The weather was appalling on Sunday at St Ives, however, the Brampton Branch of IPMS UK pulled out all the stops and provided us modellers another fantastic show. There were several traders with kits new and old, with some five dealing with second-hand kits. There were some real bargains to be had. Anyone know who got the Revell 1/32 Jack that sold for a tenner? There were books and decals. It was almost like a mini Nationals. Many clubs and branches were attendance and it was nice to meet up with old friends and even make a few new ones.
Our JASIG was again on the 1st floor and we had a good showing with John Drummond and Tim Cant helping me to carry the WWII torch with Julien Dixon bringing us into the jet era with a pair of JASDF F-86 Sabres and a Fuji T1-A (below).
Our next scheduled display will be at Telford on Saturday and Sunday, November 13th and 14th. We've been asked to volunteer an hour or so each day to help with the running of the show and as soon as we know the taskings I'll contact those of you who kindly volunteered your time to help.
There were some new things to see at Brampton, which have been published recently and they make a good addition to the library:
Eduardo Cea has been busy and added two volumes to his Air Collection series of Japanese military aircraft: Vol 5, Part 2 of IJN Land Based Aircraft from 1929-1945; and Vol 6, Bombers of the IJA 1939-1945.
Mark 1 Ltd, in conjunction with 4+ has published a volume on Lockheed's T-33 Thunderbird with a decal sheet for twelve aircraft, one of which is Japanese. The Japanese option is for a Kawasaki-built T-33A, Black 230, of 33 Sq., No.1 Air Wing, Japanese Air Self Defence Force, at Hamamatsu Air Base in the mid-1970s. The finish is overall off-white with light grey upperwing leading edge panels and the lower surfaces of the aircraft in aluminium paint. The fin top is trimmed in dark maroon with a yellow and black checkerboard design on the fin and rudder. The book is available with a decal sheet in either 1/72 or 1/48 scale.Gary Wenko