THE FOURTH annual Limerick Diecast Model and Diorama Show takes place in the South Court Hotel this Sunday, September 14 from 10am to 6pm.
Thousands of collectors, from children to pensioners, are expected to attend the show featuring die cast model trucks, agricultural models, construction, cars, trains, and lots more.
Behind the event is Caherconlish man Mark Tierney of M&M Diecast Models.
Mark says there has been a huge increase in the popularity of diecast models in recent years and there are many collectors in County Limerick.
The intricate detail on the models has to be seen to be believed and are poles apart from the toy tractors and cars we all played with as children.
“They’re not plastic, they are real metal,” said Mark, whose own love of collecting started when he was a child.
“From a young age I started collecting scale 1:32 agricultural models because I am from a farming background,” explained Mark, who has turned his passion into a successful business.
A very popular feature of Sunday will be the hand built dioramas.
“It’s about putting real life examples into a smaller scale. For example, tractors might be put in a silage scene or construction machinery in a quarry,” said Mark, who has again chosen Limerick Animal Welfare as the chosen charity.
“They are badly in need of funds to run their sanctuary in Kilfinane,” said Mark.
In previous years, people aged from two to 80 years of age, attended the event so all are welcome to the South Court on Sunday.