically show someone else how you may have overcome something. Also you get to see other peoples work exactly how it is, and not just how it looks from certain angles, which can also have it’s benefits when learning new skills.
Usually in clubs there are members who model in many different genres also so its good for being able to consider having a go at these in order to acquire new skills or simply just to freshen up the shelves and the modelling mojo with something a little different.
Lets not forget that ultimately though clubs are a great place for a coffee, some banter and to talk about our hobby with like minded people, there’s always the opportunity to look at other peoples kits and finished models and that’s really what we all love doing!
I personally wasn’t sure what being part of a club would be like, despite being active online and my job I do have some personal anxiety issues, I mean who doesn’t these days, so joining a club wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but it was something I am glad I did as it’s not only helped me as a modeller.
I suppose what I want to say is if you have a local club and you aren’t a member, go along to a meeting, see what your local club is about, without them our model shows probably wouldn’t exist and anything that helps bring in new people to our hobby can only ever be a good thing. There’s links to the club I am a member of, both IPMS Dundee Facebook and Website in the link section of the blog as always if anyone would like to check them out.