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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.

Club Timeline.

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 club.

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

Club Meetings held at

Windmill  Primary School
Windmill Lane,
Raunds,
Northamptonshire
NN9 6LA

 

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