PREPARATIONS for Key Publishing’s brand-new Model World LIVE event on April 27/28 2024 are in full swing with the next five layouts and the first scale modelling displays being revealed taking the total announced so far to 15.
Above: Beckwick is a busy Southern Region seaside terminus in 'OO' gauge.
The new event combines railway and scale modelling in a new venture at the NEC to build on the success of the Great Electric Train Show in Milton Keynes. Publisher Mike Wild says: “With two leading magazines in the modelling world, we wanted to create an event which showcased the best of both worlds as well as providing the opportunity to learn new techniques from the different fields.”
The centrepiece to Model World LIVE is Pete Waterman and the Railnuts’ Making Tracks: The Final Frontier. This extended West Coast Main Line will create a 208ft long model with 56ft of brand-new layout debuting at the April event. In total it will feature 240ft of scenery and three stations – Milton Keynes Central, Watford Junction and Bushey.
Above: Sparkel by Norman Raven is models Bavarian steam in 'HO' scale in winter. Norman Raven.
The latest layouts to be revealed for the show are Redditch Model Railway Club’s Dagnell End modelling the Southern Region in ‘OO’ (HM34), Beckenham and West Wickham’s Beckwick modelling a Southern Region terminus in ‘OO’ (HM180), Mark Pollard’s superb ‘O’ gauge steam depot Old Elm Park (HM141/HM164), Geoff Brain’s ‘O’ gauge Norman Colliery set in the 1970s (feature coming in HM201) and the first of a collection of overseas layouts – Norman Raven’s Bavarian set Sparkel in ‘HO’ scale.
Above: Old Elm Park models a Western Region steam era shed in the 1960s including a full roundhouse interior. Trevor Jones.
The first of the scale modelling displays have also been confirmed with Kieran Farrell exhibiting his 1/72 scale model of Duxford – Tiny Flying Legends – alongside displays from Letchworth Scale Model Club (IPMS), the London Branch of IPMS with a modelling demonstration, and the Powered Model Boat Group exhibiting its stunning collection of highly detailed powered scale boats.
There will be also be modelling demonstrations throughout the weekend while the trade list currently stands at more than 50 across railways and scale modelling.
Discounted advance ticket prices are £16 for adults (£14 for subscribers) and £9 for children (Saturday) while a VIP ticket is available for £50 offering two day entry to the show, £25 of Key Publishing publications and more. On the day prices are £19 for adults and £10 for children. On Sunday up to two children will be admitted free with each paying adult.