2013 April

2013 Exhibition Report (Malcolm Hanson)

1. We had another successful show at Tockington Village Hall in April with a good range of models for us and the public to enjoy.  Sam Medworth had a Midland Single Loco and some Meccanographs.  Hugh Barr came with his Boring Machine, a Drop Stump Forging Machine, a Meccano Ball Roller and a Block Setter.  Pete Evans showed us his Burrell Crane Engine along with various steam engines and some desirable collectables such as Car and Aeroplane constructor sets.  Neil Bedford had his Aveling & Porter Road Roller and Living Van together with a Simple Foliet & Verge Clock and a Radio Controlled Truck.   Ralph Clark’s contribution was a Avonside GWR 0-4-0 tank locomotive.  Richard Smith had a Bugatti Car, a Block Setter and a Dump Truck.  However, his most significant model was his City of London locomotive which, not surprisingly, walked off with the Ben Johnson Cup for best model on show, voted for by the public and club members.  We welcomed back some members whom we had not seen for a while.  Paul Montacute brought his Fairground Ride.  Janet Royston exhibited her MM Model of the Month Tower Crane from 1957 along with modern models of a Sopwith Camel and Hawk Trainer.  Michael Edwards entertained us with his Dennis Dart Bus.  Good to see you all again! I contributed a 1939 No.9 Dutch Windmill, No.10 Combine Harvester and a display of French Meccano Outfits..  There were just three contributions to the “models to run on O gauge track” challenge, a Pannier Tank Loco, a Truck and the intriguing “Essence of Marriage”!  This year’s Scrapheap Challenge was won by Steve Briancourt with his beautifully engineered, second-perfect entry.

All these models, together with a video of proceedings, can be seen here: http://www.nzmeccano.com/image-66501

Many thanks to everyone, and especially the Smith family, for making the show so successful.

2. Our next meeting will be at my place, 11 Willow Close, Long Ashton, on Thursday, July 11th at 8pm (see map below).3.  I have again accepted an invited on the club’s behalf to contribute to the Bristol Engineering and Hobbies Exhibition in Thornbury on August 16th, 17th and 18th.  I will be attending throughout the show.  I would appreciate an indication of who else can contribute, either by supplying models or manning the display or both.  Do please contact me as soon as possible if you can help.