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Diary:  Please may we have more updates for  2015 and anything coming through for the future... 

November  
 
Long standing MAFVA member Jason Lake has decided to put his feet up after many years of succesful business, so will cease trading at the end of the year. 
He is holding a massive sale at the shop for the whole of the month of December, so this is your chance to ensure you get the present YOU want at a very affordable price.
Details below:-
LSA Models
151 Sackville Road
Hove
East Sussex
BN3 3HD
 Tel: 01273 705420
orders@lsamodels.co.uk
www.lsamodels.co.uk
 
For The Month of December
Massive Stock Clearance Sale
 
Up to 30% off all plastic kits in stock
 
Up to 50% off selected ranges
Such as
Aires-CMK Resins-MPM-Special Hobby
Eduard Etch - LSA Castings
Scale Aircraft Conv undercarriages
All resin /etch / barrels and accessories
 
Postage will be charged on all mail orders
 
New Releases and special orders will not be included in this offer, No products will be held in reserve for Customers without prior payment.
 
"Prices subject to change and at the discretion of LSA Models"
*Price discounts are not available on any new releases
 
So please help Jason out by lightening the load on his shelves!

 

 

Also, MAFVA is once again accepting Paypal payments!  Please use mafva.membership@yahoo.co.uk as the payee email address.

 

 

Also, the folks at Military Modelling are offering three issues for a single pound to new subscribers who quote their MAFVA membership numbers!  Follow this link: http://www.subscription.co.uk/mtml/MAF2.

 

 

The Plastic Soldier Company is also holding a Black Friday Sale! (sorry this is a little late - but there's still time to take advantage...)

25% off most products - ends midnight Saturday 29th November

www.theplasticsoldiercompany.co.uk

 

   
   
   
October
Membership Secretary
 
All members please note that after life-long service to MAFVA, Gary Williams is stepping down as Membership Secretary.  He will, of course, remain our esteemed President!  All members will wish to join the Committee in thanking Gary for his tireless work on behalf of the Association.
The role of Membership secretary will now be taken over by Neil Wharton, so please send all enquiries for new members, subscriptions etc. to Neil at:
 
Neil Wharton
85 Alexander Avenue
Earl Shilton
Leicestershire
LE9 7AH
UK
 
 
Paypal
Also please note that due to technical difficulties we cannot use Paypal till further notice.  Watch this space to hear when we have resolve dthe challenges.  In the meantime cheques and bnk transfer are welcome, or cash at shows.
 
MAFVA AGM 2015
Note date for the MAFVA AGM 2015 at Hemel Hempstead. To enable more members to attend, the AGM will take place in South Hertfordshire, with the possibility of different locations each year.
MAFVA AGM, British Legion Hall, Hemel Hempstead, Sunday March 15th (Mother's Day).
http://www.gohemel.co.uk/community/the-royal-british-legion/ gives a location and map. not far from M1/M25.
If you wish to attend, please notify Chris Lloyd-Staples on researchInfo@mafva.net .
 
ON TRACK 2015
The usual MAFVAZONE will be in place at the On Track Show February 14th
   
August Things have been a tad "busy" of late, but I've just grabbed a few minutes to update the Tankette & Diary pages!  (Swapped the cover shot on the home page too...)  The site still needs a lot more doing to it (like updating our pics pages with the Nats etc), but that will have to wait til next month.
   
   
June I don't know where April & May went!  I turned around after OnTrack and suddenly it's Nationals time again...
  I've belatedly updated the Diary page, Joining forms, Nationals page, and added Paul M's review of 49/2.  Still heaps more to do, if I can find the time!  Still, hope to see everyone at Duxford.
   
March Click here for photos from On Track 2014, courtesy of Natalia!
  Updated Membership form, Flyer, and Back Issues lists.
  Paul M's review of Tankette 49/1 is up!
  ...and the Diary is still being updated to remove "gone" shows as their dates go by
   
   
February Added a brief Appreciation of John Church to the "Roll of Honour" (scroll down the "Officers" page), contributed by Dick Harley.  Sadly, John passed early this month.
  Trying something new on the Diary page - clearing out "past" events on a monthly basis, so the stuff at the top is the next show.  (I'm keeping the old listings tucked away for reference when I build the 2015 Diary though...)
  Minutes of the AGM are now up!  See the Home Page for the link...
   
January 2014
  Happy New Year!
  Lots of little updates to the Diary (Thanks Paul & everyone who sent stuff!) - it's shaping up to be a busy year show-wise.  Also lots of tweaking to the Branches & Other Clubs pages, but do email your friendly Webslinger with any new links or details.  The big overhaul of our Home page is still waiting for a good old dose of spare time, but it's coming...
   
December 2013
  After a brief hiatus, there are now lots of small changes!  Paul Middleton's reviews of Tankette issues 48/5 & 48/6 are up, there are revised forms for Joining and Back Issues, and a new version of the Promotional Flyer.
  Also of note are the extra Diary dates, as well as updates to the Nationals pages for 2014, including confirmed Clubs and Traders.  Keep an eye on these as they get fleshed out in the coming months!
  NOTE:  After the holidays there will be a big purge of old info from this Incoming page, as well as the 2013 Diary events and probably a lot of old stuff from the Home page too.  I may even finally get round to some new photo galleries - all long overdue!
   
October Been adding content to the Diary for late 2013 & 2014!
  Tankette reviews now up to 48/4.
  Membership forms and Tankette back-numbers lists have been updated, but always watch for updates on the back-numbers...
  (updates have been taking place over the past month or two, but only now got round to adding a note here - sorry!)
   
May  
  Added reviews of Tankette issues 48/2 and 48/1.
  Added new items to Links, Diary, and Resources pages, and updated some Branches details
   
March  
  Added new 2013 Constitution - a must-read for all MAFVA members!
  Added AGM Minutes - another worthwhile doc to read.
  Prices for "Little Willie" badges have been updated to account for postage costs.
  Added new Show at REME Museum (Berks) to Diary for April.
February  
  Your website has a new webmaster - Tom Cromwell.  (But I don't swing above the crime-ridden streets of New York in a red & blue costume...)  Note that I've started to make a few updates, including adding our new Chairman (John Ham) and Development Officer (Gary Ross) to the Officers page, and adding our shiny new mafva.net officer email addresses in place of the old personal ones.  Don't worry - any email traffic still gets through to your intended target!

Oh, and I've updated the diary page with news of upcoming shows, but any other diary dates will be gratefully received!

  AGM 2013 10th February - see agenda
http://www.thewarandpeaceshow.com/ the show has moved - see here for details
Tankette - index has been updated: find those plans...
If you received a renewal notice with Tankette issue 47/6 please delay sending your payment until you receive a notice advising you of new payment arrangements.
New membership and renewal enquiries, including cheques should be sent to The Membership Secretary, MAFVA, c/o 6 Jevan Close, Cardiff, CF5 2RF, UK or email mailto:membership@mafva.net Enquiries regarding subscription and back issue payments via internet banking and Paypal should be sent to treasurer@mafva.net. Please note the payment by credit card service is currently unavailable.
we shall be there in force.
October
See the latest Cambridge Branch newsletter - link on the Cambridge branch page 
New links, including to LSA Models
Gary Elmes sent this link to a PDF book by IPMS Stockholm on Braille scale modelling. "If you go to their site (link below) and hit the the "Braille Scale Modelling" link it should download a 16 page book. The link above it seemed to be broken. Yes it is in English!"  http://www.ipmsstockholm.se/home/webbtips-braille-scale-modelling/
September

A new MAFVA branch in Warwickshire:  meeting on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 

Avon toys 77 Warwick St.  Leamington Spa - see branches pages

Mildenhall Model Club has moved - see Branches - other clubs
New dates in the diary page - thanks again to Paul M
New transport for the chairman?
Sunday 7th October  The South Wales Branch of the MAFVA will be holding an Open Afternoon with a display of members models at St. John's Church Hall, Rachel Close, Danescourt, Cardiff, CF5 2SH on Sunday 7th October 2012 between 1430 hrs and 1700 hrs. If any MAFVA members would like to bring along their models to display at our show please contact South Wales Branch Secretary Paul Gandy on 01443 208447,
 Tankette Back Issues - September list now available  - thanks again to Gary  
August You can now join, resub. or get back issues of Tankette using Paypal - contact Gary Williams  mafvahq@aol.com for further details
latest Tankette, and an update to the Dragon Index
South Wales Branch of the MAFVA   Open Afternoon at St. John's Church Hall, Rachel Close, Danescourt, Cardiff, CF5 2SH on Sunday 7th October 2012 between 1430 hrs and 1700 hrs. If contacting Branch Secretary Paul Gandy please note his telephone number is 01443 208447 - there is a typo in Tankette, or e-mail paul.gandy@btinternet.com. 

Note that the telephone number for Paul is correct here - there is a typo in the announcement in Tankette

July Images of the 2012 Nats nd competition results posted at last
Cambridge Branch July newsletter posted
May Please read the constitution and John Ham's introduction
Tankette review 47/2
April More dates in the diary
Yet more 251s
Nationals - lists of traders and clubs correct as at April 30

http://www.royalsignals.org.uk/articles/Larkspur_manual.pdf

Larkspur plans of receivers, headgear etc in Resources: military vehicle sites

March MAFVA at OnTrack  thanks to all who helped.  Go on from this page to look at pics of the rest of the show.
February See some beautiful new model pics - link on photo page
February 251 - a page of links and photos to the SdKfz 251 in all its forms
Latest Cambridge Branch newsletter uploaded, also a reminder that there is a full index of Tankette.  If anyone would be prepared to take on the task of keeping this up to date, please contact Bill Hanna or Paul Middleton
http://www.network54.com/Forum/47211/thread/1329162017/Nottingham+MAFVA+Open+Day+images some great pics from Nottingham MAFVA Open Day - also in the Nottingham Branch area on this site.
January See details of the Nottingham Open on the Branch Page
September
Tankette 44/6.  Some news for members in the US - see the US page for new subscription address
http://www.flickr.com/photos/deckarudo/ - some fascinating images here
Newsletter from Dan Taylor Modelworks
August Latest Cambridge Branch newsletter uploaded
Chris of InsideTheArmour is thinking about setting up a new MAFVA branch in Bristol as he is unable to reach the branches in South Wales and elsewhere and thought other members might be in the area and interested.  If anyone is, please contact him. insidethearmour@live.co.uk
 

Obituary 
Ian Daglish

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of recent Tankette contributor Ian Daglish two days after the plane crash in Manchester 29th July 2011. Ian was 59, a marketing professional with interests in fine wines, military history, wargaming and model making. He was intensely interested in the local history of his home village of Alderley Edge. He was also a prolific researcher and had written several books, primarily about the Normandy campaign of 1944.

More information about Ian can be seen on his website at http://iandaglish.co.uk/ which contains much which would interest members.

A genial man, always willing to share the fruits of his research, he will be missed by those who knew him within the Association and also for his input to Tankette. 

 

- Saturday, 25 February 2012 is happening.  Be there!

The 2011 show, at the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, was a great success, not least because of the stalwart support of the MAFVA.  For pictures of the show and many of the usual suspects see below.  Anyone wishing to contact the organisers should e-mail on.track@live.co.uk 

 

For more information see www.ontrackshow.co.uk 

The Nationals 2011

Photographs of the competition 

Competition details
Photographs from the 2011 Nationals will illustrate the whole site until 2012, thereafter will be archived.  2010 material is now archived and accessible through the photography page The spreadsheets of the 2011 Nationals- individual image have not been credited but where possible the entrance numbers will help.  Thanks again to John Paulding for the photographs.
March
Following the MAFVA Council meeting at Duxford Paul gandy has posted a photo report on his Blog. http://pgmodels.wordpress.com/
Photographs and competition results from On Track
MAFVA2011Crest4.jpg (131213 bytes)  MAFVA2011Logo3.jpg (648541 bytes)  Splendid logo and crest re-drawn by Tim Neate - ideal for paperwork
Review of tankette 46/1, index of past issues updated
February Tankette Index updated
Info for Nationals updated

More details in the diary - keep them coming please!

January
Updates to the Tankette back issues and reviews come in regularly - not always flagged up here - it's well worth going straight to the Tankette page
Thanks to MAFVANs and others who are supporting the On Track show - a great list of traders an clubs now.
Check out a new website: http://covenantermodellingsite.com/
Covenanter Modelling Site is created by Ian Hanratty & Tony Ivey with the approval of Rob Haelterman, Al Magnus and Doug Chaltry of OTW (On The Way!). CMS will be a sister/companion site of OTW and will cover 1/76 scale modelling.
2011 Happy New Year 
November 10

Trucks ‘n’ Tracks 2011 has been cancelled by My Hobby Store, the new owners of the show.

To fill the void a show is being arranged for the Saturday -26th Feb

 On Track 

This venture is being supported by MAFVA.  Can you help?  Please contact  the organisers at on.track@live.co.uk 

If all of us email friends and contacts news will travel.  Trader support is impressive, but of course we need all the publicity we can get !

October

More dates in diary; latest Tankette review
Family members form

Date announced for The Nationals 2011

  Sunday June 19th (Father's Day) at Imperial War Museum Duxford in conjunction with the Military Vehicle Show.

More information to be posted later.  Contact Paul Middleton paul.middleton600@ntlworld.com

Pictures of the London Show - see London Branch page
Nationals 2010 - winners
September  29th Latest Tankette  report; updated Back issues availability; 
S Wales Open Day - a successful first
The Nationals, Duxford 2010 six pictures by Neil Wharton
12th September - Help for Heroes event  - charity model show, Rugby
August
Write-up of the 2010 Nationals by Paul Middleton with images from the Nationals 2010 - also on Tankette page.  Thanks to Carl Dennis   
Images from the Nationals 2010 - throughout the site.  Thanks to Simon Ward and Shaun Symonds. All the  pictures that were through the site are on the 2009 Archive pages, including the photographs from the 2009 Nationals.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cambridge-MAFVA/133003563389515?ref=ts see for yourselves!

See latest Cambridge Branch Newsletter.  Next meeting is 7th September – ‘Nosh Nite’ social evening

New Essex Branch links - also new diary entries for Essex Show 14th August 
www.covenantermodellingsite.com
May
Trucks 'N' Tracks is under new ownership.  See details on the show site.  Trevor Claringbold, having started the show and built it to the international reputation it has today, has sold it on: we hope he will now have more time to enjoy building his own models!  The MAFVA zone will remain.  
See additions and updates including: Midland Branch 2010 dates; new Tankette review and back issues update; more resources;

It is that time of the year to get rid of that loft insulation and bring your unwanted kits to the MAFVA Bring and Buy at the Nationals. 

Do you have old un-wanted and unloved kits cluttering up your loft/garage/study/spare room/wardrobe?

Want to turn them into cash for new kits? 

Then bring them to Duxford on 6 June 2010 and let MAFVA sell them for you. Two tables at the show have been set aside so that members can sell their unwanted kits. Just drop them off and let us do the selling. Call back at the end of the show and pick up any un-sold kits and your cash. No photographs to take, no wrapping and packing or trips to the post office to sell them via E Bay. Let MAFVA do the hard work. Just drop them off and then once you are ready to leave, come back and pocket the cash. MAFVA will deduct 10% of the value of the sold items and that will go towards helping to fund the show – so not only are you helping yourself, you are also helping the Association. Contact by E mail tom.cole@twmsystems.co.uk for an application form and more details.

If interested please see attached information sheet and return completed Form to me ASAP. Please be aware that I will only be able to take kits on the day if you have completed and returned the Form to me before the 22 May. Grateful if you would distribute amongst your branch as you see fit.

Thanks and see you in June.


Tom Cole

April
All MAFVA members please note that Scale Military Modeller International have kindly offered MAFVA members 10% discount on subscriptions. Contact mail@sampublications.com and quote your membership number.
Visit www.sampublications.com to see the style of the magazine, or pick one up in W.H. Smiths to peruse. You will note that MAFVA has its own page which allows us to have a voice in a commercial publication. Many thanks to SMMI for this very kind offer.

CHANGES TO MAFVA ANNUAL COMPETITIONS - 

The Annual MAFVA UK National Competitions for 2010 will be at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on June 6.  This year will see an experimental change to an open style of competition with gold, silver and bronze awards.  This means there can be any number (or none) of these in any competition class at the judges discretion.  Please note there will still be categories for MAFVA members only, and for modellers who are non-members.  The entry rules and competition classes will remain the same.   A list of model definitions is now available to ensure that entrants place their models in the correct class. This will enable competition entrants to check eligibility and avoid disqualification for incorrect entry.  Competition entrants will be given a ticket to accompany their models allowing a brief description of work done.  This will assist the judges in assessing the work.  Entry slips will be available shortly to be downloaded from the website. These can be completed in advance and brought in with the models on the day of the competition.

JH. 12/03/2010  (see amendments, under competition rules)

Take the MAFVA Challenge 

The Aerospace & Vehicle Club present their Annual Scale Model Show and Competition plus Junior Make & Take Sunday 5th September 2010 10.00am - 4.00pm at The Community Centre, Church Road, Wombourne, (Just off A449) Kindly sponsored by Mainly Military Models

MAFVA Nationals Great Bring and Buy Sale

Do you have old un-wanted and unloved kits cluttering up your loft/garage/study/spare room/wardrobe?

Want to turn them into cash for new kits? 

Then bring them to Duxford on 6 June 2010 and let MAFVA sell them for you.  Two tables at the show have been set aside so that members can sell their unwanted kits.  Just drop them off and let us do the selling.  Call back at the end of the show and pick up any un-sold kits and your cash.  No photographs to take, no wrapping and packing or trips to the post office to sell them via E Bay.  Let MAFVA do the hard work.  Just drop them off and then once you are ready to leave, come back and pocket the cash.  MAFVA will deduct 10% of the value of the sold items and that will go towards helping to fund the show – so not only are you helping yourself, you are also helping the Association.  Contact by E mail tom.cole@twmsystems.co.uk for an application form and more details.

MICK BELL AUTHORS’ PRIZE 2010
http://www.findonvillage.com/0959_more_on_the_tank_on_our_downland.htm an early Churchill exhumed
http://maquettegarden.free.fr/materiel39_45.htm - good site for pictures
March 6th June, 2010 Nationals - please help with publicity: copy poster here 
April 17th, (not May as shown before - sorry) Poole Vikings Model Club Annual Show, Parkstone Grammar School, Sopers Lane, Poole, Dorset. Contact Sue Meadowcroft on 01202-535059 or poolevikings@tiscali.co.uk 
M4A1 High Speed Tractor some pics of the real thing from Spike
www.covemodels.co.uk - new model stockist on the links page
Four more shows in the diary for June-July
February

Lots more in the diary page - including the Scottish Nationals

Tankette 44/6 review 
Save the Tiger 

the parts list/ manual for the M1 Abrahams

Glasgow Miniature Armour Group
January new pictures on the Tankette Page
5th June 2009. IPMS Salisbury  - see diary page for further information.
Date agreed for the 2010 Nationals - Sunday 6th June
2010 Happy New Year 
November 09
Tankette - review of issue 44/5 and update to back issues list
more in the diary, and a few more photographs

Help! Even though it is a long time since the site has moved I still occasionally come across lots of links to MAFVA in other modelling and similar sites which need to be updated.  I can't catch them all.  Please, anyone who is on other favourite sites, check MAFVA links and if they are out of date, tell the site editor, Bill Hanna at  lechapy.@live.fr   Many thanks,  

 

Changes to Tankette

Following lengthy discussions by various members of the MAFVA membership relating to the Tankette A4 debate, a meeting was held to discuss the feasibility of going to an A4 Tankette after the positive feedback from the membership for the increased size. One of the major concerns has always been, could we afford to cover the extra cost involved. Gary & Heather Williams produced a financial statement which showed that MAFVA is in a good financial position at the meeting.

The discussions then centred on the feasibility of being able to produce an A4, 20 page Tankette with, initially, limited colour content. Being the Editor, my view was that the idea was do-able and would give the MAFVA members a better quality of magazine, with more scope towards the types of article being printed. This larger size would allow photographs to be reproduced larger allowing more detail of the subject to be seen. Also this would not limit to the types of vehicles plans in 1/35th scale that could be printed, which has been the case with the current half foolscap format has.

To necessitate these improvements to Tankette an increase in subscriptions will be required; however the gains far out weight the extra cost. Hopefully these changes will entice more people to join MAFVA. It is planned to start this new format with the next volume, number 44 which is due out in the New Year and the initial layouts are well in hand. Home

 

 

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August 2008 Links page has been upgrades and a new link added - PlasticClassifieds.com  
More Tankette reviews - issues 43/3,4

Northern Home Counties Branch
The current South Herts Branch has become aware that some members who live relatively close in terms of travelling distance have not attended meetings because the name of the branch suggests a very close catchment area. In reality, the branch already has some members travelling from far afield, and we need to emphasise that the Herts branch covers a wide sweep including north London boroughs, Bucks, Milton Keynes, Luton and so on. For this reason we have changed to a more generic branch name.

White Ensign Colourcoats New Release.
It is ARB 03A Khaki Green No.3 for use on early/mid-war British and Commonwealth vehicles. This enamel paint was formulated with help from Mike Starmer and is available in the standard tinlet from White Ensign Models Ltd, South Farm, Snitton, Ludlow, SY8 3EZ. Tel: 0844 415 0914 e-mail wem@onetel.com  website www.whiteensignmodels.com 
Sunday August 17th 2008, Maryport MAFVA & Maryport Model Club will host their Annual Model Show at the Freemasons Hall, High Street, Maryport, Cumbria, 10.00hrs till 17.00hrs. For more info contact Mr. Trevor Austin on 0190081 daytime or Mr. Les Ward on 07732 013 136 between 19.00hrs and 21.00hrs.