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

20th May
Competitions Day.

Followed by
17th June





 The Earley Risers have moved! 

Yes, we are now holding our meetings at the new offices
of  Sensory Dimensions.

They are situated close to the M4 in Lower Earley.

click here for details



Latest News from The Earley Risers


  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!

Click here for more details



 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

For more, click here



 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



       Season's Greetings      

 and All The Best for 2018  


The 2017 season ends at BMSS Bugle Call.

Liz, Mick and Steve ended the 2017 season at the BMSS show, held at Nailsea School in Somerset.

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An eclectic mix at Scale ModelWorld 2017 

The Earley Risers - An eclectic mix of modellers and their models.
This year, each Earley Riser that took part was asked to select the widest range of their models to put on display. Their subject matter ranged from aircraft to tanks, figures to fantasy.

For all the results and more, click here


 Busy Day at Bovington's TankMOD 

Jeff and Steve travelled down on Friday to lay out our stand, they helped clear out the Education Centre and rearranged the tables and chairs beforehand.

Early the next day, Liz Steve and Jeff arrived, followed shortly by Sean then Rolly and Big Mick, who completed the display.

For more click here



  Sparkling Performance at Abingdon! 

Not only did Liz, Hugh and Steve win Gold Awards for their models,
but Hugh's model - his Fe-8 - went on to be voted Best in Show!

Steve also went on to win 2 Silvers, a Bronze and a Commended.

For more details, click here


  Early start for Farnborough Show. 

When Liz & Steve arrived there was hardly a soul in sight. Although the halls quickly filled with clubs and traders.

Jeff, Mick and Hugh soon arrived and populated the stand with their models. Les B and Geoff completed the display - which attracted a lot of attention for most of the day. Roger, Les V and Mark and Martin attended through the day.

IPMS Farnborough's ModelFest is a popular show, being fairly local and with a variety of model stands & traders. The mobile canteen outside, serving good food and drinks, did a roaring trade!



  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. 

For more click here















   More success at Thornbury


As you can see, we had a good time at IPMS Avon's show!
Mark had cause to celebrate, he won Silver with his Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup.

We had a good turnout to the show. Not only Mark, Jeff and Geoff, but also Liz & Steve, Hugh, Big Mick and Les B put models on the stand. (Although Les B, dressed in his ER top, spent most of his time with George, on the IPMS Wallingford stand.)

For more on Mark's award, plus Hugh's winners along with Mick and Steve's results, click here


Sadly, Founder Member Mick Marshall passed away on 10th August 2017.

I’m sad to say that Mick finally succumbed to cancer and passed away this afternoon, Thursday 10 August. Wearing his Earley Risers regalia, he will be buried in a private funeral up in Orkney.

He leaves behind Doreen, daughter Michelle and grandson Harry.

In 1992, Mick was one of the founding members of the model club that became the IPMS Air Cadet Group IPMS, which became the Earley Risers in 2004.

He was notorious amongst the cadets and staff at ATC Camps, for his pranks and practical jokes. 

Over the years, he helped many a youngster to finish their models and inspired more than a few to exceed their own expectations.

A quiet man, we will miss his dry wit and professionalism.

Goodbye Mick

A longtime friend
and colleague, he will be sorely missed.


   Sunny day at Old Sarum.  

Jeff, Liz and Steve were soon joined by Les B and Roly. The stand was quickly put up in the middle of the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection's hangar, in front of a Sea Harrier FRS 2.

We were soon asked to cover 2 adjacent tables where a trader had failed to turn up!

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Photo courtesy of Richard Amphlet



ls Quiet day at the Helicopter Museum


Pic Courtesy of The Weston Mercury

Liz & Steve joined Big Mick and Jeff at the Helicopter Museum at Weston super Mare.

The tables were soon set up in an 'L-shape', tucked in a corner opposite a Queen's Flight Wessex.



Jeff, Steve and Big Mick slaving away over hot plastic. - It was a very warm day!


  Summer Competitions won by Hugh and Mark!  


Hugh receives the Challenge Cup from Steve for his scratch-built FE8...

...while Mark won The Risers Award for his Sopwith Pup













After a disappointingly low turnout, both in members and models on the tables (19), the models from Hugh and Mark won the main two trophies on the day. 

Andrew's Cavalry Diorama won the new Curtis Award.

For more pictures and the full list of award winners Click Here


    A fun day at Churchdown. 

The Earley Risers' stand attracted a fair amount of interest. Les's locomotive and Hugh's aircraft, along with armoured vehicles from Jeff, Geoff and Sean, all sparked conversations on their respective subjects.

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    Hugh triumphs in Milton Keynes!  


Hugh won Best in Show with his FE8 at IPMS Milton Keynes' ModelKraft show this year.

His Stinson Reliant came along second - winning the Silver medal in the same class!

Steve's 4-4-0 Lucifer loco also gained a Gold medal.

The model that keeps winning!

So far it has achieved the Gold standard for both competitions that it has entered since winning Gold at SMW16.

Watch this space to see how many more it can gain before The Nationals at SMW17 at Telford....


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A bunch of Happy Risers!

Jeff, Geoff, Liz and Steve set up the stand, in the main hall, joined by Andrew, Hugh and Les B. Sean, Rolly and Roger popped in to say hello.


Hugh's back to his winning ways at Poole  

Hugh's scratch-built FE8 won a brace of trophies at this year's poole Vikings show in Dorset. 

For more details of this and other awards,

click here



















 2017 Season starts with a Bang at Bovvy!

TankExpo 2017 held at The Tank Museum, at Bovington in Dorset certainly proved to be a large and successful addition to the modelling calendar.

The Earley Risers were out in force - no less than 10 members, (Liz & Steve, Jeff and Geoff, Mark, Big Mick, Tim and Tom, Sean and Rolly) supported the club with a variety of models. For more details, click here