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Maximum interest is seen at the museum’s miniature model show

Visitors from all around attended a special model show at the city’s aviation museum.


Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, in association with Tangmere Sector Modellers IPMS, hosted a Scale Model Show on Saturday.


Building on last year’s successful first scale model show at the museum, this year’s show was bigger and better, with over 20 scale model clubs and traders displaying at the event.


In comparison, last year’s first show was modest, with ten model clubs exhibiting and three traders selling models. However, it proved to be a great success, with exhibitors located between aircraft in the museum’s main hangar.


Building on last year, the Sector Modellers invited 20 clubs and four traders to take part, which required the museum to utilise all the museum halls and hangars to accommodate them.


Exhibitors accepted invitations from Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and London, drawn to the show by its growing reputation as being one of the best organised in southern England.


An exhibition of particular interest to the museum was the display by the Harrier Special Interest Club of Hawker Harrier V/STOL jump jet aircraft models.


The museum is currently running an exhibition on Harriers in the 1969 Air Race, which has been extended until the end of July.


On Saturday, the show opened its doors at 10am and during the day over 500 visitors were able to marvel at the intricate detail of the fantastic models and of the skills involved in making them.


Those looking for models and modelling equipment to buy were well catered for and those seeking refreshments had to look no further than the outside BBQ run by the museum’s NAAFI tea room.


The Sector Modellers organised an impressive raffle with numerous plastic models as prizes, donated by model manufacturing companies, some of which were valued at between £50 and £100.


New this year was an open scale model competition staged as part of the show. Numerous models made by both adults and children were submitted and the standard was so high that difficult decisions had to be made by the independent panel of judges.


Prizes were awarded for different categories with Phil Cowley, a member of the Tangmere Sector Modellers, winning the gold medal in the civilian vehicle category and the award of ‘champion of the show’.


Richard Spreckley, of Tangmere Sector Modellers IPMS, said: “Following on from the success of the inaugural show in 2018, visitors this year saw against the backdrop of this iconic Battle of


Britain airfield and museum an expanded event ,with 17 models clubs from around the region, one national special interest group (Harrier SIG) five traders, access to the whole museum, BBQ, open cockpits and flight simulators.


“There was also the first ever open competition at the event which saw 120 entries in nine different classes. The lead judge, Mr Richard Francis, commented that the quality of the entries was on a par with larger national competitions.


“The champion ‘best in show’ was awarded to Mr Phil Cowley for his Aston Martin Ulster.


“There were also special awards for the Bill Leadbetter Memorial Trophy ‘best in show’ American military aircraft and Salisbury IPMS walked away with the M.A.N Models trophy for best in show club display.”


The museum saw record numbers of visitors and have invited their resident model club to start planning for the third show which will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

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