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The second annual Cabin Fever Model Engineering Expo will showcase model engineering on the East Coast. The first Expo introduced the public to model engineers, who take pride in building scaled-down replicas of engines and other machinery using the same material and manufacturing processes as the original.
More than 1,200 people from as far away as Iowa, Virginia, and New Hampshire attended the initial Cabin Fever at the Leesport Farmers Market the first weekend in February '97.
'We are definitely scheduled for the same time, same place next year. The show promoted model engineering while providing camaraderie for people who build models more complicated than plastic kits found in most hobby shops,' says show producer Gary Schoenly. 'I believe people appreciate the skill and hours of work it takes to design and build models, and get them running,' he adds.
Visitors to Cabin Fever observe wheels turn, rods push, and gears mesh on small replicas of steam, hot air, and gas 'hit and miss' engines, plus trains, boats, cars, airplanes, and even some models so tiny they fit in your palm while running.
Next year Schoenly expects even more exhibitors displaying their creations. Vendors will sell kits, supplies, tools, accessories, 'how-to' books, magazines and instructional videotapes for people who desire to build their own working models.
Cabin Fever is similar to successful North American Model Engineering Society expositions held each April in Wyandotte, Michigan.
The second annual Cabin Fever Expo will be January 31, 9 to 6, and February 1, 1998, 9 to 4, at the Leesport Farmers Market on Route 61, Leesport, Pa.