Toronto Hobby Show - A visit to the 25th in November 2003

These photos are from the Toronto Hobby Show in 2003. This batch of photos were all taken by Phillip Edwards.

Note: this article originally appeared on the SCMEC website (now shut down)
and is reprinted with the kind permission of Phil Edwards, their former webmaster.

I have just returned home after what must be the best Meccano/Erector/Marklin etc. display for years, at the Hobby show. There were around 120 models on show, crammed into our allotted rectangle of tables. Everyone had a great time, discussing models, families, upcoming events etc. I hope you enjoy the pictures below, showing some of the more photogenic or interesting models.

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Normand St Aubin brought his Block-setter crane with grab attachment.

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A miniature model of a 46 wheeler articulated truck.

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From our late Farmer-builder Gordon Frank, a fork-lift truck. Sadly, Gordon died a week after the show. He will be missed by all that knew him.

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Ed Barclay came down from Owen Sound with his ‘Dodgems’.

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Martha (significant other, at least from a Meccano standpoint, of Hubert Hogle) the robot, visits again …

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Don Redmond brought a lovely blue and gold horizontal steam engine and a display of side plate motors.

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Don Redmond #2.

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Charlie Pack came up again from Los Alto Hills, CA with his Walking Beam Engine.

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I brought my latest model, a 100% mechanical walking man, pulling a Rickshaw. The leg movement is unique to Meccano and was designed using a linkage modeling software program.

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Robert Gibeault displayed a very neat Marklin Road Grader.

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A nice rendition of a small scale steam loco from Bernard Champoux.

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And on a larger scale, we had a yellow Pacific Engine from Mike Shaw.

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Fun at the games tables with Leslie Roberts … can you find the ball …?

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Donald Morton brought along another Telescope model.

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A vertical Engine by Ted van Klink.

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And finally, the Meccanoman of the Year award for the last year went to Bernard Champoux.

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