Mat Irvine: Last Sunday saw the third Automodellismo Show for auto miniatures, held in Hanslope, near Milton Keynes, UK.
All this, plus a selection from co-organiser Mat Irvine’s large collection, and you had an amazing variety of miniature autos on display. Co-organiser Paul Fitzmaurice (below) of little-cars.com had a fine selection of products for sale.
There was certainly a mixed bunch of interesting full-size vehicles parked outside the show hall. Two Ford Mustangs, a classic Jaguar XJ6, Triumph GT6, MG-TF, Bond Equipe and a Volvo 760 estate.
In case you are wondering how the seemingly ordinary Volvo sneaked in, it’s probably the only Volvo that’s a custom ‘hopper’, with hydraulics powering the suspension to allow the car to move up and down, front and back, or side to side.
One of the show’s kit-sellers (below) Vince Brown of Models For Sale.
Above, a long Le Mans-style lineup from the Car and Bike SIG (above). The neat wood plinths add a touch of class.
Above and below, fantastic range of models on the comprehensive ‘Alex and Tony’s Motorsport Table.’
Part of the ever-changing ‘Motor Museum in Miniature’ (below) from Ian and Rod Knott. This won the 2011 ‘Best in Show’ Award.
Below, two views of a small selection of co-organiser Mat Irvine’s model car collection.
MRO F1 Engineering’s Mark Oakley (below left) receives the 2013 ‘Best in Show’ trophy from Colin Hughes, builder of the Volvo hopper estate.
The MRO F1 Engineering crew (below) admire their trophy.
Below, on the Britmodeller stand, the Airfix Land Rover from Shaun the Sheep, with the three naughty pigs, Bitzer the sheepdog and Shaun’s cousin, Timmy.
Smallspace Show coming soon
Automodellismo is a HaMeX Event, one of three run over the year. The next show is smallspace 2, the show for everything on space, science-fiction and fantasy. It will be held on July 7, 2013. More on the main HaMeX website.
Plenty more model cars here.