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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
       

Congratulations to TVSMC annual award winners 2013:

Posted by Peter Sutton, Sunday, 5th January 2014 @ 2:13pm

  • CLASS Scale Category 2013 Winner Model made by 
    1 1/144 Aircraft Curtis C46 Keith Sherwood
    2  1 / 72 Aircraft Heinkel 162  Graham Newitt
    3   1/48 Aircraft Sopwith Salamander Hugh Beyts
    4 1/32 + Aircraft Sabre Mk4 Del Holyland
    5   Best Scratch Built or Vac Formed Gates Learjet Kevin Payne
    6 1/48 - Small Military Vehicles    
    7 1/35 + Large Military Vehicles Bedford QLD Keith Sherwood
    8   Vehicles - non Military    
    9   Railways Bogie Bolster-C Peter Jary
    10   Science Fiction / Space    
    11   Junior Aircraft Skyfall Helicopter Gareth Burton
    12   Junior Vehicles WW1 tank Alex Harvey
    13   Large Ships    
    14   Small Ships    
    15   Dioramas    
    16   Figures and Miscellaneous    
       1 / 72 Best Jet Heinkel 162  Graham Newitt
      1/48 and above Best Jet Sabre Mk4 Del Holyland
        Best RAF Aircraft Westland Merlin Greg Woodbridge
        Best Senior Westland Merlin Greg Woodbridge
        Best Junior Skyfall Helicopter Gareth Burton

Congratulations to TVSMC winners at the IPMS Nationals Show 2013:

Posted by Peter Sutton, Wednesday, 20th November 2013 @ 12:08pm

  • GOLD medal winner: Kevin Payne for his Gates Learjet C-21A in class 9 (1/72 scale vac formed)

    GOLD medal winner : Hugh Beyts for his Sopwith Salamander in class 29 (1/72 to 1/48 scale pre 1918 aircraft)

    Commended: Keith Sherwood, for his C46 Commando in class 2 (1/144 scale)

    Commended: Steve Abbey for his Skaven Screaming Bell, in class 71 (Sci – Fi fantasy hardware)

    Thanks to all the TVSMC members who made the trip to Telford and who helped out on our display.  

TVSMC 2012 Competition winners

Posted by Peter Sutton, Sunday, 27th January 2013 @ 2:00pm

  • Photo's of the TVSMC annual competition winners can be found in the Photo Section. Congratulations to the winners, who are:

    CLASS Scale Category 2012 Winner Model made by 
    1 1/144 Aircraft Douglas DC8 Graham Davies
    2  1 / 72 Aircraft Piasecki H21 Les Vowles
    3   1/48 Aircraft Martinside Buzzard Hugh Beyts
    4 1/32 + Aircraft Supermarine Spitfire XVI Steve Abbey
    5   Best Scratch Built or Vac Formed Vickers Varsity Kevin Payne
    6 1/48 - Small Military Vehicles Chinese Tanker John Slade
    7 1/35 + Large Military Vehicles 234/4 8 R.A.D Steve Abbey
    8   Vehicles - non Military Routemaster Keith Sherwood
    9   Railways CoalBunker Peter Jary
    10   Science Fiction / Space Skaven DoomWheel Steve Abbey
    11   Junior Aircraft Snowspeeder Gareth Burton
    12   Junior Vehicles    
    13   Large Ships U Boat Keith Sherwood
    14   Small Ships    
    15   Dioramas    
    16   Figures and Miscellaneous    
       1 / 72 Best JET Gnat Keith Sherwood
        1/48 Best JET Buccaneer D Holyland
        Best RAF Aircraft Vickers Varsity Kevin Payne
        Best Senior Vickers Varsity Kevin Payne
        Best Junior Snowspeeder Gareth Burton

TVSMC member success at IPMS nationals!

Posted by Peter Sutton, Sunday, 25th November 2012 @ 11:22am

  • Congratulations to Kevin Payne who entered his 1/72 Vickers Varsity into the IPMS Nationals Competition at Telford, November 2012.  Kevin's model won:
    1st in the category 9, 1/72 Vacform models ,
    1st in the Aeroclub trophy, 
    2nd in the Hannants trophy.

    Pictures of the Varsity can be found in the Photo section.


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