CMAMAS - Toronto Hobby Show - November 2003

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.

We were assigned a larger booth this year, which turned out to be very fortunate because we had a wonderful turnout with a record number of models, and even with the increased space we had to crowd together, as can be observed in some of the photos.

1. Doug Armstrong's tower crane was a sight to see...and difficult to photograph.

2. Hubert Hogle built this giant Ferris wheel from Junior Meccano parts he purchased last spring in the form of a dealers' display model.

3. There was not one but *two* Ping Pong Ball Collieries at the Hobby Show this year. This one was built by Manfred Hammer.

4. 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 model".

5. The ever-popular bubble-blowing machine is a Hobby Show favourite.

6. Don Morton brought this elaborate and realistic telescope all the way from BC.

7. 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...

8. 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.

9. 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...

10. Our youngest exhibiting club member, Oskar Kohanec, was with us again, and clearly demonstrated that he's honed his modeling skills since his first show.

11. A battery-access problem he had in an earlier model has now been solved by a flip-top design. Slick!

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. It's not often that we get to see such a fine looking Erector model as this steam engine!

15. Ed Barclay brought his bumper cars and gave visitors an opportunity to watch a modeler at work assembling a model.

16. Upon completion, the model was instantly popular!

17. 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.

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