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The Ships at ScaleModelWorld 2009

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Telford Again...

The modeling event highlight, the drive for a full year work is this event!
A chance to meet old friends and make new ones, to see live some of the fabulous works that have been seeing during the year over the internet, get also some new surprises from some of the most skillful ship modelers, make some shopping and most of all, the talks, the fun of being amongst equals makes this THE EVENT.
As usual I and this year with Filipe Ramires (_Admiral_Fil), flew to Birmingham with our display and contest models, and "adventures" started right at the beginning of the trip, on Lisbon Airport X-Ray machine control... "This side up" written on one of the boxes, probably mean tilt it when the owner is not looking!!!
Apart from this, all went strangely well, on schedule, and we arrived as expected at Telford.
So, without further delays, here is the Ship Model Report of ScaleModelWorld 2009
I would like to thank Telford International Center / IPMS-UK for changing the bulb lights on Halls 1 and 2 (white lights) and also to apologize the quality of glass/perspex cased models... they are always tricky to photograph. Even with this issue, I prefer to publish them anyway...
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About the Author

About Rui Matos (skipper)

Hi all Crew Members!
Rui Matos, 39 years old (in 2006), married, former Portuguese Navy Fire Control Radar Operator , and "owned" by two cats - James, Stripes (Riscas in portuguese, now deceased) and Moon (Lua)!
I've been modeling since I was 6, but only have turned to Submarines in 1991 o...


Thank you to all for the compliments, but I only took the photos (well, there are four of my models too)! It is those who take their ship models to the event that need to be congratulated, since so many things can happen to damage these delicate pieces! Editing just comes with the job! I think that this works in two ways: - "Reward" those who took their models with some air time, independently of skill - not all the models displayed were top notch, but still they (the ship modelers) had guts to display them; - "Reward" those who attended the show with a Ship Only specialized view (so many things are missed over the two days) and, especially for those who, for several reasons (distance, time, money) couldn't be there in the flesh. This way I can give a little happiness, I hope, for those ship models enthusiasts! To Jan: The Falke is a really true masterpiece! Just looking at the unfinished model makes us wonder all it's potential, the needed craftsmanship to make the master and most of all, the uniqueness of this vessel in a usual scale for torpedo boats. You can talk over it with the "Father" of the Falke, Peter Platner (goldenarrow) To Guido: Consider that next year you will be there with the German Gamblers Team, with your usual stunning stand, with you models to enter the competition and if all went well on this side, we can have a couple of beers over our usual modeling discussions! Don't despair! You were missed but not forgotten! To Peter Plattner: Yes, it was kind of "short", but I am sure we'll keep in touch! Cheers, Rui
NOV 17, 2009 - 05:18 AM
Dear Rui, thank you for your kind coments about my Adler / Falke tropedoboat. mastering this piece required much mor tim and engagement than ever expected. but now its done. Unfortunatelly I couldn´t finish the Model for the Telford show. You are absoltly right with your thoughts abot the modellers presenting their work in Telford. First ,its often a big task to carry models in good condition that far.... And everybody can tell storries about some mishaps. Second, I truly love this huge amount of different styles of models all worth to be registered and looked at. And last but not least Telford is like a family gathering of shipmodellers spread all arround the world. I would need more than a week to pay everyone the attetion requiered. This worldwide friendship, for me, is the most outstandig aspect of this show. regards Peter
NOV 17, 2009 - 06:10 AM
Thanks for taking the time to put that together Rui. As I was only there on the Saturday I never had the time to properly browse the displays and comp area. I see you found the scratchbuilt CVA-01 by Geoff Baker of the What If SIG . BTW I put my name down on the form for the Carrier SIG - not heard anything yet
NOV 17, 2009 - 09:37 AM
Hi Neil Glad you liked the report! Sorry we didn't met, though... Give them some slack... I remember when I put my name down on SmallWarships SIG, lead by Les Brown, I was eager to hear something from them, until I got the SIG Newsletter. It's their usual way of communicating with members. Another way is for you to make a first move and contact them again, via letter or email - just check the IPMS-UK SIG/Branches contacts Cheers, Rui
NOV 17, 2009 - 10:15 AM
Having not seen the Adler/Falke in real life i can only judge it from the pictures - but from that, and trusting Ruis judgement and experience I am seriously tempted! Do you know anything about releasedata and price range ? The hull lookes like a onepiece cast - is it massive or spin casted? Cheers/Jan
NOV 17, 2009 - 11:02 PM
Jan I perfectly share your opinion about the Adler, that's a hell of a great model Peter just did! I can promise you that if you decide to build that one online, you will have me checking hourly to see the progress And thanks for sharing Rui! Your icebreaker looks as ever so great!
NOV 18, 2009 - 01:56 AM
Hi Neil Glad you liked the report! Sorry we didn't met, though... Give them some slack... I remember when I put my name down on SmallWarships SIG, lead by Les Brown, I was eager to hear something from them, until I got the SIG Newsletter. It's their usual way of communicating with members. [/quote] Oh, I wasn't having a go, I was just saying. BTW, I second the comments about your icebreaker - is there a build of it on here (I have one of the boxings of this kit)
NOV 18, 2009 - 05:15 AM
Hi guys... On the Adler/Falke: I would say that the hull is one casted resin piece... With lots of parts to add on it Ask Peter or check http://www.wmm.at/ and wait for the model to be available online To Jean-Bernard and Neil Yes, the Shiraze was one of the most colorful ships on display Of course there was the 1/350 Soya on the Naval Dio competition area with even more color! Neil, I have not made a full build blog of it... but some in progress shots can be seen here and a MOD here. Hope this helps Cheers, Rui
NOV 18, 2009 - 06:26 AM
Me, I liked all those fine resin ships from the age of iron (late 1890's) and I loved that Predetor kit, problem is I want a real one. Oh well it is first on my list when I win the Mega-lottery.
NOV 18, 2009 - 07:55 AM
Thanks for putting this together... as usual, great models and very inspirational, especially the waterline table.... wow... cheers
NOV 21, 2009 - 03:15 AM