Wing News

Model Railway Exhibition

On the 21st of July 424 (City of Southampton) Squadron put on an amazing exhibition of model railways and aircraft to give the general public the opportunity to view the outstanding work that our cadets do. It was a one day event, and the weather was perfect for a BBQ which was well attended.

As many will know, 424 Squadron are moving from their current home soon, and this was a perfect opportunity to show off what we do and also to raise some funds for the Squadron. There were five railway layouts in total, with the most complex being from Ron Lines of 'Ron Lines Model Railways' in Shirley, Southampton, which was of a London scene, which was an amazingly detailed N gauge layout; it was clear many hours of hard work had been spent on it. Fareham Model Railway Club brought one of their OO layouts; again, this demonstrated some fantastic scenery which complemented the rolling stock well. The Squadron's own exhibit was of an N gauge layout St Deny's station c.1976 - again showing incredible detail. Brian Coombes, a Civilian Instructor at Southampton Squadron, displayed a layout, which although appeared fairly basic at first glance, demonstrated some ingenious use of new technology, such as using a mobile phone app to control the layout remotely. Finally, Southampton Model Railway Club also displayed a OO gauge layout that resembled a slate quarry and was very detailed.

Romsey Modellers brought some stunning models including miniature figurines, military vehicles, and of course aircraft of all descriptions. Other static models displayed included those built by Squadron staff and Cadets, some of which won various categories in this year's Wing Activities Day

The general view was that the show went very well; thanks must be given to Solent Sky museum to allow exhibition visitors half price entry. The event was well publicised for free in appropriate publications, so we would like to thank the Southern Daily Echo, Model Railway Magazine and Wave 105 for their support. I would also like to thank Flight Lieutenant Paul Terry, the Officer Commanding Southampton Squadron, for his support and help in making this happen, the cadets that helped on the day, and my long suffering wife who has been very supportive throughout. Members of the Squadron's Civilian Committee were present, and we are pleased that we raised £150.00 on the day with more promised following a planned model sale.

A great day was had by all, and we are very much looking forward to the next one.