RETRO: Sheffield’s next top model

Model horse and cart'carriage'1980
Model horse and cart'carriage'1980
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It’s a model hobby, is model-making.

And it’s been making Sheffielders happy for decades.

Primrose Lawton (left) and Alma Kitchen, pictured with dolls house constructed by Sheffield T.W.G.'May 1988

Primrose Lawton (left) and Alma Kitchen, pictured with dolls house constructed by Sheffield T.W.G.'May 1988

Hundreds of us, it seems, like nothing better in our spare time than to kick back, relax and forget the worries of the world by building castles from matchsticks, running railway systems round our living rooms or creating ships in glass cases.

Today Tuesday Retro continues our A-Z of hobbies enjoyed in the region with M is for model-making and model collecting.

Certainly, over the years The Star has reported plenty of tales of city folk dabbling in everything from mini soldiers to dolls houses, aeroplanes that fly to boats that sail.

“Making models – like railways – is creative,” Steve Saxby previously told this newspaper. He’s a member of Sheffield Model Railway Society, based in Burton Road, which just last year celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“It is one of the few hobbies that brings in lots of different aspects,” he added. “You need to know a little about electrics, carpentry, joinery and painting as well as doing research.”