I had the good fortune last week-end to visit the Nuremberg Toy fair, (and in the process tick another item off my “bucket list”!). Ever since I can remember, the Nuremberg Toy fair has always been lauded as the biggest and best of it’s kind in the world and when I got a surprise (last minute) invitation last Wednesday, I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately I was only able to spend one day at the show itself, so with up to 12 halls packed with all sorts of interesting stuff to get around, I just had time to concentrate on the three halls dedicated to scale models and miniature railways. The whole experience was absolutely fantastic with the opportunity to see some wonderful miniatures “up close” on some really impressive stands; CMC, Hotwheels (which had the Knightrider car “Kitt” on display) – although access to the Minichamps stand was by invitation only, it drew huge interest with Bruno Spenglers stunning black DTM M3 on show. On the Tamiya stand, they had another full size car on display, this time the Wurth Capri to promote their new 1/24 scale plastic kit of the same car. Other items which caught my eye were; the Lotus 56 turbine from TSM, the Red Bull X2010 from Auto Art and a beautifully detailed Cooper T51 in 1/18 scale from Schuco – so much to see and so little time in which to do it. Apart from the joys of the fair, I also got the opportunity to experience the ICE train from Munich to Nuremberg. It was a real joy sitting back in the comfort of the dining car sipping my steiner of Franziskaner beer while watching the countryside glide by @ 175MPH !- and so smooth – (the train and the beer!). Looking forward to my next visit already!