Scale Aircraft Modelling – March 2023
English | 102 pages | pdf | 41.4 MB

Welcome at Scale Aircraft Modelling Magazine March 2023 Issue

In the current economic climate the last thing many of us would choose to do would be to organise a major event, with all the associated risks involved. Everything costs more, and everything is hemmed around by red tape and legislation to a bewildering extent. Huge congratulations then to IPMS Bolton not only for biting the bullet and going ahead with their annual show, but for making it such a huge success. Harrogate Model Club was very pleased to attend, and would like to extend both our thanks to Bolton for having us, and our congratulations for providing a top day out with everything one could hope for from a model show.
Apologies to anyone local trying to join HMC – it doesn’t really exist beyond myself and some diehard members of the review team, and the Bolton show is generally the only time we actually get together, but we had such a good time this year that everyone agreed we’d like to do it again soon. Mr. Colin ‘Flying’ Pickett and Mr. Bruce Leyland-Jones brought along a number of models that have been, or will soon be, featured in the pages of SAM, and both Bruce’s Special Hobby ‘Bluebird’ and Colin’s Freightdog ‘Mustard’ excited considerable attention from those who like their aircraft off-piste in terms of both subject matter and provenance.
Bolton, of course, was the show at which I first found myself elevated to the Editorial See, when a chance conversation with one Neil Robinson landed me a job on Scale Aviation Modeller International. Back then it was staged in a considerably smaller venue – the name eludes me, but the canteen there served a stunning Lancashire hotpot. Even then it was one of the best shows in the North and I don’t think I’ve missed one since. Neil, at the time, was in the process of turning Model Aircraft Magazine Monthly into probably the best model aircraft magazine ever published, and with the Internet still very much an up-and-coming thing the role of the printed magazine was somewhat different from today.
One cornerstone of the publishing year was the annual ‘Nuremburg list’, which saw pages and pages devoted to the optimistic announcements of manufacturers from around the World. The Toyfair still remains an important event, and it is to be hoped that our coverage of this year’s event will reflect the excitement inherent in that annual broadside. That, of course, depends on how much time the Editor is able to devote to the contents of Hall 7a, and how little he spends pointing his camera at the Hauptbahnhof …
On a final note, readers will observe that we have become ‘perfectbound’ this month magazine, which is issue 1 in our 45th volume. I love the new look,
and although mindful that change is something to be evaluated, I hope that readers will be likewise enthused. Guideline will be making new-style binders available to accommodate the revised design, and I look forward to dust settling on the matter with a minimum of letters commencing ‘Sir, imagine my surprise …

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