London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace

17th - 19th January 2020


Enter a world of pure Imagination . . .

Now in its 24th year, the popular London Model Engineering Exhibition returns to the iconic Alexandra Palace, London from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January 2020. Often regarded as one of the top model engineering shows in the UK. This leading exhibition for model engineers continues to enthral visitors and enthusiasts alike with thousands of scale models from the early age of steam engines right up to today’s modern marvels.

The 2020 event will be packed with over 2,000 models built by individuals, clubs and societies, from traditional model engineering like locomotives, train layouts and traction engines to large collections of scale model ships, aircrafts, tanks and militaria to remote controlled trucks and even James Bond models and memorabilia!

This year’s show pays a special tribute to the emergency services and armed forces.  Over 500 emergency services and armed forces models will be displayed throughout the hall. Representatives from London's Air Ambulance Charity will be in attendance with their Helivan featuring a replica of the interior of London's Air Ambulance aircraft plus demonstrating their HELIMED app to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers and raise awareness of their lifesaving work. All Blue Light, NHS or Armed Forces Discount card holders are entitled to discounted entry to the exhibition.

In commemoration of the 80th of the Battle of Britain, IPMS Barnet Model Club will showcase a display of model tanks, tri-planes, Fokker planes and associated military British and German infantry figurines, plus armoury and battle machines. The Surface Warship Association also return with a large collection of scale model warships representing all periods, types and nationalities - many of which built by retired or current service personnel.

Always a show highlight is the Royal Spithead Review, a set of over 750 tiny 1:1200 scale models of iconic ships including near every significant historical vessel over 3,000 years of maritime history.  A notable model is the Mayflower, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of its pioneering voyage in 2020, and Darwin's HMS Beagle. 2020 also marks the 40th anniversary of this labour of love for Jack Snary, a former engineer from Hertfordshire. Each ship takes about 40 hours to construct and about 50 pence per boat in materials but the collection is insured for a staggering £75,000! Jack has also inspired his son to take up the hobby and his collection already consists of over 250 models! 

The event is always keen to encourage and highlight the works of young engineers. There are plenty of ‘hands on’ activities for children to participate in, from creating a large LEGO mosaic at the Fairy Bricks stand to taking part in model experiments at the Imagineering Foundation stand science lab or even a treasure hunt!

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the large interactive areas featuring hands-on model building activities, fascinating technical demonstrations, live demos with Tamiya Truckin to hopping on a 5” gauge steam locomotive for a free passenger ride!

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Open 10am – 5pm Friday and Saturday and 10am - 4.30pm Sunday


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