2nd North American Model Engineering Exposition

By Staff
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George Luhrs, collector from Long Island, New York, at 1991 Model Expo.
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A view of some of the gas engines displayed outside at the 1991 Model Expo in Ann Arbor.

2835 Camp Road Manheim, PA 17545

This past April 6 & 7, 1991 at Ann Arbor, Michigan, was
spectacular. Quite a few participants started showing up on
Thursday. Around the motels, restaurants and parking lots, fellows
were meeting old and new friends. Friday was set up day, but
activities were somewhat delayed, because of a concert at the show
site. Lots of people were showing up for the show and there was a
lot of model chatter going on. Back at the motels, groups were
looking in car trunks, pickup trucks, campers and vans, at the
various models.

Around 9 that night, show set up began. Most everyone was
helping to clear the room and set up tables for the exhibits. Air
lines were piped in and show people and vendors started to un load
their goodies.

We arrived at the show site Saturday morning around 8 AM and it
was busy. I had a dealer table and was quite busy most of the day
answering questions and talking to people. Around 3 PM, I finally
decided to see the show and snap a few photos. Most every model at
the show was deserving of a picture!

The modeling magazines were represented; there were dealers with
model steam engine kits, railroad supplies of several scales,
measuring and cutting tools, a CNC milling machine demonstration,
gas engine and air powered model kits, and model pipe fitting and
hardware.

Models were air powered-all tables were hooked up with
compressed air. They ranged from smaller than thimble size, to mill
engines, traction and showmen engines, and model car engines of
several sizes. There were lots of steam type, hot air, air
compressor, gas engine models in various scales, down scaled and
freelanced. There were several scales of railroad type engines and
cars, some sitting on small tracks; there were pumps and oil well
types, Maytags and miniature farm machinery.

Outside, model gas engines were running. A full table of
Otto-Langen models and quite a few tables with hot air, Maytags,
and various models (some running equipment) ran outside. Both
Saturday and Sunday, the weather was in the high 70’s-this was
just great for the show, to have models running outside.

The show was at a very accessible location, with good motels and
eating accommodations. The committee should be complimented for a
beautiful show well hosted and for a job well done.

George White, contact for the show, told us that approximately
1600 people attended the 1991 Expo, and that a larger location is
sought for 1992. White reports that the show probably will be held
later in April next year and that flyers will not be sent out, as
in past years. Those seeking additional information on this growing
event may contact George White, 29981 Leona, Garden City, Michigan
48135. Phone (313) 422-4311.

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