A model of perfection in Ardrishaig

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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.


Bus nostalgia with this perfect replica of a 1951 West Coast Motors Leyland Royal Tiger on the Tarbert Run. 06_a44ModelShow01

The full-sized versions of these vehicles are a familiar sight on our roads. 06_a44ModelShow02

Cranes of all miniaturised shapes and sizes were on display. 06_a44ModelShow03

Ardrishaig man Garry Sym, a driver for McFadyens Transport, was there with his spotless collection of around 40 model HGVs and trailers, including specialised wind turbine transporters. 06_a44ModelShow04