I also went to MMEEx today. It was good to see CRO Adam's lost wax castings, and I was startled to see just how small a LMS cab brake valve is at 5" scale! I really enjoyed talking to his co-stall holder Mike Jack who had travelled all the way from New Zealand to show his work on his Standard 3 2-6-2 Tank. A superb project and if I could fit in another engine build then one of his kits would definitely be top of the list. I was interested to see that Mike also makes the 'Stanier' small green engineering vices that you can see in the Home Workshop adverts - I have one and it is a superb tool for model work on the mill.
Like you 'Houston' I thought that things had changed a little bit display wise, but the catering provision in the field tent coped better and it was very busy today (Thursday) with an 80% full car park. I thoroughly enjoyed the outing, and what makes it good is who you manage to have interesting conversations with. I had to laugh quietly inside when I asked one chap how he made all the tiny little bricks on his model and he implied that I perhaps ought to buy his book to find out! Serves me right for asking :-)
David Hulse made his own miniature brick making machine iirc.
4" Foster agricultural traction engine running and a 4" scale Foster 7NHP double crank compound showmans road loco under construction with a 5" Gauge Alco WDLR 2-6-2(Mountaineer) under construction as a gap filler.
I really enjoyed the exhibition, especially meeting Steve, John, Adam and Mike along with all the stall holders I've got to know over the years. I'd have liked to see more models but on the other hand there was a good selection of trade stands. All in all a good day out.
Went to MMEX today, got everything on my shopping list, but spent far too much because I fell for a gear hobbing machine I didn't know I wanted till I saw it---. Is it my imagination or are the competition entries getting less and less? Some bad news- it seems that Howard from College Engineering is retiring, and no one to take the business on. I'll miss him, I've bought a lot of stuff from him over the years, and he's always been very helpful in sorting out what I needed.
I went yesterday too and met Adam to thank him for his advice regarding the 9F. Spent loads although had planned to so the other half was ok about it. I thought it was a better show than last year although I agree the number of models was down a bit.
Another good day at the show, Geoff - the top feeds we have are £65 a pair and are 7/16x32". If you are interested let me know asap and I'll hold a set back. Looking forward to seeing more of you tomorrow.
Trying to Finish 5" 9f Producing Scale fittings using 3D wax printing and lost wax casting - www.crofittings.co.uk/ Renovating house stopping all of the above!
I'll be in attendance on Saturday and will be found on the 10 1/4" gauge society stand. Hope to have a good chat with Adam on his stand .. look forward to having a chat to anyone else about Come and have a look at a new Driving wheel picked up from the foundry today !!
I made it today....was nice to meet Adam and Mike, their wares were very impressive and it was good to see John(baggo) again, I also managed a quick chat with Malcolm (model engineers laser). I agree with comments above regarding the lack of models on show, for me this is an important part of an exhibition, I don't go just to get show deals. Having said that I did get some brass for the main keeps and some steel for the buffers so I will be able to get on with these in the near future. One model that I did enjoy was the 5" LNER teak coach built by (iirc) Dave Warden, it was a lovely piece of workmanship and makes me wish that I was at the coach building stage, some may remember that a 'rake of Gresley teaks' is on my 'to do list'. John informed me that Dave has built 6 and that he had them behind a (iirc) V2 at his club track recently, now that I would love to see.. I couldn't stay too long as I was needed back home but for the couple of hours that I was there I enjoyed myself...
Post by islandsteamer59 on Oct 17, 2015 20:17:06 GMT
My son and i went up on Friday. A good show but felt it lacking in some thing. Not enough exhibit models I feel. Had a good chat with the folk on the CRO Fittings and the Stanier Engineering stand, very impressed with the 3MT, it has tickled the tast buds but other projects to finnish first. It was a bit of a long hall from the Island and may think twice about going next year.
I went on Saturday and in the morning it was quite busy, dodging the back packs became the game to play. The Stirling Society's stand was interesting showing a full size engine that has been used to propel a boat. A bit of audio direction finding led to the stand where the Van de Graph generator was doing it's stuff. I was able to buy the items I'd hoped to find. An enjoyable show, especially the food from the upstairs catering.
Dave and I went yesterday and had a good full day out...got there before opening time and was still drinking tea in the Land Rover when some of the traders drove out!
Mike's work I saw last year and continues in fantastic form, Adam's fittings are even better in real life than they are in the photo's posted here and on Facebook.
Did seem to be a bit thin on the ground model wise, but lots of people there. The models that were there seem to be getting ever more detailed and of better quality. One stand had a decidely poor looking Black 5 on it, with a boiler I wouldn't have passed and a tender that was absolutely dreadful, but apart from that things seem to getting far more detailed and people are going the extra mile to make them less LBSC like and more scale miniatures.
Had a chat with Malcolm, next years Harrogate show is to be at Doncaster Racecourse and from what he's heard it promises to be just as good as the Harrogate show, if not better! Think we'll be going to that one. That I can recommend as worth the effort to travel islandsteamer59
Got: 3½" Lilla, 5" Lion, 2½" Annie Body.
Building : 5" Edward Thomas/Peter Sam, 7¼" Jubilee1897
In planning : 4" Burrell Road loco, 5" Standard 4 tank
Would like to build : 5" Duchess, NGG16 Garrett
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Went today, nice to meet Adam as previously stated the parts look even better when you can actually hold them, some real fine work there. Found everything I wanted at the show good job I took a helper as came away carrying over 5 kilo's. of BDMS. (for £8 with a tape measure thrown in) and 2 litres of headstock oil, plus a few other bits. Regards Paul.
p.s. the catering was good too, well the steak pie was.
3 1/2" Juliet 2 (Shortly to be named GWR 101), 7 1/4" Bridget & Class 07 type electric.