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The London Model Engineering Exhibition returns to the iconic venue of Alexandra Palace for the 2017 event, its 21st Anniversary. The exhibition is regarded as one of THE Largest Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibitions in the UK and attracts over 14,000 visitors annually.
The 2017 event will be packed with hundreds of displays to keep the whole family entertained for hours, from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines, collections of scale model ships, through to the more modern gadgets and boys toys including remote control trucks, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters - as previously featured on BBC “The One Show”. Visitors to the exhibition can travel between the shows different zones, trying out different activities and watching fascinating and technical demonstrations.
SPECIAL EXHIBIT FOR 2017 – Mail Rail and Postal Museum officially opens its doors in Spring 2017, and will be London’s first major museum in over a decade. Snaking 70 feet below ground, from Paddington to Whitechapel, is London’s most unregarded underground railway system ‘Mail Rail’. Besides shifting mountains of mail, it’s had an interesting life, from hiding priceless art and artefacts to housing a Hollywood film set. At its peak it carried 4 million letters every day, for 22 hours per day. When launched Mail Rail will enable public into the tunnels of the Post Office’s private underground railway for the first time in its hundred-year history. Visitors will get to ride a looping mile of track to encounter the industrial heritage and secret geography of the capital.
Exhibition Manager Avril Spence said “we are delighted to have a ‘Mail Rail’ display ahead of its launch. Our visitors to the London Model Engineering Exhibition in January will get a glimpse into the hidden past of the Mail Rail before its grand opening. The special display will include a Royal Mail immersive and inflatable tunnel interactive experience demonstrating what life was like working in the tunnel as a Mail Rail engineer and is sure to be a hit with young and old alike”.
The London Model Exhibition is keen to engage with modellers of all ages, the model active zone brings modelling to life. You can take part in hands-on model building activities, watch live demonstrations from Tamiya Trucks and the British Model Flying Association or try out an obstacle course with a radio controlled truck. Of course a model show wouldn’t be complete without LEGO, so you can get your fix of the timeless classic at the Brickish Association. The Polly Owners Group will return once again providing free passenger rides, so you can hop on board the 5” gauge steam locomotive. For the real youngsters the Imagineering Foundation stand is more like a science lab, where they can try out modelling experiments, or have time out playing on ‘Track Party’ a huge track layout featuring toy trains, cars and dinosaurs!
Always a show highlight is the Spithead Review, a set of around 600 tiny 1:1200 scale models of iconic ships providing a visual history of 3,000 years of naval warfare. The collection has been a 33-year labour of love for Jack Snary, a former engineer and accountant from Cheshunt, Herts. Each ship takes about 40 hours to construct and its materials about 50pence per boat but the collection is insured for a staggering £60,000!
Other attractions include an extraordinary display of matchstick ships to models of historical ships such as HMS Victory and HMS Vanguard, built by Alex McFadyen, aged 72 from Surrey – who has built two 8ft 6inch long models, which took over 13,000 hours to build.
The London Model Exhibition will host over 50 national and regional clubs and societies displaying their members work each competing to win the prestigious Society Shield. In total nearly 2,000 models will be on display. All industry leading suppliers will be present showcasing new products and special promotions. It gives hobbyists an excellent opportunity to see and compare products under one roof as well as glean expert advice and useful tips from the professionals. You can purchase virtually anything you need for your next model or project or to get you started in a hobby.
If you are interested in modelling yourself or want to rekindle your childhood memories, you will find something amongst the many diverse types of modelling on display to admire. If you are not already a modeller hopefully the exhibition will fire your imagination to build something yourself and enjoy one of these satisfying hobbies.
With so much to see and do under one roof, The London Model Engineering Exhibition is a great day out for all the family whatever the weather!
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