On the final day of our Australian trip we took up an invitation extended to
us by Mike Farnan and Neil Addicott of Model Engines Pty to come and visit their
Model Engines has a staff of 22 mostly experienced modelers handling the day to day business.
Lately, one of the most popular products in the Model Engines range has been
their homegrown 1/10 and 1/18 scale radio control replicas of the Holden Special
Vehicles and Ford Motor Racing cars doing the full size competition circuit
in Australia. These cars have small glow motors in them and are selling like
hot cakes. Infact as we were arriving, another truckload of cars was being unloaded
into the warehouse.
Mike then lead us through all their OS Engine products, everything from radial engines through to supercharged four strokes, they had it, then we were shown all through the rest of the gear, spares, accessories before getting to the JR Helicopter section where sitting pride of place was a new-in-box Sylphide. I've never seen a Sylphide in real life before so was keen to open up the box and see what was going on inside. JR have packaged up all the sexy bits in a nice segmented cardboard box with clear windows so you can see in and drool over the machined parts, but you can't touch. Very nice.
On towards the showroom where Model Engines has most models that they sell on display. Everything from cars, trucks through to tanks and cranes as well as ofcourse helicopters, planes, gliders etc. The Vigor that did the World Record run over water was on the shelf, the last time it flew being in the World Record attempt. Find out more about this flight here.
Out on the packing floor guys were busy packing up orders to be sent out to various model shops all over Australia and in some cases further afield than that. We took the opportunity to post back my engines as well as some of Sharon's Christmas shopping which the guys handled for us.
Having done the tour and posted our stuff we thanked everyone and left, but
not before ordering a couple of those chainsaw buggies through the New Zealand
distributor, cause Darryll said if I had one, he had to have one too.