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Scale Model Challenge, Veldhoven, The Netherlands

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Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd October 2017, four members of Cambridge MAFVA joined with four from South Wales MAFVA to attend Scale Model Challenge in Veldhoven, The Netherlands.  This is a huge venue with a large exhibition area that is linked to an equally huge hotel, with top class chefs, so you can eat, sleep, and drink, and then walk along a corridor into the show without even going outside.

The models at this show are truly outstanding.  Simon Ward was particularly taken by the fact, that I share,  that each evening we were in the (very nosy) bars along with top class modellers from across the whole of Europe.  To give you an idea of the scale of things, there were over 1,900 entries into the competitions, and what is more impressive, 20% of the entries received an award of some sort.  This is a very friendly truly international show.  It takes some effort to get there by ferry across the North Sea, which is a bit more than the usual trundle along a motorway, but it is well worth doing as this must rate as the top quality model show in Europe.  Highly recommended.

Paul Gandy

Dave, Paul and Louise from South Wales with Mark from Cambridge

Dave, Paul and Louise from South Wales with Mark from Cambridge

The South Wales MAFVA stand set up on the Friday

The South Wales MAFVA stand set up on the Friday

The best of Show from 2015 USS Lexington in 1/700th scale

The best of Show from 2015 USS Lexington in 1/700th scale

There are loads of angle lamps in the competition area, giving good lighting to all of the exhibits

There are loads of angle lamps in the competition area, giving good lighting to all of the exhibits

A very attractive Vietnam diorama

A very attractive Vietnam diorama

An unusual looking WWII German diorama

An unusual looking WWII German diorama

The competitions were very popular with a huge number of people looking at them

The competitions were very popular with a huge number of people looking at them

A very original model of a tank specially built to clear around the Chenobyl nuclear accident

A very original model of a tank specially built to clear around the Chenobyl nuclear accident

Just some of the huge number of entries to the competition

Just some of the huge number of entries to the competition

A nicely built modern German Boxer APC

A nicely built modern German Boxer APC

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