Phil, Simon and Tim were scheduled to represent Earley Risers at the inaugural ‘Blue Lamp’ Model show hosted by the newly formed ‘West Midlands Police Scale Model Club’ held at their Force’s Sports & Social Club in the shadow of Edgbaston cricket ground.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Phil and Simon were unable to attend and Tim had to go it alone, packing up almost his entire model collection for the trip! Unsure whether this would adequately represent the club, Steve kindly entrusted Tim with a box of his 1/32 aircraft to swell the display.
In the end Tim need not have worried as the collection of large models easily filled the table space and Tim was able to enter one of his and one of Steve’s models into the competition with Steve claiming third place in the ‘Aircraft 1/48 and larger’ class with his Hasagewa P-47D
The show was well attended by approximately 30 clubs and several traders plus voluntary organisations associated with the Police. Hungry modellers were well served by the Social Club’s caterers and all the proceeds raised by the show were divided amongst three charities: the Police Benevolent Fund, Models for Heroes and the West Midlands Air Ambulance.