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On The Road 2013 – Jabbeke, Belgium – International civil vehicle model show

March 19, 2013

by Seb Perez

Last weekend I went to the international civil vehicle model show “On The Road” in Jabbeke, Belgium.

It was a great opportunity to personally meet lots of great model builders that I have only seen online until now. Many of them were present with their own scale models, others came as visitors.


The organizers

This events is organized by the the Civil Vehicle Modellers Club “On The Road” from Jabbeke. This guys have been organizing this event for many years now and in the meanwhile it became one of the biggest civil vehicle model shows in Europe, attracting people from all over Europe.

The members of the club (organizer of this event) are very friendly and helpful and they do a great job organizing this show. They offer a warm meal for visitors for a very fair price and many different cakes to enjoy with your coffee.


The Location

The show is now taking place in a new location, a very modern and brand new free time and sport center. The building is great, with a great cafeteria and a huge hall with excellent lighting and of course acclimatized.

A very cool thing about this location is the cafeteria. You can drink your coffee enjoying a great view over the whole hall where the show is taking place.

The only issue with this location is the parking space. Nowadays no parking lot seems to be big enough. Get there early or try sharing your car with other people from your area







The exhibitors

The exhibitors come from all around Europe: Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, among others. You’ll meet many of the best model builders in Europe there. There is also a big area reserved for merchants offering really almost everything you need from tools to materials and beside all new kits, also lots of vintage and very rare kits. You’ll also find resine kits, etched model parts


The scale models

Last but not least, the scale models. As the name of the show already reveals it’s all about vehicles. You’ll find any kind of machine with wheels underneath: modern and classic cars, customs, hot rods, rat rods, pickups, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, constructions machines, cranes etc and also radio controlled vehicles (trucks and machines), located in a special area of the show.

You can also participate in the modeling contest. There are many categories organized by truck brands, european and american cars, diormas, etc and of course prices to be won!

Here you have a few impressions from the show!


















Raymond R. Robbins April 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Hey guys! Fantastic pictures. Plan on ordering your books soon. It appears that these guys are way above my head in modeling, but I keep on striving to be better. Keep up the great work.

Seb April 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Hi Raymond, that’s right, most of this guys do a great job! A lot to be learned there!
Enjoy our books! :-)

Patrick Howell June 20, 2013 at 1:05 am

Hi, I have been looking at all these neat pics for several years and I really would like to attend the next show. How do I get some info in regards to lodging, what airport to fly in to, what the next show date is etc……..
Patrick H.

Seb July 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Hi Patrick, There is no exact date yet but I guess the next show will be in march 2014. I think the closest airport to fly to would be Brussels in Belgium. There are enough hotels in the surrounding area of Jabbeke (check For more info just contact Peter D’Hollander, president of the club. He is a very friendly guy and I’m sure he will be happy to help you.

Andy March 23, 2014 at 1:20 am

Thanks for the pictures. Lots of very cool models.

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