Maquettexpo, 2013Hyères, France.
For our "2013 European Tour", we finally managed to go
"en masse" to display at the annual show of some of our oldest friends and SIG
members, down in the South of France on the Mediterranean coast : 12th &
Although just a couple of us had made this trip
before back in 2004, this time, we got a proper "European Tour" together, with
6 ADTSIG members travelling from the UK and one from Germany, to meet up with
two more of our "local" French members. The sheer distance involved dictated a
pretty big "expedition", even by our standards - the round trip of about 2,000
miles from the UK meant two days travelling to get there, two full days at the
Show and then two days to get home again. But it was well worth it, for a great
show, in a great venue - and many great friends too !
The show is held in the town Casino - not actually
amongst the Gaming Tables, but in the "Forum du Casino". Much of it has a glass
roof, so there is plenty of natural light - and also, being carpeted makes it
much easier on the feet for those long two days ! It was well supported by a
good number of Traders, dozens of French and International Clubs and also by
the local Community too. IPMS(UK)'s participation included the French Air
Forces SIG and Bomber Command SIG, as well as ourselves.
There are a total of 146 models on our display, 4 in
1/32nd scale, 24 in 1/48th scale and the rest in 1/72nd. They were made by 9 of
our members, from 3 different countries.
With 2013 being the 60th Anniversary of the
Patrouille de France and the team being based not too far away, at Salon
de Provence, the AMV83 Club had decided to present two special, commemorative
awards at this years show - one for the "Best Display of Aerobatic Team Models"
and another for the "Best Individual Model of an Aerobatic Team Aircraft"....
Both of these were won by ADTSIG members !
The following section are photos of the very
special display put out by one of our "local" French ADTSIG members
Whereas the majority of our members build one
aircraft/model to represent any particular team, Richard likes to build entire
teams in 1/72nd scale ! So, to coincide with our visit and also because of the
significance of the Patrouille de France's 60th Anniversary, he was
granted his own special area in the Entrance Forum, to put on this hugely
But not only did he just display all his models, he
set the whole thing out as a massive "Airshow Diorama", with pans/hardstanding
and an "active runway" - with fully working LED runways lights too ! If you
look closely, you will see that, apart from the aircraft, there are also
support vehicles, fuel trucks and "Follow Me" cars, etc. And to top it all off,
there are literally hundreds of tiny "spectators" around the edges (behind the
crowd barriers, of course), along with everthing else you get at Airshows, such
as advertising boards, P.A. speakers, camera towers, wastebins - and toilets
This would be one hell of an Airshow !
Not surprisingly, it was this display which won the
other Special Award for the "Best Display of Aerobatic Team Models" - and
deservedly so.... we've never seen anything like it !
And don't forget... ALL of this was the work of just
ONE member !!
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