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 making model cars.
News for March 2017
1968 Chaparral 2G.
Jim Hall and Hap Sharp formed Chaparral Cars in 1962 and drove/managed their cars through until 1970. The company was named after the roadrunner, a fast-running ground cuckoo (hero for a generation of cartoon lovers) that is actually called a Chaparral.
The early 2 series Chaparrals featured innovative use of fibreglass as a chassis material although this was later abandoned in favour of more traditional materials. Jim Hall remained innovative though in his study and use of aerodynamics and his work with GM in data acquisition from the car on the track.
1966 Triumph GT6.
While Triumph’s initial plan had been for a sporty Spitfire with a GT body what they ended up producing was a new car. The sporting development away from the Spitfire and the 2ltr Vitesse engine led Triumph to abandon the "Spitfire" prefix and launched the car as simply the GT6. This new model made its debut, at the 1966 Earl’s Court motor show and went into production soon reaching a build rate of between five and six hundred cars per month.
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.....
East Midland model club show
Sunday 12th March 2017
at the The Hinckley Leisure centre, Argents Mead,
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