Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicle Association
MAFVA Nationals 2015
50TH JUBILEE NATIONALS
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 http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford/tickets .
Any queries for the show should be addressed to
Paul Middleton, 39 The Leas, Baldock, Herts, SG7 6HZ (with an SSAE) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juniors Competition sponsored by: Armourfast
Watch this space!
Duxford 2011 photographs
Information: the Venue
For further information visit http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/ . 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.
For the last few years the Nationals have been held at the Imperial War Museum Duxford near Cambridge. 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.
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
Links, Accomodation and Guides
http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20149/park_and_ride for details of buses between Cambridge Railway Station and IWM Duxford
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.
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
MICK BELL MEMORIAL PRIZE
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.