Thames Valley Scale Model Club

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Donation of large collection of Plastic Model kits to the Club

Posted by Peter Sutton, Wednesday, 17th May 2017 @ 2:10pm

  • Everyone at the Club is very grateful to Mark Iwaszko of Marlow Bottom.  Mark  kindly donated his late  father's very large collection of classic plastic kits to the club. His father, Bish Iwaszko, was a keen collector and modeler, who used his modeling skills in a professional capacity,  running a company called Miltra (Military Training), who produced scale recognition and familiarisation models for the British Army. 

     The photos shows just some of the large selection of kits being selected by club members.  Many Thanks to Mark - the kits will be enjoyed by members of the club for many years to come!



     

TVSMC member wins best in show at Model Kraft 2017

Posted by Peter Sutton, Monday, 24th April 2017 @ 3:14pm

  • TVSMC member, and Earley Risers member, Hugh Beyts won best Senior at the Model Kraft 2017 show with his 1/48th scale scratch built model of an FE2.  Well done Hugh! 

    Kevin Paynes  Vac form VC-10 was highly commended.

     

TVSMC Exhibiting at Model KRAFT 2017, Milton Keynes

  • Sunday, 23rd April 2017 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: Stantonbury Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN

    TVSMC will be exhibiting at the  Milton Keynes show.   Please come and join us will on stands…

TVSMC WIN Best Club/SIG display at Southern EXPO

  • Saturday, 18th March 2017 at 10am - 4pm Sunday, 19th March
    Location: Hornchurch Sports Centre, Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1JU

    TVSMC WON the best Club/SIG dispalt at the Southern…

Thames Valley Scale Model Club Meetings 2017

  • Tuesday, 21st March 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 18th April 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 20th June 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 18th July 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 15th August 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 17th October 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 21st November 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 19th December 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm
    Location: Liston Hall Marlow

    These are the regular meetings for the Thames Valley Scale Model Club, on the Third Tuesday of…

TVSMC will have a display at the the Tank Museum Model EXPO - Bovington

  • Saturday, 11th February 2017 at 10am - 5pm
    Location: The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG

    TVSMC will be have a display at the new Model Expo - See you…

21st February 2017 Meeting and AGM

  • Tuesday, 21st February 2017 at 7:30pm - 9pm
    Location: Liston Hall, Marlow

    Monthly meeting ( model competition, Magazine swap, tea/Coffee & chat) followed by brief…

TVSMC Annual Competition winners 2016

Posted by Peter Sutton, Wednesday, 21st December 2016 @ 1:57pm

  • Many thanks to all of those who built and submitted entries into this years monthly competions.  The trophy winners for the year are:

    Class Scale Catagory Model Description Model Made by
    1 1/144  Aircraft
    Kit
    Northrop B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
     
    Peter Sutton
    2 1/72 Aircraft
    Kit
    Avro Shackleton AEW2
     
    Keith Sherwood
    3 1/48 Aircraft
    Kit
    Stinton Reliant
     
    Hugh Beyts
    4 1/32 & Above Aircraft
    Kit
    Hellcat Richard Turner
    5 Any Scratch Built or Vac Formed
     
    Vickers VC10 Kevin Payne
    7 1/35 Large Military Vehicles
     
    Model T Ambulance
     
    Steve Abbey
    8 Any Vehicles - non Military  1914 Mercedes   Les Beaumont
     
    9 Any Railways 
     
    Banana Vans  Peter Jary
    10 Any Science Fiction / Space 
     
    Mercury Atlas  Keith Sherwood
    17 Any Figures RFC Pilot Hugh Beyts
    2016 Any Best RAF Aircraft Avro Shackleton AEW2 Keith Sherwood
    2016 Any Senior  Champion Vickers VC10 Kevin Payne
    Edgar Brookes Memorial Trophy
     
    Any Best Spitfire 1/48 Spitfire MkVIII
     
    Greg Woodbridge
    Christmas Plate Any "Suez"
    Theme
    1/48 Westland Wyvern S.4 Keith Sherwood

    Congratulations to all the winners

Congratulations to the TVSMC members who were winners at IPMS Scale model world November 2016

Posted by Peter Sutton, Wednesday, 21st December 2016 @ 1:49pm

  • Class Award Model Built by
    26 GOLD Stinson Reliant Hugh Beyts
    29 GOLD FE8 Hugh Beyts
    C2 Cross and Cockade Trophy FE8 Hugh Beyts
    78 Gold American 4-4-0 Locomotive "Lucifer" Steve Abbey 

Edgar Brooks Wake - Bring a Spitfire party

  • Sunday, 13th March 2016 at 12pm - 4pm
    Location: Liston Hall, Liston Road, Marlow

    Arrangements have been put put in place to commemorate Edgar's life with a wake and "Bring a…

NEW - Edgar Brooks memorial

Posted by Peter Sutton, Wednesday, 20th January 2016 @ 9:17am

  • Thames Valley Model Club has created the Edgar Brooks Trophy as a memorial to our departed expert on the Spitfire.  The Trophy will be awarded for the best Spitfire to be shown at the club during a year. The Trophy, a Chrome Spitfire,  will be awarded in December each year.   



     

Thames Valley Scale Model Club Meetings 2016

  • Tuesday, 19th January 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 16th February 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 15th March 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 19th April 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 17th May 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 21st June 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 19th July 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 16th August 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 20th September 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 18th October 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 15th November 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 20th December 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday, 17th January 2017 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Liston Hall (close to Waitrose) , Liston Road, Marlow

    our Monthly meetings for 2016. 

    - January to October are our normal meetings with…

Preserving Edgar Brooks' Spitfire information

Posted by Peter Sutton, Tuesday, 19th January 2016 @ 11:18am

  • My name is Jon Bius. I am a modeler from North Carolina, USA. As with many Spitfire enthusiasts, I encountered Edgar Brooks, and quite enjoyed exchanging the occasional email with him, and talking on forums.

    It was with great sadness that I read of his passing. 

    At some point, I had started collecting our exchanges in a single document for my own personal reference, and when I found his input on forums, I'd copy that down also. Eventually, I thought it might be a good idea to ask Edgar if he'd be open to editing and perhaps expanding the document, and sharing it with others.

    I had an email in my Drafts folder to that effect when I found he'd passed away.

    Realizing that other modelers may have additional emails and references from Edgar, I thought perhaps if I posted the few pages I had collected, and invited input from others, it might be developed into a useful set of notes.

    I have created a page on my blog at http://www.jonbius.com/edgar-brooks-spitfire-notes/ for this purpose. I invite input from the modeling community to expand the document. It is freely available at the link provided above. Full details on contributing are there also.

    This will not be a commercial venture in any way. I simply hope it is a fitting tribute to my friend who loved Spitfires, and I hope to be able to share that love with other modelers.

    I ask for any information you may have to be added to the document, if anyone would like to participate.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Regards,

    Jon Bius

TVSMC Competition Winners 2015

Posted by Peter Sutton, Wednesday, 16th December 2015 @ 11:07am

  • Thanks to all who displayed their creations over the past year.  Congratulations to the winners of the various annual competition classes.

    CLASS Scale Category 2015 Winner Model made by 
    1 1/144 Aircraft Blackburn Beverly Keith Sherwood
    2   1/72 Aircraft Short Sterling Richard Turner
    3   1/48 Aircraft Convair Delta Dart F102 Greg Woodbridge
    4 1/32 + Aircraft BAE Hawk Del Holyland
    5 Any Best Scratch Built or Vac Formed Vickers Vanguard Kevin Payne
    6 1/48 - Small Military Vehicles Russian Truck Kevin Payne
    7 1/35 + Large Military Vehicles Jeep Julian Smith
    8 Any Vehicles - non Military Mazda 767B Les Voules
    10 Any Science Fiction / Space Predator Julian Smith
    15 Any Dioramas Animals in War Julian Smith
    17 Any Figures  Green Devil  Julian Smith
    2015 1/48 + Best Jet Convair Delta Dart F102 Greg Woodbridge
    2015   Best RAF Aircraft Short Stirling Richard Turner
    2015   Best Senior Vickers Vanguard Kevin Payne
    Christmas Plate Any 2015 theme:                                                    "in, on or over the Sea" Short Sunderland 1/72 Richard Turner

Edgar Brooks - obituary

Posted by Peter Sutton, Thursday, 3rd December 2015 @ 11:10am

  • Edgar Brooks 

    October 8th 1940 - November 19th 2015


    As many of you may already know from the online modelling forums, it is our sad duty to pass on the news that IPMS (UK) and Thames Valley Scale Model Club stalwart Edgar Brooks passed away on the 19th of November.  Edgar had been admitted to Stoke Mandeville hospital a few weeks previously and was subsequently diagnosed with cancer.

    From an early age Edgar had an interest in aeroplanes and, like many modellers of his generation, cut his teeth on carved balsa shapes.  An early member of IPMS Thames Valley, he was also a founder of Aylesbury Scale Model Club.  During the mid ‘80s Edgar became a Civilian Instructor with the Air Cadets up at RAF Halton where, once again, he was able to share the hobby with others and fire many a teenagers’ interest in scale models.  It was during this period that Edgar was at his most prolific modelling-wise, with experiments in foiling, larger scale aviation models and a keen eye for cockpit interiors being his forte.  Some may remember his 1:48th Liberator ‘The Dragon and His Tail’, numerous Spitfires and a beautiful 1:32nd Korean War Sabre, again, beautifully foiled.

    Edgar served on the IPMS Committee for a number of years, managing the society’s Technical Advisory Service; a role that fitted his interest in research perfectly.  Not one to take it easy, he was also on the organising committee for the very successful RAF Halton Model Shows where he managed the ‘plastics’ side of these extensive and varied events.

    Born, raised and living in the general High Wycombe area throughout his life, Edgar had a varied career, from carpets to aircraft instruments, before retirement.  He never suffered fools gladly, but was always happy to help with fellow modellers’ projects, no matter how obscure the question.

    With the rise of the Internet Edgar took to online forums like a duck to water and became a font of information for the world-wide modelling fraternity.  In retirement he found additional time for his love of historical research and was frequently to be found pouring through documents at the Public Records Office.  Whilst known for his interest and expertise on the Spitfire, Edgar’s interests encompassed many subjects and periods, and never seemed happier than when he’d found another piece of a particular research puzzle he was engaged in at the time.  It wasn't just us modellers he helped; if you have the latest 1:48 Airfix Spitfire Vb you'll see a note thanking Edgar for his assistance on that kit.

    He will be sorely missed by those of us that had the pleasure of his company and influence over the years.  On a personal note - back in 1983 he introduced me to model clubs, the IPMS, a whole host of wonderful people and my ‘conversion’ to 1:32nd scale aeroplane models in the mid ‘80s. I have a lot to thank him for!

    Edgar had no family: in effect the world-wide modelling community was his family.  His friends at Thames Valley have set up a Just Giving Page in aid of Cancer Research in Edgar’s memory.  If you’d like to contribute please visit:
    https://www.justgiving.com/kevinpayne67 

    Blue skies Edgar - you’ll be greatly missed!


    Iain Ogilvie

December meeting

  • Tuesday, 15th December 2015 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Liston Hall, Liston Road, Marlow

    Final Meeting of 2015, its the Christmas social, please  bring festive food.  Come along and…

TVSMC Competition Winners at IPMS National Scale model world

Posted by Peter Sutton, Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 @ 12:09pm

  • Congratulations to all the winners at the show!   TVSMC  members won  5 Gold Medals, 4 Commendations and 3 trophies:

    Class Award Model Built by
    1 GOLD Blackburn Beverley Keith Sherwood
    3 Commended Wildcat F4F-4 Keith Sherwood
    3 Commended Latecoere 28-5 Keith Sherwood
    8 Commended RF-8G Paul Cherriman
    9 GOLD Vickers Vanguard Kevin Payne
    A4 THE AVIATION HOBBY SHOP TROPHY Vickers Vanguard Kevin Payne
    G1 GEOFF SULLIVAN MEMORIAL TROPHY Vickers Vanguard Kevin Payne
    B3 BRITISH AEROSPACE TROPHY Vickers Vanguard Kevin Payne
    16 GOLD Gnat T1 Keith Sherwood
    19 Commended Scimitar F1 Paul Cherriman
    26 GOLD Beechcraft Staggerwing Hugh Beyts
    52 GOLD Citroen Legere Hugh Beyts

    A full list of IPMS Winners can be found at http://www.smwshow.com/competition.php

Congratulations to TVSMC competition winners 2014:

Posted by Peter Sutton, Monday, 5th January 2015 @ 3:33pm

  • CLASS Scale Category 2014 Winner Model made by 
    1 1/144 Aircraft Bristol Britannia Graham Davies
    2 1/72 Aircraft Latecoere 28-3 float plane Keith Sherwood
    3  1/48 Aircraft JU-88 6G Les Vowles
    4 1/32 + Aircraft 1/24 Hawker Typhoon 1B Keith Sherwood
    5 Any Best Scratch Built or Vac Formed Hawker Cygnet Tim Hyde
    6 1/48 - Small Military Vehicles    
    7 1/35 + Large Military Vehicles Renault FT Steve Abbey
    8 Any Vehicles - non Military    
    9 Any Railways Warwell B Peter Jary
    10 Any Science Fiction / Space    
    11 Any Junior Aircraft Shared Prize: Spitfire 9 /  P-51D Mustang Ben White / Cameron Philips
    12 Any Junior Vehicles DUKW Ben White  
    13   Large Ships PIBBER boat Ben White
    14   Small Ships    
    15 Any Dioramas Rescue Julian Smith
    16 Any Miscellaneous    
    17 Any Figures  1916 Bust Julian Smith
      1/72 Best Jet F-14 Paul Cherriman
      1/48 + Best Jet Gloster Javelin Greg Woodbridge
      Any Best RAF Aircraft 1/24 Hawker Typhoon 1B Keith Sherwood
      Any Best Senior   Keith Sherwood
      Any Best Junior   Ben White
    Christmas Plate Winner Any 2014 theme:  A model with a "Cat" related name. Tiger Tank  Julian Smith

TVSMC Winners at IPMS ScaleModelWorld 2014

Posted by Peter Sutton, Monday, 5th January 2015 @ 2:00pm

  • Congratulations to :

    • Keith Sherwood who won the CMR Trophy for his Latecoere 28-3 float plane, and Bronze for his AT6 Harvard in the Aircraft class 17
    • Hugh Beyts who won GOLD for his Napier Heston J5 in the Aircraft class 26
       

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