North Somerset Model Society meets twice a month. The 2nd Tuesday of each month is our business meeting at the Ebdon Arms Public House in Wick St Lawrence, and the 4th Sunday of the month is our model making meeting at the Helicopter Musuem. Please take a look at the Club news page for the next meeting details.
In July we hold our Annual Model Show which is well attended by IPMS Clubs from all around the country and traders. We also attend other IPMS club shows as well as the National in Telford
All our meetings are held in Weston-Super-Mare at the Helicopter Museum, BS24 8PP
A member of the North Somerset Modellers, Phil Hollinshead, passed away recently and his wife ask the club if we could dispose of his models and tools on her behalf.
This we did and raised some money which the club topped up to £100.00, the money was to go to the RSPCA and MIND charities, £50.00 to each.
As the club is affiliated to the Helicopter Museum it was arranged for the cheques to be presented there, with Anne Simon for MIND and Rita Hinton for the RSPCA to receive the cheques..
Dick Cavell's Bristol Fighter F11.37 in 1/72nd Scale was seen in the IPMS Magazine 2019 issue 3. Picture was taken at the IPMS Gloucester Show
The club meets every 4th Sunday at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare and in the August 2017 issue of Airfix magazine, the museum had a two page spread. Please take a look by following clicking on the button
It is may sad duty to inform you of the passing of North Somerset club member Pete Jefferies.
He died peacefully in hospital on 14th May after having a fall in a shop while out collecting his newspaper on May 12th.
The funeral will be taking place at the Bristol South Crematorium on Friday 25th June at 11.15. If all goes well with the lifting of Covid restrictions on the 21st, there should be no limit to the numbers able to attend.
Pete had been unwell for a number of years with a lung respiratory condition which meant he was constantly on oxygen, hence the reason we hadn't seen much of him even before the Covid pandemic. I did pay him several visits at his flat in Withywood in Bristol (pre-Covid) when he wasn't able to come to us, and I was generally there for a couple of hours and usually came away with a car full of empty boxes of the model kits he had built in between visits.
Pete was a real character. We spent many hours talking about Formula One racing and classic cars, and Pete shared his fond memories of the period when he owned a 3 litre Reliant Scimitar. He was a bit of a boy racer on 4 wheels and 2 wheels in his younger days, and in later life often came to a Sunday meeting at The Helicopter Museum on his moped, all the way from Bristol. Who could forget that crash helmet with the RAF Roundel on the back!
Pete was a prolific modeller and, like most of us, he built a wide range of kits, but predominantly aircraft and, as far as I am aware, exclusively in 1/72 scale. If you visited his 1st floor maisonette, just inside the door at the bottom of the stairs there were shelves filled with armour and airfield vehicle models, halfway up the stairs were shelves with the World War 2 aircraft and airfield dioramas, and then you arrived at the top! Pete's first loves in model-making were prototype, training & NASA aircraft, and aerobatic display teams. There were cabinets filled with them at the top of the stairs and in the lounge. The coffee table was always buried underneath a pile of his ongoing build projects, reference books were everywhere, and he generally had to clear a space on the sofa for guests to sit down! Even some of the cupboards in the Kitchen contained built and unbuilt kits and one of the bedrooms was entirely given over kits yet to be built - floor to ceiling!
Pete had been a member of North Somerset for more years than I can remember, probably about 20(?). I think he also retained 'dual membership' with Avon IPMS Branch and was a long-standing IPMS (UK) member. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and and I sure you will join me in wishing him to Rest in Peace.
Please follow the link to Our Memorial Page
Paul Smith is having an open day at his house (in Bristol) on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July. This is to let members see the large number of remaining books and kits from the late IPMS AVON member Kevin Wells, whose Book, Kit and decals collection that are still available for purchase in aid of the Prostate Cancer charity.
If any member wishes to to know what's left, please ask Paul Smith who can forward a list of kits and decals and photos of the books if required..
Last Updated - 17th June 2021