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SCALE MODEL WORLD 2019 / IPMS UK | TELFORD

Below is a report on our visit to Scale Model World 2019 in England

Hello model builders!

We're back from Telford and thanks to LUFTHANSA it was once again exciting. Last time we were unsure how to get home, this year we went the other way. Until one day before departure we didn't know: do we fly or don't we fly, and when do we fly how do we fly?

So - we flew and we did it on time with completely different types of aircraft and airlines, which wasn't actually planned. I flew with an Italian airline for the first time.  So really exciting. In the future we will – if possible – avoid Lufthansa.

So we left Munich for Birmingham at 08:30 a.m. and then, after arriving at 09:30 a.m. local time, continued with the rental car. Since the interests of the people traveling with us were very varied   and not enthusiastic about the planned program, we drove straight to Telford. We killed time at the mall there and then drove on to our hotel. Sit in the bar for a bit, check in and return to the hall in Telford to meet the first friends there and get the tickets for the weekend. We were able to happily welcome our friends from the IPMS. (Gary and Peter and many other people we have known for a long time))

Then back to the hotel, dinner, sitting in the bar, drinking beer and going to bed – the day was long and on SA breakfast was at 7:30 a.m. because we were allowed to go into the halls at 8 a.m.

As always, the rush of exhibitors and IPMS members was very large on Saturday and despite the many tickets that had already been issued, there was a queue at the entrance - the English generally like queuing and it's not a problem, it's always funny._cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_But you should think about all the back and forth with the entrances a bit. It was a bit annoying – you can go in there, you can't go in there and if you only have it for a certain amount of time, you have the tape, you can go in there and they can't, or you can only go out, etc. etc.

Until the official opening at 10:00 a.m., it was relatively manageable and comfortable to stroll through the rows and look around for coveted models. We had many nice conversations again, met a lot of old friends and made new ones and in general it was very relaxed between the exhibitors . We were able to get hold of one or the other model and the right accessories were also quickly found.

On Saturday we went to a pub in Telford for dinner before we went back to the hotel bar. SO breakfast was a little later and then back into the halls so that we were back at 08:30.

Today was the big "Remembrance Day" and the halls filled up very quickly - there was really a lot going on today - very, very many people. A dealer stated that this was the best SMW since he's been selling here in Telford. It was also the most international of all exhibitions so far. Many model builders from all over the world had gathered.

Today the wallet was a little looser and everything was bought that was needed - or not. As always, the second day was very arduous at the end and so it happened that we broke up our tents at 3:00 p.m. and went to the hotel. All treasures were examined, sorted and stowed away in advance. As always, dinner, a few beers and off to bed.

MO after breakfast again a small museum and then to the airport. At 5:45 p.m. we headed back to Munich and continued home by car. Arrival: 11:30 p.m. in bed.

Your model building friends Ried

Gottfried 

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