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The 2014 Model Engineer Exhibition will take place on December 12, 13 & 14th at Sandown Park Racecourse.
Building on the success of the 2013 exhibition, the show will feature the prestigeous Competition, loan models, the SMEE displays and the much acclaimed 'Maker Area' where the very latest modelling techniques will be demonstrated. Entries are already starting to come in and many clubs have already booked their space. Entry forms will be printed in Model Engineer later in the year.
This year's Exhibition dates are 12, 13, 14 Decmber. See you there!
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… John Poulter puts a lot of effort into organising the outdoor steamers at Snadown Park so I though it apporporiate to put him and his friend, Bill Lowe, on the cover as we feature the clulb stands this time. There can never be enough page space to tell you about all the outstanding models on display at MEX but I have tried to pick out a few for your enjoyment. The Bacup Hillbilly, Peter Chadwick completes his Lancashire Mill chimney and Anthony Mount makes the crankshaft of the 1880 Garrett. John Rutter adapts readily available motors to make something useable for aero-modellers and Mick Knights writes for model engineers new to the benefits of the dividing head and rotary table.
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The model engineering fraternity has lost one of its most respected writers with the passing of Peter Spenlove-Spenlove on the 13th March. Always a very private man, Peter had, in his earlier years, a career that had taken him to many paces and to the employ of many establishments including Peterborough Public Works, British Racing Motors - where he was concerned with in the making of parts - and Ruston Bucyrus amongst others. Born the son of a market gardener in Cornwall in 1927, Peter was educated at public school but his interests were always in engineering. He attended a local technical college and progressed to Loughborough Technical College where he came into contact with Tom Walshaw who was an undoubted influence. Tom affectionately named him ‘Peter Spenlove Squared’. Peter did not establish his own workshop until he settled in Leicestershire later in life but when he did it was extremely well equipped with some interesting and historic machine tools and he produced, mainly, workshop tooling to the very highest standard. He worked on a freelance basis and wrote extensively for Model Engineer. The funeral will take place in Truro on 31st March. I am indebted to Maurice Turnbull, one of the very few people who had been in regular contact with Peter, for his assistance in compiling this short obituary.
In the next issue Anthony Mount continues work on his 1880 Garrett Stationary Engine. Always a popular writer, this series is bound to be of interest to many readers, whether they wish to make the engine or not, for the pleasure of reading Anthony's text and drawings.
John Rutter describes how to make contra-rotating motors for small aircraft and Mick Knights starts a short series for less experienced model engineers on using the dividing head and rotary table in the workshop. We have the concluding part of Mike Chrisp's report on general engineering models at the MEX and Roger Backhouse visits Amberly Museum in Sussex.
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