Bolton 2014

Bolton 2014, Sunday 19th January

A great opener to the year once again, the IPMS Bolton show held at St Joseph's High School, Horwich was for once, blessed by the weather. There was the usual theme table, which this year was 'Invasion' and the 1/35 M1A1 mineplough fitted Abrams took the prize here.  Gratifyingly the 1/48 Fleet Air Arm Hawker Seahawk FGA Mk.6  on our own 580 Modellers stand took Best in Show; there is no competition in the traditional sense as all models on all tables are automatically entered and there is a real prize (this time an Eduard 1/48 MiG21 with just about every bit of resin and etch going, which the winner Neil Foster is holding).

The show, occupying the main hall and stage and spilling into the surrounding classroom and corridors has a charm all its own.  This is enhanced by the unique Air Cadet Build-off, which was well patronised once again (and a worthwhile prize was also awarded to this winner too) and the great food.

Show stalwarts IPMS Lancashire won best stand, which was thoroughly deserved as every model on their table was a potential competition winner and gave a nice mix of arranged themes and stand alone subjects.

Our two new members, Russell Farrar and Neil Foster (yes he who won Best in Show) said they really enjoyed their day out with us and are willing to do it again, which is gratifying.

So full credit to the organisers and their host club and we look forward to returning next year.

Geoff Cooper-Smith
28th January