Being a model railway group it would be rather silly of us not to have a modelling contest, it encourages friendly competition and helps accelerate creativity. Back in 2014 with our first contest we had a rather large number of submissions in the diorama category, but unfortunately lacked in both scratch and kit building category submissions. Fortunately this year this has not been the case and the submissions in all three categories were very impressive and held a very solid representations of the skills of the modellers in our club.
For those unfamiliar with the categories I will briefly outline them below :-
- Diorama - A small model layout representing a scene. It is not required that it be animated, nor directly relate to railways.
- Kit Build - A model produced from a kit produced by a 3rd party. This covers a variety of different kit standards like brass, white metal and plastic kits.
- Scratch Build - Somewhat more advanced then kit build where the model is produced entirely by the modeller from the ground up. We also decided that heavily modified models or extreme kit bashing would also fall into this category.
The winners for 2015's modelling contest are as follows :-
Diorama - 1st Axel Richardson - 2nd Hywel Trick
Congratulations to Axel Richardson and his 7mm scale diorama "Crumlin".
Condolences to Hywel Trick and his 009 double sided diorama featuring town and verdict "Dubblesyde".
Kit Build - 1st Scott Rhodes - 2nd Gwion Rhys Davies
Congratulations to Scott Rhodes for his kit built WPR Andrew Barclay 0-6-0t loco and wagons finely detailed and weathered.
Condolences to Gwion Rhys Davies and his 009 Edward Thomas and No. 5 Brake Van set.
Scratch Build - 1st Tony Richards - 2nd Hywel Trick
Congratulations to Tony Richards for his 97xx Condensing Pannier Tank loco. This was made by heavily modifying and restoring an incomplete and poorly built K's kit.
Condolences to Hywel Trick and his 16mm scale signal box.