The prestigious Model Engineer Competition is held with the highest regard and the awards, which are presented on the last day of the MEX, are treasured.
Now is your chance to enter the Model Engineer Competition at this year’s Model Engineer Exhibition.

Download Download the 2016 Model Engineer Exhibition Entry Form and rules here.

Competitors' Information

Full information about the competition is contained in the Competitors’ Information booklet that is sent to every entrant as part of the information package. If you have an item and are unsure as to the Class into which it should be entered, leave that section blank and we will take care of it. The Judges have the right to move any competition exhibit into another class if they feel that by doing so its chances of gaining higher marks or a more appropriate award are improved.

Entering a Loan Model
If the item is offered as a Loan exhibit please indicate this on the form in the box identifying the Class. Loan models are not judged but are a very valued part of the exhibition. Part built models are particularly welcome in the Loan Section; visitors like to see work in progress and entry does not preclude the item being entered into competition when completed.

The classes listed below are those associated with mainstream model engineering.

  1. Club Exhibits
  2. Additional Forms
  3. Engineering Section
  4. Railway Section
  5. Marine Models
  6. Scale Aircraft Section
  7. Model Horse Drawn Vehicle Section
  8. Junior Section
  9. Model Vehicle Section
  10. Duke of Edinburgh Challenge Trophy

Club Exhibits

Where a club is exhibiting, each model should be entered on a separate entry form and clearly identified as a club exhibit by entering Loan/Club in the class section box. This ensures that we have a full record of all models on display during the show and facilitates matters of administration.

Additional Forms

If you do not wish to deface your copy of the magazine we are happy to receive photocopies of the entry form, one for each model. We will be pleased to send out extra forms if required, so if you know of a modeller who is not a reader of one of our magazines but who you think may wish to participate, please advise them to contact Email: or simply photocopy the entry form for them.

Your work could well be the stimulus which inspires someone else to start in the hobby; every modelling discipline needs more and more participants and it is by displaying not only the crème-de-la-crème, but also examples of work of a more achieveable standard, that encourages people (that people are encouraged) to join the wonderful world of modelling.

There can be no doubt that this event is our showcase on the world of modelling in all its aspects. We look forward to seeing a sample of your work at the show!

Engineering Section

A1 Hot air engines.
A2 General engineering models (including stationary and marine engines).
A3 Internal combustion engines.
A4 Mechanical propelled road vehicles (including tractors).
A5 Tools and workshop appliances.
A6 Horological, scientific and optical apparatus.
A7 General engineering exhibits – not covered by the above.

 Railway Section

B1 Working steam locomotives 1” scale and over.
B2 Working steam locomotives under 1” scale.
B3 Locomotives of any scale, experimental, freelance or based on any published design and not necessarily replicas of full size prototypes, intended for track duties.
B4 Scratchbuilt model locomotives of any scale, not covered by classes B1, B2, B3, including working models of non-steam, electrically or clockwork powered steam prototypes.
B5 Scratchbuilt model locomotives gauge 1 (10mm scale) and under.
B6 Kitbuilt model locomotives gauge 1 (10mm scale)and under.
B7 Scratchbuilt rolling stock, gauge 1 (10mm scale) and under.
B8 Kitbuilt rolling stock, gauge 1 (10mm scale) and under.
B9 Passenger or goods rolling stock, above 1” scale.
B10 Passenger or goods rolling stock, under 1” scale.
B11 Railway buildings and lineside accessories to any recognised model railway scale.
B12 Tramway vehicles.
BK1 Working steam locomotives built from a kit.
BK2 Working locomotives other than steam powered.
  Working locomotives other than steam powered.
Any model locomotive in Class BK1 or BK2 , built from a commercial kit, entered into these classes will not be judged in the medal classes but can receive commended certificates and an award from a trade supplier.

 Marine Models

C1 Working scale models of powered vessels (from any period). Scale 1:1 to 1:48.
C2 Working scale models of powered vessels (from any period). Scale 1:49 to 1:384.
C3 Non-working scale models (from any period). Scale 1:1 to 1:48.
C4 Non-working scale models (from any period). Scale 1:49 to 1:384.
C5 Sailing ships and oared vessels of any period – working.
C6 Sailing ships and oared vessels of any period – nonworking.
C7 Non-scale powered functional models including hydroplanes.
C8 Miniatures. Length of hull not to exceed 15in for 1:32 scale, 12in for 1:25 scale, 10in for 1:16 scale; 9in for 1:8 scale. No limit for smaller scales.
C9 For any model boat built from a commercial kit. Before acceptance in this class the kit must have been readily available for at least 3 months prior to the opening date of the exhibition and at least 20 kits must have been sold either by mail order or through the retail trade.

 Scale Aircraft Section

D1 Scale radio control flying models.
D2 Scale flying control-line and free flight.
D3 Scale non-flying models, including kit and scratch-built.
D4 Scale flying radio controlled helicopters.

 Model Horse Drawn Vehicle Section

G1 Carriages & other sprung vehicles. (Omnibuses, trade vans etc.) Wagons, carts and farm implements. Caravans.

Junior Section

J1 For any type of model, mechanical or engineering work, by an under 14 year old.
J2 For any type of model, mechanical or engineering work, by an under 16 year old.
J3 For any type of model, mechanical or engineering work, by an under 18 year old.
  All entries will be judged for standard of craftsmanship, regardless of the modelling discipline, i.e. a boat will not be competing against a military figure. Providing a model attains sufficient marks it will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal.

Model Vehicle Section

K1 Non-working cars, including small commercial vehicles (e.g. Ford Transit) all scales down to 1/42.
K2 Non-working trucks, articulated tractor and trailer units, plus other large commercial vehicles based on truck-type chassis, all scales down to 1/42.
K3 Non-working motor bikes, including push bikes, all scales down to 1/42.
K4 Non-working emergency vehicles, fire, police and ambulance, all scales down to 1/42.
K5 Non-working vehicles including small commercial vehicles (e.g. Ford Transit,) scale from 1/43 or smaller.
K6 Any available body shells including Concours, in any scale or material, to be judged on appearance only.
K7 Functional model cars/vehicles which must be able to move under their own power of any type. Can be either free-running, tethered, radio controlled or slot car, but must represent a reasonable full size replica.

Duke of Edinburgh Challenge Trophy

Rules and Particulars:

  1. The Duke of Edinburgh Challenge Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Championship Award at the Model Engineer Exhibition.
  2. The trophy remains at all times the property of MyHobbyStore Ltd.
  3. The name of the winner and the date of the year in which the award is made will be engraved on the trophy, which may remain, at the discretion of MyHobbyStore Ltd., in his/her possession until required for renovation and display at the following Model Engineer Exhibition.
  4. Any piece of model engineering work will be eligible for this Championship Award after it has been awarded, at The Model Engineer Exhibition, a Gold or Silver medal by MyHobbyStore Ltd.
  5. 2011 Rule change - A model may be entered more than one year and if the model wins it will be permanently retired.
  6. Entry shall be free. Competitors must state on the entry form:
    (a) That exhibits are their own bona-fide work.
    (b) Any parts or kits which were purchased or were not the outcome of their own work.
    (c) That the model has not been structurally altered since winning the qualifying award.
  7. The MEX organisers may at their sole discretion vary the conditions of entry without notice.


  1. Each entry shall be made separately on the official form and every question must be answered.
  2. Competition Application Forms must be received by the stated closing date. LATE ENTRIES WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ORGANISERS.
  3. Competitors must state on their form the following:
    • Insured value of their model.
    • The exhibit is their own work and property.
    • Parts or kits purchased.
    • Parts not the outcome of their own work.
    • The origin of the design, in the case of a model that has been made by more than one person.
    NOTE: Entry in the competition can only be made by one of the parties and only their work will be eligible for judging.
  4. Models will be insured for the period during which they are in the custody of MyHobbyStore Ltd.
  5. A junior shall mean a person under 18 years of age on December 31st in the year of entry.
  6. Past Gold and Silver medal award winners at any of the exhibitions promoted by MyHobbyStore Ltd. are eligible to re-enter their model for the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Challenge Trophy’. Past winners at any of the exhibitions promoted by MyHobbyStore Ltd. will not be eligible for re-entry into the competition unless it has been substantially altered in any way.
  7. MyHobbyStore Ltd reserve the right to:
    • Transfer an entry to a more appropriate class.
    • Describe and photograph any models entered for competition or display and to make use of any such photographs and descriptions in any way they may think fit.
    • Refuse any entry or model on arrival at the exhibition and shall not be required to furnish a reason for doing so.
  8. Entry into the competition sections is not permitted by:
    • Professional model makers.
    • Anyone who has a financial interest in the direct supply of materials and designs to the public.
    • If unsure, please contact the Competition organisers prior to the show.
  9. The judges’ decision is final. All awards are at the discretion of the judges and no correspondence regarding the awards will be entered into.
  10. Exhibitors must present their model receipt for all models collected at the end of the exhibition and sign as retrieved.
  11. The signed release for each model must be presented to security staff when leaving the exhibition complex with display model(s) after the close of the exhibition.


 Winner of the 2014 Duke of Edinburgh Challenge Trophy: 5 in gauge Patriot by Allan Crossfield.