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MAFVA Nationals 2015



Sunday June 21st 2015

MAFVA are pleased to announce that the 2015 MAFVA Nationals will take place on Sunday June 21st (Father’s day) at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

As in previous years the event will be held in a large marquee adjacent to the American Air Museum, with traders lining the sides, branch & club displays down the middle, and the competition tables.  There will be differences this year as there will not be a Military Vehicle Show, and there will be a re-organisation occurring in the American Air Museum.  It is hoped that we can grasp the opportunity to enhance the show and provide a bit ‘extra’ for our members in our Jubilee year.  It will at least allow the enthusiast to get up close and personal to the resident vehicles of the Museum & D.A.S.


Competition classes and entry details are expected to remain as before, but full details will be published on the MAFVA website in due course.  Once again, Tracey at Armourfast will be sponsoring the Junior classes. The popular favourites such as the MAFVA Tea Stall and the Bring & Buy stall will be running to add to the experience , but at the moment nothing is set in stone, so there will be other possible highlights.

For those attending as members of the public, the normal gate fee will apply, which gives you complete access to the museum, as well as the Nationals and anything else that is happening.  For details visit .


Any queries for the show should be addressed to

Paul Middleton, 39 The Leas, Baldock, Herts, SG7 6HZ (with an SSAE) or



sponsored by: Armourfast




Watch this space!






Clubs Attending

Traders Attending

Classes & Rules

About the Show











2013 -







2012 -

2012 Nationals report 

2012 Competition results

2012 Comp photographs






2011 - 

Duxford 2011 photographs

2011 Nationals report

2011 Competition results

2011 Comp photographs 









The annual get-together of the Miniature AFV Association for this year will take place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on Sunday June 15th 2014, which happens to be Father’s Day. Perhaps a few subtle hints can turn this into a family day out for Dad as there is so much happening around the airfield, enough to keep everyone happy.

As usual the MAFVA Nationals takes place on the same day as  the Military Vehicle Show organised by the Military Vehicle Wing of the DAS (Duxford Aviation Society) and also the Military Book Fair. Whilst the MAFVA Nationals takes place within a (very) large marquee adjacent to the American Air Museum, the MVS is laid out around the western end of the airfield, including live vehicle runs in the purpose built arena and along the runway. The Book Fair is held within the American Air Museum, and remember, there is always something flying at Duxford!  So not only do you get to see the model show, the real military vehicles running about and a book fair, but also the whole of the Museum. The old claim that you can’t see it all in a day is still very valid! 

The MAFVA marquee will follow the usual format of having the traders line the sides and far end, MAFVA branches and other clubs in blocks down the centre line, and MAFVA HQ, back issues, Competition entries desk with the competition tsbles grouped around the top end. As ever, the traders will entice every last penny from your wallet (They wish!) with virtually every variety of model, kit, book tool or accessory you could think of.  The club stands will provide inspiration with the models displayed, and the exhibitors will be more than happy to discuss their latest masterpiece.

The other bonus visitors will have is access to the back issues of Tankette, the Association magazine. These will be on offer at special show prices, with big discounts for complete volumes. And of course, buying back issues at the Nationals will mean you save the cost of postage!

The competitions will be run as last year building on the team’s experience, and again the Junior class is to be sponsored by Armourfast. Each Junior entrant will receive an Armourfast kit, with more going to the class winners. It has always been an aim of the Nationals to encourage youngsters to participate in the hobby, and support from the traders has always helped us.

Further details of the competition and show will be posted on the links below. Other questions can be sent to the organiser, Paul Middleton at:  or by writing with an SSAE to 39 The Leas, Baldock, Herts, SG7 6HZ, Great Britain.

Entry to the MAFVA Nationals is free once you have paid the entry fee for IWM Duxford, the tariff for the day,

location and timings can be found here:




Links, Accomodation and Guides

Visit Cambridge

IWM Duxford for details of buses between Cambridge Railway Station and IWM Duxford



Previous Competitions




Facebook film of the 2010 show.  Don't miss both parts!






World War I Award for 2014

for best WW1 model sponsored and judged by Beds MAFVA.



John Baumann was for many years the information officer for MAFVA.  Typical of his dedication to the hobby and his generosity, he left a bequest to MAFVA to fund a prize at the annual National competitions. John had an interest in the unusual and obscure so the prize will be awarded to one of the lesser known vehicles entered in the competition.   This will be judged by the London MAFVA group of which John was member.



Trophy winners

2007 Keith Ingrey  with 1/76 scale Büssing Nag Flak 18


2008  Dominique Jadoul  with 1/72 scale diarama "No Pasaran" (PZ I in Spannish Civil War) photo published on the back page of "Tankette 43/4")


2009  Dave Blomley  with 1/76 scale Foster Tractor

2010 – Graham Cobb

2011 – Rab Burns




This is a prize donated by MAFVA members in memory of Mick Bell, an early member. He was a gifted modeller and draughtsman, producing high quality plans regularly for Tankette.  In recognition of his contribution to our magazine, a prize will be  awarded annually to the author of a notable plan or piece of research.  This will be decided by a small committee of members and announced at the annual MAFVA competitions.  The prize will be a years subscription of Tankette.  It is hoped that this will encourage new authors to contribute to Tankette.  As a non-modelling  prize it allows enthusiasts who may not be regular modellers to participate, including overseas members who may have difficulty attending the Nationals.

Prize winners







Duxford 2006 

Duxford 2007

Mil Mod 2008 






























The MAFVA Model Show will be housed in a very large marquee located next to the American Air Museum, and will contain the competition, the traders and displays by numerous MAFVA branches and other clubs from around the country. 


Who will be there?

As might be expected with this popular show clubs and traders book up from one year to the next, consequently we are almost completely full.  The format for the competitions will consist of the usual MAFVA only classes in both large and small scales, plus open classes which anybody can enter.  These will be for any vehicle model, any scale figure, and a Junior class for modellers under the age of 16 on the day of the show.  For adults, the competition fee is 50p per model, but for juniors it is free, and every junior entrant will receive a prize of some description whether they win or not. This is to encourage youngsters to try modelling and take part in the show.  Hopefully they will enjoy the day out and the prize and will progress in the hobby.


The attached list of attending traders will include all the usual regulars, plus a few new faces. Whatever kit, book or modelling item you are looking for will probably be available from these guys.  If they haven’t got it here, they will know where to get it.  MAFVA branches and other model clubs will be displaying a wide variety of models, and many will be giving demonstrations of modelling techniques which they will happily discuss.  This is also a great opportunity to ask for that ‘elusive’ bit of information. MAFVA HQ will be in its usual location to meet you.  Here you will be able to join MAFVA, resubscribe or catch up on back issues of the Association magazine Tankette.  In fact there will be many special offers as we are having a clearance sale of back issues.




There will be plenty of space outside the marquee for you to take a break, enjoy a cuppa from the tea stall and perhaps have a picnic.  If you haven’t brought your own picnic there will be plenty of food stalls on site as well as the Museums Cafe and Restaurant.


In view of the long distances some enthusiasts travel, many want to make a weekend of it.  Naturally the Museum is open on the Saturday and you will be able to see the Museum with a bit more ease as there will be fewer visitors.  The model marquee will be in the process of setting up, but those traders that are there will have no qualms about selling you your chosen purchases.  There are plenty of bed and breakfast places in the area, and a new hotel at Whittlesford, but you are advised to book early as Cambridge is a popular destination.


In addition the Museum runs a camping area for the hardier souls adjacent to the Museum, and there are several regular camp sites in the area.



Information: the Venue

For further information visit . Gates open to the public at 10.00hrs, which is when competition entries can be booked in as well.  Competition entries close at 12.30hrs with judging starting 10

minutes later. Prize presentation will start at around 16.00hrs and the show will close at 17.00hrs, the Museum closes at 18.00hrs.


Information: the Show

Gates open to the public at 10.00hrs, which is when competition entries can be booked in as well. Competition entries close at 13.00hrs with judging starting 10 minutes later. Prize presentation will start at 16.00hrs and the show will close at 17.00hrs, the Museum closes at 18.00hrs.


Any enquiries should be directed to Paul Middleton, 39 The Leas, Baldock, Herts, SG7 6HZ  or e-mail: 


Cambridge is well worth a visit if you are in the area, both from the tourist point of view & the abundant shopping facilities, that may help keep less enthusiastic family members happy.  If you are coming and you need accommodation  we advise you to book early.  Cambridge is a very busy tourist city in the summer when the competitions take place.


NB: a new hotel has been built next to The Red Lion at Whittlesford




 Not been to Duxford?  


For the last few years the Nationals have been held at the Imperial War Museum Duxford near Cambridge.  This is a superb venue with a full size military vehicle rally and flying displays of historical aircraft on the day, as well as access to the museums usual exhibits.  For those unfamiliar with the museum, Duxford houses the larger exhibits of vehicle and aircraft that cannot be displayed at the Imperial War Museum London.  So you have a full-size airfield, a fine collection of vehicles, and a magnificent aircraft collection, including the USAAF's war memorial collection. Worth a visit any time - and a great background for our key annual event. for details of buses between Cambridge Railway Station and IWM Duxford