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Monday, 12 September 2011

Model World

Model World was a programme first aired on BBC2 in 1975, and presented by Bob Symes. Personally I was very fond of this program, and have very good memories associated with it. I will now explain why. Over a number of weeks Bob Symes Smith would introduce us to different aspects of The Modellers World. One week it would be Model Trains the next Model Aircraft and Gliders or Radio controlled boats, and so on. I remember at the time being very impressed with the intro titles, thinking they were quite futuristic. Model World was a very gentle and quiet program. Just a lot of odd looking blokes in tweed jackets, shirts and ties making and talking models. There was a BBC publication to accompany the series.  The Model World book came with plans showing you how to make a Model Yacht, Glider and a radio Controlled frigate. I loved the show so much my Father went out and got me the Model World book. I then ventured down to the shed to build a 30in Frigate. A month or so later the Frigate was finished, but on my Frigates 1st and only sailing, it got attacked by a swan, and the superstructure sustained quite a bit of damage. With every intention of repairing the Frigate I went home and placed it into my bedroom cupboard.
A couple of years later my Sister and I welcomed Punk into our home, and for a while I embraced Punk with a vengeance. As far as I was concerned it was year zero in my bedroom. So books toys and Airfix models got put into the cupboard and out of sight. With that the now badly neglected Model World Frigate got pushed back into the cupboard even more. Sometime later realising that my year zero attitude was a tad foolish, all my old books and models slowly reappeared. But for some reason the Frigate stayed in the cupboard and The Model World Book was no where to be seen. To this day I do not know what happened to it.
A few years ago my Father died and my Sister and I were clearing out his house. I was in my old bedroom clearing out the cupboard when I came across my Model World Frigate. I am afraid to say it was in a worse state than ever. Years of being pushed back further and further into the cupboard had damaged my Frigate beyond repair. So I reluctantly placed it into a bin bag and dropped it into a skip.
I recently discovered a pile of photos of myself from the 1970s. As I was flicking through them I found a photo of a sulky looking me holding my Model World Frigate.

5 comments:

  1. Admit it, Keith, you sniffed the Airfix glue during your punk years (photos?) and that's why the frigate didn't get repaired.
    A shame, considering the joy on your face in that photograph. How could you ?

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  2. The Airfix Glue was before the Punk phase. I can still smell it now.
    That probably explains the memory loss to date. Got to go Nurse Ratched is here.

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  3. oh my goodness. I loved Model World - seem to remember it was on Friday nights, tea-time-ish. I used to look on in awe as we were too poor to afford any of that stuff, and I just had the occasional airfix model for birthdays and stuff. They also had that famous jazz tune as theme, no?

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  4. Member _D I think the theme to Model World was Burt Bacharach's Trains Boats and Planes and this was a version by The Shadows.
    I will find a copy of the Model World book one day. Its out there waiting for me at a Car Boot sale.

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