Titan tractor by Reg Miller of St. Thomas, Ontario.
36506 Sherwood Livonia, Michigan 48154
The 8th annual North American Model Engineering Exposition was conducted April 26 and 27, 1997 at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, Michigan. Once again this unique model engineering exposition set new standards in some very important areas. This year the free educational day was once again conducted the Friday before the opening of the Exposition to the general public. This year's improvements included conducting the learning sessions in a classroom setting, the greater use of cut-aways, the use of videotape to assist understanding and learning, and greater hands-on experiences for the students. More than 200 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. One of the best endorsements of our education day is that teachers and scout leaders bring students back for the second year.
During the two day exposition, four very informative model engineering seminars were conducted, with many people attending the sessions. The seminars were: Electrical Discharge Machining; Metal Working on The Internet; Hot Air Engine Operation and Construction; and Building a Scale Model of The Ford Model 'T.'' 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.
There were 245 exhibitors who 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, auto motive, marine, aircraft, tractors, rail way 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 4,500 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 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 of them in the 'museum quality' class. Many single and multi-cylinder aircraft engines of radial and in-line designs were enjoyed by the general public. Many of the air craft engines were able to run in a special area set aside for them.
More than 20 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.
About 55 model engineering vendors displayed a full range of quality merchandise, including casting kits, machine tools, lathes and milling machines, magazines and other literature and a wide range of modeling supplies. The North American Model Engineering Society would like to thank everyone involved in the 1997 Exposition for making it an outstanding show. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year on April 25 and 26, 1998, at Yack Arena in Wyandotte, Michigan.