2016 SHOW REVIEW
The 20th London Model Engineering Exhibition took place from the 15th to the 17th January 2016 at Alexandra Palace with visitors traveling from far and wide to attend.
As always the exhibition showcased the full spectrum of modelling from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines through to the more modern gadget and boys toys including trucks, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters.
This year the show celebrated 50 years of the iconic show Star Trek. Exhibitors made some fascinating models including a huge Starship Enterprise made from Meccano.
The charity London Play also got involved by running a competition for children throughout London to design Star Trek themed models out of recycled materials. The winners were treated to a VIP day out at the show followed by Ice Skating at Alexandra Palace.
Visitors came flocking to the venue to enjoy the many attractions and take part in hands on activities to learn new skills and of course make the odd purchase.
This annual exhibition is regarded as the leading show of its kind in terms of size, content and attendance.52 clubs, societies and displays attended the exhibition and 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 followed by Harrow & Wembley Society of Model Engineers in second place and Kent Model Boat Display Team in third place.
Over 2000 models were on display across the spectrum along with 4 fascinating railway layouts. The Polly Owners Group who provided passenger rides behind the 5” gauge steam locomotives proved as popular as always with children and adults.
Many of the exhibitors were seen on London Live TV on Friday lunchtime and evening, the TV crew spent the day at the show engaging with many of the exhibitors providing some exciting live interviews.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.
On top of this 55 key suppliers attended the exhibition offering special previews and promotions which gave hobbyists an excellent opportunity to see and compare products under one roof.
Exhibition Manager, Avril Spence commented “The weekends exhibition was a great success and following on from our ‘bumper 2015 year’ with ‘The One Show’, our visitor numbers held steady on the Friday and Saturday and were just slightly less on the Sunday which we believe to be primarily due to the dusting of snow we woke to! Thank you to all the exhibitors from the clubs, societies and the specialist suppliers for making this event such a success. A huge thank-you also, to all the visitors who travel far and wide to attend the event, many returning year after year. We are looking forward to celebrating 21 years of the exhibition with you all in 2017.”
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