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

17th June

Followed by
15th July

 

 


 

 

 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

 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 
click here

 

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!

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!