These photos are from
the CMAMAS booth at the Hobby Show
which was held in Toronto from November 7-9, 2003.
This batch of photos was taken and captioned by Lynn Krause.
Click on the small image to see an enlargement.
Doug Armstrong's tower crane was a sight to see...and difficult to
Hubert Hogle built this giant Ferris wheel from Junior Meccano parts he
purchased last spring in the form of a dealers' display model.
There was not one but *two* Ping Pong Ball Collieries at the Hobby Show
this year. This one was built by Manfred Hammer.
Here we see PPBC No. 2, built by Ron Kurtz. I waited nearly 10min. for
the mesmerized visitors to move on so I'd have a clear view, and in the
end decided to take a shot of "visitors captivated by a fascinating
The ever-popular bubble-blowing machine is a Hobby Show favourite.
Don Morton brought this elaborate and realistic telescope all the way from
He also brought a photo of the prototype. I asked him what turned out to
be a very stupid question - had he ever seen the original. He smiled
indulgently and revealed that he had operated it for a number of years...
Phil Edwards had a charming surprise for us. In one week he designed and built
this rickshaw and driver, inspired by a photo of the real thing. The driver
was precision-designed using a computer application, and walks with a realistic
and carefully calibrated marching motion. His boots are made from the 3-part
rubber "seat" included in some of the recent sets.
A 1911 funicular, built with the MME key-fixing system by Colin Hinz.
Building a large-scale early model such as this has challenges all of its
own, starting with the very limited parts selection of the time...
Our youngest exhibiting club member, Oskar Kohanec, was with us again, and
clearly demonstrated that he's honed his modeling skills since his first
A battery-access problem he had in an earlier model has now been
solved by a flip-top design. Slick!
Oskar has discovered for himself the trick of using 27a's to fix the new
plastic wheels on axle rods. We also see how he's put some of the older
parts he purchased at the May show to good use.
Kendrick Bisset was kind enough to pose for me with the box and two built
up models from the newly rereleased ferris wheel set, only available in
the USA in this packaging.
It's not often that we get to see such a fine looking Erector model as this
Ed Barclay brought his bumper cars and gave visitors an opportunity to watch
a modeler at work assembling a model.
Upon completion, the model was instantly popular!
The hands-on section, where the barriers are removed, is always popular
with the under-10 crowd. I enjoyed myself immensely jointly manning it this
year with Eric Eisen (in white). He brought his ever-popular collection of
hand-cranked models in red-and-green, including his interactive "math tester".
My own contribution, based on a 1950's 8 Set "Elevated Car Park" proved to
be even more popular with the young crowd than I had hoped for. The little
boy playing with it in the background returned 3 or 4 times to park more cars.
See also more photos on page 2.
Copyright 2003 by CMAMAS.