PLANES AND TRAINS AT GAYDON
Large model aircraft and model trains will soon be arriving at the British Motor Museum, Ann Evans reports.
It won’t just be the amazing collection of motors that visitors can see at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon later this year, as two great shows are all lined up to please enthusiasts of model aircraft and model railways.
Firstly, on Sunday 27 October, it’s the 11th Large Model Aircraft Show, where visitors will be able to see over 100 large static radio controlled model aircraft. This annual indoor family show is organised by the Large Model Association and offers visitors the chance to see the models ‘up close’ without the restriction of flight line fencing.
There will also be the opportunity to attend three modelling technique workshops which will be run by Paul Dudley from Kingfisher Aviation, Tony Nijhuis from Tony Nijhuis Designs and Paul Lewis from Composite Scale Kits. The show will also have a large trade area where visitors can buy everything from miniature propellers to small jet engines and pre-assembled models. In addition, the cinema will show footage of the planes flying during the show season.
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum said, “This is a hugely popular show which is enjoyed by so many each year. There is so much to see and do from admiring the range of static models, browsing the trade area to find that perfect airplane project, attending workshops, and speaking to builders and pilots about their projects to get some handy tips and advice.”
The show also coincides with half term so there are plenty of other family friendly activities to enjoy at the same time. These include making rockets, the Black Cat trail, family tours and a Rocket fuelled Science Show. All are included in the entry fee.
Normal entry fees apply giving access to the Museum, Collections Centre and Large Model Aircraft Show. Entry fees are: Adults priced at £14.50, Children priced at £9 (5-16 years) under 5’s are free and a family ticket is priced at £40. There is discounted entry for LMA & BMFA members when they produce their membership cards (£10 each).
For more information about the Large Model Association please visit www.largemodelassociation.com.
Another date for the diary is the weekend of 9 and 10 November when the BMM will host a brand-new family friendly show which is expected to attract hundreds of enthusiasts. Sponsored by Hornby, the Great British Model Railway Show, will feature more than 30 top-quality railway layouts in a variety of scales across the eras and ranging in size including “Mostyn”, an accurate scale rendition of the North Wales coastline from the 1970s and “Hungerford” which is a highly detailed Great Western Railway ‘OO’ layout based on the 1930s. Hornby will have an exhibition stand as well as an exclusive Members Lounge for Hornby Collector Club members.
The show sponsors will also be providing the “Hogwarts Express” layout demonstration and the opportunity for visitors to have a go with the Hornby Live Steam ‘OO’ layout. In addition, there will be over 10 modelling demonstrations showcasing skills such as making realistic trees and structures. There will also be 30 trade stands selling everything from complete train sets to scenic materials.
Show Manager, Tom Caren, said, “We’re delighted to host a brand-new show which I’m sure will be incredibly popular with model railway enthusiasts as well as families. With more than 30 layouts, 30 traders and modelling demonstrations from specialists, this show is set to be a great event appealing to the whole family.”
Free courtesy buses will operate on the Saturday connecting the show with the main line network at Leamington Spa train station. The Show opens to the public at 10am both days, with admission 30 minutes earlier for advance ticket holders. Advance admission prices are adults/OAPs £10 and children £7 and can be purchased online. On the day tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £9 for children – under 5s enter for free.
For more information visit the dedicated Great British Model Railway Show website at http://gbmrs.com/
To find out more about the British Motor Museum please visit the website at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.