I'll let Andy Mk2 explain how the Tornado SIG managed to be so far away from the UK.....
Hi everyone. Just thought I would post a quick report about the Vilnius Model Show which I was invited to by some Lithuanian model club friends I have made over the last year. I did intend to take a couple of aircraft models to put into the show but afterwards decided that it might be a nice opportunity to go along as the Tornado SIG and put on a little display to show what we do here in the UK as regards to clubs and events.
I made a couple of little frames to introduce the SIG with a brief and basic information page. I made some small flyers with the SIG logo and Facebook address. I managed to get a nice blue tablecloth from the house to take along with the AIR DATA Tornado book for plenty of reference material.
The icing on the cake for me was taking 3 Tornados from the UK in an old shoe box,these included my Italian ECR 1/48 Tornado along with 2 smaller 1/72 scale kits,the Desert GR1 and another Italian AF IDS Tonka.
I managed to get through a 100 mile car drive to Luton airport, through check-in and onto the aircraft to Vilnius in Lithuania then off the other end a taxi ride to where we collect our car from then a 30 km drive with the last 3 km off-road to the farm where we live then another trip into Vilnius to the show without one breakage !
The show was in a tower block community centre on the ground floor. I was given an end table space to set up the display. What was nice to see was a collection of 10 different countries flags hanging on the main wall in the hall with the Union Flag amongst them...a first I am assured!
Over the weekend the SIG had a lot of interest and most of the flyers were taken. Lots of photographs were taken and I spent a few hours chatting to other modellers about the Tornado and our happy group of builders !
Overall a super weekend. Lots of other great models on display and plenty of happy memories to take away.
Models on other tables
Ollie and Nigel had a great spot ....next to the resident 43 sqn Tornado F3 .
Special thanks to Alex for bringing his super Raspberry Ripple Tonka to display !
This is our parent club display at our meeting spot , Sunnyfield House in Guisborough just outside of Middlesbrough to celebrate its 20th birthday.
Along with the club and the SIG the clubs other SIGs where present namely the IDF SIG(Israeli Defence Forces SIG ) and the UKCAF SIG ( UK and Commonwealth Forces SIG ).
Thanks to my ever so loving boss I could only make the last ten minutes of the day ! Grr !! I'm sure it was a great day as we normally have to put up with lots of friendly banter from the "Non-Tornado Makers " . Lol !!