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 time Modelling, during the day

The club meets in Lower Earley, on the Southeast side of Reading, usually on the third Sunday of each month.  
Please check the events page for Dates and Times.
Some members turn up for a full session's modelling, 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 and
Show Attendance

  Next Meeting
  AGM on 17 Dec 


Then 21st January 11:00-17:00

We now meet at 

Maiden Place Community Centre, 
Maiden Place, Lower Earley RG6 3HE.

click here for details of how to get there




Latest News from The Earley Risers in 2023


Bugle Call 23
Show report from Sean

For our final show of the year, we travelled along the M4 to Nailsea and the Annual Show of the Bristol Area branch of the British Model Solder Society.

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Bugle Call is a fun little show with a great atmosphere, a fair few clubs and traders and some amazing models. We did well in the competition and had a grand day out.

Our stand was manned by Mick, Nige, Ewan and Sean, with our usual fun mix of models



"Show & Tell"

As well as models from Ian, Peter, Ewan & The Nige , Steve brought along his medal winning models from SMW23.


Ian's E Type Jaguar & Beach Buggy, along with Peter's 1891 Panhard


Peter's Caudron 366

Steve's SMW23 medal winning models


Ewan's Perfect Grade Gundam Astray Red Frame

Nigel's T29 E-1 & M12 155mm

Bumper attendance at SMW23

18 club members attended Scale ModelWorld 2023,
to celebrate IPMS(UK)'s 60th anniversary.

A busy, but fun weekend for all. Successes on both the competition tables and on our own 'Going green' themed stand.

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REME Show well attended

Seven Earley Risers put together an interesting display in the former RAF Lyneham Officers Mess at the REME Museum.

Several members were able to whittle down their stashes with under the table sales!

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10 ERs at Abingdon's Show

We had a good display in the entrance to Abingdon's show, which attracted a great deal of attention.

Nige and Steve did well in the competition, with Nige coming away with a Gold for his JagdTiger, plus a Highly Commended for his Gundam figure. Whilst Steve gaining A Gold and Silver for his two Tractors

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ERs attend SW Model Show at Bovington Tank Museum

Photo Essay from Jeff - click here



"Show & Tell"

This month we have models from Dave, Simon, The Nige and Sean, with a display of young Felix's models.

Sean's Guards Officer

Simon's Groot in Lego

Dave's HiLux


The Nige's Vietnam Constellation


Felix's Tiger, Spitfire and Mustang model display



"Show & Tell"

This month the "Show & Tell" table has models from Dave and Anthony, with a display of biplane models from Hugh.

Dave's ...1/48 Apache

...Hurricane in 1/72

and 1/72 Jet Provost

Hugh brought in a selection of his fully rigged biplanes in order to explain his technique to fellow ERs


Dave's HMMV

Anthony's CP3O

Large turnout at ModelFest 23

A whole bunch of ER members attended in support of IPMS Farnborough's reinstated ModelFest at there massive new venue.

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ERs in force at Avon

Steve, followed by Jeff, The Nige & Ewan, followed by Tim, Mark and Dave attended the show at Thornbury. All seven filled our 3 tables with a varied mix of models that created interest throughout the day.

Many bargains were picked up from both traders and under tables.


The noise levels were so high, you had to stand up to converse with interested parties!



Even the big guns
were brought out!

BDAC model show a success

The Nige, Ewan & Steve pick up awards

After setting up on a rainy Saturday evening, Steve returned early on a glorious Sunday. He was joined by Jeff, The Nige & son Ewan, Roland and Peter. Under table sales were very successful at a well attended show.

Nigel gained a Silver Award for his Dragon Wagon, while Ewan and Steve achieved Highly Commendeds for their KV-1 tank and Pibber models respectively.

Busy Summer Competitions

A wider range of models, with more people entering less models!

This year, it was great to see many of our newcomers entering their models - and winning awards

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Hugh wins The Risers Award

Steve wins the Challenge Cup

Friendly show at The Helicopter Museum

Liz & Steve were joined by Jeff, Sean and Peter. The Nige brought along his son Ewan who became our newest club member on the day!

Yet another great show, with an abundance of friendly faces, was held in the Helicopter Museum, just outside Weston-super-Mare.

Several stands and traders were set up amongst the exhibits, whilst other (including The ERs!) were pitched at either end of the site


June Meeting

"Show & Tell"

in it's second month,
the "Show & Tell" table has models from Peter, Roger and 'The Nige'.

14C French Army
1/32 Roger

Polish Lancers 1815
(1st Reg. Lancer of the Guard)
54mm Roger

Short Cockle
1/72 Peter

DC-3 Kestrel Aviation
Converted Roden AC-47
with home-made transfers
1/144 Peter

Sisters of Battle

Argent of the Silver Shroud

Repentia Squad

Warhammer 40,000
'The Nige'



Another double header weekend to start June!

We visited Salisbury IPMS show on Saturday, 
as well as Great North Show in North Shields on Sunday.

Hugh, Mark and Peter headed to Salisbury on Saturday, where they were joined by Roly for the IPMS Salisbury Model Show.

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Liz and Steve ventured northward to the Great North Show in Tyneside on Sunday.

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May Meeting

"Show & Tell"

Making its debut this month,
the "Show & Tell" table was well populated with recently finished members' models.

Italeri Landrover LWB  1/35 Dave

Tamiya Nissan Skyline 1/24 Dave

Field Gun Diorama 1/35 Antony

Sherman Jumbo 1/35 
Big Mick

Mark 1 Beaufighter TT10  1/144 Peter

3D printed Vickers A1 1/35 Steve

Sherman 'Easy 8'  1/16

Big Mick

1/12 scale Bikes

Suzuki Kantana 1100 Custom

Honda Gorilla




Gloucester - Sharing a stand with BDAC

Due to space constraints, Liz, Jeff & Steve shared a 2 table width, double depth pitch with IPMS BDAC at IPMS Gloucester's model show. That didn't stop them from getting stuck into some modelling!

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A Fun Day at the Mosquito Museum

There were a lot of laughs and some great reunions at this year's model show

Hugh, Tim P, Peter along with Liz & Steve, managed to cope with all the attraction our stand gained, with its interesting collection of DH subjects - along with a few tractors, Crazy Surfers and other bits!.

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Bright new start with Poole Vikings

Poole show has moved across campus and put the whole show into the school's new sports hall.

It's big! Liz & Steve, Mark, Nige and Peter (with a little help from Geoff!) had plenty of space to display their models.

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ERs start 2023 with a double header weekend!

We visited Bovington Tank Museum all weekend, as well as The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden on Sunday

Bovington SW
model show

Jeff and Sean had a busy weekend, helped by Peter and Mark on Saturday.
It was said to be a good show againby all members attending, with lots of things to buy and to see good time had by all.

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Old  Warden model show
Liz and Steve set up bright and early, closely followed by Peter! Then Hugh and Pamela arrived to complete the stand set up. It was a cold day - they left the hangar doors open!

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