A model of per­fec­tion in Ar­dr­ishaig

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AVID model col­lec­tors dis­played hun­dreds of gleam­ing minia­ture mas­ter­pieces at a re­mark­able event last week­end.

The an­nual die-cast model show in Ar­dr­ishaig Pub­lic Hall saw model fans de­scend from as far away as Fife and Perthshire to join Ar­gyll col­lec­tors.

Tiny trains, planes and au­to­mo­biles abounded in this, the big­gest show of its kind in Ar­gyll. Per­fect repli­cas lined both the main and side halls in a stun­ning dis­play which was open to the pub­lic on Satur­day and Sun­day Oc­to­ber 28-29.

But with some spec­i­mens worth hun­dreds of pounds, touch­ing was, un­sur­pris­ingly, out of bounds.

The most eye-catch­ing were the cranes set out on the stage, with booms ex­tended to six feet or more in an echo of the heavy equip­ment used on wind farm sites around the re­gion.

No road user can fail to have no­ticed the large trans­porters used by firms such as McFadyens Trans­port in mov­ing wind tur­bine com­po­nents around the coun­try. The spe­cialised trail­ers used for mov­ing tow­ers and blades were there, a per­fect scaled-down im­age of the real thing.

And for vin­tage bus, car and trac­tor en­thu­si­asts where were plenty of nos­tal­gic mod­els to won­der at and ad­mire.

Funds from the colour­ful event will be do­nated to the MS Cen­tre in Lochgilp­head and Mid Ar­gyll Hos­pi­tal.

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Cranes of all minia­turised shapes and sizes were on dis­play.

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Ar­dr­ishaig man Garry Sym, a driver for McFadyens Trans­port, was at the show with his spot­less col­lec­tion of 40 model HGVs and trail­ers, in­clud­ing spe­cialised wind tur­bine trans­porters.

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The full-sized ver­sions of these ve­hi­cles are a fa­mil­iar sight on our roads.

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Bus nos­tal­gia with this per­fect replica of a 1951 West Coast Mo­tors Ley­land Royal Tiger on the Tar­bert run.

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