Rambling Through Miniature Countryside

David Brown on the incline - © Bernd Biege 2014
David Brown on the incline - © Bernd Biege 2014

Spent a very enjoyable day in an equestrian centre “up North”, looking at tractors … really! Is this one of the “standard” must-see events in Ireland? Well, maybe not … but if you are at all interested in scale models and/or farming, you might do worse than head for the show laid on by the Moira Farm & Construction Model Club. A ramble through a countryside made of miniatures (from the more toy-like to finely detailed scale models). And an established event in the carpet-farming calendar – every last weekend in October the club members and guests gather in the Danescroft Equestrian Centre (just outside Lisburn) for a Friday evening and a whole Saturday of scaled farming fun.

For me 2014 was a first … convincing Herself that it would be fun (which, she admitted, it actually was), we headed off towards Belfast, missed the exit, headed further towards the capital, turned around, then spotted AA signs and finally trundled along a small country lane (which, thankfully, had no big tractors coming). Park, give our contact George a quick call, head inside. And after getting used to the aroma of an equestrian centre (this is not for fickle city noses, I’m tellin’ ya) we had a good chin-wag, the a decent look around and so on …

And marvelled at the variety. From vintage toys lovingly presented in a scenic setting to the just-launched Kane trailer in miniature, from the complete Kane factory in 1/32 (it is just around the corner, so to say) to a rural wedding in the same scale, from pristine tractors to really mucky muckspreaders. And with some ingenious use of household and natural materials in the dioramas. And all in a very friendly atmosphere. No competition to out-do fellow modellers, no pedantic criticism as to the grass being slightly too thick, not the right shade of green, and not weathered at all. Loads of humorous scenes, and always the trusted Britains border collie, and even an ice-bucket challenge in miniature.

Oh well, here are the images:

Grass for the silage - © Bernd Biege 2014
Grass for the silage – © Bernd Biege 2014
Irish scenery needs a Tayto lorry - © Bernd Biege 2014
Irish scenery needs a Tayto lorry – © Bernd Biege 2014
Details, details - © Bernd Biege 2014
Details, details – © Bernd Biege 2014
The bungalow even has a full interior - © Bernd Biege 2014
The bungalow even has a full interior – © Bernd Biege 2014
Sheep and hillside farming - © Bernd Biege 2014
Sheep and hillside farming – © Bernd Biege 2014
David Brown and SAME - © Bernd Biege 2014
David Brown and SAME – © Bernd Biege 2014
David Brown on the incline - © Bernd Biege 2014
David Brown on the incline – © Bernd Biege 2014
Complete Kane factory - © Bernd Biege 2014
Complete Kane factory – © Bernd Biege 2014
Even scale seagulls try their thing - © Bernd Biege 2014
Even scale seagulls try their thing – © Bernd Biege 2014
Health & Safety won't like this ... - © Bernd Biege 2014
Health & Safety won’t like this … – © Bernd Biege 2014
Vintage models - © Bernd Biege 2014
Vintage models – © Bernd Biege 2014
Let's get mucky - © Bernd Biege 2014
Let’s get mucky – © Bernd Biege 2014
Scale pond, complete with scale Tesco trolley - © Bernd Biege 2014
Scale pond, complete with scale Tesco trolley – © Bernd Biege 2014
All downhill from here, lads! - © Bernd Biege 2014
All downhill from here, lads! – © Bernd Biege 2014
Hand-crafted potato machinery - © Bernd Biege 2014
Hand-crafted potato machinery – © Bernd Biege 2014
Doormats make good scale crops - © Bernd Biege 2014
Doormats make good scale crops – © Bernd Biege 2014
Yes, a Sherman tank recycled - © Bernd Biege 2014
Yes, a Sherman tank recycled – © Bernd Biege 2014
Classy Masseys - © Bernd Biege 2014
Classy Masseys – © Bernd Biege 2014

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