Der Tiger at Geelong Model Engineers
GSMEE (Geelong Society of Model and Experimental Engineers) had its annual exhibition at Osborne House, North Geelong last weekend.
Osborne House used to be Australia’s submarine headquarters, and it still houses a superb maritime museum. It is also home to the Vietnam Veteran’s Association. And other clubs such as GSMEE and The Camera Club.
We could not have asked for better weather. Two glorious spring days. With Corio Bay sparkling in the background.
And guarding the entrance of our exhibition was a WW2 German Tiger Tank.
I have featured this machine before (see Bendigo exhibition). It is still fascinating and awesome.
Gerard explained that the original was prone to engine overheating, gearbox grenading, transmission failure and track jamming. His demonstration on Sunday was terminated by sudden graunching in the gearbox. An authentic demonstration indeed.
Normally Gerard drives the tank up ramps onto his ute. On this occasion we pushed it up.
Another outstanding exhibitor was John Ramm, with his scale Merlin engine, Volkswagen engine, and 7 cylinder radial aero engine.
There were many other wonderful engines, model ships, planes, and workshop tools. And an excellent trade display (thanks Ausee Tools).
Last, and least, the Norm Hatherly Stirling Engine prize was won by yours Truly.
Congratulations! And thanks for sharing the photos and information about the tank, engines and steam boat.
Well done John, winning the prize. What did you exhibit? Must have been good to outfox a German Tiger.
The Tiger was not in the competition. It won a gold medal at the UK model engineering competition which was huge!
Our competition was for a Stirling engine, which is much smaller and much less interesting.