by David Carpenter

Once again the National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition ,‘Harrogate’, delivered a great weekend under the direction of new event manager, Gavin Rex, with everything running like clockwork. There were some excellent models to be seen such as a fine Black Five in 5in gauge by D Kane and an Ivatt Class 4 mogul by B Clark in 3 1/2. However, the winner of the Myford Shield for best locomotive and the Barry Jordan Best in Show Trophy went to I Glading and his magnificent BR Western Region D9522.

Tom Pasco won the Warco Trophy for his 77cc twin-cylinder I/C engine, R Frank took the Raymond McMahon Trophy with his 4 1/2in. Foden Steam Lorry and J Cooke the Precision Paints Award for best finished model - a 3in. scale Allchin Royal Chester.

John Eva took his wonderful series of models to Harrogate this year, and his 1:8 Chevrolet WW2 mobile workshop took a top 1st Award.

This year there were a goodly number of youngsters visiting the Yorkshire Showground - more future model engineers than seen at other events. The Stirling Engine Society signed up their youngest member, Rachel Barry, seen in the photo with oldest member, Roy Darlington. On the same stand, Martin Gregory bought along some reasonably-priced kits he produced for an introductory hot air engine. They sold out within an hour on day one!

All of that and many more excellent models including some terrific model boats and aircraft.

Here is a short selection from Harrogate posted the day after the show (more to come later).

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See Part 2 here