Modeller Mark Gilli-land and Britains re-
presentative Alan Th-
ompson are making last-minute preparations for the Moira Farm & Construction Model Display Show, taking place this weekend.
Held annually at the end of October, the show attracts visitors from all over Ireland and the UK, making it one of the largest diorama shows in the British Isles.
Hosted by Moira Farm & Construction Model Club, the event was set up for model enthusiasts to run a show where they could create dioramas for the public to view while raising money for local charities, including Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, the show’s chosen charity for 2018.
Mark has been planning this year’s display even before the doors closed and the lights went out at last year’s show.
“The quality of the displays gets a bit better every year and you really feel motivated to step up and try to raise the bar a bit for next year,” he explained.
With the club celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Mark reveals what the best aspect of the experience is for him, stating: “It’s great to see everyone getting involved from kids to their grandparents all showing an interest and getting excited about the displays.”
While talking about how there is so much can be bought off the shelf to recreate almost any scene you can imagine, it is plain to see from the skill in Mark’s hands that it is the enthusiasm and creativity of the modeller that makes the display come to life.
Britains, Europe’s oldest sp-
ecialist in creating in scale farm models, including tract-ors, implements, vehicles and accessories, is delighted to announce its presence at the big event.
With more than 100 years experience, Britains works closely with local and global licenses including JCB, John Deere, Keenan, New Holland and Kane to ensure each detailed model matches the real-life vehicles.
Throughout the show Britains will showcase its Christmas gifting collection featuring the JCB 419S Wheeled Loading Shovel and Valtra T254 Versu tractor, which are tipped to be a hit for farming fanatics over Christmas 2018.
Fans will also be treated to a sneak peek of new releases launching in 2019, including a new Slurry Silver Tanker (Fieldside) from manufacturing firm NC Engineering and a very special limited-edition 50th anniversary model from Kane Trailers.
Alan Thompson, Britains representative, commented: “Britains are very happy to be associated with the Moira Model Show as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. This is a great show for both modellers and children and has many great displays.”
Explaining what the Moira Show means to them, Alan continued: “We find it very useful to display new launches and we get excellent feedback and ideas from enthusiastic farming fans.
“This year we launched around nine new models for 2019 and we will have many of them on show and look forward to another excellent show.”
n The show takes place at Danescroft Equestrian Centre, Lisburn, from 4pm-10pm on Friday, October 26, and 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 27.