Welcome  to the Motor Museum in Miniature.

A unique display of model road and race cars.

   Feel free to stroll through our halls and enjoy the world of motor cars, motor racing and building model cars.

News for August 2018

More additions heading into the Museum website this month include working visible engines and another scratch built model by Rod.
The first mass produced car was the Model R Oldsmobile "Curved-Dash". Oldsmobile didn't last long as an independent company but Ransom Olds did make a huge contribution to the motor industry
We also add our working engines to the Museum website. Today we all take the car so much for granted that very few people really understand what is going on under the bonnet. Fortunately there have been quite a few working models produced to demonstrate what happens inside an internal combustion engine.

ALSO,
Don't forget to check our expanding events calendar. To see if we will be near you this year look at our Diary of Events
    

 You can see the details by clicking on the photo's below. 
   Don't forget to look at our other collections via our "Visit the halls" page.

1901 Olds Model R "Curved Dash"

   The ‘Curved Dash’ Oldsmobile was the first mass produced car. Followed by Rambler and Ford.

   Ransome E. Olds had been experimenting with Electric and steam cars since 1887. By 1897 he owned his father's factory and had built a good gas-engined car with which he entered the automobile business.

   Ransom Olds and Oldsmobile parted ways after just 4 years, but Oldsmobile would have a history spanning 107 years. Ransom Eli Olds set up REO, which didn't have such a long history, but certainly was independent for much longer the Oldsmobile, Oldsmobile was engulfed by General Motors in 1908. 

1981 Ford 2.3ltr Turbo working visible engine.

   Within the the Motor Museum in Miniatures Special Interest Displays there are a now three working engines with more items to come. 

   Understanding what goes on  int the depths of the engine is key to understanding why the machine behaves the way it does. For young mind, having a look 'inside' really sparks their imagination and may set them on the road to being the next great engineering pioneer for others to follow.

Airfix 4 cyl & V8 visible engines.
     
   Airfix and Hayes have both released these kits of four and 8 cylinder visible engines. Not actually accurate to any real engine these are wholly designed to educate people as to the principles of the four stroke engine. With lights, sound and mechanical movement they do  just that.

 The Motor Museum in Miniature

   As you move through the museum you will find many fine models, scratchbuilt and highly detailed. But you will also come across models that may not appear as impressive. This is for two very good reasons.

   Firstly some of the models are very old now and reflect the level of knowledge and equipment available to the modeller at that time. Modelling supplies have come a long way from the era of tube glue and brushed on enamel paints. Part of the museum's philosophy is to show how much things have changed in the modelling world as well as in the motoring world, so some of our exhibits remain as they were first built, period pieces, a testament to the modelling technology of the time. 

   Secondly we want all our visitors to know that we didn't start off with some natural talent to deliver high quality model cars, we had to start as novices and learn just like everyone else. We are not afraid to show you our "lesser" models, or admit our mistakes, because we want you to feel encouraged to keep trying. It's easy to say 'if I can do it, so can you', but there was a time when we both looked at other peoples models and said 'I could never do that'.

   Well we did do it, and so can you. Of course we still make mistakes and we are never totally happy with a model, but that is the spur that keeps us all trying that bit harder with the next model we build.

   A word of warning though, when the drive for 100% accuracy and perfection start taking the fun out of modelling, take a step back and have a good think about things. We start making models we like for the pleasure they give us, it is a hobby for most of us and it's our standards we should measure ourselves against. As long as you're happy with your model if somebody else comes along and enjoys it too, that's an additional bonus.

   Enjoy you're modelling,     Rod and Ian

The next show we are displaying at is.....

Stafford Classic Car show

   

Monday 27th August 2018.

     

Stafford Cricket and Hockey club

Riverway,

Stafford,    Staffordshire.    ST16 3WB

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