MILITARY modellers were out in force on Saturday as the REME Musuem at MoD Lyneham put on a show of strength in miniature.

The museum’s first show of its kind had the theme Military And Transport and was a paradise for those who wanted to show off their own creations and others who just wanted to admire the work that had gone into the models.

Among those in awe of the detail of the scale models that included everything from tanks to aircraft were father and son Neil and Nathan Kipling from Swindon.

Mr Kipling said: “We are having a great time. The models are fantastic.” 

REME Museum education officer Andrew Skelton said: “There were displays from model clubs from across the region, alongside a number of traders who took part as well.

“This models included s a group of large scale remote controlled tanks which are around 4ft long.

“We attracted everyone from families to real enthusiasts.The spectacular Military and Transport  themed model show was supported by the Corps of REME’s own collection of models, which were on display throughout the museum.”

The museum which is just outside the military camp at MoD Lyneham has also just opened a touring display which focuses on the ways that sport prepares soldiers for the battlefield. 

It explores key strands of fitness, teamwork and fighting capability through historic and current day examples of military and sporting equipment. 

Mr Skelton said: “The Army has always played sport. Through peace and war, the British soldier has carried the boxing glove alongside the bayonet. Army sport evokes a series of striking images, from footballs being kicked across No Man’s Land in the First World War, to 80,000 spectators roaring on the Army vs Navy rugby match at Twickenham.”