A Successful Return: Aldingbourne Modellers IPMS Model Show

Malcolm V Lowe visits the 2022 edition of the Aldingbourne IPMS event, reporting on the modelling sights on show - featuring extra online-only images.
All images Malcolm V Lowe.

Aldingbourne IPMS Show

Above: Among the many models on display from the Southdowns Model Group, the popular recent Airfix 1/72 MiG-17 was completed in North Vietnamese markings.

Aldingbourne Modellers IPMS is a comparatively new modelling group based close to Chichester, West Sussex, in the south of England. Prior to the pandemic it had staged several annual exhibitions originally called ‘Modelex’, commencing with an event during 2016. For 2022, this show made a welcome return after the scaling-down of COVID-19 restrictions and it proved once more to be a hit with participants and visiting public alike.

Staged on March 5 at Aldingbourne’s Community Sports Centre adjacent to the historic restored Barnham railway signal box, clubs and traders from across the south of England were present, with many models of excellent quality on display. Due to the size and layout of the venue, the show was spread into two separate rooms, although they adjoined from a central entrance and so navigating around the event was easy. A particularly extensive presentation was put on by members of the host group themselves in one of the two exhibition rooms.

The show was one of the first such gatherings to be held for two years in this part of southern England and proved an excellent opportunity for modelling friends to meet up for the first time since the pandemic began. Further details of Aldingbourne Modellers IPMS can be found at: www.facebook.com/aldingbournemodellers/