SOMERSET SPLENDOUR: Yeovil Model Show Report

Malcolm V Lowe rediscovered the joy of attending model shows after lockdown, savouring the delights on show at the Yeovil event. Read our full report and view extra online-only images here!

Yeovil Model SHow

Above: Built from the 1/32 LukGraph resin/multi-media kit, a star of the show at Yeovil was this eye-catching de Havilland Dragon Rapide/Dominie on a display in support of Models for Heroes (all images Malcolm V Lowe).

A welcome return was made by one of southwest England’s largest model exhibitions at Yeovil in Somerset during October 2021. Simply entitled the ‘Yeovil Model Show’, this event was first held during March 2018 and repeated in 2019, but like so many other exhibitions was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Staged on October 24, the reconstituted show took place as before under private management and was a complete success. Formerly held at the Buckler’s Mead Academy in Yeovil, for its 2021 return the event was staged in a completely new venue. This was the Westfield Academy in Yeovil, which proved to be an excellent choice of revised location. The school’s roomy sports hall, plus an adjacent building in the shape of a large dome were filled with model clubs and traders from across the south of England.

The show was well attended by the public, there being ample parking on site for both participants and visitors. It proved to be a very welcome opportunity for many of southern England’s modellers to come together again, especially after so long being prevented from doing so.

The success of the 2021 exhibition has encouraged the organisers to already begin planning for a similar event in 2022, further pandemic restrictions pending.