Day One - Telford Takes Off
by Brett Green
Telford International Centre
22 November, 2003
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The first day of ScaleModelworld 2003 coincided with the Final of the World
Cup Rugby Union played between England and Australia. Although I intended to
leave my hotel room at half time, well in time for the general public opening,
the gripping, see-sawing game kept me glued to the television until the end of
extra time and the end of Australia's tournament. Well done to England for a
One advantage of my late arrival was that the initial crush was over. Driving
past the Telford International Centre, I could see that the car parks were
already overflowing so I headed for the relative open spaces of the local
In contrast to last night, the halls were now teeming with traders and
visitors. Almost as soon as I arrived, I met up with Michael Ullmann and a group
of other Germans, French, Belgians and English visitors who immediately plied me
with beer, chocolates and exotic meats - including reindeer!
This introduction set the scene for the rest of the day. The highlight was
meeting many of HyperScale's visitors. It is great to be able to finally put
faces to so many names that have appeared on articles and in the Forums over the
Roy Sutherland was one of many American visitors at the show. Roy was flying
the HyperScale flag, and looking vaguely familiar...
I also managed to visit some traders and hear about various new and
forthcoming releases. Some of these included Pegasus' 1/72 scale S.E.5, due for
release soon; White Ensign's recent 1/72 scale German catapult and 1/350 scale
HMS Musketeer; Grand Phoenix's newly announced range of 1/48 scale multimedia
kits commencing with a F3H-2N Demon; Cooper Details new Firefly and Hornet
accessories; and several new decals and publications from Model Alliance.
A full sized Harrier cockpit was on display, and I even saw a Dalek doing a
little shopping during the day.
5pm closing time rolled around far too fast, but there is always tomorrow.
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