REVIEW OF THE LONDON MODEL ENGINEERING EXHIBITION HELD AT ALEXANDRA PALACE FROM 19-21 JANUARY 2018
Visitors flocked from far and wide to Alexandra Palace last weekend to attend the 22nd annual London Model Engineering Exhibition.
This year the Exhibition organisers were thrilled to welcome Stephen Metcalfe MP who is the Government Envoy for the national Government initiative -‘The Year of Engineering.’ This is a year-long campaign which aims to develop engineering opportunities throughout the UK from primary school age children right through to a working career.
The organisers of the London Model Engineering Exhibition fully support the initiative. Stephen Metcalfe MP said “My interest in engineering and the wider sciences stems from my exposure to them as a child through attending events, including Model Engineering Exhibitions. As we start the Year of Engineering – a national campaign to encourage more young people to consider careers in engineering – it’s fantastic to see the event continuing the tradition and inspiring a whole new generation by showing them the opportunity, creativity and variety of the profession. The exhibition brings young people face to face with those who, in many cases, have spent a lifetime exploring all engineering has to offer. Direct experiences like these are what the Year of Engineering is all about.”
Proving that it’s never too early to start, the Eastleigh Young Engineers (aged 8 to 16 years old) provided inspiration aplenty with a special display of their models. All of which are built from scratch, without using kits from boats, cars, a tricopter and even a self-built and self-designed 3D printer. These young budding engineers are exactly who the Government hope to inspire into a career in engineering.
One of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history was Isambard Kingdom Brunel FRS. 2018 commemorates the 175th anniversary of the launch of Brunel’s steamship the SS Great Britain (1843). The British engineering icon was celebrated at the exhibition with an array of models depicting his works including a magnificent SS Great Britain model measuring a staggering 8ft long and 4ft high which took over 15 years to build.
Talking of boats Royal Navy Veteran David Fortey gained an overwhelming amount of attention when he unveiled his magnificent model – a 12.5 ft aircraft carrier the HMS Ark Royal which has taken him 25 years to build. Working from original builders plans direct from the MOD (that were also on display), Fortey converted all measurements to 1:72 scale. This huge model is remote control and what’s more – it doesn’t leak! Crew from the original ship even introduced themselves to Fortey at the exhibition and his attention to detail overwhelmed them.
On site nearly 50 clubs and societies at the exhibition competed to win the prestigious Society Shield which is voted for by the clubs and societies themselves. First place was awarded to Harlington Locomotive Society,
Second place was awarded jointly to Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers and Northolt Model Railway Club and in third place, there were 3 prizes awarded to Ickenham and District Society of Model engineers, Blackheath Model Power Boat Club and Romford Model Engineering Club.
Many children enjoyed seeing the famous ‘Behemoth’ a finalist on the popular TV series Robot Wars. Its creator Anthony Pritchard and his team were on hand to talk to Robot Wars fans about the show, Robot building and tactics!. ‘Behemoth’ is already preparing for his next battle!
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.
There were also over 50 specialist suppliers present giving hobbyists the opportunity to see and compare products under one roof. Visitors could purchase virtually anything they needed for their next modelling project or to get their hobby started.
Chris Deith, Exhibition Director said “ 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 18th – 20th January 2019.”
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