THE ‘MAFVAZONE’ 2014
On Track has become as much a social event as a military modelling show, and continues to attract individuals and groups from MAFVA branches around the country, and from overseas.
This year the usual suspects plus a few new faces volunteered to put on displays whilst others stepped up to help with judging the competition. (Some did both!) We had displays and demonstrations from the branches at Cambridge, London, Essex, Nottingham, Yeovil, Northern Home Counties and South Wales. Plenty of talent and inspiration was on display, and the ‘shop’ talk was flowing fast and furious. In addition, John Rulton had brought along the models, kits and paints from the estate of London member Steve Crew who had recently passed away. These drew a lot of interest as they were given away in exchange for a modest donation. The models were made to an excellent standard and it is pleasing that they have gone to an appreciative home.
We always have something ‘extra’ in the MAFVAzone, and this year was no exception, as we had a beautiful 1/76th scale diorama of part of the Mulberry harbour made by Barry Sharman. A wonderful model, but it weighed a ton when packed, as I found out the hard way when I tried to nove a base board on my own (Failed!).
Quite a few regulars use On track to resub to MAFVA, and it is always good to catch up with them, as well as getting to know the new guys, or even enticing potential recruits to join us (You know it makes sense…).
The show coupled with two evenings of socialising made the trip well worth while and all credit to Harold Hanna and his team for organising the event. All we need now is for someone to remind me to update my parking ticket on time….
See you all at Duxford for the MAFVA Nationals on June 15th.
Paul Middleton 1528
MAFVA Liaison Officer