Held at the International Centre in Telford over the 7th to the 8th on November. This show saw the debut of Andy Hay Hardwick's special Diavoli Rossi Display.
We had many visitors to the table over the weekend including a special visit from IPMS (Italy) Centro Di Milano. The table also paid tribute to the late Steve Hague, a great friend to the SIG who would almost certainly have made a visit to our table. I think he would like the idea of a Harrier taking over the Tornado's table.
To give an idea of the whole show, here are some pictures that give an idea of what the greatest model show on earth was like.
And finally, it was nice to see the Tornado well represented on other tables.
This year's display included a Harrier Gr.3 Built as a tribute to Steve Hague, a friend of the SIG who had sadly passed away on the 21st of May.
I'd first met Steve as an air cadet, he was a civilian instructor with 2388 Castleford Squadron. By a simple twist of fate, I also ended up working with Steve later on in life at the Sunrise Chinese Takeaway, in Kippax, East Leeds.
It was during these two periods of my life that Steve nurtured my interest in aviation and modelling, although I'm fairly sure he is somewhat perturbed that I ended up building so many Tornados. But at least they are not the devil's work (as Steve called helicopters).
Steve took me to many airshows, and my first IPMS Nationals at Donnington. We kept in touch over the following years and would meet up at various model shows in the North of England and at SMW.
Steve, you are missed, 'but no good will come of it'*
*one of Steve's many one liners.