Scale Model Exhibition 2020 Review

Although storm Dennis did its best to disrupt proceedings the annual Scale Model Exhibition organised by the SVAS went ahead on Sunday 16th February. A few exhibitors and traders were unfortunately not able to make it due to the weather conditions but there was still plenty to see!

Over 40 different exhibitors and traders did make it to display at Shuttleworth and hundreds of visitors braved the storm to admire the handiwork. We were also fortunate to have the grand-daughter of Percival Chief Designer Arthur Bage visiting and she took the opportunity to display a selection of her grandfathers original drawings and scrapbooks of photographs of Percival designs.

The modelling competition was particularly close this year with judges Rob Millinship and Rory Cook commenting ‘Modelling standards continue to be very high, in some categories it has been very difficult to choose a winner. The modellers have been very careful with the fine details which make our job that much harder!’ However, the judges did manage to pick some winners and they were:

Winner 1/72nd & Smaller Scale – 1/144th P51 Mustang by Robert McDonald

Winner 1/48th & Smaller Scale – 1/48th Supermarine Channel by Hugh Beyts

Winner larger than 1/48th – Skeletal Fokker D.VII by Mick Norris

Junior Modeller – Typhoon British Legend by Joby Girling

Best in Show – the John Morris Memorial Trophy – Shogun Samurai on horseback by Bob Parker

Hopefully some of these inspire you to take part, there is an entire year to build entries for next year’s competition which will be on Sunday 21st February 2021!

Elevator Restoration to be showcased at Dorset Steam Fair

SVAS volunteers have recently completed the restoration of the Collection’s 1890 Clayton & Shuttleworth ‘Hayes Patent’ straw elevator.

Restoration started in 2016 and has involved a complete dismantle and rebuild, replacing wood where necessary. The front wheels of the elevator were particularly damaged and have been re-tyred to hopefully provide another hundred years of service!

The completed elevator will be displayed at this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair over the Bank holiday weekend before returning to Old Warden as one of the ground attractions at this year’s Vintage Air Show on Sunday 1st September.

The following gallery of pictures will show some of the hard work that has gone in to getting the elevator to this point.