The dates for the 2018 Spalding Model Engineering & Hobby Show have been announced. The event will take place at the Events Centre at Springfields Gardens and Shopping Centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire, on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April. Put those dates in your diary today!
The organizers of the 2017 Spalding Model Engineering and Hobby Show would like to say a big “Thank You” to all the exhibitors, traders, the staff of Springfields and the helpers who made the weekend event such a great success. Without the combined effort of these key people the event could not take place. Thanks too to the members of the public who, once again, came along and supported the event. It is gratifying to know that the work put in over the preceding year is valued by the people of south Lincolnshire and beyond.
Below, for your enjoyment, is a further selection of photographs from the weekend.
Presentation of certificates and prizes to Velocipede Challenge participants
Exhibits by the Guild of Model Wheelwrights
Plenty to see… …plenty to buy
…and plenty to browse
Model radio-controlled boats on the boating pond
Moving steam traction engine and stationary steam engine
One of the aisles in the main hall, packed with exhibits
Using and finding out about the lathe
Day 2 of the Spalding Model Engineering & Hobby Show 2017 produced a number of crowd pleasing moments as well as a wealth of exhibits and traders designed to entertain, educate and meet the needs of both the casual and informed visitor. The Velocipede Challenge featured entries by Spalding Grammar School and Boston Grammar School. Pupil-designed vehicles made to run on rails competed for their ability to meet the design brief and resulted in a tie. The University of Lincoln “Virtual Forge” demonstrated how a VR headset and software could result in the user making a hot-forged item that could be produced by an attached 3D printer. Elsewhere the world’s smallest live-steam railway showed off the skills of the engineer in a complete working layout that fits into a box of the size of many chess sets. Much, much more was on show as the selection of photographs from Day 2 below illustrates.
This pupil-designed velocipede sedately traversed the track and met the design brief
So too did this design, despite losing its front end early in the proceedings
The world’s smallest live-steam railway in its case that becomes its track
Big stationary engines and small, working traction engines attracted spactators
Radio-controlled cars were skilfully driven over challenging courses and obstacles
Radio-controlled tanks and lorries, and the world of virtual reality
The massive Gauge 1 Railway layout, Thompson’s Halt
Wheelwrights, boat builders and R2D2!
Fine examples of the hobbyist and engineering skills on display
The sun shone and visitors flocked to the exhibition halls of the 2017 Spalding Model Engineering and Hobby Show. It was gratifying to see so many families present, with the younger generation being introduced to the skills and pleasures of model engineering. We look forward to an equally successful Sunday. Below are photographs of some of the of the great sights enjoyed by visitors on Saturday.
Miniature traction engine “road run” through Springfield Gardens
Miniature traction engines pause in shopping area to the delight of shoppers
Radio-controlled tanks and trucks navigate their landscapes in the marquee area
The Grumman Panther fires up its jet engine for the watching crowd
Finding out about 3D-Printing
The Gauge 1 Society layout, “Thompson Halt”
Visitors found plenty to buy and browse to suit all pockets