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

 16th July

Followed by 20th August



Latest News from The Earley Risers

  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,

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 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


Balliol beats everyone to win Christmas Plate 

Mark's Boulton Paul Balliol beat all entries to take George's Christmas Plate at this year's Christmas meeting.


 Model Show Season Finale at Bugle Call 

Big Mick, Liz and Steve headed down to Nailsea, in the wilds of North Somerset to attend the annual show of the Bristol branch of the BMSS.

The new venue has bags more space, is light and airy - and the canteen served great bacon butties!

Big Mick had a successful day at the competition tables.

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  Scale ModelWorld 2016 - 50 shades of Grey (and Silver!)  

A Great day at the Competition Tables - and off it! 

This year's display theme - 50 Shades of Grey - won Silver in the Jesse Wright Trophy.
Quite apt really, as the award is a silvery grey colour! 

This is awarded to the best club displays at Scale ModelWorld each year.

Golds Galore
Hugh won 2 Golds, with Steve and Liz collecting one each.

Steve picked one up, Big Mick Hazell 
also bagged one of these plus a couple of Commendeds

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