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The fifth annual North American Model Engineering Exposition was held April 23 and 24, 1994, at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, Michigan. This outstanding and unique two-day event attracted exhibitors, model enthusiasts, and vendors from virtually all around the world. The mere fact that more than 3,400 spectators attended the two-day Expo is only a small indication of the real success of this affair. The real winner at this Model Engineering Exposition was the model engineering craft itself! From any perspective quality of models, variety of engines, machinery, tractors, boats, aircraft, railway equipment, the spirit of the vendors and exhibitors this was a totally outstanding exposition! More exhibitor and vendor space was made available. An additional 200-plus feet of air pipe was added to provide the necessary air to operate the expanded number of steam models that were displayed. The added pipe gave the exhibitors 875 feet of compressed air pipe to operate their models. In addition to the general public experiencing many of the more than 900 models actually running on compressed air or gasoline, they could also obtain valuable information about the model from the person who built it. This interaction is a major key to promoting the model engineering craft. Many of the 250 exhibitors will tell you that it is always a pleasure to visit with people who want to know about something they built and who appreciate the fine craftsmanship involved.
On display were steam engines, including marine, tractor, industrial and locomotive. The gas engines exhibited were scale models of antique farm engines, automotive, aircraft and marine. Several hot air engines were running and attracted a lot of attention. Several scale model aircraft engines were running including radial and inline models. Many of the models were operating scale machines and other equipment. Scale model lathes and other machine tools also delighted the general public.
Model aircraft were well represented with 160 models on display and with many different types available for viewing. For the model boat enthusiast a large boat pond was the center of attention with more than 60 boats on display. Radio controlled boats that used the pond included tug boats, ferry and military boats, and of course side paddle boats. More than 15 museum quality locomotives thrilled the train buffs.
More than 50 outstanding vendors were on hand to supply information, model kits, tools, machines, books, and magazines that support and advance the model engineering craft.
This year's Exposition was larger in every aspect than last year's, and once again demonstrated the scope of the craft and the interest that the model builder, vendor and general public have in model engineering.
The North American Model Engineering Society would again like to thank everyone involved with the 1994 Exposition for making it an outstanding show. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.