Worthy causes in Cork will benefit from an exhibition of miniature models

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A GROUP of Carrigtwohill locals proved you’re never too small to make a difference with an exhibition of miniature models raising funds for worthy causes in the area.

The Carrigtwohill Community Center has hosted dozens of collectors displaying everything from Lego to model soldiers.

Admission funds raised at the event will go to the local First Responders Initiative and Scoil Chlíodhna Community National School.

Hundreds of models were proudly displayed to mark the event organized by the Carrigtwohill Miniature Models group.

Exhibitor John Cunningham of Carrigtwohill, with part of his collection at the miniature die-cast model display at the Carrigtwohill Community Centre.

For many in East Cork it was a family affair with nine-year-old Patrick O’Sullivan among the youngest exhibitors. He was joined by his father Patrick Sr who was on hand to help with his model truck display. Collecting is a hobby that has been passed down for three generations in the family. Patrick’s collection was a source of fascination for his classmates at Whitegate National School.

“I haven’t shown them (the trucks) to many people, but every friend who sees them wants to play with them. I like being here today because people ask me lots of questions and I can show them my trucks.

Her father spoke of the joy the trucks brought them.

“Patrick’s not into computers or anything like that. That’s why he likes coming here. I wouldn’t do the shows without Patrick. Some of the trucks we sell and some of the trucks we show. However, whatever for us if we don’t sell anything at all, because it’s mostly about showing the trucks.

    Midleton's Eugene Power, at his stand at the Miniature Diecast Models exhibition at the Carrigtwohill Community Centre.  Photo: David Keane.
Midleton’s Eugene Power, at his stand at the Miniature Diecast Models exhibition at the Carrigtwohill Community Centre. Photo: David Keane.

Eugene Power and his 14-year-old son Denis were among other father-son duos exhibiting at the event. Eugene’s area of ​​interest focused on military figures while Denis’ collection was based on Lego.

“I started my collections when I was two years old with Thomas the tank engine Duplo blocks.”

During this time, his father Eugene accumulated an impressive collection of toy soldiers.

    Some of the models from exhibitor John Cunningham's collection at the miniature diecast model exhibition at Carrigtwohill Community Centre.
Some of the models from exhibitor John Cunningham’s collection at the miniature diecast model exhibition at Carrigtwohill Community Centre.

“I’ve been collecting toy soldiers since I was knee high,” Eugene said.

“95% is plastic that I painted myself. Some figures cost around €16 each. Others I bought in collections of 16 for €19. I use reference books so they are all based on illustrations as a reference when painting the characters. This means that the uniforms are painted as faithfully as possible to this historical period.

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