Our Exhibits

Bristol Model Engineering and Model Making Exhibition.

Another great exhibition is being organised by the BSMEE for 2017!

Swindon Works


After a very successful exhibition in 2016, which had several excellent reviews from our peers, we have been working on finding a ‘Feature’ for this year’s event. Our research revealed that 2017 is the 50th anniversary of ‘Curly’ Lawrence’s death (also known by his pen name LBSC, but research indicates that he was christened as William Mathieson, but was also known as Morris Benjamin, until he had another name change to Lillian Lawrence – complicated eh!). Anyway, of the 100 plus designs for which he produced the “Words and Music”, 18 were 2½ inch gauge locos.

So the Feature for this year is LBSC’s locomotive designs, several of which will be on the National 2½” Gauge Association stand. LBSC loco designs in other gauges will be represented on the Bristol Club stand and we have been promised more examples to appear on several other club stands. If you have any LBSC designed locos, either complete or part-built, and would like to exhibit them please submit a ‘Private Exhibitors Form, 2017’ - click on EXHIBITORS on the top line to find the form, which also has our contact details.

Also of much interest will be the Bulleid Builders Group stand displaying models based on the designs produced and built by O. V. S. Bulleid - Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway from the early years of World War II, until the nationalisation of Britain's Railways, in fact this year coincidentally marks 50 years since the end of Southern Steam. Models of Bulleids Locomotives will be drawn together from many directions so this is a rare opportunity to see them together.


Last year of local interest were models of Concorde, Brunel’s other bridge and the Fry’s Sentinel engine.

Meccano Vintage Garage Meccano Vintage Garage

There were plenty of Club Stands with ESMEE winning the prize for best club stand, the best model award also went to an ESMEE member, Bob Huntley, for his superb Garret traction engine.
One of my personal favourites had to be the Meccano vintage garage.

Meccano Vintage Garage Meccano Vintage Garage

Traders were also well represented with a huge variety of goods for sale.
Many of the regular private exhibitors were again in attendance but I am pleased to say there were some new ones this year as well. Please spread the word for any new entries for 2017.


Here are some examples of the exhibits we have had on display , plus some photos of presentations. We expect some of these models to appear again next year along with some exciting new ones.
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We love having new exhibits every year, just as much as people look forward to seeing last years exhibits again.

If you wish to display your models at the exhibition this year you will need to fill out and submit an exhibitors form , 2017 Forms are available on-line now.

Below you will find the list of last years Exhibitors and Exhibits and we hope to see them back next year with some new additions, watch this website for updates.

- Live Demonstrations - Workshop Displays
- Wood Turning
- A selection of Internal Combustion Engines
- Silver Soldering
- Gas Turbines
- Miniature Traction Engines in Steam - Video
- Model boating pool (members of the public are invited to 'have a go')
- Agricultural Engines
- Indoor Remote Control Helicopters and Aeroplanes (members of the public are invited to 'have a go')
- Model Railway (members of the public are invited to 'have a go')
- Remote Control Trucks and Construction Plant
- Working Model Tram Way
- Stirling Engines
- Steam Engines
- Working Hovercrafts
- Handicrafts
- Steam Lorries

Clubs and Societies

6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd
Air Water Land Model Group
Avon and Bristol Woodturners
Avon Valley Railway
Beaufort Model Flying Club
Bristol LMS Club
Bristol Model Car Club
Bristol SMEE
Bulleid Builders Group
Cardiff Marine Modellers
Crofton Pumping Station
City of Newport Model Engineering Soc.
Clevedon and District Model Boat Club
East Somerset Society MEE
Ffestiniog Society
Friends of Swindon Railway Museum
Gas Turbine Builders' Association
Ground Level 5 inch Gauge Main Line Assoc.
Guild of Model Wheelwrights (The)
Hereford Society ME
I.C. Engine Builders' Group
Kingmoor Black 5 44901
Medway Queen Preservation Society
Model Balloons
National 2.5inch Guage Association
Newcomen Society (The)
Northern Association of Model Eng Societies
North Devon Marine Modellers
Old Locomotive Committee
Rolls Royce Heritage Trust
Severn Mendip 16mm Society
Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
Society of Ornamental Turners
South West Meccano Club
South West RC Truckers
Southern Federation of Model Engineers
Stirling Engine Society (The)
Stroud Society of Model Engineers
Surface Warships Association
Taunton Model Engineering Society
UkTrainSim
Vale of Berkley Railway
West Huntspill MES
Westland & Yeovil District MES
Weston Clevedon & Portishead Railway Group
West Wilts Model Engineering Club
Woodspring Model Sailing Club
Yate & Sodbury Model Boat Club

These Clubs and Demonstrations are correct at time of publication, however they maybe subject to change.

2016 Award Winners

Best Model 2016

Bob Huntley's Garrett Traction Engine

Presentation of the CuP Alloys trophy for the best model at last year's Bristol Model Engineering and Hobbies Exhibition to the winner Bob Huntley from the East Somerset Model Engineers for his 4" Garrett Traction Engine.

Best Club Stand 2016 Award went to the East Somerset Model Engineers.

East Somerset Model Engineers, Best Club Stand

Presentation of the trophy for the best club stand at last year's Bristol Model Engineering and Hobbies Exhibition, the winner is the East Somerset Model Engineers.

East Somerset Model Engineers - Best Club Stand 2016.

East Somerset Model Engineers, Best Club Stand

East Somerset Model Engineers - Best Club Stand 2016.

East Somerset Model Engineers, Best Club Stand

East Somerset Model Engineers - Best Club Stand 2016.

East Somerset Model Engineers, Best Club Stand

Exhibition Floor Layout, 2017