North American Model Engineering Society Expo

| January/February 1997

36506 Sherwood Livonia, Michigan 48154

The 7th annual North American Model Engineering Exposition was conducted April 27 and 28, 1996 at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, Michigan. Once again this unique Model Engineering Exposition set new standards in some very important areas. This year, for the first time, a free educational day was conducted on Friday before the opening of the Exposition to the general public. Hundreds of middle school, high school, college students and scouts were exposed to learning demonstrations and hands-on experiences in hot air, steam and gasoline engines. The day's activities proved very rewarding for the young people and those who conducted the session. In addition to explaining the general operation of the different engines, plans for construction of a simple hot air and steam engine were made available to the young people to increase their interest in model engineering.

During the two-day Exposition, four very informative model engineering seminars were conducted with many people attending. The seminars were: Thermodynamics of Model Engine Building; Metal Working on the Internet; Hot Air Engine Operation and Construction; Building a Scale Model of the Ford Model 'T.' Several model related demonstrations were held on the floor, and were aimed at the general public to inform them and answer any questions they had concerning the model engineering craft.

There were 220 exhibitors who displayed more than 1,000 models, many of museum quality. The variety of models included hot air, steam and gasoline engines running and operating scale model machinery, vehicles and other equipment. The engines were in the form of antique farm, industrial, automotive, marine, aircraft, tractors, railway and military. About 1,000 feet of compressed air manifold was used to operate the wide array of steam engines. In addition, scale model construction equipment, machine tools including lathes and milling machines, and clocks were displayed and enjoyed by more than 3,700 spectators who attended the two-day Exposition.

The interaction of the general public and the model builders allowed the modeler to explain his model and his craft, and for the general public to obtain valuable knowledge and a much better understanding and appreciation of model building.

Model aircraft were also well represented, with more than 25 models on display. These included antique, commercial, private and military aircraft. The craftsmanship and detail of these models would put many in the 'museum quality' class. Many single and multi-cylinder aircraft engines of radial and in-line design were enjoyed by the general public. Many of the aircraft engines were able to run in a special area set aside for them.