All types of models and modellers
We are a bunch of like minded people who get a bit of a buzz out of making plastic models. Some build models straight from the box - or plastic bag, while others like to scratch build and put in lots of details. To give you some idea of the range of models, have a look at our members' biographies and our galleries. We all enjoy the hobby and everyone is happy to talk about their models, or ask for help, swap techniques, or offer encouragement. The Earley Risers Model Club is a branch of the IPMS(UK) as such most, although not all, of our members have IPMS membership.
A Fun Day's Modelling, 10 'til 5pm
The club meets in Earley, on the Southwest side of Reading, usually on the third Sunday of each month. Some members turn up for a full day's modelling (10:00 - 17:00), while others come along anytime during the day, just for a chat.
If you would like to join us, or find out more about The Earley Risers
Please contact Steve Abbey, or come and see us at any of the model shows we'll be attending during the year.
The Earley Risers have moved!
We are now holding our meetings
at the new offices of Sensory Dimensions.
They are situated in Lower Earley, close to the M4
(between Junctions 10 & 11).
Latest News from The Earley Risers
Christmas competition - and AGM
Hugh beat off some stiff competition, with his scratch-built Supermarine flying boat, to be awarded the Christmas Plate, which is judged by George each year.
The Christmas Raffle raised £55 to go towards club funds.
Models were collected for Tim to deliver to Models for Heroes charity.
The AGM was attended by 16 club members, with pologies from 4 (and a few no-shows and late arrivals!)
Attendees brought a large amount of seasonal fayre, which was heartily appreciated (and comsumed) by all.
Season's greetings to you all.
May your glue pots never run dry
and your sprues not wilt or perish!
The 2018 season ends at BMSS Bugle Call.
Liz, Mick, Tim and Steve ended the 2018 season at the BMSS show, held at Nailsea School in Somerset.
It was a first visit by Tim, who seemed to enjoy the experience.
Rolly visited the stand in the afternoon
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Blue is the Colour at SMW2018 in Telford.
The stand was quickly put up and populated with our models (which included models by those who couldn't make it to the show on Friday; George, Tref, Peter and Les V.) -- although Steve only remembered the ballons after the halls were vacated in the evening!
Tim arrived on Saturday morning with his models, a couple of which were finished by lunchtime!
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More fun at Bovington Tank Museum weekend
On another cold and wet October Friday, Jeff and Steve found some tables and once again set up the display in the relatively warm Education Centre at The Tank Museum, Bovington.
Early Saturday morning saw Liz, Jeff & Steve, closely followed by Big Mick, Sean and Geoff quickly set up the stand. The arrival of Tim completed the line up. The stand once again attracted what seemed like a constant stream of interested parties asking all sorts of questions from the ERs behind the stand.
Unfortunately, only Jeff was able to man the stand on Sunday, where he did a sterling service on his own!
More success at Abingdon.
The Earley Risers had a great day on the competition tables at IPMS Abingdon's show.
Phil May, Steve, Hugh and Les Vowles all came away with certificates this year.
Steve went on to win Best in Show. Click here for more
Farnborough's show proved popular with ERs and public alike.
Jeff and Big Mick arrived first, closely followed by Liz & Steve. Mark and Les V soon joined us, along with Geoff. Both Roger and Peter called in to see us - and the rest of the show!
Big Mick won a large number of kits on the tombola - as usual!
The brightening weather made the show a great success, bringing with it visitors who, at times, packed the main halls.
Damp starter didn't stop Earley Risers at Old Sarum
Liz, Steve and Jeff enjoyed a busy day at Old Sarum airfield.
Tucked in amongst the aircraft of the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection,
the model show attracted many visitors. Click here for more
Even more hot weather at IPMS Avon show
Liz and Steve set up the stand and were soon joined by Jeff, Mark & Jeff. Rolly completed the attendance.
By lunchtime, most participants, both attendees and visitors alike, were wilting in the heat.
Steve's models picked up a couple of awards on the competition tables.
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Hot day at Weston super Mare
Jeff, Big Mick, Liz & Steve enjoyed a blisteringly hot day at North Somerset's 2018 model show,
held at the delightful Helicopter Museum.
Situated just down the road from the former RAF Locking, the show was easy to get to, via the M4 and M5.
(Although, due to accidents on both the aforementioned m-ways, getting home was a different matter!)
Roly and Geoff hold the fort at Salisbury
Roly and Geoff marked ER's return to IPMS Salisbury's model show with a stylish display
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Andrew and Sean win major honours at Summer 18 Competitions
Held for the first time at our new location and run by Sean, our new competitions officer, the summer competitions were a great success.
Attended by the majority of The Earley Risers members, judging became quite hectic.
For all the results
The relative calm
of the competition tables,
before the rush!
A tight squeeze at Churchdown.
Although in the same place as last year, The Earley Risers' stand was reduced to just two tables and was squeezed into the corner. After laying out a few models each, Liz & Steve, Jeff, Hugh and Sean, closely followed by Roly just about managed to shoehorn themselves behind the stand. Access was at a premium as everyone from our stand - and those on the stand next door - had to move out of the way to enable us to get out!
After a word to the organisers, we have been promised a different stand location next year - fingers crossed!
The heat was on at ModelKraft!
It was a hot day in Milton Keynes as Mark, Hugh and Steve set up the Earley Risers stand at IPMS Milton Keynes' show in the Stantonbury Leisure Centre. As temperatures soared outside, both modellers and visitors sweltered inside the venue.
Both Hugh and Steve did well at the competition tables. Click here for more
More Winning Ways at Poole!
Liz, Hugh and Steve arrived early and were quickly set up in the foyer, followed by Geoff and Roly. All except Geoff entered models into the competition, and came up winners!
Steve's Railway Truck went on to win Best in Show!
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2018 Season starts down at Bovington Tank Museum
On a cold and wet February morning, the ERs set up the display in the relatively warm
Education Centre at The Tank Museum, Bovington
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George's Christmas Plate
George managed to get to our January meeting to judge the Christmas Plate competition,
held over from last month.
In a straight fight between Hugh's detailed MG and Andrew's 1/700 detailed Kaga (WWII Japanese aircraft carrier),
he opted for Andrew's model. More images here
and All The Best for 2018
In spite of the weather, The Earley Risers Summer Barbeque a great success.
A large number of intrepid Earley Risers and their partners, braved the inclement weather
in September, to attend our 2017 Barbeque. Hosted chez Pamela and Hugh, Plan B was invoked.
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