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 2017

This months new pages in the museum are two history making competition cars and the addition of the Cloverlands display to the "About Us" page.
 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.
1954 Mercedes RW196 Karl Kling.

 The sensation of 1954 was the return of Mercedes-Benz to Grand Prix racing after a 15 year absence.

    Typically, Mercedes had been thorough in the preparation of it’s cars. It’s W196 looked more like a sports car with its wheels enclosed in the a streamlined body. It had also been innovative:  the engine was a straight eight, but it was inclined 20 degrees to the horizontal, so that the general layout of the car could be kept as low as possible; it had fuel injection and desmodromic valve operation (Instead of a cam to open and a spring to return it, the valve is opened and closed by positive action of mechanical linkage). This enabled Mercedes to go to 8000 rpm giving 260 bhp. The enclosed body work was great on the fast circuits but proved a hindrance on the more twisty tracks. Open wheel versions soon became available and were much preferred by the drivers.

1958 "Hot Rod Magazine Special".

   Drag racing was becoming more organised and enjoying huge popularity in the early 1950s and the first slingshot style dragsters caused a sensation when they were introduced by Mickey Thompson and Calvin Rice in 1954. The concept of putting the driver behind the rear wheels was aimed at getting the maximum weight over the rear axle for improved traction.  

 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.....

A.S.V.C. Annual show & Competition

Sunday 3rd September 2017.

"Fantastic Plastic"

at the Community Centre,

 Church Road,

Wombourne,

WV5 9EZ

More information at

http://www.asvcmodelclub.co.uk/fantastic-plastic-2017.html

 Follow our current projects on FaceBook, the motor museum in miniature is waiting to show you what we are up to. Watch us going through the build processes, warts and all, till the finished article makes the step up to this site.