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3mm Society AGM

Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable day at the Stratton Leisure Centre in Swindon meeting my fellow 3mm modellers.

Being secretary this is my task for the year in organising the event. I’m pleased to say that everybody who should of turned up did and we had quite a few entries for the modelling competition.

95 members in total attended the event and with the sports hall to play with there was plenty of room.

In addition 4 layouts plus one in progress were brought along, so we will focus on these first

Nick Salzman brought along Lananta his new layout and I must say it is most impressive

Croydon MRS came along with Hemlock – looking good and operated by my good friends Mr P and Mike Davey.

Nigel Cullimore brought his BR blue period layout North Ealing which I marvel out how some much is crammed into such a compact space.

Next we have Richard Popes Chipping Compton, very Titfield Thunderbolt!

Mike Corps Heybridge Wharf – no words needed

As you have seen 3mm layouts can match anything in the major scales – long may it continue!

Now the competition- a lot of entries this year – all winners in my opinion 👍

Locos

And we have coaches

Plus wagons

Maybe the odd building or too

Oh and I guess those modern image things (well 1950’s/60s)

All winners as I said – especially Paul Hopkins who came away with a glut of certificates.

Part of 3mm history Clive Thompson former proprietor of 3SMR handed out the trophies and certificates (that’s him on the right) – thanks Clive.

As I said the sports hall is big (there are 95 people there guv honest)

Finally I would like to dedicate this post to Mr Geoff Gay for his kind words about my blog and for winning in the competition

Well done Geoff

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3mm Society, Railway

3mm AGM

Yesterday saw the culmination of a busy couple of weeks in preparing for the 3mm AGM at the Stratton Leisure Centre in Swindon. An early start from Weymouth meant arrival at the centre for about 8am. Setting out the hall took a bit of doing but much to my relief we managed to fit everything in. As it was our 50th year the theme was 50:1
Basically anything with 50 in it so we had a combination of layouts plus models and diorama. One of my favourites was Nick Salzman’s 50 Shades of Grey

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A very imaginative piece.

Close by was Heybridge wharf by Mike Corp

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Another Mike this time Mr Davey brought along a layout depicting a halt on the Culm Valley line

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At this juncture I would like to express my thanks for me being able to borrow the cables from Croydon MRS to power the layouts.

There were also non powered items on display one being Phil Hutchings diaroma

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Another fine piece was Suttons Bridge by Stephen Moor

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Nigel Cullimore brought along North Ealing

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Geoff Gay also brought along a fine example of a small shunting yard

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Martin Gentle brought along Chesterton Lane halt a fine example of his late dad, Peters model which use to be part of a shed layout

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The above were all worthy examples of what can be achieved in 3mm scale – more examples later on.