CABIN FEVER EXPO:

An Extravaganza of Men, Metal, and Machines


| January/February 2001



Model Engines

PO Box 253 Leesburg, Virginia 20178

Not quite ready to give up the excitement and joy of the year-end holiday season? Looking for an alternative to the doldrums at the end of January? Then pack your bags, set your course for Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where the father and son team of Gary and Jared Schoenly are holding the fifth annual Cabin Fever Expo, an extravaganza of men, metal, and machines. You can spend two full days exploring and admiring nearly 500 exhibits of working model engines steam, gas, oil, hot air and all types of metal working equipment and accessories for home shop machinists. With nearly 50 vendors with everything from engine kits to dimensioned plans, to complete tabletop machine tools, you'll have plenty of opportunities to spend money!

Though only five years old, the Schoenlys' event has grown rapidly in popularity, and is now nearly as well known and attended as the NAMES (North American Model Engineering Society) show in Detroit. Almost all the vendors that sell at NAMES also set up at Cabin Fever Expo to display their wares to nearly 3,000 exhibitors and attendees.

At the show in January 2000, for example, Diversi-Tech Inc., from Arlington, Virginia, was offering a 'U-build-it' chain drive CNC router with full three-axis control, to which could be attached a HP Fordham FlexShaft or a Dremel tool. Vermont-based Pearl Engine Company offered complete castings or a fully machined kit for a 2 x 3 marine steam launch engine. Red Wing Motor Company of Minnesota exhibited a kit of a1/8 scale 5 HP Red Wing Thorobred engine, with a 1 inch bore, 2-inch stroke, and 8-inch flywheels. At the booth of Village Press (Traverse City, Michigan) crowds gathered to peruse Village's full line of books and magazines, including the latest copies of Machinists Workshop, Projects in Metal and Live Steam. The Clock Shop journeyed all the way from Montana, to set up and offer plans and precision machined brass parts for clocks. The CBX Digital Position Readout, which could be fitted to a mill or lathe, could be purchased from Shooting Star Technology from Rosedale, British Columbia. The west coast was further represented by International Sales and Marketing (tools and machinery), Super scale Locomotive Company (scale locomotive plumbing) from California, and Dinky Dears (scale models of John Deere engines) from Oregon. And, of course, there were a score of vendors from Pennsylvania, New York, and other eastern states. Particularly popular was P.M. Research of Wellsville, New York, with its complete line of working scale models of lathes, milling machines, drill presses, shapers, and other machine tools.

Attendees do some major traveling, too. Gary Schoenly boasts that there were people from all but a handful of the 48 continental states ('I haven't seen any license plates from Wyoming, yet,' he laments. 'I don't know what their problem is out there. We've got to get somebody from Wyoming!')

Accomplished and aspiring model engineers gathered at the fourth annual Cabin Fever Expo in Leesport, Pennsylvania, last January.