The Scottish National Scale Model Show, incorporating the Scottish National Model Championships, is an annual event this year held on the weekend of the 26th and 27th April at Perth in Scotland.
The event is held at the Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth. This is a large Sports Centre, with the actual event being held in the Ice rink....minus the ice of course!
Yours truly arrived for the opening early on Saturday morning, complete with camera, notepad and raging toothache! It's a measure of how friendly the show is, that even with the toothache I thoroughly enjoyed the show, the only not so pleasant part being the journey down there, and the journey home again on the Sunday!
First-up, a description for those who have not been to this show.....even though you really do need to make the effort next year....it's certainly one of my favourite, if not the favourite of the shows throughout the year!
As said, the event is held in a large Sports centre, with loads of parking, which is frequently a pain at major events like this. Not so here. Looking down on the trading floor, which is actually an ice rink, is a large cafeteria area where refreshments and a full menu are available throughout the event. Actually, this cafeteria adds a lot to the event, since it becomes a sort of meeting place where you can have a sit down, a meal and a chat and still keep an eye on the trading floor through the large glass wall. I spent a lot of time up there nursing my tooth.....in a sort of analgesia induced fug!
One advantage of visiting Perth is that I get to meet a lot of friends from North of the border that I don't run into at all the local shows I visit throughout the year. One of these is Steve Cruickshank, and his son Steve. And his son Steve. Who said the Scots don't have imagination when it comes to thinking of names! (Picture 5) Steve is well-known for his scratchbuilding skills of various engineering vehicles, and this year he even had a stand of his own to show off his work, where he could be seen busily giving demonstrations.
The entire event, apart from the refreshments area, was held in the one hall, with a sizeable area cordoned off as the competition area. This year there were fifty classes, as befitting a National event. The number of entries to the competition were up slightly on last years. Joe Long won Best of Show (Senior) with a diorama called “Broken Down” (Pic.6) and Lewis Daily won Best of Show (Junior) with a diorama incorporating a German half track, (Pic 7.)
One of the reasons why I enjoy this show so much, apart from the friendly atmosphere, is the standard of entries to the competition, which I find to be generally higher that that of it's UK counterpart at Telford.
Looking around all the vendors at the show, although there were no new releases announced at the show that we didn't know were coming, there were over 32 different vendors, so almost anything you could think of was available. In addition, there were over 35 other stands from clubs to individuals such as Steve Cruickshank, so there was plenty to see in all areas!
Throughout the two days of the event, there were also various demonstrations given in the special area set aside with large screen in the middle of the hall. Plus the obligatory tombola of course!
For those attending over the two days, Saturday evening saw the Show dinner take place at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, with guest speakers Paul Regan, President of the UK IPMS and Trevor Snowdon of Hornby / Airfix. Although primarily for traders, this dinner is open to all-comers and is usually well worth attending.
Part of the reason for why this is such a successful event has to be the organising team behind it. Over the weeks prior to the event, a lot of local radio stations gave it a mention, and there was even a report in the Guardian, which must have drawn in many on the fringes of modelling who otherwise would not have known of it.
2008 Scottish National Model Show
Joe Long won Best of Show (Senior) with a diorama called “Broken Down” and Lewis Daily won Best of Show (Junior) with a diorama incorporating a German half track.
The top 5 classes were
1. Class 5 - Aircraft up to 1/48 scale - 22 entries
The bottom 5 classes were
1. Class 20 - Trucks and commercial vehicles up to 1/36 scale - 0 entries
2008 Competition Class Winners
Class 1 - Alister Aird - F104 Starfighter
2008 Special Trophy Winners
Senior Best Of Show - Joe Long - Broken Down
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