Sauce for the North. An Editorial visit to the Northern Sale model Show

A1/144 Nimrod, scaled down courtesy of Bridlington and Wolds


That superbly built TSR.2 put in another welcome appearance

Having kicked off last issue with the Scottish Nationals, it may seem a little repetitious to continue this month in a similar vein, but as we have the US Region IV Convention occupying the Show Report spot in the body of the magazine, it seems logical to follow up last month’s road trip to Perth with a sequel.

A splendid day out was had in South Shields! Attending in an unofficial capacity, and not flying the SAM I flag for this show, visitors were able to enjoy the fruits of the Editor’s labours under the auspices of Harrogate Model Club, which is a loose organisation designed to provide a platform for attending shows, and has little in the way of a constitution, a meeting place, or even a membership. Fortunately SAMI’s Mr. Colin Pickett was also able to attend, and supplemented the modest collection of microscopic Luftwaffe jets with some 1/72 Fleet Air

The What If SI6 invariably turn in an eye-catching display Arm types, which were universally admired by all passing modellers of discerning taste.




The show was excellent. Attendance was up on last year, and significant efforts had gone into many of the club displays, with some particularly impressive showings from both IPMS Cleveland and Washington – not to mention Tyneside of course. IPMS Washington are presenting their own show on July 6th, so make a note in your diary.

HMC’s next door neighbours at the show – Willie Smith’s one-man Luft 46 collection – Part of a very fine collection of 1/32 aircraft on the IPMS Cleveland tables included some real jaw-droppers

The USAF SIG comes up with the goods again Maritime camo looking good on a Heinkel 111Z… Plenty of opportunities for essential shopping!

An interesting and varied array of traders was present, and the standard in the competition was high. HMC’s Mr. Pickett won a bronze with his Hawker Sea Hawk (you should have entered the Seafire Colin!), but the pot-hunting Editor failed to score, despite cunningly entering a 1/144 Tornado in the hope of being the only one in his class. This underhand ruse was foiled by the inclusion of the smaller scale under the heading ‘Aircraft. 1/72 and smaller.’ Drat! Drat, and triple drat!

Called upon to judge both the SAM and Aeroclub trophies, your Editor further distinguished himself with the totally unpredictable award of the latter to a Fairey Gannet, although it must be said this superb build was definitely a worthy candidate. As for the Best of Show award, in which he may have played a minor role, this went to a bust of Piratess Mary Read, and deservedly so as she was so well-painted that even the most prejudiced Gannet-lover could only concur in the decision.

Thanks again, then, to IPMS Tyneside for another great show, and in particular for playing host to the Harrogate Model Club, whose activities we may be obliged to extend in the not too distant future. Hope to see you all there next year.

Not often seen at shows, the Airfix Belvedere kit was based on a prototype. This nicely converted production machine on the Bridlington and Wolds table features replacement transparencies ‘a la Ron.’

Winner of the Aeroclub Trophy was this finely detailed Trumpeter Gannet in 1/72

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