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, 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

 Sunday 28th August

Followed by 18th September



Latest News from The Earley Risers


 Delightful surroundings at Old Sarum 

BDAC's maiden show, situated amongst the collection's aircraft, in a vintage hangar, was a great success.
Big Mick, Jeff, Steve and Liz all enjoyed themselves.

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 Things get even more heated at Thornbury!  

After travelling down the M4 to Avon's show on a cold, misty and drizzling morning, Liz, Jeff and Steve started to unload. They were soon joined by Geoff and Big Mick. Les and Mark along with Roly completed the line up.

Les took his big truck and put it on the Wallingford stand - where he spent the rest of the day!

Things heated up later on - especially at the competition tables!

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 Things hot up at the Helicopter museum  

Liz, Jeff and Steve motored down to Weston super Mare to attend North Somerset's annual model show, held at the Helicopter Museum, just outside Weston super Mare. After setting up in front of a former Queen's Flight Whirlwind, they were soon joined by Roly - Les Vowles managed to find his way there and stayed for a few hours.

In complete contrast to last year's event, it was a beautiful sunny day. Everyone had a pleasant time, filled with modelling, stimulating conversation, and a bit of retail therapy!


Liz and Steve took the main awards at our Summer Competitions 2016 

Held during our May meeting, this year the Summer Competitions attracted 23 entries.

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The winning pair!

Judging was closely supervised by Lance

...waiting for the results!



Out of the Box aircraft numbers
were down this year

 Liz, Steve and Geoff represent The Earley Risers at IPMS UK's AGM 

Liz, Steve and Geoff took time out to attend The IPMS UK's Annual General Meeting at held Middle Wallop, The Museum of Army Aviation. Our Mark presented his report as National Treasurer, and we all took part in some lively debate! 


 A quiet day in Gloucester  

The ERs had a quiet day at IPMS Gloucester's 2016 show, held in Churchdown Community centre.

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Liz gets Gold at ModelFest! 

Yes, Liz gained a Gold medal for her Nautilus submarine at Milton Keynes.

Both Hugh and Sean gained a Silver, Hugh for his Citroen and Sean for his Sdkfz 223.

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Gold standard Nautilus from Liz


   Mark, liz, Steve and Geoff have a great time in Poole  

The four Earley Risers showed the flag at Poole's model show. Liz and Steve came away with a few awards 

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 Liz, Steve and Les B chill out at Old Warden  

The intrepid trio shivered their way through a packed model show at the Shuttleworth Collection, near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. Click here for more