North East Model Boat Show 2009
DAVE ALLEN reports from Temple Park Centre, South Shields
The admission price was just £2.50, a bonus for visitors in these tough times. An event such as this needs both traders and clubs to be a success, together with easy access and this venue was ideal. The pictures were taken before the show opened to the public – believe me it was a lot busier than these pictures might imply!
ACTion run by Dave Milbourn always seems to have something new and he is gaining a reputation for value and reliability with his range of speed controllers and electronics.
ModelPower were in demand for advice and batteries and of course the hosts, A Model World, were busy with a vast selection of RTR models, kits, motors and r/c equipment etc.
So, from a visitor point of view, you could purchase kits, hulls and all the bits and pieces you need to go with them from the comprehensive range of suppliers present.
Naturally there were quite a few Northern clubs displaying, plus a very interesting stand manned by Phil Abbott of the Blackheath MBC with boats going way back in time. You had to admire the finish and quality of those boats and they certainly have stood the test of time.
Northern clubs present included the South Shields MYC (founded in 1886) featuring some very graceful looking yachts, Wearside MBC, Roker Park MBC and Darlington MBC.
From further afield were the CADMA club, Kirklees club and the Hull Model Boat Group with Stan Donachie and some excellent trawler models plus a working dredger based on a workboat hull by Lee Darley which had a lot of functioning features. This attracted a lot of attention as did Ron Paddison’s superb lifeboat, which never fails to impress the crowds.
A Model World Trophy for best in show: Kingston Peridot built by Bill Jefferson.
Mount Fleet Trophy for best Mount Fleet kit: Sir Lancelot built by Bill Jefferson.
Tyne Trophy for best club display: Wearside MBC.
Class B: Rescue and Lifesaving:
Scratch built: George and Mary Webb built by Ron Paddison.
Semi-scratch: Fanny Victoria built by K Brown.
Class C: Naval Ships.
Semi-scratch: HMS Albury built by B Ceaman.
Kit: Sir Lancelot built by Bill Jefferson.
Class D: Tugs
Semi-scratch: Northsider built by W Carpenter.
Kit: Aziz built by Ray Bell.
Class E: Fishing Vessels
Scratch: Providence IV built by W Carpenter.
Semi-scratch: St. Romanus built by S Donachie.
Kit: St. Nectan built by S Donachie.
Class F: Workboats/cargo vessels.
Scratch: Helenus built by B Carpenter.
Kit: Trans Sand built by B Southern.
Class G: Pleasure craft.
Scratch: Natterer built by Ted Welding.
Semi-scratch: Bluebird by E Lazenby.
Kit: Schaarhorn built by B Southern.
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