The 2010 Model Engineer Exhibition 
Top quality exhibits and a great show!
Sandown Park; 10 - 12 December


The 2010 Model Engineer Exhibition was a joy to behold. In due course we shall publish a more in-depth report on all that there was to see. As a taster, meanwhile, here are a few photographs of some of the competitive entries which were beautifully displayed on the first floor at Sandown Park.
William Godfrey's beautiful beam engine is nicely set onto a stone bed.
A very authentic Caledonian dock tank built by Alan Broodbank This is based on the popular 3 1/2in gauge design Rob Roy.
James Lauder's compound condensing marine engine won a well deserved Gold medal .
John Weight took a Silver medal for this somewhat older design of marine engine.
What a pleasant change to see this 5in. gauge tank in G&SWR livery. The model won its builder, Reg Dale, a Bronze medal.
The standard of model engineering on display was very high and there were plenty of entries in all classes.  
I had the good fortune to be in the hall from Thursday onwards. All the stewards were kept busy as the models rolled in; by the end of the day the display in this room alone was enough to keep the visitor's attention for a full weekend!  
The compound marine engine built by James Lauder to Arthur Leake's design was, for me, one of the stars of the show. Also, Harry Williams' highly skilled workmanship and his infectious enthusiasm made his unique Kitson built ploughing engine another favourite.  
Aveling Barford Trophy winner. Harry Williams also went home with a Gold medal and many new friends.
Peter Fagg's magnificent London & South Western 4-4-0 took the coveted Duke Of Edinburgh Award.
This Smith Rodley Crane earned Ronald Masterton a Bronze medal.
This beautiful Oldham and Ashton tram, en route to Hyde, captured the atmosphere of times past perfectly. The builder is Ashley Best.