Spalding 2012

This years show appeared to be quieter than previous years. Maybe the fact it was held on mother's day had some bearing on the visitors through the door. For those who took part, it was another enjoyable event with some nice models on show and available to purchase while model displays and dioramas were few in number.

Once again, Richard Fowler attended the show displaying his range of customised Caterpillar mining equipment and customising parts which really look the part. This year, he has some stunning photo-etched side chains for the Cat 992C beadless tyres.

Pictures by Roy Harris

The super-detailed D10 dozers look awesome and the amount of work Richard puts into producing these museum quality scraper pieces and detailing kits is fantastic. The detailing parts are available to purchase by contacting Richard ( - +44 (0)1455 208131)

Pictures by Roy Harris

Steve Bates (Models of Distinction) held his last toy fair. After a long and sucessful number of years in business, he has decided to retire and enjoy life to the full. The Spalding show was the last he is undertaking although he does have some models still available for sale. He wishes to thank all his customers over the years for their custom.

Bruce Rolston took part again, with a small display of models and literature.

John Stott had a number of new and liveried models on sale, including a number of 1:87th scale OHS articulated and rigid trucks.

One character who was sadly missed during the weekend was Ian Maclean who passed away last year. His collection of Wimpy models was prominently displayed.

Some sights of the various dealer tables

Julian Clements set up this display of VINCI Group and Kibag models (Above) on his tables. As usual, he had the latest models for sale.