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MAFVA Nationals Model Show & Competition


The 2021 MAFVA Nationals has been cancelled

After deliberation of the current situation around the pandemic and the projection of future events, the MAFVA Committee have decided that it will be best to cancel the MAFVA Nationals 2021 in June.
Even if we are permitted to travel, we will probably still have to maintain social distancing, manage numbers within the hall and would end up limiting the number of traders who might wish to attend.
We have booked the Burgess Hall for June 2022 and hope that by then we will be able to stage the show even better than before.
We will be staging a ‘virtual’ Nationals for 2021, so watch the website and the Facebook page, as well as Tankette magazine, and have your latest masterpiece ready to photograph. More news as and when we know it,
Stay safe.
The MAFVA Committee..

The 2022 venue will be: The Burgess Hall, Westwood Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU.

If you wish to make a provisional booking to exhibit contact

In the meantime please follow your governments’ advice, stay well and please continue to support our trade partners by mail order.


If you usually resubscribe to MAFVA at the Nationals please make sure that your membership hasn’t lapsed due to the cancellation of the show. To resubscribe on-line go to

Request for judges and stewards

We will require judges  for the 2021 virtual competition. Any members who are interested please  contact 


2022 Show layout

Trade Stands: The traders will be in the main hall and drama studio, with MAFVA branches  and visiting clubs on the ground floor, Drama Studio, in the foyer, upstairs on the balcony and in the conference rooms.

2022 MAFVA National Competition: The competition area will be upstairs. Competition entries are 50p for adults (£1.00 for non MAFVA members), free for juniors (up to age 16).  In addition to the MAFVA competition classes, there will be open classes for non-members. 

For details and rules please see……nals-competition/

[Correction to rules: ‘Class 19 – large scale – 1:47 and larger – Artillery’ should read: Class 19 – large scale – 1:48 and larger – Artillery]

Refreshments On the ground floor is a bar that will be serving hot and cold drinks plus a variety of snacks.  There is also a café next door in the Sports Hall.

Bring & Buy: The Bring & Buy will be upstairs; the membership and back issues desk, the tombola and others will be in the foyer.


Entry for paid-up MAFVA members will be free, (you will be able to re-subscribe on the door).  Adult non-members will pay £3.00, while entry for accompanied children (under 16) is free.

Access and parking

Show location:

Burgess Hall, One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU

Free parking available on site.

Phone: 01480 388500

By car:

We will do our best to mark the routes in with Tac signs.  The two main routes are:

  • From the A14, turn off on Junction 26 towards St Ives (A1096).  Turn left at the second roundabout into Meadow Lane and follow the one-way system via Cromwell Place and Oliver Road into East Street, turn right into Globe Place, first left into North Road, right into Ramsey Road, first left into Westwood Road and follow to Burgess Hall.
  • From the A1/A1(M), take the A14 and at the first roundabout (Junction 23) take the first exit towards Huntingdon and March (A141).  At the fourth roundabout, take the second exit onto the A1123 (Huntingdon Road) and go through Wyton and Houghton.  At the traffic lights in St Ives turn right into Ramsey Road, then second right into Westwood Road and follow to Burgess Hall.

There is a large car park just outside the hall, but as this is shared with the Sports Hall we ask all drivers to park responsibly.  Traders will be parking on the adjacent tennis courts.

By public transport:

The main east coast railway line passes through Huntingdon, which is the nearest railway station to St Ives and is between 45 minutes and an hour from London.  Buses run from Huntingdon to St Ives.  You are advised to check timetables before departing.


Time Event
08.00 Set-up for traders and exhibitors only
10.00 Doors open to public
10.00 Competition entries open
12.00 Competition entries close
16.00 Competition results announced and presentation of awards
17.00 Show closes
19.00 Hall closes for traders and exhibitors


Bring & Buy.

Visitors wishing to sell kits or books at the Bring & Buy can download the form in advance by clicking here.

Archive – past MAFVA shows

The 2019 MAFVA National was a great success. Click here for report.

Watch the video of the 2019 show.

The 2019 Nationals was sponsored by…..





Competition prizes were kindly supplied by Airfix Model World Magazine and Armourfast.

Some of the traders that exhibited at the 2019 show were:

• Armourfast • Arrowhead Minatures • Avid Reader • Black Lion • Bull Models •  Christopher Morris Books • Dan Taylor Modelworks • Early War Minatures • Freindship Models • Frome Model Centre • Giesbers • Kit Krazy • Matador • Parabellum • Pol Models • S&M Models • Sgt’s Mess • Sovereign 2000 • Tiger Hobbies • 


A very warm welcome to…..


       Rif Raf Models from Dundee



Breveco Modelling from the Netherlands

The 2018 Show

The 2018 Nationals Model Competition was sponsored by AIRFIX MODEL WORLD, who supplied a wealth of prizes and are still offering discounts on Key Publication subscriptions and one-off bookzines. See Member’s Area for details.

The 2018 Video: 

The 2018 photographs: 

The 2017 Show

The 2017 show competition was sponsored by : Airfix Model World, Casemate Publishing, Tiger Hobbies and Revell


A big thank you goes out to our sponsors and the attending traders. Without the help and support of these people the MAFVA Nationals wouldn’t be possible.

See the pictures of 2017 show here

See the results of the 2017 competition here (PDF)

The 2017 show competition was sponsored by sponsored by : Airfix Model World, Casemate Publishing, Tiger Hobbies and Revell


Juniors Competition sponsored by: Armourfast


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