2013 News Archive
SMW 2013 Results page added showing how well the pot hunting club members did at Telford.
Our visit to the BAe System Archive at Farnborough took place on Thursday 5th December, thanks to Howard Mason, the Heritage Manager. At 6.30 pm a gaggle of cars were almost blocking the entrance to the Ively Gate, mush to the displeasure of the woman at Security. Eventually Howard led a convoy of cars around the perimeter to The Black Hanger where we were shown around the large collection of fascinationg stuff!
HIghlights were the Air Speed Record certificate found in a box under the DeHavilland company Tug of War trophy; Geoffery DeHaviland's flying Helmet; the silver Kings Cup from 1934; the 3 million item photo archive; with pictures goign all the way back to the early 1900 on glass plates; the Certificate of Air Worthiness for the original Comet jet airliner and the art archive with many superb paintings all stored in a climate controlled room.
One finally interesting tidbit, a collection of Gloster Javelin photos found in a box, but the piece of paper wrapped around them was a design for a Spitfire-like aircraft with a Barbette turret in the fuselage behind the pilot!
All in all it was a fascinating trip, with Howard topping it off by saying that if anyone wants to undertake research or to volunteer to help catalog stuff, or to help maintain some of the plethora of old models, he'll be happy to hear from us!
Then it was off to the the pub...
Diary updated for 2014
Gary from Canada stayed over from SMW and gave away free decals for Canadian aircraft and Tanks. Wayne, Dave and Steve from the US also joined us, enjoying the hospitality of the bar, apparently not something usual in US meetings - the mind boggles! At the end of the meeting, Wayne presented the club with a plaque as thanks:
It was great to see our old friends again, come and visit again soon guys!
New SMW 2013 gallery here. A few highlights:
Stewart Hargrave recieving his Gold Medal for the Branch Competition winner:
and Andrew Prentis won the inaugural Gerry Anderson Memorial Trophy:
Other results for the club included Bronze for Allan Simpson's Tac 2, silvers and commendations for Otto and commendations for Chris McKee and me again. I'll post a mre comprehensive list of results once I can get a list from Tony. Overall an excellent showing chaps! Looking forward to next year! A right bunch of "models"! :)
SMW will be upon us in a few days and it should be noted that representing us in this year's Branch Competition will be 2012's Model of the Year, Stewart Hargrave superb RAF Phantom F-4J in 1:32 scale:
Good luck to him and to everyone else entering the competition!
Modelfest makes the local newspaper! Nic, really!!!
Some of our illustrious members escaping outside from the stresses within...
Added letter from the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, that charity we support via Modelfest.
Photos from our Annual Model Show, Modelfest 2013
Modelfest 2013 Exhibitors updated
RAF Hendon Model show
Where is everybody? Did anyone mention the fire alarm?
Newbury Show 16th Feb
May I wish you all a Happy New Year!