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 December 2017

This months new pages include a British classic from the 1950s and an unusual attempt to make a car fit for the places were roads don't exist.
 You can see the details by clicking on the photo' below. 
   Don't forget to look at our other collections via our "Visit the halls" page.

1957 Morris Minor

   The Morris Minor wasn’t envisaged as a racing car, but it was endowed with excellent handling characteristics. They were piloted by several well-known drivers on the Morris works team including John Gott, who was the first driver of “NMO 933” before Pat Moss took on the car.

   Patricia Ann Moss was the fiercely competitive younger sister of Stirling Moss and drove the Minor in Rallies across Europe. This is the car as it appeared in the 1959 RAC British International Rally; the event it had finished fourth overall in the previous year.

1984 Africar MkIII Wagon. 

   Like other off-road attempts, the Baby-Brousse and Méhari, the Africar utilised many aspects of the legendary Citroën 2CV. It was conceived as cheap to make and easy to repair, and maintain, with the minimum of knowledge and tools. Unlike the metal bodied Brousse or the ABS plastic body of the Méhari the Africar has an epoxyresin saturated plywood body, something aircraft and boat-building industries had been using for decades. With no curves in the design the wood sections were thought to be easy to repair individually and as the designer, Tony Howarth, intended that these vehicles be made in small local factories, easy to produce with a low skilled work force.

 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 model show we are displaying at is.....

S.C.M.M.C. Militaire 2018  

Sunday 25th February 2018.

     

Malbank 6th form college 

Welsh Row,

Nantwich.

Cheshire. 

CW5 5HD  

More information at

https://www.scmmc.co.uk/militaire

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