MAFVA remains one of the longest running modelling associations to be found in the world, now in its’ 53rd year. Things have changed a lot since those early days and modelling as a hobby faces lots of competition for our time these days, and the attraction of computer games, particularly for youngsters, is a temptation for many. The huge array of models and references on the market these days is a very far cry from what was available back in those early days of the 1960s. At that time it could be largely described as a ‘pocket money’ hobby, a description which is not really the case today. While costs have gone up for kits, paints, books and other accessories, maybe you need a bit of a hand with picking out what you want to spend your money on, or maybe a local club where you can share your modelling skills and pick up hints and tips from other like minded modellers.
MAFVA offers some great benefits to its’ members which make the very reasonable annual subscription really worthwhile. As well as the mutual support, the local branches, the original references within the bi-monthly Tankette magazine, the discounts offered to MAFVA members by a variety of retailers and publishers will mean you can easily save the cost of your subscription each year.
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UK Branches currently include: Bedfordshire (Chiltern SMC), Cambridge, Chester, Clacton On Sea, Durham, Essex, London, Maryport, Mendips, Northern Home Counties, North West (Wirral), Norwich, Nottingham, Rugby, Sheffield, South Staffs, Suffolk, Sussex, Sussex (East), Warwickshire, Wilts/Mendip, Scotland (Glasgow), Scotland (Lothians), Scotland (Tayside) and South Wales.
On this website you can find lots of handy news plus, as a member, you also get access to the dedicated members area where you will find even more resources available to you.
A bi-monthly magazine with lots of original research articles you won’t find elsewhere, as well as other news and reviews coupled with the general news of MAFVA as an Association.
Sample issue of Tankette
There is a list of traders, publishers and the like who offer discounts especially for MAFVA Members. Please check the exclusive members area on this website for the most up to date list and the codes required when claiming your discounts.