NORTH-EAST modellers opened their miniature world to the public at the weekend.

Visitors flocked to the Temple Park Centre, in South Shields, South Tyneside, on Saturday and Sunday for the 16th Northern Model Show.

On display were more than 1,000 models, ranging from tanks, boats and aeroplanes to military figures and characters from the world of science fiction.

There were also trade stands to attract keen modellers.

The event was organised by the Tyneside branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society, and included a senior and junior open competition.

Rob Sullivan, of the branch, said: "This venue has proved to be a huge success with the public, exhibitors and traders alike, and has enabled the show to grow into the largest scale model show in the North.

"The object of the show is to promote the hobby of scale modelling in the region and introduce members of the public to the variety of clubs that are available for them to join."