Some years ago, IPMS(UK) sanctioned the formation of 'Special
Interest Groups' (S.I.G.'s) within the membership. These SIG's are formed and
run by IPMS members and, although they have the official backing of the Society
and are allowed use of the IPMS name, SIG Leaders are not part of the IPMS(UK)
The idea was for members who have common interests in
particular areas to be able to contact and meet other like-minded members, and
so encourages the exchange of information, and builds expertise. To this end,
SIG's exist for not only many areas of aviation, but also cars, ships, armour,
figures, science fiction, and so on. Many modellers will realise that they are
interested in one or two particular subjects above most others, so this is what
SIG's set out to cater for. However, many modellers will also realise that
their interest in such a subject goes above and beyond the modelling aspect -
it will quite probably include historical research, photography, etc., all of
which is most welcome in a SIG.
Formed in 1993, this S.I.G. is thriving group of
people, primarily modellers, from all over the world, who share a common
interest in aerial demonstration teams.
As a group, we are interested in all aspects of
the worlds aerobatic display teams, past and present, military and civilian.
Obviously, modelling of team aircraft plays a large part, but so does research
and photography, collecting team memorabilia and data, supporting teams and
watching them perform at airshows, etc. All tastes are welcomed here, from
pre-war biplane teams, civilian teams, "heavy metal" jet teams and well,
everything in between !
In conjunction with our "public" website, we operate a
"Members Only Web Forum" : This is the main method of communication between all
our SIG Members, where we all share news, information, photos, etc. from all
around the World. Topics include SIG News, build reports, help requests,
articles and reviews on modelling, airshows, books, videos, news and general
chat, etc., relating to display teams. We also have a "Members Only Photo
Gallery", where all our members can post photos of their models, airshows and
"the real thing", or indeed, any photos/images/videos which would be of
interest (or amusement !) to all our members. These are good resources for SIG
Members, but like any Forum, etc., these are driven BY the members and what
they post, so everyone is encouraged to join in and contribute, which also
builds the "community" within our membership.
Each year, we put on displays of our models at a number
of UK and European model shows/events : Whenever possible, at least once a year
we try to display at an Overseas Show and since 1996, we have displayed in
several countries around Europe. These are always great fun, where it's
wonderful to meet new people, old friends and indulge in some of the culture of
different countries. Our annual display schedule always includes
ModelWorld, the greatest model event of its kind in the World, held in
Telford, England, every November. We are proud to have won numerous awards for
our displays too, in several countries - including "Best SIG Display" at Scale
ModelWorld for a record number of times ! All of these displays are
great social occasions when we can actually get together in person, and
meet as many of our members as possible - including those from overseas. We
feel that this is a very important aspect of our group, and we are proud to
have so many friends and SIG members in almost twenty different countries
2014, we were the first SIG ever to have a book published by IPMS(UK) -
"Evolution of the Red Arrows" - which was issued free of charge to all current
members of IPMS(UK) and then subsequently sold around the World. Written with
the assistance of numerous ex-Red Arrows personnel, the book provided lots of
information for modellers and fans alike. To our knowledge, no other Worldwide
National IPMS body has ever published such a book before, so we are proud to be
the first SIG to have done this, to support IPMS(UK) !
Aside from the UK, we have more
members in Holland than any other country. So much so, that they have been able
to get together and put on model displays AS the Aerobatic Display Teams SIG,
on their own ! They have been representing the ADTSIG at their own
National show "EuroScaleModelling" since 2013 and in 2018, they took it further
afield to display in Germany. In recognition of their work, they were
officlally awarded the charter as the "Aerobatic Display Teams S.I.G. -
Nederland Branch" in October 2018.
Display Teams SIG celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2018 and we were very
proud to receive a special accolade from IPMS(UK), awarded "For 25 years of
promoting the Society Worldwide". This was in recognition of all the overseas
shows we attend, representing IPMS(UK) around Europe, along with all the
members and friends we have made around the world. It was a great honour, for
which we are very grateful to the Executive Committee of
Having been going
for over 25 years, we are one of the oldest, biggest and most pro-active SIGs
in IPMS !
|This SIG is open to modellers all over the World;
the only real 'rule' we have is that wherever practicable, applicants should be
members of a national IPMS. Having said that, we also realise that there are
countries which do not have an IPMS branch and that it is often infeasible for
enthusiasts in such countries to be or become IPMS members. In these cases, our
'rule' is often relaxed.
We also welcome non-modellers, if they happen to be
enthusiasts, ex- or current Display Team members, photographers, historians,
authors, etc., or anyone who has strong ties/connections to any Teams. It all
helps in the collection and distribution of information ! (Non-modellers are not expected to be IPMS
| How To
Join the ADTSIG
There is just a nominal annual subscription fee required
to join this S.I.G., basically to cover some expenses and the "running
To make it as straightforward as possible, the annual
subscription fee is £5.00 for everyone - that's UK members,
Europe, USA/Canada and the "Rest of the World" - the fee is the same no matter
where you live !
To make subscriptions much easier - especially for for
overseas members - we accept payments via
- this is also much cheaper than Bank Drafts, International
Money Orders, etc.
- How to Pay :
- UK-based members :
£5.00, payable by
Cheque/Postal Order, or by PayPal, or (but in person only)
- NON-UK members :
£5.00 GB Pounds
Sterling, payable by PayPal, or (but in person only) cash.
So, if you wish to join our 'formation', then please
provide your details in the Application Form below, and click on the "Send It
!" button to submit them to us. Shortly afterwards, you will be contacted by
the SIG Leader, who will advise you of further details, including where
to send your payments, etc.
** Please DO NOT attempt to send any
payments "up front" until you have received a response to your application from
the SIG Leader, as you will then be advised of the correct address to send your
If you have any
questions about membership or this SIG in general, you can email the SIG
DO NOT send any
payments, PayPal or otherwise, until you have been contacted by the SIG Leader
after submitting your application.
Under the terms of the General Data
Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the GDPR), Applicants and Members'
personal details are held by the ADTSIG for the sole purpose of maintaining the
ADTSIG's membership and annual subscription payment records. Member's names,
addresses and email addresses (but not telephone numbers) are made available to
all other members of the ADTSIG, in the interest of promoting contact between
our members and enhancing the "Community" within the SIG membership. All
personal details held by the ADTSIG shall be made available to the Executive
Committee of IPMS(UK) upon request, but they will never be disclosed to any
other Third Parties for any reason, other than a valid, Legal request. If any
member's personal details change, it is their responsibility to ensure that the
ADTSIG Leader is informed of those changes as soon as possible.
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