Poole Vikings Stand theme for Telford 2018

In recent years, our stand at Scale ModelWorld has had a themed area. The last two shows have featured Gallipoli and Cambrai. We’ve been discussing the next theme at recent meetings and a vote was held in February. The winning theme, by a small margin, was “The military in Dorset from the beginnings to the present day.”

and here are the actual vote results Poole Vikings Telford Theme votes 2018

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Vikings Raid at Middle Wallop 2017

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Our members on the stand on the day were Malcolm, Jim, Ian, and Terry.

Hyperscale has done a report on the show at Hyperscale report

and amongst the photos are some of models on our stand, including Ian’s 1/48th scale FAA models. Clicking on the thumbnail panels links 22 and 23 should find them

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Vikings Raid on Telford 2017

two photos of our stand at Scale Model World 2017 at Telford, November 2017

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photos above by Malcolm V Lowe

and some more photos by Jez Thomson

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(our Cambrai themed stand area)

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Vikings Raid on Thornbury 2017

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Picture from Martin Crabb

Martin , Paul and Jez went on our raid of the IPMS  Avon show, with some tactical packing of many boxes in the car they had enough models between them to fill 12 feet of table. It was a large show with lots of clubs displaying, wargaming and with loads of vendors, kits and products were a plenty. They shall definitely be going again next year.

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Vikings Raid on Old Sarum 2017

On Sunday, August 6th  we exhibited at the Boscombe Down Model & Craft show. The show was held in the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection on Old Sarum aerodrome.  The aerodrome is celebrating its centenary this year.

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An excellent day and one of our members, our Chairman Malcolm, came home with four certificates; one winner and three highly commended.

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Vikings Raid on Romsey 2017

We had a great at day at the Romsey show, a smaller show but an extremely friendly show and the standard of exhibited models is very high.

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Vikings Raid on Portsmouth Defences

Saturday 14th June last a small group of Vikings from the northern fiord of Wilfa’s town on the Cale (Wincanton) set off to visit Fort Nelson, the home of the Royal Armouries Artillery Collection. For Martin and Paul it was a first visit, but Jez was a serious recidivist having several visits under his belt.

Over the year there have been many changes to the museum not least an impressive approach past some rather large examples of a naval gun tube and a late Victorian mortar leading to a comfortable entrance area including a snack bar and shop, but NO entry charge. After a cup of tea to fortify us we set out on an amble through the galleries. These have been developed into an excellent series of displays covering both the history of Fort Nelson and the development of artillery over the ages. Whilst the majority of items on display cover the changes in explosive artillery there are, if you look carefully enough in the main hall some reconstructions of a roman ballista and catapulta.

One of the great features of this museum is the ability to get very close to examples of pieces, this allows the collection of a massive range of reference photos (but I can guarantee that you will always miss the one angle that is not clearly covered in the kit instructions!). After examples of some of the most iconic guns ranging from the French 75mm to the Iraqi Supergun, via the Flak 88 the early galleries focus on the history and use of the fort as part of the Palmerston defence schemes to oppose the “perfidious” French. Rooms are set up to show how the Victorian artilleryman lived. Following on from this there is an amazing range of different cannon from all around the world and different periods. Some are complete works of art rather than just simple killing machines and well worth the trip just to see them.

A stroll through the tunnel leading past the main magazine brings you to one of the mortar batteries and the North Capionnier where the design of the fort becomes evident with interlocking fields of fire and a massive killing ground for any French soldier unfortunate enough to get this close to the actual fort. Massive Victorian artillery pieces would have slaughtered infantry wholesale. I suppose that the forts did their job in that an invasion never took place – a sort of 19th Century Nuclear Deterrent.

The parade ground contains a wide range of different guns including land mortars, an Achilles turret, and various naval guns and long range artillery. Additionally there is usually a live firing display using the 25pdr howitzer – a spectacular event. Unfortunately there was no demo of the Victorian RBL cannon mounted on the ramparts. This is an event worth seeing if you can time you visit to coincide with one of the demonstration days.

If this wasn’t enough, we then went into the main artillery hall. Either side of the hall are examples of different pieces lined up, many of which are well known, but some are rare. Again you can get close to them and gain some amazing reference materials for future use. However this gems are NOT what catches the eye. Rather it is the WWI railway gun that dominates one end of the hall. The only way to fit it in a photo is to retreat into a corner and use a wide angle lens. Spectacular is the only word that can describe it. As the photo shows it is a big brute, the scary thing to my mind is that some of the German ones were even bigger!

A return through the galleries was followed by a snack. A very enjoyable day and a visit to be recommended – even if artillery is not your main interest the way everything is put together makes it a worthwhile way to spend a few hours.

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A Chinese cannon

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I want one for the garden!  WW1 British railgun, come on Meng/Takom, lets be having one!

In addition to the above Jez has provided some additional photos taken at Fort Nelson

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and as a bonus a selection of his photos taken of some artillery on static display at Aldershot

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