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 April
(Easter Sunday)

Followed by 21st May



Latest News from The Earley Risers

 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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 Big display at Bovvy 

The Earley Risers put on a wide display among the AFVs in The Tank Museum at Bovington, Dorset

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 Big Mick bags a fistfull of awards at Abingdon! 

Although well attended by
The Earley Risers, this year's
IPMS Abingdon show
was a bit quieter than before.

While Big Mick does well at
at the competition tables,
Steve and Hugh both picked
up a few awards between

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 Full house at Farnborough 

ModelFest 16 - IPMS Farnborough's show was, as ever,
a great success. Certainly an attraction for modellers
- More ERs turned up to this event than any
previous shows this year!

Both Geoff and Jeff, Liz & Steve, Big Mick, Les V and
Lance supported the club. Sean made a brief appearance,
while Les B and George looked after the Wallingford stand.

Bargains were found by most ERs - Mick and Steve
managed to pillage the Tombola!

Delightful surroundings at Old Sarum 

BDAC's maiden show, held in a vintage hangar, with clubs and trade stands situated among
the many exhibits, 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. 
Out of the Box aircraft numbers were down this year.

Click here for all the results

 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!