Small triumphs!

The Model Engineer Exhibition of 1953 took place at the New Horticultural Hall Westminster in August, only a couple of months after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June. Consequently, London was the place to be that summer and Britain was bursting with pride about its technological and cultural significance. Perhaps not on the same scale as the conquest of Everest or the commercial operation of the Comet jet airliner the year before, the Model Engineer exhibition nevertheless show cased the talents of another highly skilled component of British, the hobbyist model maker. 1953 was significant for another reason: it was the year Airfix released its first proper construction kit, the Golden Hind!

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