Frequently Asked Questions...
How long has the model horse hobby been going?Someone - somewhere has always collected model horses, but the hobby 'proper' has been going since the 1950's in the USA, and the early 1960's in the UK.
A good overview about the history of model horse collecting can be found here:What to Collect?
This is very much a personal decision. There are so many types of models available, that few, if anybody could collect everything. Collect what you like, it can be your favourite breeds or certain colours. There are no rules!
Is this a hobby just for kids?
No - everybody, whatever age, can get involved and have fun. There are collectors of every age within the hobby, from 6 to 60+
Where do I buy models from?
Check out the BECF links page for some Companies and Artists that sell model horses, but you can find models just about anywhere, from the local toy shops to an internet company. They've even been found in charity shops and carboot sales!
Can I join any model collector's clubs?
Yes. There are many, many clubs, groups and websites all over the world! See the links page for a list of clubs, magazines and groups from around the world!
I understand that I can show my models, but where are the shows advertised?
Most Clubs and groups advertise shows, some advertise them on some of the various online groups and forums. It's probably best to join a few clubs or online groups to get the best choice.
What can I show?
Just about anything ... many groups advertise shows run by smaller clubs set up for specific types, makes, breeds or colours.
Are there any Live Shows where I live?
To find out where Live show are being held check out the Diary of Events page or you will need to join a club or forum such as the Facebook group British Model Horse Collectors or Model Horses Unlimited.
Do breed entries have to have bridles for showing in-hand?
No - unless you are a wizz at making model tack! It is normally best to show your models without headgear as badly fitting or poorly made tack could cost you a place or two!
Do Performance entries need riders?
Yes. All Ridden and Performance entries shown within the UK must have riders/handlers (rules differ in other countries). Some shows and classes allow set-ups without riders, but check with the show holder if it's not clear in the rules for that show.
How do I know my models are in "show condition"?
Your models will either be LSQ "Live Show Quality" or PSQ "Photo Show Quality" - but this depends on their overall condition as is very subjective.
LSQ models are those that are in perfect (or near perfect) condition - no rubs, scratches or breaks etc, as models that are rubbed, scratched or broken will most likely not be placed at a live show.
PSQ models have mostly minor 'problems' such as rubs or minor scratches, but are good enough to show in photo shows, were these minor faults can be 'hidden' and not as easily seen.
But models that are badly damaged or scratched will not show very well. Either keep these models on your shelves or why not have a go at customising them!! Help! One of my Breyer models took a tumble of my shelf and broke his leg, I've tried to superglue it back on but it keeps falling off - is there anything else I can do to save him ?
Models can be mended - all is not lost ...
1 - Check to see if the break is a clean one. If there's any chips, make note of where, so they don't interfere with lining up the pieces.
2 - Take a marker pen or paint and dab some on the centre of the part of the leg still attached to the body, then put the broken part back in place so the dot transfers ( shows the middle on both ends)
3 - After you double check the lineup and the dot, get out your Dremel (any hobby drill will work) and either you hold the horse and a friend/parent hold the drill or vice versa. It really does require two people because it's a delicate operation.
4 - Drill body half first, carefully and slowly!. Be sure to hold the horse steady so the drill goes straight down the leg so as to avoid splintering the plastic. You only drill slightly less than HALF of the length of the pin you use (Use finishing nails, with the heads cut off or a length of coat hanger wire).
5 - Insert the pin, and check to see it will line up with the bottom half of the leg. If so, lightly tap it in place. Make sure to drill deep enough the second time (bottom half of leg) to insert the pin all the way. A little bit extra is fine, glue will hold it in place.
6 - Make sure everything lines up (if not, redrilling is tough but then you can use filler to hold the pin in place). Then grab your glue - use either a good 'super glue' or better still a two-part resin aproxy glue - be sure to follow the instructions on the packet.
7- Spread a thin layer of glue on the top half around the pin. Then put a small dot in the bottom hold and quickly put the leg on the pin and line it up as quickly as you can. This stuff can dry quick and there's no time to jiggle before it sets.
8 - Let it dry without putting weight on the leg (some legs have an angle that would push or bend the break site) and then check for chips or paint rubs.
9 - If there's paint rubs use a tiny detail brush, and mix the paint to match. Water it down to avoid brushstrokes. Let the paint dry and make sure it matches (acrylic dries darker). Your horse is done!