CMD Engineering, manufacturers and suppliers of 7¼” miniature trains, has had a stand at every Spalding show since 2014. This year the company has branched out and sponsored the Velocipede Challenge project that Boston Grammar School and Spalding Grammar School are undertaking. Each has been given a bogey and component axle, of the type seen in the photo of CMD’s workshop, on which to base their vehicle. Each school’s design is different, and constructed according to the ideas and inspiration of each school team.
At the April show both teams will be exhibiting their vehicle in a workshop area that will include a presentation and information about the Velocipede Challenge. And, solely in the context of the show, they will be judged by one of our exhibitors and a small award will be made. More than that, however, the Sunday of the show both vehicles will be running on the track that will at other times be used for giving train rides.
It’s good to see small engineering companies supporting the good work that goes on in schools introducing students to the discipline of engineering. We hope you can come along and enjoy this event.
An exciting newcomer to the show is the Lincoln University Virtual Forge. This is a project by computer scientists at the University of Lincoln that has created a “virtual blacksmith simulator”. You may have seen it featured on BBC Look North.
The team responsible for the virtual forge is led by Dr John Murray from the School of Computer Science. The Heritage Lottery Fund has supported the project which aims to revive the process of crafting techniques and craftsmanship for a new generation.
The virtual reality blacksmith’s forge allows people to “experience the environment of a forge and try out the techniques for themselves using bespoke software that integrates human motion capture tracking sensors.” The users can make their own objects, created in the virtual reality forge, by 3D printing them.
Chain Bridge Forge of Spalding (see photo above)- a traditional forge – is a partner of the virtual forge project. You can also see Chain Bridge Forge at the show.
Sleaford RC Car Club (SRCCC) will be exhibiting at the April show. This friendly club races on and off-road 1/10 scale electric cars, and is extending its interest to 1/14 scale trucks and trailers. The club meets at Sleaford Rugby Club and at North Kyme Village Hall. As its programme of events shows, competition is central to the club. Don’t miss them at the show. Find out more on the SRCCC website.
Greater Peterborough UTC will be at the April show. Staff and students will be exhibiting their Greenpower racing car and robotics. ‘UTC’ stands for University Technical College, a pioneering approach to learning for 14 – 19 year olds offering specialist technical programmes alongside traditional study of the core key academic subjects such as English, Maths, Science and Geography.
The Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to help educate young people in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology. The initial project to deliver these aims is an electric car challenge which requires students, guided by their teachers and an industry mentor, to design, build and then race an electric car. Holding events at weekends at major motor circuits around the UK ensures excellent attendance from the general public who can witness the amazing vehicles, focus and team work evident at these events.
Come along and talk to the students about their work in engineering and robotics, and find out about how UTCs are educating tomorrow’s engineers.
Every hobbyist needs good lighting to create the conditions they require to do their best work. The Craftlight Company offers a wide range of lighting solutions at prices to suit every pocket. From complete floor, desktop and ceiling lighting systems to specialist bulbs and magnifiers you can buy off-the-shelf or bespoke lighting to suit your needs. Have a look at The Craftlight Company’s range at the April show.
Chris Arundell’s Norwich-based company, MyLocoSound will be at the April show. MyLocoSound offers:
sound systems for “O”, “OO” and “N” Gauge:
easi-Liner pens for drawing with enamel and acrylic paint;
Northern Fine Scale coaches and wagon kits and ready-to-run;
Accucraft coaches, locos and wagons;
Gauge 1 rolling roads for live steam and electric locos;
coach and loco lighting for all gauge;
loco boxes for storing and transporting Gauge 1 locos
If you are in the market for accessories to take your hobby to the next level have a look at what MyLocoSound can offer.