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October 1, 2007

Press Release

The 4th annual IMCATS (International Model Construction and Truck Show) was held September 15 & 16, 2007.  The show takes place annually in Clarence, NY and draws people from all over the USA, Canada and overseas.  The show is like Discovery Channels Mega Machines, but in miniature.  The show gives collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to meet and talk with model industry manufacturer’s representatives, see new releases and prototypes, and hear about planned models.  Attendees are also able to see a large array of customized and scratch built models, fill in their collections, and most importantly, make new friends, meet old friends and catch up on what is happening in the construction and truck hobby world.

A number of new model releases were announced and shown.  John Moore and Milo Weiss of Towsley’s Collectibles brought the final prototypes of the new Bucyrus International 49-R blast hole drills used in mining operations and the Manitowoc 4100 crane.  Also on exhibit was the Manitowoc 16000 crane, the 1:50 scale model of the cranes erecting windmills in Bliss, NY.  Attendees had the opportunity to watch as the Manitowoc was built and rigged. They also displayed prototype 1:50 scale models of Oshkosh H-Series snowblowers and sweepers used at airports, Pierce fire trucks, and the HEMTT, the Heavy Expanded Modular Transport Truck that is supporting our brave men in uniform in Iraq.  The exclusive distributor for the Oshkosh models is Buffalo Road Imports of Clarence, NY.  EMD, the model producing arm of Buffalo Road Imports, previewed the prototype model of the Bucyrus-Erie 22B shovel.  Some of these shovels can still be seen around the area in abandoned quarries.  First Gear displayed their new Mack Granite semis with Talbert lowboy and the 1:25 scale model of the Allis-Chalmers HD-41 bulldozer which was the largest bulldozer of its time.

There were many great custom and one of a kind models on display.  The highlight of the show was a fully motorized and operational radio controlled 1:16 scale model of a Grove truck crane erecting a cell tower in the hall.  When fully rigged, the handbuilt model reaches 21 feet into the air.  There were also many custom built static models including cranes, excavators, trucks and dozers in various scales from 1:87 to 1:25 scale.  In the custom model competition, prizes were awarded for the following categories: diorama - 1st prize diorama to Kevin Skinner of Syracuse, NY for a 1:50 scale quarry and road construction scene, best custom model for the under 16 age group – 1st prize to Greg Ferguson for a 1:50 scale Link Belt 8000 excavator, 1st prize for adult custom model went to Jason Vogler of Churchill, NY.

A broad range of dealers from all across the US were present, and collectors had the opportunity to add to their collections with a vast array of old, rare, discontinued, custom and current models and memorabilia for sale.  Also available were parts and decals for those into customizing.  During the show, Tim Twichell provided even more entertainment by showing videos of mining equipment, cranes, heavy haulage, and other construction equipment videos from his personal collection.  Saturday night was a relaxing evening where many of the attendees went out for dinner and to talk things over.

The date for the 5th annual IMCATS show has not been set yet but will be announced on the IMCATS home page at  The web site includes pictures from this year’s show along with pictures from previous shows.  IMCATS is hosted by Buffalo Road Imports and EMD of Clarence, NY.

High resolution pictures of the show are available on the IMCATS web site.


International Model Construction and Truck Show

November 11, 2023
Our Lady of Peace Parish/Banquet Center, 10950 Main Street, Clarence, NY 14031, USA

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Show sponsored by Buffalo Road Imports

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