Academic Excellence: Yeovil Model Show Report

Yeovil’s Model Show made a welcome return during October 2021 and this increasingly popular privately-run Somerset exhibition has since adopted a twice-yearly format. Malcolm V Lowe sampled the atmosphere...
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Above: The Castle Road Modellers from Bournemouth included this rare second prototype Vulcan with straight wing leading edges by Pearl Maidment from the 1/96 Lindberg (later Revell) kit.

The first of the intended two 2022 events was held on April 10 at the show’s now established venue of Yeovil’s Westfield Academy. The overall display proved a great success and was the largest event of its kind so far. A considerable number of clubs and traders were booked, with the exhibition spread across three main indoor areas of the school’s extensive campus. Underlining the show’s popularity, there was also a sizeable number of public visitors. Yeovil is central to a large catchment area in the southwest that includes several very active model clubs and successful model shops.

The date for the second of 2022’s events has already been announced – Sunday October 23. More details can be found by visiting www.facebook.com/yeovilmodelshow

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Above: A Meng 1/35 Rolls-Royce Armoured Car was presented by prolific AFV modeller Trevor Griffiths of the Poole Vikings Model Club.

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Above: Ron Milne from IPMS Dartmoor commemorated the World War Two IAR-80 fighter from Romania with this beautifully-made model using the 1/48 Hobby Boss kit as a basis.

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Above: Independent modeller Paul Bennett from Devon specialises in small-scale dioramas, including this scene based on the 1/76 JB Models (later Airfix) Bedford Tactical Aircraft Refueller (TAR).

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Above: A rare sight in model form, this colourful 1930s Curtiss Condor civil airliner was shown by the Airfix Modelling SIG, originating from the 1/72 J&L Aircraft Models vacform.

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Above: IPMS Gloucester remembered the Soviet Union’s Buran spacecraft with this striking 1/144 representation made from the Ark Models kit.

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Above: This colourful B-Type 3 ton ‘British Lorry’ kitted by MiniArt in 1/35 was an eye-catching addition to the extensive display of Dorset’s Poole Vikings Model Club.

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Above: Locally-based Rory Manton from the Alpha One model club in Yeovil made a prototype Avro York using the Airfix 1/72 Lancaster Mk.II’s wings and tail mated to a MACH 2 fuselage.

Out and About Yeovil

Above: Small even in 1/48, Eduard’s Blackburn Baby was built by Alan Pask and was included on the Great War SIG stand.