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Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

November 30th, 2017, 10:40 pm

Woohoo!

I'm booked in! The International Hotel is full. The closest I can get is the Radisson Park Inn, and I am in there for 3 nights from Friday 9 Nov. Looks like walking distance to the convention centre. I presume that also means the pubs are nearby.
Ok, now I have to start stocking up on warm gear, umbrellas, galoshes, hip flasks, etc..
Bringing a model is a bit daunting, so I will try to choose a hardy example for the cold war or cbk SIGs. I would consider leaving the model in a good home (museum, perhaps?) rather than carting it all the way home.
I am also a member of a more recent Facebook group, and they might have a table there as well.

Anyway, looking forward to SMW, and looking forward to meeting you guys.
I will also post my itinerary in case that allows me to catch up with other forumers in my travels.

Cheers, and thanks for the timely advice,

David

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

December 1st, 2017, 4:22 pm

A; NO ONE wears galoshes any more. Warm clothing- yes. Brolly - not unless you want to impersonate Patrick Macnee. Average temperature around there was 15 degrees this year. I was wearing a T-shirt unloading my car at the centre [and no, I was not cold]

B; Face book group; only if they are are an IPMS group. Only IPMS get to exhibit

C; Radisson, about a 10 minute walk from the Exhibition centre. All round that area are pubs and restaurants- which are licensed to sell alcoholic drinks with meals

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

December 2nd, 2017, 3:12 am

No galoshes!? That's half the adventure!

cheers,

David

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

December 2nd, 2017, 10:20 am

Well done mate, the Park Inn is a very acceptable hotel and 5-10 minutes walk from shops/pubs and 10-15 from the centre. I've stayed there and left the car there all weekend after unloading on arrival at the centre on the Friday afternoon.
We will be happy to re-home any kits you don't want to take back, especially if they are for CBK as we often display at one or two other shows after Telford so could use the kits for that before passing them on. We could maybe then take them to SMW 2019 as the show has a charity table in the Kit Swap area where you can donate unwanted models and books etc. and the proceeds will go to a good cause.

Cheers
Al.

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

December 2nd, 2017, 9:49 pm

Thanks, Al.
Not sure what I will do about bringing models yet. But this is all good info.

Cheers,

David

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

January 4th, 2018, 10:49 pm

On the subject of parking, it's worth noting that the places attached to the exhibition hall fill up very quickly -- many of them are taken by traders, stand staff, etc. -- so plan to get there well before doors open if you want to park there. However, if you're out of luck on the day, there's a commercial car park attached to a shopping mall that's just up the road, and it usually has space, so that shouldn't be a problem.

I'd be more than happy to join in any group activities, though I usually only come for one day -- preferably the Sunday because the traffic is not as bad and the competition judging is over and I can look at the entries. Also, SMW is a very good place to observe the two minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday; people who spend their time researching and re-creating tools and scenes of battle understand and respect the need to honour those who fought and dies in days past.

See you there!

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

January 8th, 2018, 2:11 am

I have booked my flights!

Arrive Tuesday 6 Nov evening. Pick up hire car at Heathrow. Visit in Berkshire/Wiltshire.
Telford from 9 Nov - booked at Park Inn
Remaining rough plan:
Cosford on 12 Nov.
Newark on 13 Nov.
Duxford on 14 Nov.
Descend on friends in Kent 14 Nov.
Airfix Margate on 16 Nov.
Return hire car and depart from Heathrow on Sat 17 Nov pm.

See you guys in November!

Cheers,

David

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

January 8th, 2018, 3:23 am

Nice itinerary, David! Will Carmel be joining you?

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

January 8th, 2018, 5:35 am

Hi Paul,

no, not this time.

Cheers,

David

Re: Skypirate eyeing Scale Modelworld 2018

January 8th, 2018, 1:30 pm

I don't blame her - England in November..........! ;-)
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