Now in its 24th year, the popular London Model Engineering Exhibition returns to the iconic Alexandra Palace from Friday, January 17, to Sunday, January 19. Often regarded as one of the top model engineering shows in the UK, this leading exhibition for model engineers continues to enthral visitors and enthusiasts alike with thousands of scale models from the early age of steam engines right up to today’s modern marvels.
The 2020 event will be packed with over 2,000 models built by individuals, clubs and societies, from traditional model engineering like locomotives, train layouts and traction engines to large collections of scale model ships, aircrafts, tanks and and even James Bond models and memorabilia.
This year’s show pays tribute to the emergency services and armed forces. Over 500 emergency services and armed forces models will be displayed throughout the hall. Representatives from London’s Air Ambulance Charity will be in attendance with their Helivan featuring a replica of the interior of London’s Air Ambulance aircraft plus demonstrating their app to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers.
In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, IPMS Barnet Model Club will showcase a display of model tanks, tri-planes, Fokker planes and associated military British and German infantry figurines, plus armoury and battle machines. The Surface Warship Association also return with a large collection of scale model warships.
Always a show highlight is the Royal Spithead Review, a set of over 750 tiny 1:1200 scale models of iconic ships including significant historical vessels over 3,000 years of maritime history. A notable model is the Mayflower, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of its pioneering voyage in 2020.
The event is always keen to encourage and highlight the works of young engineers. There are plenty of hands-on activities for children to participate in, from creating a large LEGO mosaic to taking part in model experiments or even a treasure hunt.
The British Model Flying Association also make a welcome return with a static display of model aircrafts, plus visitors can have a go on their flight simulator.
Over 45 clubs and societies will be displaying their members’ work, each vying to win the prestigious Society Shield. Plus, all the leading specialist suppliers will be on site providing an excellent opportunity to seek advice from industry experts.
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY, Friday, January 17, to Sunday, January 19. Details: 020 8365 2121 alexandrapalace.com