MIXED MEXAGES
By Mechanix

Huge thanks must go from the visitors to the organizers of the Model Engineer Exhibition exhibits and clubs, Mike Law and Steve Eaton. Also to the SMEE whose many and varied activities were outstanding, and who practically ran out of membership forms each day.

Mike, Steve and the SMEE produced a good show at Sandown Park despite of some unfortunate hiccoughs before the event. Only one lecture room was provided so there were fewer talks and demonstrations than in the past. Also they only took place on two of the three days as the awards presentation occupied the room on the third day. Lecture attendances were very good.

The event owners, Myhobbystore Limited, also revealed with only a few days to go that the room scheduled to display all the competition and loan models had not been booked and had been let to someone else! As a result, at the last minute the carefully prepared floor plans had to be rapidly revised and all the models shoe-horned into the available space: a bar at either end of the main hall, one of which was only accessible by steps. Which was unfortunate as Mike and Steve doubled the number of models entered this year. Amazing! Fortunately only one major exhibit had to be cancelled due to lack of space.

Making up for the difficulties, there were some excellent models on display. And a great diversity, from a Toby chassis to Cherry Hill’s amazing Blackburn engine of 1863, from Mike Tull’s splendid ‘exploded’ Bristol aero engine to Brian Young’s model hay tedder.

A sample below to gives an idea.

Cherry Hill won the Duke of Edinburgh Trophy, for an incredible ninth time, with the Blackburn despite strong competition from two other entries. Several other entries looked potential winners of the top accolade in future years. Yes, there probably should be future years, untypically next year’s dates have already been announced. Hopefully, the uncertainty of recent years is behind the MEX, for now. As long as the bean counters are happy.


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