The BMFA once again supported the Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexander Palace, the stand manned by members of the London and Southern Areas. As usual the exhibition was set up on the Thursday afternoon (17th January) and was open to the public on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The BMFA stand, as can be seen by the photo’s consists of a promotional area where information pertaining to the BMFA was located, selling the various models such as the popular Dart, Caps, Badges and of course joining information. The stand also carried a large variety of models on static display covering all aspects of the sport from large scale, control-line, free-flight and competition class models from the Esoaring / F5J to the hand-launched F3K, creating much interest, the vast majority of these were supplied by the southern area lads.
As ever the Flight Simulator trailer was very popular with young and old alike, being two sided it had the capacity over the three days to allow a vast number of attendees to have a go. The simulators installed are the Phoenix v5.5 and these can be set up with various flying fields and models which number in the hundreds form Fixed wing to Glider and Helicopter types. Models such as the popular Wot 4 and Hanger 9 Super cubs are accurately depicted and match the flying characteristics of the actual models; sadly this software is no longer available, but others are on the market should they need to be replaced.
Once again although out of site was another very popular attraction for the youngsters, a model building area, here models like the Aerojet could be built under instruction and then flown.
The stand was visited by several hundreds of people, Saturday and Sunday being the most popular for obvious reasons. On each of the days those manning the stand were there to answer all of the many questions asked. The Southern area lads’ expertise covered all aspects of the various model classes on display.
Many asked after the Multi-rotor situation and we were pleasantly surprised that the general public were well aware that the recent problems were caused by a few rogue flyers and not the general aeromodelling fraternity.