2017 SHOW REVIEW
Visitors from far and wide flocked to Alexandra Palace last weekend (20th - 22nd January 2017) to attend the 21st annual London Model Engineering Exhibition.
As always the exhibition showcased the full spectrum of modelling and was packed with over 2,000 models from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives, traction engines and railway layouts, to collections of scale model ships and warships, right through to modern remote control trucks, aeroplanes and helicopters. Visitors were able to travel between the show’s different zones, trying out different ‘hands-on’ activities and watching technical demonstrations – to even taking part in the construction of a large LEGO Ronnie O’Sullivan portrait or even a passenger ride behind a 5” gauge steam locomotive.
During the exhibition, modellers created a huge LEGO Ronnie O’Sullivan mosaic to pay homage to one of the greatest players in the snooker’s history who was vying to win his seventh Masters title in the next hall at the Dafabet Masters. Modellers from Fairy Bricks, a LEGO charity dedicated to raising money to buy LEGO for children’s hospital wards for sick and terminally ill children encouraged kids (both young and old alike) to give them a hand to construct the snooker mosaic in support of the sporting legend.
Over 50 clubs and societies at the exhibition competed to win the prestigious Society Shield which is voted for by the clubs and societies themselves. The winner was Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers for the second consecutive year. The society is thrilled to win the accolade, it is a fitting tribute to the clubs founder member Jack Clarke who formally worked for the BBC at Alexandra Palace. Second place was awarded to The Malden & District Society of Model Engineers and in third place, Tamiya Truckin who always go to a great effort with their stand.
Core Model Engineering clubs presented some fantastic displays and members were on hand to talk to visitors and encourage them along with their own projects and builds. Whilst over 55 key trade suppliers provided previews and promotions giving hobbyists an excellent opportunity to see and compare products under one roof.
Exhibition Manager, Avril Spence commented “It was wonderful to celebrate 21 years of the exhibition this year, during which time we have seen steady growth in the industry. The annual event is regarded as the leading show of its kind in terms of size, content and attendance and it’s thanks to the continued support of the exhibitors, clubs, societies and specialist suppliers that make it possible. A huge thank-you also, to all the visitors who travel far and wide to attend the event, many of whom return year after year. We are looking forward to returning to Alexandra Place next year on the 19-21 January 2018.”
In the meantime the next Model Engineering Exhibition presented by Meridienne Exhibition will be the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition which takes place from Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd October 2017 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre in Leamington Spa. For further details, please visit: www.midlandsmodelengineering.co.uk
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