Having attended Model Expo Italy for 13 editions, Gruppo Modellismo e Storia del Pontassieve returns once again in 2022 with a huge and varied exhibition of dynamic and static models.
An exhibition area of more than 2000 sq.m. and over one hundred models on display, 14 of which are more 2.50 metres in size, Gruppo Pontassieve will offer visitors the chance to rediscover several pages of history and witness authentic naval battles.
Once again this year, there will be a large basin of water hosting battles between the large galleons of history. Visitors will be able to admire these majestic dynamic naval models – and much more: children will also be able to take part actively and even become full-fledged commanders!
They will have the chance to attend a sailing school specifically for them where they will be able to take command of 4 different boats or a splendid sailing swan. At the end of this experience, all children will receive a certificate as “Long-Time Captain” In recognition of their abilities as commanders.
Modelling enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to admire unique, electronic and fully automated dioramas. Some of dioramas even manage to simulate all times of day, from sunrise to sunset and night, based on a formula that the association has redefined as “24 hours in 2 minutes“.
The dioramas on display reproduce some of the great colonial battles between the end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX centuries. Among these, special mention can be given to the two 12 sq.m. dioramas respectively depicting the Battle of Adua in 1896, and the Battle of Agordat in 1893.
All the more, the historical dioramas of Gruppo Pontassieve also reconstruct the history of mediaeval Florence, depicting the squares, monuments and points of greatest interest in this marvellous city, some of which can still be seen today.
Visitors and model ship enthusiasts will be enjoy attending the sessions of the technical committee, which will illustrate how work to build naval models are developed. 11 large naval models will be exhibited on this occasion, ranging in size from 2.50 m to 3 m. They especially include models of the transatlantic liner Andrea Doria and the Japanese battleship Yamato.
The exhibition will be also completed by dynamic diorama of a military port. In addition, the Pontassieve modelling group will be accompanied by representatives of the Toulon members who will exhibit a number of French naval models.