Welling 2023 Model Show and Open Day
Saturday 15 April 2023
Falconwood Community Centre
The Welling Model Club were guest exhibitors at our Meccano Show in 2022, so we reciprocated and showed some of our Meccano models at their Model Show & Open Day on 15th April.
Watch our video of the show
The main attraction was their members’ models of figures, aircraft, cars, military vehicles, vignettes, dioramas etc.
Dad’s Army figurines
One of the working fairground ride models
Military figurines and dioramas
I picked up Tim early in the morning but it wasn’t really necessary since we were all set up well before starting time.
Ten Meccano people turned up and we were crammed into the nursery. Robin Schoolar was in the conservatory with his Green Meanie wheel loader and other models.
Children watch the Green Meanie in action
Robin Schoolar in control of the Green Meanie
Footfall was very light despite there being a big sign by the door, so we spent time talking to each other. The canteen was open for made-to-order sandwiches. The main hall was a lot busier with various craft stands selling their wares. There was a raffle and prizes were awarded at about 3:30pm, after which we started packing up.
Exhibitors present (in addition to Robin Schoolar mentioned above) were:
Andrew Couzens: Handgun; dancing robots; sports car; cruise liner.
Roger Auger: Dartford Tunnel Scammell Scarab and other models.
Tim Surtell: Fire-fighting tugboat; Welling Sparkle sign; cavorting cow; treasure chest; Beat the Goalie game; the diabolo player; shopping trolley smartphone holder; unicyclist; Connect Four game; the Spanish Knight.
Les Chatfield: Ruston Proctor steam navvy; mini Moke; engine hoist with engine.
Greg Clarke: Aeroplane propeller.
Les Chatfield and Greg Clarke
Santiago Plicio: Pandemonium fairground ride.
Frank Paine: Biplane; Ferris wheel; car chassis;
Brian Leach: Vibratory motor; BBC Two ‘Toy Car’ channel ident; safe.
Alan Wenbourne: M4 high-speed tractor.