Join us for the first event of the 2014 season! At the Model Festival modelers from throughout Maine and beyond display a mix of kit models as well as handmade creations. This show is a celebration of all types of models, and exhibitors are expected to bring everything from antique model steam engines to cars, planes, ships and trains. Models of all sizes will be accommodated.
On the smaller scale, miniaturists are also invited to exhibit their work. Not to be confused with children’s dollhouses, miniaturists build architectural quality scale homes and furnishings. Even the tools that build the hobby are miniature, and will be displayed and demonstrated.
The family-oriented event will feature demonstrations and activities for young and old. Among the activities for children under 18, the Southern Maine Scale Modelers will host a Make-and-Take model workshop beginning at 10:30 a.m. Each child will build a glue-less snap kit model. A variety of styles will be available. Instruction and all materials will be provided.
In addition to the South Maine Scale Modelers, the Kennebec Valley Model Aviators, Franklin County Aircraft Modelers and Brunswick Area Modelers will be demonstrating radio-controlled aircraft and free flight in the Museum’s Main Display throughout the weekend.
Granite Leisure Time of Oakland will have an RC racecar track set up indoors for demonstrations. They will also have a racecar simulator available for public use. Members of the Maine Antique Power Association (MAPA) and New England Model Engineering Society will display working steam- and gas-powered model engines. The Down East Shipmodeler’s Guild plans an impressive display of scale model schooners and other sail craft. The Down East Rail Guild will be participating with an exciting live steam railroad model.
Since the event occurs at the height of Maine’s infamous mud season, all activities are planned for indoors. Weather permitting, there will be outdoor demonstrations of remote control cars, trucks and airplanes. Granite Leisure Time will perform some high-flying maneuvers with their remote control ground vehicles; these vehicles have reached heights of over eight feet in previous demonstrations. The aerial performance will continue with demonstrations by large-scale remote control aircraft, with wingspans approaching nine and ten feet.
Pre-registration for exhibitors is strongly encouraged and allows the Museum to ensure an adequate space is provided for exhibitor setup. Register or obtain further information by calling Event and Auction Coordinator Toby Stinson at (207) 594-4418. Vendors wishing to sell their wares at this event should also contact Toby, the cost for a vendor table is $25 a day or $40 for the entire weekend, exhibitors are admitted free of charge.
Admission is $16 for adults, and children under 18 are admitted to the Museum and show free of charge. Refreshments catered by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place will be available for purchase all day.