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The Nationals 2011

Photographs of the competition

 Photographs from the 2011 Nationals will illustrate the whole site until 2012,  and thereafter will be archived.  The 2010 material is now archived and accessible through the photography page

2011 Competition details

The spreadsheets of the 2011 Nationals- individual images have not been credited but where possible the entrance numbers will help.  Thanks again to John Paulding for the photographs.

 

Report 

The 2011 MAFVA Nationals Model Show and Competitions took place on Sunday 19th of June at the now regular venue of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, in conjunction with the Military Vehicle Show and Book fair. This tried and tested formula allows participants, visitors and hopefully traders a chance to see the visiting and resident military vehicles, browse through the book fair next door in the American Air Museum and look round the museum itself. As always aircraft are coming and going from Duxford and we had a few treats through the day from the vintage aircraft.

The marquee serves it purpose, but is not ideal, and it gave us a few headaches to get the side panels in the right places, ending up with a field expedient panel rigged up by former Royal Engineer Ian Hanratty of Friendship Models and Dave Blomley. The weather was a serious concern in view of the previous few days, but we were lucky with only a couple of short bursts which did not dampen the enthusiasm of the occasion.

 

 

Of course work on the Nationals starts in earnest six months before, in fact, as soon as a date has been agreed with IWM Duxford and the volunteers of the Duxford Aviation Society MT section who run the Military Vehicle Show. Shows do not just ‘happen’ and there is now a phenomenal amount of soul destroying paperwork to complete with Health & Safety governing our every breathing moment. Insurance is another worry but luckily Cambridge MAFVA branch and our extended family have a good hard working team who go the extra mile to make the show happen. This included during the run-up to the show when Gareth Jones tracked down and bought us the correct insurance cover; Mike Whitty prepared the Risk Assessment forms for each trader and Mark Gilbert did the same for Traffic Control.

The marquee was erected on the Thursday afternoon with table deliveries on the Friday morning. The usual suspects turned up through the afternoon with Simon “Muscles” Ward doing most of the table set up prior to the arrival of the “Old & Bold” who then helped with fine tuning the layout of the tables.

Saturday morning came and was fairly sunny, allowing us to set up banners, signs and also to start greeting the early traders and clubs. First in was MAFVA Scotland and MAG Glasgow, possibly the furthest travelled! Quite a few others also took advantage of the ‘Quiet before the riot’ to set up without pressure and get a look around outside. All the time Rita Cox and her crew (assisted by Steve of course) kept us supplied with tea, coffee and cake. Work frequently stopped as yet another interesting vehicle went past, the highlight for me being the Crusader being towed by the type of AEC wrecker that I had occasionally used many years ago.

Suddenly it was 6pm and after securing the marquee many of us met up at the Red Lion Hotel at Whittlesford for the now legendary ‘Social Night’. However there were several changes this year. The ‘default’ accommodation is now the brand new Holiday Express Inn Express next door. It is nice and clean and includes breakfast, but you need to book early to get the cheaper rates. However you still need to use the Red Lion to eat in the evening.
The Red Lion is undergoing extensive expansion, and whilst we were well looked after, the toilets were in a portacabin and the food was not up to its usual standard. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as we networked between different groups.

It was a pleasant change to sit down to a self-service proper breakfast at the Holiday Inn, as in previous years the kitchen at the Red Lion did not start early enough. With a need to be on site at Duxford to open up the marquee, some us just went hungry.

On arrival the well-oiled (some of us more oiled than others) machine that is MAFVA swung into action. Kompetitionsfuhrer Bob Lockie had an IT challenge and went shopping for a cable in order to get his command bunker into operation. Unfortunately the marquee was located 10 metres too far west and we lost our unloading lane, but Mark & his team dealt with it, redirecting the participants and no serious problems ensued.

Competition tables 

 

The stewards got everybody settled in and were manning the competitions entry desk well before the 10.00hrs start time such was the demand. Rita and her crew were in action again and the Tea Stall seldom seemed quiet. Volunteers ferried drinks to those traders and others who could not leave their stalls. The bring & Buy tables was busy all day with Tom Cole, Spike Judd, Pete Carter and others rushed off their feet keeping up with sales. Likewise Nicola Symonds, her children and Crispin Block were not allowed much spare time running the Tombola.

A relatively new idea is the P.A. system supplied by Simon Ward who apparently moonlights as a rock star in the band ‘Roger the Pig’. This system was used to play suitable music through the day and was invaluable for making announcements and indeed for the awards ceremony.

Our members constantly come up with new ideas for the National, some work; some don’t get off the ground. An excellent one from the Tea Stall crew this year was a raffle for an appropriately tank shaped cake which raised a few smiles as well as cash for the show funds. The first three tickets pulled out of the hat were for the lady who baked the cake and insisted in putting them back!

Chief Judge John Ham led his team of volunteer judges into the maelstrom of awarding places. This was at least made easier by reverting to the old 1st. 2nd, 3rd placings rather than last years Gold, Silver, Bronze standards which requires too much time, manpower and also space. While the judging was going on Dave Blomley was distributing the donated prizes, including a bumper bundle from Kelvin Barber & Ken Jones of Military Modelling, to ensure an even sharing of the prizes.

Many people took advantage of the good weather to sit out in the MAFVA Tea Garden which has become a social gathering point for a cuppa, a break from the stands and a chat.

And then it was 4 o’clock. And time for the presentations; The Junior classes were sponsored by Armourfast and Tracy Layton supplied and presented sufficient kits so that every entrant received one kit and the three place winners got bundles. Junior best of Show winner Joe Taylor went home with more kits than he could carry!

The Mick Bell award for contributions to Tankette deservedly went to John Woolford for his outstanding work on the magazine covers.

The annual John Baumann Memorial Prize for the model that would have caught John’s eye went to Rab Burns for his lovely Knox Tractor, and Christine Baumann was again on hand to present the award.

MAFVA Chairman Spike Judd presented the adult class prizes resplendent in his NVA pith helmet and the class winners are elsewhere on this page. The Best of Show went to Chief Judge John Ham for his M20 Armoured Utility Vehicle and he had to endure plenty of good-natured ribbing from the audience.

We had 18 junior entries and 154 senior entries which is starting to push the limits for the competition table space. One of the other new ideas was for John Paulding to take studio shots of entries as they arrived. Space and lighting caused him a few headaches, but the results of his work have been posted here as well, and his excellent work shows off the models extremely well.

Close down of the show was remarkably fast thanks to ‘audience participation’ as traders and club members folded and stacked tables before getting away. Before we knew it we were lacing up the marquee, and that was the end of another successful MAFVA Nationals.

There had been serious concerns about financing the Nationals this year due to rising costs, but with a small table fee increase which the traders did not object to, and some magnificent donations from various MAFVA branches and other clubs we were able to make a small profit, and can look ahead to 2012 with a bit of a safety net.

We have an excellent show here that people want to attend in preference to others. We know it is not perfect, and probably never will be, but everybody pulls together to make it happen.

Many thanks to all who were involved in whatever role, to the IWM and DAS MT for their support, the traders for being there (and paying for the marquee!), the branches and clubs for their displays and the visitors for coming. Information on the 2012 Nationals will be posted as soon as we have it.

With thanks to Paul Middleton 1528.

    (Paul is also an accomplished air guitarist)

 

 

 

 

 

The junior competition 2011 was sponsored by Armourfast, who gave kits to all entrants.  What better way to encourage young people into the hobby?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bring and Buy doing good business

 

 

Cake made for MAFVA by the tea ladies - whose contribution was as ever much appreciated.

 

 

Bob Lockie hard at work 

 

 

 

 

MAFVA HQ, Gary and Heather

 

  ...interest at the competition tables...

 

 

Another shot of Tracy from Armourfast and a happy young modeller.

 

 

Paul and the Cake maker

 

 

the Tombola in action

 

The Nationals 2011

 

 

 Clubs and exhibitors attending

 

 

MAFVA HQ
MAFVA/ASVC WOMBORNE 
MAFVA CAMBRIDGE
MAFVA DEVON
MAFVA DURHAM
MAFVA ESSEX
MAFVA LONDON
MAFVA MENDIP
MAFVA MIDLANDS
MAFVA NORFOLK
MAFVA NOTTS
MAFVA SCOTLAND
MAFVA SUSSEX
MAFVA SOUTH WALES
 
AMPS
BARNET MODEL CLUB
BMSS	British Model Soldier Society
BRAMPTON MODEL CLUB
CHILTERN SCALE MODEL CLUB
CLACTON IPMS
GRAVESHAM MODEL CLUB
IPMS AFV SIG
IPMS DERBY & DISTRICT
IPMS UK
MAG GLASGOW
MID-CAMBS MODELLERS
MIKE STARMER COLLECTION
MILDENHALL MODEL CLUB
MILITARY MODELLING FORUM GROUP
MILTON KEYNES SMC
PETER MELLS COLLECTION
SHERWOOD RANGERS YEOMANRY	
SOTCW Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers
SURREY MILITARY MODELLING CLUB

Traders  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nationals 2011

Traders attending

BC Models

Accurate Armour

ADH Publications

ARBA

Armour Models

Armourfast

Avid Reader

Blitzkrieg

Bull Models

Casemate

Convoy

Dan Taylor Modelworks

Friendship Models

Gramodels

Inside the Armour

Just Bases

Kingfisher Miniatures

Little Cars

LSA Models

Matador

Milicast Model Company

MMS Models

Parabellum

Pol Models

Resicast

S.B. Models

SGT's Mess

Sovereign 2000

TI Hobbies

 

 

A branch display.

 

 

 

The Chief Judge checking up on the workers

 

 

 

Download the 2011 Poster