Model of the Year 2017

By Tony Dill

Annually, THE CAPE PENINSULA IPMS, which is a branch of the worldwide IPMS organisation, holds our Model of the Year competition. This competition and display of scale models is to highlight our achievements over the year past in our beloved hobby of scale modelling. Any IPMS member in good standing may enter and this year we had three members from the east coast make a round trip of about 1000kms to attend; great to see you Barry, Colin and Deon.

  Weeks of anticipation were finally behind us and Saturday March 4, 2017 dawned bright and clear. By 0800hrs, we were there at the hall of Vrijzee Preparatory School, ready for registration and placing the models out on the tables.

  Excitement mounted, as the hall swelled with people and the vendors filled up their tables with goodies that would have many reaching for their wallets. I spotted Murray Baxter from Hobbies on Line, the lads from Sizzling Hobbies and private vendors like Jaco van Zyl. By the end of the day they all reported a good stream of trade.

  Refreshments were provided by Shilton Eggbury and sausage was grilled by Jaco Van Rensburg for the preparation of Boerewors Rolls, a South African Speciality version of Hotdogs. Thanks Jaco and Shilton and your helpers for your great work.

  On the day, as one of the panel of judges working very hard to get through the load of judging many very quality models, I was astounded to be informed by the Competition Secretary, Christoff

Theunissen, that we had 169 models on the day. A great turnout and thanks to everyone that took the time and trouble to enter. Even if you did not win on the day, you were all winners as the standard was fantastically high.

  I was particularly struck by three models so good that I need to mention them individually. These three models were all scratchbuilt, a replica of a horse drawn hearse that is to be seen on one of the estates here on Cape Town, a stunning South African Airways Lodestar (that was skinned in aluminium Litho Plate) and a Bombardier jetliner. Guys I am in envy!