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Saturday 4 December 2021

Western Desert Model Show

 It seemed slightly incongruous to go to the Western Desert Recce Group's model show on an industrial estate in Blantyre on this dreich Scottish Saturday. It's not my hobby, but I have never visited this group's base and starved of shows for the past couple of years; I will grasp at any straw!

The group are reenactors who specialise in the vehicles of the Middle East campaigns in both world wars.

They have a small collection of vehicles, some of which I have seen at events around Scotland.

Several local model clubs turned up to display their work, and very impressive it was too. Here are just a few that caught my eye.

Several local model shops also had stalls. Unfortunately, I am pretty useless when it comes to assembling kits, but I couldn't resist this Croatian Me 109 that will, sometime, be strafing my partisans. 

I also picked up a book full of colour plates of modern Turkish and Arab AFVs. Just the job.

Overall, it was a friendly wee show and well worth the effort.


  1. I had no idea it was on otherwise I might have paid a visit

    1. There was a flyer that I put on the GDWS Facebook page, but I suspect most of the marketing went around model clubs.

  2. Seems like a nice little show and certainly something a bit different from the norm:).