Welcome to The Earley Risers website


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.


Next meeting
Show Attendance

  VIRTUAL Meeting 
  21 June. 





 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)

click here for details



Latest News from The Earley Risers in 2020

  May 2020 -

 The Earley Risers  

Second Virtual Meeting 

As Lockdown is continuing, The Earley Risers held their 2nd Virtual Meeting on Sunday 17th May.

In the run up to Sunday 17th, members of the club sent their own pictures and comments about the projects keeping them busy at their model desks during this time of isolation.

If you want to see what they've been upto in May, click here


   The Earley Risers  

First Virtual Meeting

The Earley Risers held their first Virtual Meeting
on Sunday 19th April.


If you wan to see what they've been up to, click here


  ERs Double Head at Bovington and Old Warden  

The Earley Risers braved Storm Dennis and double-headed at shows at both The SW Model show, held at the Tank Museum in Dorset, as well as at The Shuttleworth Collection’s show on Sunday, at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. Mark and Peter managed to visit both shows!

Bovvy Bound
Risers' Jeff, Geoff, Mark, Mick, Sean and Martin braved storm Dennis' wet and windy conditions to attend on Saturday. With just Tim and Jeff manning the stand on Sunday. Our table was located next to a rotating Little Willy. For a change all our models were land-based and they certainly drew attention from the intrepid visitors who made the trip.

Staying at home might have been quite appealing to some but there was a good turnout so the car parks were full.

The Churchill SIG stand, manned by Geoff and Big Mick, was situated directly opposite. The number and variation of Churchill models was impressive.  More

Old Warden Outing
Liz and Steve arrived first and set up the tables – after discovering they had left the cloths behind! Mark soon arrived with Hugh and Les B in tow. Peter made it a complete set. This was our first visit for a number of years. For the most part, plenty of hot food and drink managed to keep the cold at bay.

The stand created a lot of interest. With lots of conversations with friends old and new.
Hugh’s Supermarine Channel won the 1/48 scale class in the competition area. 


  Mark's 1/72 scale Revell Hunter          
  won this year's Christmas Plate.          

At this year's joint AGM and Christmas party,
Mark's Hunter won the Christmas Plate.

After beating off a strong opposition, the Hunter was judged
to be most in keeping with the theme of George's Christmas Plate.


Seasons' Greetings to you all.
I hope you receive the little parcels of plastic,
resin and photo etch that you are looking for!


See you in the New Year

  Steve at first Models 4 Heroes session in Tilehurst. 

Last Wednesday, Steve attended his first session as a volunteer, helping the Models 4 Heroes (M4H) charity at the Royal British Legion Hub in Tilehurst. This organisation, run by volunteers, tries to help both former and current personnel, from both military and emergency services, get back to some sense of normality, by engaging them with model making.

Whilst there, Steve talked to many interesting people, both veterans and carers, who expressed great interest in using modelling as a means of sparking an interest.

Steve also hopes that other modellers might express an interest in helping out for 3 hours, once a month.

For more on M4H click here

      Big Mick wins Best in Show at Bugle Call 2019.     

After travelling down the M4 (with its overly long 50mph speed restrictions) on a dark and wet wintery morning, The Earley Risers turned out in force for the last show of the year.  

Big Mick and Roger, along with Roly arrived first, quickly followed by Liz and Steve. Simon completed the group. The differing styles and subject matter proved of great interest to both fellow modellers and visitors alike.

Big Mick and Steve had some success on the competition tables. For More, click here

       ERs stand wins Bronze at SMW19.  

The Silver-themed Earley Risers stand beat off stiff competition to gain the Bronze Award for the third best club stand at SMW19.

On the competition tables, Big Mick, Hugh and Phil won awards.


Click here for full SMW19 report


    New venue for REME museum model show.    

The Earley Risers attended the new REME Model Show at MoD Lyneham in Wiltshire

Situated in the old Officers Mess at what was previously RAF Lyneham, the new show sparked a lot of interest. Steve, Geoff snd Jeff, along with Peter kept the visitors entertained with their models and constant chatter!

Steve won the Best Model Figure in the competition.

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       More success at a well-attended Abingdon.   

IPMS Abingdon's show was well attended by The Earley Risers. Hugh and Martin, along with Liz and Steve set up the cloths. Big Mick, Geoff and Phil soon follwed. Both Les B and V made up the final numbers.

Steve, Big Mick, Hugh and Les Vowles all came away with certificates this year.
Hugh's model went on to win Best in Show. Click here for More


  More fun at Bovington Tank Museum weekend 

On another cold and wet October Friday, Jeff found the tables in front of the Chieftain and once again set up the display cloths. 

Early Saturday morning saw Jeff,  closely followed by Geoff and Rolly, quickly set up the stand.

The arrival of Sean 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.

Jeff , Rolly and Big Mick manned the stand on Sunday.


    Warm again at ModelFest!  

IPMS Farnborough always seem to pick warm weather for their annual model show.

A great day was had by one and all.

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   Busy day at Old Sarum.  

Liz, Martin, Roly, Steve and Jeff, were set up in a quiet corner, tucked behind the Hawk cockpit in BDAC's main hangar.

In the competition, Liz won a Bronze in the figure class.

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     IPMS Avon's summer show was a success.  

Once again Thornbury Leisure Centre managed to get everyone in  sweat! The temperatures rose quite dramatically after lunch.

A good turnout by ERs ensured a wide
and varied display on our stand.

Steve did well on the competition tables

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    Scorching hot day at Weston-super-Mare!    

Jeff, Liz and Steve, along with Tim and Roly, had a great time in The Helicopter Museum just outside Locking. The weather was hot and, with 4 tables, they were able to put on a good show of varied models, which attracted a lot of interest.

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     Warm day at Salisbury.  

IPMS Salisbury's show coincided with the warmest day so far this year.

More success for Hugh at the competition tables!

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    Summer Competitions 2019 won by Sean & Steve.  

Sean and Steve won the Challenge Cup and The Risers Award Plate this year, from a field of 35 entries. There wre also awards for Mark, Hugh, Andrew, Jeff and Big Mick

Click here for more results

    The sun always shines on Gloucester!  

Everyone had a good time at Gloucester this year.

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   Hugh has success at Milton Keynes' new venue  

Hugh gained Best in Show at ModelKraft, IPMS Milton Keynes' model show.
This was held for the first time at their new venue.

Liz & Steve, along with Mark, Geoff & Martin put on a varied and interesting display.

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   ERs success at a quiet Poole  

Hugh, Liz & Steve with Big Mick and Geoff, set up an interesting display at Poole Viking's show

The show seemed quieter than in previous years.

As per usual, The Earley Risers did well at the competition tables, with Hugh, Mick and Steve coming away with awards for ALL their entries!

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   ERs maiden visit to Yeovil Model Show.  

Liz & Steve stayed nearby in overnight accommodation and got to the venue when it opened. Geoff and Big Mick got up really early and travelled down on the day.  While Roly, who ended up taking a roundabout route, got there a little later!

The show was spread accross several big halls, within the large academy and leisure centre complex. This was only the second model show held at this delightful place.

The uneventful journey home ended a very enjoyable day out, with another great venue to add to our list of model shows to visit. Looking forward to next year's event!

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