This weekend the Miniature Enthusiasts of Tasmania held their biennial show. I missed the last one even though I had written about it beforehand I somehow manage to turn up a week too late which I was quite annoyed at myself over. This year the show was at the Derwent Entertainment Centre which we usually call The DEC.
Naomi came with me and we spent about an hour and a half at the show looking at the exhibits and stalls. I took photos and we had a cup of tea before going. The money from the show always goes to a children’s charity. This year Tascare’s Freedom Wheels for Children.
Now this show is really for miniaturists. The type of dolls houses that Naomi and I collect are toys and that is a different type of thing but there is some cross over as many people like to restore their vintage dolls houses and make things for them. Miniaturists like to build from scratch. Our dollshouses are mostly in 1:16 or 1:24 scale. 1:16 or “three-quarter scale” is not as common now. Most of the miniatures at the show were 1;12, 1;24 or 1;48 scale models. We mostly buy vintage toy plastic or wooden furniture in the right scale for our houses although we do intend to have a go at making some things. We tend to like things that we can play with. The really tiny miniatures are not good for that. I can hardly pick them up for fear of breaking them or losing bits. I admire how people can work with such tiny things. The very smallest scale is 1:144 which is known as micro or micro mini. These tiny things are the perfect size for a dollshouse inside a 1:12 dolls house. I do like looking at miniatures but if I ever buy any I think I will put them in a display case as ornaments and enjoy them that way.
The club members have been busily building their display items for the past two years. The theme this year was “Story Time” and many had chosen to build their miniatures inside a book shaped case.
I was a bit concerned about lighting in the room. After running my battery down at the doll show in August I had taken the precaution of bringing two fully charged spares. However, I decided to try to take the photos without flash at first and that turned out quite well, especially as dollshouse lighting is so much better now. Many of the displays were lit and there were kits on sale which don’t require wiring. I would definitely like to include lights in our older houses to make it easier to see the interiors and because it looks so good.
I was a little disappointed that there were no really large houses or displays as I’d seen in previous years. Everything seems to be getting tinier. I guess people don’t have as much room in their homes now. One year there was a whole village. Those are my favourite displays as there is so much to see in them.
I did like “American Town Square” though.
I liked these small displays inside tins although I would consider this more an ornament than a toy and I especially like the canal boat because I love Narrowboats.
Here are three attractive houses all in different styles.
I also liked this homely Christmas scene, the Conservatory full of flowers and Trash and Treasure antique store.
I took several other photos so if you would like to see more photos from the show you can check out my Flickr album here.
Miniature Enthusiasts of Tasmania Facebook page.