One of the highlights of the National Garden Railway Show for me is the Model of the Year competition, which you can find in the Atrium. The aim of MOTY is to encourage members to develop and improve their modelling skills, by competing against their peers and displaying their work.

I hope you’ll enjoy looking at the models that will be brought along – some for the competition itself, and some in the non-competitive “loans” section to show what modelling activities have been going on over the last year.

The Roundhouse Trophy: perhaps you will take it
home this year?

I’m always stunned at the models that are entered, whether it’s new and innovative techniques, or a prototype I’ve not seen modelled before, or just seeing a project come together after a lot of hard work – and grateful to all who take the time to enter.

Perhaps this year that will be you?

As the show approaches, my question to you is: is there a model you should be bringing along this year? Please do consider whether you might enter in 2018. I would love to run out of display space! If you have a potential entry, whichever class it would fall into, please do bring it along and enter it. Or encourage a friend to enter! If there’s someone in your local group whose work deserves a wider audience: why not encourage them to enter their model this time round?

I’m looking forward to seeing what you bring to enter in MOTY 2018!

Full details of how to enter, the different classes, what the judges will be looking for, and the entry forms themselves, are in the February Bulletin and on the show web site.

Richard Huss – MOTY Organiser