Flying high with return of show

Making model Spitfires from Airfix kits are (from left) Natasha Warren-Brown, Emma Agar, Leo Braid and Sean Agar. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG230912-113NG
Making model Spitfires from Airfix kits are (from left) Natasha Warren-Brown, Emma Agar, Leo Braid and Sean Agar. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG230912-113NG

THE popular Wings and Things Model Show saw lift off at the weekend after a two-year break.

Organisers Spalding and Fenland branch of the IPMS (International Plastic Modellers’ Society) say they have “rested” the show but were delighted to see it return in bigger and better form at Spalding High School on Sunday.

Between 80 and 100 model enthusiasts from all over the country exhibited all manner of craft from land, sea and air – and hundreds of visitors attended.

Branch secretary Bill Pickering said members were particularly delighted to see younger visitors and there was a treat in store for them courtesy of the show’s sponsors, Airfix.

The model kit manufacturer supplied Spitfires for children to build and paint – and they were allowed to take them home at the end of the day.

Keen modeller Mr Pickering started his hobby as a boy by buying Airfix kits from Spalding ironmongers Bratley’s.

But he and fellow modellers mostly work from scratch, designing and making superb models that can take six months to a year to put together.

Mr Pickering said: “I’ve got hooked on it, really.”

He said the branch was really grateful to Spalding High School as they were struggling for a venue and use of the school hall meant they could put on a much bigger show.

The local branch of the IPMS meets on the third Wednesday of the month at The Royal Mailcart pub in Spalding.

Proceeds from Sunday’s show – expected to be in the hundreds – will go to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.