Larger and faster models flown at the Melton and District Model annual show

Mick Butler (right) proudly displays his quarter-scale model Tiger Moth with Trevor Main PHOTO: Tim Williams
Mick Butler (right) proudly displays his quarter-scale model Tiger Moth with Trevor Main PHOTO: Tim Williams

“A better environment for flying” were the words used by Melton and District Model Club’s chairman to describe the group’s new chosen venue for their two-day annual show.

This year the public event on Saturday and Sunday was switched to Asfordby Acres, the home of Asfordby Amateurs football club from Tesco playing fields on Thorpe Road.

Chocks away for a fine flying day PHOTO: Tim Williams

Chocks away for a fine flying day PHOTO: Tim Williams

Attractions included radio control aircraft and boats, drones and helicopters, war gaming and model engineering as well as a full range of magnificent flying demonstrations.

Visitors were also able to try their hand on a range of slot car tracks and flight simulators, whilst children got stuck into building Meccano models and played with Scalextric sets.

Club chairman Chris Savidge said: “Crowds weren’t necessarily up on previous years because people had to get used to the new venue but club members were very pleased with it.

“The venue was a better environment for flying as the old site was starting to become too enclosed.

Scalextric and model railway tracks spread out in the new venue PHOTO: Tim Williams

Scalextric and model railway tracks spread out in the new venue PHOTO: Tim Williams

“The Asfordby Acres site allowed us run larger and faster models including jets which went down very well with spectators. The sports hall was also used to showcase attractions indoors from Melton Mowbray Model Engineering Society, Melton Mowbray Model Railway Society and Leicester Model Railway Group.

“I’d like to express my thanks to all the exhibitors who supported the event and to Asfordby Amateurs for allowing us to host it.”

Melton and District Model Club will be reviewing the weekend and will make a decision about a venue to host next year’s show.

Rob Miller and his Meccano carousel of model planes PHOTO: Tim Williams

Rob Miller and his Meccano carousel of model planes PHOTO: Tim Williams