Although storm Dennis did its best to disrupt proceedings the annual Scale Model Exhibition organised by the SVAS went ahead on Sunday 16th February. A few exhibitors and traders were unfortunately not able to make it due to the weather conditions but there was still plenty to see!
Over 40 different exhibitors and traders did make it to display at Shuttleworth and hundreds of visitors braved the storm to admire the handiwork. We were also fortunate to have the grand-daughter of Percival Chief Designer Arthur Bage visiting and she took the opportunity to display a selection of her grandfathers original drawings and scrapbooks of photographs of Percival designs.
The modelling competition was particularly close this year with judges Rob Millinship and Rory Cook commenting ‘Modelling standards continue to be very high, in some categories it has been very difficult to choose a winner. The modellers have been very careful with the fine details which make our job that much harder!’ However, the judges did manage to pick some winners and they were:
Winner 1/72nd & Smaller Scale – 1/144th P51 Mustang by Robert McDonald
Robert McDonald – Winner of Best Model smaller than 1/72nd
Winner 1/48th & Smaller Scale – 1/48th Supermarine Channel by Hugh Beyts
Hugh Beyts – Winner of Best Model smaller than 1/48th Scale
Winner larger than 1/48th – Skeletal Fokker D.VII by Mick Norris
Mick Norris – winner of Best model larger than 1/48th Scale
Junior Modeller – Typhoon British Legend by Joby Girling
Joby Girling – 2020 Junior Modeller Winner
Best in Show – the John Morris Memorial Trophy – Shogun Samurai on horseback by Bob Parker
Rod Johnson accepts the award for Best in Show on behalf of Bob Parker
Hopefully some of these inspire you to take part, there is an entire year to build entries for next year’s competition which will be on Sunday 21st February 2021!