The MAFVA Nationals 2014

The left hand side of our display

The left hand side of our display

Last Sunday 15th June I went with my club, South Wales Branch of the MAFVA, to the National Competitions of the Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicle Association (MAFVA) at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, a few miles south of Cambridge.  The event is held in a large marquee that is to the side of the American Air Force hanger.  What adds to the appeal of this show is that there is also a military book sale inside the American hanger, with a military vehicle rally on the grass next to our marquee, with most of the vehicles driving around the airfield, and there’s the Land Warfare hall nearby and next to that is a driving area where you can see several of their vehicles drive around a very muddy test track.

Four of us went along and we managed to put on a good display.  In the photo above you can see the models of Des Burgess who makes them to a consistently high standard.

The centre of our stand

The centre of our stand

Next to Des were the models of Paul Williams who was there with his wife and son and as usual had a varied selection of models on display.  As far as I know, Paul has never entered any competitions and models purely for his own enjoyment, which is exactly how it should be.

The right hand side of the display

The right hand side of the display

To the right of the display were my models, and at the rear two large dioramas from David Burton.  David has only been with us for a couple of years, but has the knack of making some very effective diorama bases, and is very proficient in weathering and toning the vehicles.  As for me, there was a selection of 1/48th scale, 1/76th scale, 1/152nd scale and 1/200th scale to add a bit of variety.

The Mexeflote loaded up with vehicles

The Mexeflote loaded up with vehicles

The only thing new that I took along with me was the Mexeflote, now loaded up with vehicles, which I think really enhances it.  It raised quite a bit of interest like this.

 

Looking along the display

Looking along the display

Here’s another view, looking along the display.  The MAFVA Nationals must be by far the best purely military modelling show in the UK.  There are other larger shows such as Scale Modelworld run by the IPMS in November, but that is mainly a model aircraft show, or there’s Euromilitaire in Folkestone in September, but that is still mainly a model figure show.  What I like the most about the MAFVA Nationals is that it is such a friendly show.  It’s more like a large family re-union as we are all members of the same national organisation, taking part in our hobby within regional groups or clubs.  It’s the one show where I can meet up with friends from Scotland, or North of England and renew old friendships.  A thoroughly enjoyable day out, and full credit to Paul Middleton and the Cambridge MAFVA branch for organising it so well.

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