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Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006 - 12:27 AM UTC
Now Nigel is probably going to blush but I had to post this as it makes me realise, and hopefully other people too, what this hobby is all about.

About a week ago I log into the site and I have a PM, I am intrigued as I do not get many, its Nigel so I open it. Now I have to admit, except for what is on the site I do not know anyone of this site personally, I could walk past you on the street and not realise. So low and behold here is Nigel offering to offer me a lift to local shows as we live quite close. Unfortuanatly I have had to say not cos in September I am off to Cornwall to take up a teaching post but the thought was there and to me shows what I am in this hobby for, apart from the modelling, the comraderie. So a big thanks to Nigel and if I make it to the nats and I can put names to faces there will be a just for the offer.

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Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006 - 12:51 AM UTC
Nice post and this is one of the main reasons that IPMS Armorama was formed, to give us a meeting point at shows. I have met several of the guys, including Nige, and they are a great bunch and all are willing to share.
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Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006 - 01:22 AM UTC
Your right Ross,,,a touch of rouge here :-)
I can only really second what Mal has said.We are all part of the same club and theres a lot of generosity goes on behind the scenes between members. Ive recieved spare decals and other bits and pieces from other members both in the UK and abroad, and recently myself and Andy went halves on a HUGE roll of parafilm that we found on Ebay.
Its great to meet up at shows and exchange "insults and inspiration", and speaking for myself I always feel a boost after a seeing other members work at a show and its full speed ahead building and hopefully improving everytime.
Right from my first post on the site Ive found everyone extremely helpfull and more than willing to offer advice and exchange their knowledge,something which I try and do myself now as well.
Talking of shows,,Mals bringing the stand to a show in Doncaster in a couple of weeks.(Im sure he will start a thread on here for it),and if your around still the offer of a lift still stands, assuming I can make it of course!
Happy modelling all
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Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006 - 09:18 PM UTC
Just to agree with what everyone else has said, the friendliness and help that i and others have received from (sometimes) complete strangers is staggering, and the main reasons i keep logging on to this wonderful site of ours.
Courtney (Yoghurt, my daughter) was given from Derek (Commandpost) a set of Gen 2 figures that he won in the Dragon Armour MOM. Courtney and myself were overawed at his generosity.
As for attending shows, i can't wait for the Telford show as it means meeting up with all my fellow plastic sniffers and swapping tips, tricks and insults :-) .
Proud to know you all.
P.S Nige is a great guy, now do you fancy giving me a lift to your local shows :-) :-).
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Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006 - 11:10 PM UTC
guys i totally second what you say,the cameraderie on this (and the main site) is brilliant. meeting up at shows is great fun, although my wallet might disagree :-) and i'm gutted at not being able to get to the donny show, but hey ho! next stop telford!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 01:04 AM UTC
Nigel - I might take you up on that. Mal has already started the thread.

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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2006 - 02:49 PM UTC
G'day mates!

I guess we all have our reasons. As a young man I played lots of sports and still might enjoy it. I was modeling even back as a child at 6 or 7 years young. Now that I am 50 I build what I love to study about. WWI aviation with an occassional side track into other areas. Two years ago I was contracted to build an LST for a gentleman and mark it like his father's vessel in WWII. Modelers in general are reasonable people. But we have our wackos too. Fortunately they seem to go pretty quickly.

Getting to know fellow builders and sharing information helps us all. We are better when we help each other. Its also pretty cool to have precisely the models you want in the shelf right above you at arms reach. At any rate Model On!