THE NZFMM 2011 MECCANO EASTER CONVENTION.
The 2011 NZFMM convention was hosted this year by the MWT Meccano Club. It was held over the Easter period from 22nd to the 24th and was held as part of "Destination Manawatu's" "Square Affair" weekend with a 1950's theme.The Meccano Convention was held at the Palmerston North convention centre on the square.
Friday was the set up day with models being placed and discussions among individual modellers. The Saturday and Sunday were open to the public with the organisation of the building, security and public access being organised by "Destination Manawatu" staff.
The NZFMM AGM was held at the Pipers hall in Palmesrston North, followed by an excellent meal of soup (many different selections) and buns. Chris did warn people that no-one was to leave until the bowls were empty.
Peter Hancock was re- elected as club president for the next two years as he is midway into work on a club constitution.
There was a great selection of models present at the convention, almost something for everyone from the biggest model which would have been the Otago Container Crane by Ross Mitchell (The logistics of bringing this crane all the way from the south island make you aware of the support some of these modelers bring to the club) to the very smallest, perhaps one of the micro models provided by Lou Nicholls.
Awards for models:
First place: Selwyn Bluett with his Tractor and Feed wagon.
Second Place: Daryl Anderson with Meccanoland.
Third Place: Les Megget with his Leibherr 1050 Mobile Crane.
A special prize was awarded ro Ross Mitchell for the Otago Port Container Crane.
The public award prize went to Daryl Anderson for Meccanoland.
First: Roman Johnston for the Block setting Crane.
Second: Cooper Harland for his Building site Crane.
Third: Andy Baker for his Robot.
There was a good public turnout for the venue with numbers moving through for the whole two days. The Meccano display coupled with the excellent Hornby display on the first floor and the hands on events run my Peter Hancock and Destination Manawatu were enough to keep the most ardent Frank Hornby follower happy.