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The fourth annual North American Model Engineering Exposition was held April 24 and 25 at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, Michigan. The two day event attracted exhibitors and vendors from the United States, Canada, England and South Africa. The model engineering craft was well represented. Facility improvements this year included nearly 200 additional feet of air line making a total of almost 650 feet of air line, and more table space for both vendors and exhibitors. Many of the 870-plus models displayed by 231 exhibitors including steam, gas and hot air were operated for the general public to observe. The wide variety of models included steam engines, tractors and locomotives, farm style engines, and automotive gas engines, aircraft both inline and radial styles, marine steam and gas engines. Operating equipment included steam and gas power plants, industrial machines and tools and farm machinery, railway earth moving and military. Many model engines operated equipment to add to the realism. A large boat pond was available for the 38 radio controlled boats on display. The model boats ranged from tug, sailing, ferry side paddle and military.
Many of the models and operating equipment are of museum quality. Exhibitors and vendors were always available to discuss and inform the more than 2500 spectators who attended the two day exposition. This feature, along with actual model operation on compressed air or gasoline, created a great deal of enthusiasm for the model engineering craft among the general public.
More than thirty outstanding vendors were on hand to support and advance the model engineering craft. This included magazine and literature, model and model kit suppliers and machine tools and supplies.
This year's exposition was larger than last year's in public attendance, number of models on display and number of vendors. This is a strong indication that model engineering is alive and well in North America and will continue to grow.
The North American Model Engineering Society Committee would like to thank everyone who assisted with this year's exposition and made it a huge success. We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the 1994 show April 23 and 24 at the same location.