The Limerick Diecast Model & Diorama Show drew a barrage of machinery fanatics – young and old – to the South Court Hotel on Sunday (September 10).
The focus of the gathering were die-cast scale models – some for potential young farmers and other collectibles for older hobbyists.
Many of the toys and scale models on display followed an agricultural theme; some were placed in dioramas which clearly took endless hours to build. But there were also models for those who had a burning desire for the construction and transportation sectors; countless miniature trucks, backhoes and excavators dot the exhibition hall.
While many “pint-size” tractors were standard units, such as Britains, Siku, and Universal Hobbies, there were also many conversions of homes and models built from the ground up, including nostalgic replicas. of yesteryear.
The event was supported and sponsored by several “life-size” entities, including contracting members of the FCI (association of agricultural and forestry entrepreneurs in Ireland) and well known machinery dealers. M&M Diecast Models, based in Caherconlish, Co. Limerick, were also closely associated with the event.
This year’s exhibition was the seventh edition; it was a busy family affair. These images (below) give a glimpse of some of the notable sites.
Not all of the machines on display were in 1:32 Where 1:16 climb. This Komatsu WA320 loader shovel – obviously owned by an agricultural contractor – was “life-size”. It was one of the few machines on display outside the venue, drawing machine fanatics through the doorway.