Northants Model Makers was
formed by a group of dedicated modellers in 2003 to encourage the art of model
making in all of its forms.
Our members all have their own speciality in modelling but actively encourage
all of our members to enhance their own field of modelling and to learn from
other members modelling techniques.
Our club is open to modellers
of all ages, ability and interests.
We have been responsible for
Model-Ex shows at Windmill Primary school in Raunds,
Northamptonshire, since the club formation. During these shows we have raised over
£12000 for the school, and have had about 10000 people through the door.
We also attend various Steam
Rallies and Town and Village shows in order to promote model making to a wide a
range of people as possible.
2003, Club formed by Bob
Humpage and Ray Totten. Started our meetings in member’s houses.
2004, April First Model-Ex in
Raunds £1300 pound raised and 1200 people through the door. First steam rally
as a club exhibit, Stoke Goldington, god was it muddy.
2005 Started holding our
meetings at the school, exhibited at Earls Barton Rally for the first time,
another successful Model-Ex.
2006. Model-Ex opened by Mat
Irvine. Club exhibits at Hinkley.
2007. Exhibited at Milton
Keynes show. Excellent Model-Ex with over 170 exhibitors and 3000 models
on show. Moved our meeting venue to Sywell Aerodrome. Display at Rushden
cavalcade and station show.
2008. Unsuccessful talks with
Sywell to hold Model-Ex, also tried various schools. Meeting venue moved to
Rushden station in Buffet car then site hut.
2009. No Model-Ex
again this year. Asked governors at Windmill school if we could hold another
show during 2010. They gave their permission. Meeting venue returns to Windmill
school as too cold at station.
2010, Various shows this year
including Modelkraft In MK., Model-Ex return is great with over 120 exhibitors,
3000 plus exhibits inc 145 radio controlled boats. We raised nearly £1700 for
the school. Earls Barton Rally cancelled due to rain and flooding.
2011. Show season started with
Modelkraft in Milton Keynes. Model-Ex in April another successful show
with slightly fewer exhibits due to decorating of classrooms, £1200 raised for
the school. Attended both Rushden Cavalcade in May and Earls Barton in August
both shows with good attendance and dry weather. Accepted by the WI to give
talks on model making. First Christmas meal and social in a Pub enjoyed by all.
2012. First talk on Model
making as a Hobby, given to Nene Valley Probus Club at Oundle Golf club, talk
also given to Rounds ladies group.. Exhibited at both the Shuttleworth
Collection and RAF Museum Hendon. Rushden Cavalcade cancelled
due to Flooding. Another good show at Earls Barton Rally. Christmas social held
at Kens diner Finedon an evening with Frank Sinatra singalike on what would
have been Franks Birthday
2013. Another successful
Model-Ex raising over £1800 for Windmill school. Attended both Cavalcade and
Earls Barton rallies with plenty of folk through the model tents. Shuttleworth
and Hendon both attended but Bedfordshire is too cold at that time of the year.
Xmas social held at school, All raffles and tombolas made a profit for the
2014, Similar to last year
although No Model-Ex as it was decided to make it a Bi-annual event also no
Shuttleworth because of temperature. Hendon was marred with some exhibitors
hanging banners and clothing on museum exhibits ( have since heard no more
shows UTFN) Christmas social held at Woodpecker in Raunds , and it will be booked
again for next year.
2015. Another full year
planned on diary with Model –Ex planned for late March .A few of us attended
Model Market at Hanslope organised by Matt Irving and Paul Fitzmaurice of Little-cars
as visitors and came out having some
good purchases. Back to Shuttleworth
early march as a club exhibit this time in a heated hanger (much better).
Model-Ex was once again fully booked with a couple of cancellations due to
illness. Visitor numbers were slightly down this year due to bad weather.
Nearly £1100 was raised for the school and the club made £175 profit on the weekend. The rest of the year
followed a similar pattern with us attending various show including Earls
Barton, Rushden station and Spalding,
The year was capped off with the Christmas social again at the Woodpecker and
the purchase of a twin axle trailer for the club stand and equipment. This was
purchased with funds generated by the selling of the club railway layout, two
donated R/C ships and other fund raising raffles and donations.
2016. January saw us having the club logo applied to the trailer.
February 28 saw us attending Shuttleworth
(earlier this year