Following our visit to the Yate show yesterday, I was amazed to see so many trucks on display, and was asked by a couple of truck modellers, why don't we have a truck SIG?
The answer is simple, truck modellers want to display their models at SMW, but nobody wants to run a SIG. In order for a SIG to function, there has to be a minimum of 5 paid up members of IPMS (UK) who are willing to form the core, one of those members must be the SIG Leader. So why don' I volunteer? ... quite simply there aren't enough hours in the day, apart from that, been there, seen it, done it, worn the sweatshirt (still got mine).
So come on, if you model trucks and want a SIG, we have to have a volunteer to run it.
I would be prepared to join, but not lead I simply have too many other commitments and I can't afford to get to too many shows.
I was thinking of posting along these lines anyway as I know there is a model truck show at Gaydon although I've never been. If there are enough folks to have a whole show of their own and a magazine devoted to the subject (TMW) there must be loads more than we know about.
They seem to be like railway modellers who consider their discipline separate although they build kits from boxes.
I wonder how many like Nick, Ted, Spike and I are IPMS members and thats probably because I was an aircraft modeller long before I was either a truck modeller or driver.
I ran the 'Trucks & Emergency Vehicles' SIG for several years. In our first year, we won the best display at Donington, still got the trophy. We had models from the 'Manchester Model Truck Club' and Ted Taylor, Howard Whitehead and Mick Gannon to name just a few, excellent modellers and also a young modeller by the name of Neale Parsons, who thought his work was rubbish, just look at him now, winning trophies everywhere, and well deserved. Incidentally, he was almost National Champion at SMW ... one day eh?
What's involved running a SIG? ... easy really, just be the motivating force for your members, and believe me, some times they need motivating.
I think truck modellers need a presence once more within the IPMS. Now before you all ask why don't I start up the SIG again? ... I'd like to, but running the web site, the forum, 'Beyond the Box' SIG, living a life and attempting to please everyone is a big enough task at the moment.
Running a SIG can be an easy task, just keeping your members informed of what's going on, arranging display space at shows, although you don't need to be at every one yourself, delegate, that's what other members are for. The enjoyment is being at the shows and talking to folks about your hobby. You don't need to produce a newsletter, although I did which caused a few headaches, getting enough interesting stuff to put in it, again, that's what the members are for, they supply articles, hints and tips in fact, it's a self help community.
... PS what happened to the previous truck SIG? Maybe I should be asking this first ...
Fair question Chris. Basically, it got harder and harder to persuade members to let me have their articles, revues, model pics or whatever for the newsletter, and combined with starting a new job and having less time to devote to the SIG, I suppose I just decided to disband it. A new group emerged for a short while but that was fairly short lived.
So, as you can see, very few postings here to a request for truck modellers, (maybe a request in the magazine?) ... but that's how it goes, lots of steam in the beginning, but nobody to stoke and tend the fire. Running a SIG can be a thankless task, you have to want to do it. Personally, I loved going to the shows, displaying the models and talking the hobby, the time spent on the SIG was unimportant. But then different folks have differing values, there are other things to consider including family life and travelling but that's real life, this is just a hobby, (apparently?).
If anyone would like to start a 'Truck' related SIG, I'll be your first member, but somehow, I don't think there will be a rush of volunteers, maybe that's just me being cynical?
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