(Advert Photo – ‘Merlin” the Classic Flyers hangar cat overseeing some of the 2020 auction items from her perch on a P40 Kittyhawk
Each year the club holds an annual auction of model aeroplanes and associated equipment. This is one of the major events on the club calendar and is one of the largest model aero auctions in the country. It attracts aeromodellers from around the country to both buy and sell. The auction is generally held in the main hangar of Classic Flyers at Tauranga airport. This provides a venue among full size aircraft memorabilia, with refreshments available, and an aviation themed playground for the little ones.
The auction provides a venue for sale and exchange of current and vintage aeromodelling equipment between active modellers.
Deceased estates. The auction provides a means of re-purposing items from deceased estates. In many cases families of deceased relatives do not know what to do with Uncle Charlie’s collection of old engines and aircraft. Opportunity shops and second hand dealers have no understanding of model engineering, and families will have a natural reluctance to take stuff to the tip. The TMAC annual auction is a means of finding a new owner who will share the enthusiasm that Uncle Charlie had.
Photos from previous auctions