This last Saturday, we were all at the landmark 20th Anniversary Sandown Park Toy Fair! Maybe you saw us there?! I was the one taking pictures with my iPhone because the camera conked out as soon as we arrived!

 

We already took a look at some of Yat Ming's large-scale classic fire engines. Now how about some of their road cars from the 1/18 Road Signature range:

 

We've already seen Sun Star's amazing and huge Morris Minors, Minis and VWs. But their 1/18 scale models are stunning too. There's a great selection of vintage US cars, covering the fifties, the muscle car era and more, plus some great European classics and rally cars - and double decker buses!

 

Bad me, I've been slacking on getting these posted!

Here's the impressive array of air-related kits Revell had on show. There was a huge mix of scales and skill levels, plus something for every taste, including a space shuttle and a zeppelin. For some reason, this must be the year of the space shuttle and zeppelin, as several manufacturers seem to be coming out with models of both of them!

Also in common with many other manufacturers, Revell is tyring to lure in new, younger clientelle with easier-to-make snap-together kits and models that come ready-painted (and very nicely painted at that). They're also marking the Battle of Britain anniversary with a special kit set.

We've seen lots of new models in this series, but as mentioned previously, this one is a little bit special - because it's from a whole new company. And not a new brand created by an existing company, but a whole new independent model-manufacturer - Automodello.

Automodello is the brainchild of Jim Cowen, who runs online model-shop Diecasm LLC. While sourcing stock, Jim kept coming up with cars that had either never been modelled before or had very few models made of them and decided that the best thing to do would be to create his own company to make models of them in 1/43!

Automodello's first model is the 1962 Griffith (AKA TVR Griffith in the UK). 

Mattel's Elite range featured some stunning models, all created with input from master modelmaker Egidio Reali. This year, they included some amazing new Ferrari models, including several depicting cars with famous owners: