Pics: Enthusiasts flock to Limerick ‘model’ show

The Limerick Diecast Model & Diorama Show attracted a barrage of machinery fanatics – young and old – to the South Court Hotel on Sunday (September 10).

The focus of the gathering was diecast scale models – some for young, would-be farmers and other collectible items for older enthusiasts.

Many of the toys and scale models on show followed a farming theme; some were set into dioramas that clearly took endless hours to construct. But there were also models for those with a yearning for the construction and haulage sectors; countless miniature trucks, backhoes and excavators were dotted about the exhibition hall.

While many of the “pint-sized” tractors were off-the-shelf units, from the likes of Britains, Siku and Universal Hobbies, there were also many home conversions and scratch-built models – including nostalgia-inducing replicas from yesteryear.

The event was supported and sponsored by several “life-sized” entities, including contractor members of the FCI (association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland) and well-known machinery dealerships. M&M Diecast Models, based in Caherconlish, Co. Limerick, was also closely involved with the event.

This year’s exhibition was the seventh instalment; it was a busy family affair. These pictures (below) provide an overview of just some of the noteworthy sights.

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Limerick model show

Not every machine on display was in 1:32 or 1:16 scale. This Komatsu WA320 loading shovel – clearly owned by an agricultural contractor – was “life-sized”. It was one of a handful of machines on display outside the venue, enticing machinery fanatics through the door.

Limerick model show

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