I enclose some photographs of the Paris Model Exhibition 2007
most enjoyable and worthwhile visit to this Exhibition in 2006 I was really
looking forward to spending 2 days exploring this year’s event at the new
venue, the Exhibition Halls at Le Bourget north east of Paris. What a
disappointment! It was a long journey out of central Paris with difficulty
connecting from the Metro/RER to the site. The Hall was magnificent but half
empty. Many aspects of modelling featured last year were absent; many
traders were not present and nor were the public. Several traders with whom
I spoke said they were experiencing poor business and they blamed it on
being away from central Paris.
In one day
I soon exhausted all there was to see. If this remains the venue in 2008 I
shall not return.
most exciting part of my day was the tethered hydro racer which broke its
tether, exited the pool, passed right through the security net, nearly
demolished some displayed models and buried itself in the wall! It seemed to
me quite foolhardy to run such a display indoors.
the Exhibition was a Flight and Space Museum but I did not visit.
I have also
enclosed three photographs of a pusher tug on the River Seine which was
pushing a huge barge. The latter appeared to have a rudder under its bow
which must greatly aid steering in confined waters.