Mat Irvine: The Model Market now takes the HaMeX score to four a year, including the one that kicked things off, the Hanslope Model eXpo, a swapmeet and model display held just before Christmas. HaMeX targets those last-minute moments to snap up a present, even if it happens to be a reward just for yourself!
In July, Smallspace comes in to land, concentrating on space, science-fiction and fantasy. This has been the most popular show so far - a horde of full-size Daleks roaming round the car park probably help.
The Model Market (TMM) was created to cater for the post-Christmas and New Year blues, when modellers in general suddenly realise they need a new project for this year, or possibly - and more likely - supplies to finish the old one they started last year, or, heavens, even the year before!
Vince Brown (below left) of Models for Sale, Brian Porter (middle) helps co-organiser Paul Fitzmaurice of Little Cars (far right). In the foreground, one of the TMM’s visitors.
Below, Dave Limburg of Sante Clause, about to surprise Tony James of Timeless Hobbies with a ‘Freddie hand’, from Nightmare on Elm Street.
Reference books were on offer (below) from the Aviation and Military Book Centre.
Mainly Military Models (below) made a ‘walk-in shop’ out of its boxes of kits.
Gary Hilliard (middle below) of Mooncrest Models bought some second-hand kits along.
Visitors at the Oxonians Plastic Fantastic stand (below).
Visit all four shows at Hamex.