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Military Vehicle Open Day - Duxford 2014

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Military Vehicle Open Day Ė Duxford 2014

I look forward to the model show and military vehicle open day at Duxford every year, it is simply a good day out, with lots to see, always something new to look at and photograph and a chance to catch up with friends and associates.

This year the weather was typically English, sunshine and showers, but nothing that interfered with the event. MAFVA hold their UK National Championship at Duxford to coincide with the Military Vehicle Open Day and there is also a large Book Fair held in the USAF hanger, with lots of Provincial Book Sellers present. Added to that the UK Radio Control Tank Club were present in reasonable numbers, tank rides if you choose to have them, military vehicle displays and the cavalcade around the runway, Duxford Radio Society and the opportunity to take a ride with Classic Pleasure Flights and this year fly in and take the controls of a Tiger Moth, there is pretty much something for everyone.

Whilst all the above activities are happening you can if you choose to stroll around the various IWM museum static exhibits, whether itís the Aero Space hanger, Airborne Assault display, Air and Sea hanger, Battle of Britain hanger, American Air Museum, Land Warfare Museum, Conservation Museum, Flying Aircraft hangar or the History of Duxford display and 1940 Operation Room.

There is in short a massive amount to see and do and itís unlikely that you could fit it all in unless moving at the speed of light, so you just pick and choose what takes your fancy. I really like their Land Warfare Museum, the light is hopeless for taking pictures but they have some terrific vehicles and pieces of equipment on show.

Whilst the Museum is open all year round, the centre piece of the day is the Military Vehicle Display and the MAFVA show. There was a good selection of soft skinned vehicles that had made the journey to the show, lots of Land Rovers of every type, Jeeps, and Trucks. A few in particular caught my eye, the beautifully restored WW1 trucks (a Dennis 3 ton lorry, and a Hallford chain driven 3 ton lorry), There was a 3rd vehicle but it had gone off to get petrol by the time I arrived at their stand point. A really interesting 6 x 4 Morris Commercial Recovery Truck, the Austin7, a very unusual Fordson RAF Recovery Tractor and the Carden Loyd MG Carrier plus an interesting Willis Jeep Ambulance conversion based on documented photographs from Sicily and Italy. To all the owners, thank you for taking the time and effort to bring these vehicles for display and giving freely to those who photographed and asked questions.

The drive pass this year was particularly well stocked with vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

The other main element for me was the Model Show and Vendors present. It was a good time to meet friends and associates. I got to meet Darren Baker who was up with his family so that was neat. George Moore was there with some excellent future projects, also Graham form Resicast and Stewart form SB Models. Chris and his brother were there representing Inside the Armour and Accurate Armour, Sovereign Models and Great North Roads were all present. Both SB Models and Great North Roads had some new interesting items. SB Models have some 1st World War figure bases and GNR had a decent sized diorama WW1 trench display and 25pdr fire base that I hadnít seen before.

Needless to say I made a few purchases, the most exciting of which were the new Resicast WW1 8 inch Mk II gun and limber and the WW1 Heavy Artillery Tractor which will be a challenging build. Stewart from SB Models had some camouflage nets that look to have good potential so I got a couple of those and also some Roadside Crosses that look very nicely done. All in all I was surprised that I got home with money still in my wallet.

Some but not all of the vehicles mentioned will be appearing in individual walkarounds and the pictures on page two mainly focus on the model displayed.

If youíre ever down that way IWM Duxford is a fine day out.
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


I ended up buying the GNR 88mm gun pit.
JUN 17, 2014 - 09:32 AM
Hi Keith, Look forward to the build, the tractor looks daunting lol. Good to meet you too. Hi Darren, You didn't mention the barrel roll - 'Queen of the Air' Cheers Al
JUN 17, 2014 - 10:51 AM
A great day.......big thanks to MAFVA for the effort to make this one of the highlights of the year.......great to see there Darren......your daughter is real star, a chip off the block. Alan, it was great to spend some time with you, our list of "wants" is increaing.
JUN 17, 2014 - 08:31 PM
Morning George, The Duxford show always has a good feel about it. The combination of models and vehicles works well and with so much to see one never quite gets around it all. It's always good to see you, but their is never enough time. Hats off to both you and Graham, the 8 inch Gun and Artillery Tractor are super looking kits. I'll look forward to this years developments. Stay well. Cheers Al
JUN 17, 2014 - 09:23 PM
Duxford is fun anytime. The Colindale RAF museum is also a rousing good time, too, and closer-in to London (2 stops from the end of the Northern Line's Edgware branch). Hannant's is also on the same stop, so.... The original Royal Aircraft Factory was there, and their string bag collection is pretty cool.
JUN 18, 2014 - 03:29 AM
George it was good to see you looking so well and back in the isle.
JUN 18, 2014 - 06:59 AM
Likewise.......any update on the ex Larkhill 6" howitzer ???????
JUN 18, 2014 - 10:51 AM
George I will drop you an E-mail as soon as I know that it is fixed and for that matter where it is going to rest.
JUN 18, 2014 - 10:54 AM
Thanks......in the email can you let me know about the "other WW1 gun" being restored ??
JUN 20, 2014 - 12:17 AM
The last few months has seen the 18pdr stripped down, cleaned, painted and re-assembled as a weaopn of war rather than a gate guardian. one of the 25pdrs has been back dated to a very early gun as well.
JUN 20, 2014 - 02:56 AM