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Model Engineering Exposition Well Received

| January/February 1999

  • Machine shop
    Machine shop.
  • Flame licker engine
    Flame licker engine.
  • Steam shovel
    Steam shovel.

  • Machine shop
  • Flame licker engine
  • Steam shovel

36506 Sherwood, Livonia, Michigan 48154

The 9th annual North American Model Engineering Exposition was conducted April 25 and 26, 1998 at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, Michigan. This unique model engineering exposition was well received by everyone involved, including students, vendors, exhibitors, and the general public. This year the free Educational Day was again conducted Friday, April 24, before the Exposition was open to the general public. This year the students were exposed to learning experiences that included classroom discussions, graphics, cutaways, videotapes, running engines, hands-on experiences, and machining demonstrations. More than 185 grade school, middle school and high school students and scouts were exposed to the subjects of the Stirling cycle hot air engine, the steam engine, the gasoline engine, and the creation of metal gears with a milling machine. The day's activities proved very rewarding for the young people and those who conducted the sessions. In addition to explaining the general operation of the different engines and machining tools, 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. One of the best endorsements of our Education Day is that teachers and scout leaders continue to want their young people exposed to this unique learning experience.

During the two-day exposition, six very informative model engineering seminars were conducted with many people attending the sessions. The seminars were: Electrical Discharge Machining, Model Building, Hot Air Engine Operation and Construction, Building a Scale Model of the Ford Model 'T,' Building the Model 'E' John Deere, and Computer Controlled Machining. The seminars attracted many people and provided an excellent learning experience for all who attended. Several model related demonstrations were held on the floor during the exposition and were aimed at the general public to inform them and answer any questions they had concerning the model engineering craft.

Approximately 258 exhibitors displayed more than 900 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 line 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 the more than 4,000 spectators who attended the two-day exposition.

The interaction of the general public and the model builder allows the modeler to explain his model and his craft, and enables the general public to obtain knowledge and a much better understanding and appreciation of model building.

Several model boats were on display and were of great interest to the general public. These included tugs, pleasure, river and military boats. The attention to detail by the builders made these scale models one of the highlights of the exposition.


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