At the Brooklands Museum this weekend was the Model Engineer Exhibition. As we walked into the Brooklands site I recognised the familiar smell of oil, coal, and steam coming from a small ride-on railway. This was mixed with the special aroma of beef burgers and sausages coming from a barbecue. I could also hear a very loud roaring which was coming from a small jet engine that was being demonstrated under a gazebo.
Then I wandered into a Traders tent to have a look around to whet my appetite for more to come. In this tent there was a lathe being demonstrated turning wood, and many other exciting looking shiny tools for sale. This was also where there were stands for many different modelling societies. Down one side was a large scale model tram track with trams running backwards and forwards. So that the operator could see where he was going the model trams had cameras fitted in them which were sending pictures to a laptop.
In the Brooklands club house were the many societies and individuals showing their models. Here there were models of all shapes, sizes, and types made in different materials such as wood, matchsticks, metal, and plastic. There was also a 3D printer on display. I was impressed by the craftsmanship which had gone into all the different types of model. On one stand there was a display of small static engines which were powered by heat from the palm of your hand or a small oil burner. The exhibitor explained that if they are placed on ice instead the model would still work but it would run backwards.
The entrance fee for the exhibition was included in the £15 ticket price for Brooklands Museum and all the museum attractions were open throughout the day to enjoy as well. Access inside the club house was poor. I had checked the access on their website before going which says “There is a stair-lift for access to the first floor function rooms and the Members’ Bar.”. However this lift is not suitable for wheelchairs. I therefore had to get out of my wheelchair to take a precarious ride up the stairs and Wayne valiantly carried my wheelchair to the top. Other visitors were not so lucky and could not use this lift, and the exhibitors were not happy with having to carry their exhibits up the stairs.