Category Archives: Shows

Brighton Toy Museum

I thought I should try and get a post in that didn’t mention Goodwoo… …O.

I was asked to take photos at a private event at Brighton Toy and Model Museum a few weeks ago. If you’ve not been there before they have huge layout of predominantly pre & post war ‘toy’ trains. They run it for the pubic on set days but, understandably, there are plastic screens to protect the exhibits. On a few occasions a year they take down the screens and run everything.

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The trains stand about 5″ tall and are mostly metal giving them real presence.

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Being a toy museum as much attention is paid to the ‘extra’ details as the trains. There are also lots of vintage arcade machines and all manor of toys.

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But the stars are without doubt the big trains which pull 10 coach trains around with apparent ease.

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It’s right in the centre of Brighton, under the station. Go and visit it

Shoreham Airshow 2014

Bit late but finally I have uploaded pictures from the air show. I have erred in leaving it so long… I can’t remember what the pictures depict. Bruce Dickinson is in there somewhere as are lots WW2 veterans.

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PR Spitfire. Fastest and the best, in my opinion, of the breed. No guns just a camera to save on wieght.

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Collection of Tiger Moths flying in pleasingly symmetrical formation.

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Breitling wing walkers put on a great display as always. The only issue for the photographer being the smoke hanging in the air giving them a hazy look.

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Douglas Skytrain takes off near the end of the show as part of the D-Day display. The invasion stripes contrast nicely with the dark green of the fuselage

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Spitfire Pilot focusing hard.

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Ever present but always pleasing war birds. Great machines but sobering to think their original purpose was not for display.

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Plumpton Classic Car Show

No posts on here for a while. A wet Monday provides the perfect excuse… that and I should be wiring! On Sunday 24th August I went to a new car show in it’s second year organised by a member. Taking place in the grounds of Plumpton College attendance suffered because of the clash with wings ad wheels but some interesting cars turned up. I hope that they don’t get put off and run again next year but with a date that doesn’t clash with such a big event.

This car will feature throughout. I will say no more than that it’s the car I drew every time I had paper from age 5 to 15. Want!

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Fords were probably most heavily represented, but there was a wide mix;

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Mini’s were next in quantity. This rather nice monti replica caught my eye;

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I hadn’t seen one of these in years. An Opel Manta. There was a rotten one around where I grew up but nothing like as clean as this one.

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And in with all these modern cars there was a genuine WW2 service vehicle. A doctors car from Yorkshire still with all it’s paperwork and a really nice car.

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And my trusty pop that got me there and scared life out of me by having total black out on way home.

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War and Peace show 2012

This was the last year the show branded as the largest of it’s kind was hosted at the Hop Farm in Kent as from 2013 it moved home. Militaria from all over the world was represented from modern day through history but there was an undeniable WW2 bias. Probably the only place you can see Sgt Oddball (imdb – Kelly’s Heros) still charging around in a tank – not least because Donald Sutherland is far to sensible for that sort of thing now.

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A great day not least because I resisted buying a Stolly that was for sale… no diffs, can’t use it on the road but can swim. Given the weather this week perhaps I should have bought it!