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7th Annual Model Show great hit for school holidays

It’s that time of year for the Mercury Bay Model Railway Club’s annual display. This 7th show will be held at the Whitianga Town Hall on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July, 10am-4pm.
 |  Damon Christensen  | 

Great range of displays: This year you can see displays from World War II battleships to dolls’ house collections, plus various railway layouts ranging from hand-crafted structures through to the ever-popular Lego displays.

Special guests include the Tauranga Model Railway Club who will be bringing two layouts, and a 13-year-old Auckland boy who was inspired by last year’s show to create his own World War II-based diorama.

Damon adding some finishing touches to sheep for one of the country side train track models. A small portion of the train track country side.

Competitions for everyone: There is a colouring competition for the children, and the young at heart of all ages can enjoy the ‘search and find’ amongst the displays. All attendees are also encouraged to vote for their favourite exhibit to select this year’s winner of that award.

My own collection is primarily focused on New Zealand in the late 1970s, but there is a lot more to the modelling than just trains running on tracks. I am passionate about being as authentic as possible in terms of the buildings, the engines and rolling stock, and whatever else appears in his displays. But the displays are not above inviting a bit of fun; the unicorn and dinosaur aren’t exactly accurate to the time and place, but they’re there for the keen-eyed to spot.

Cost: Adults $4; family ticket $10; children under 16 free. Cash only entry. For anyone wanting to know more about the Mercury Bay Model Railway Club, check out Meetings are monthly and all are welcome.

About Damon: Club founder, Damon Christensen, began organising the display back in 2014 as a way to share his own love of modelling and to encourage others to pick up hobbycraft. Damon is an electrical engineer – email: