Meccano replicas of Star Wars craft and cult movie Convoy to be displayed at Hildreds Shopping Centre

The Meccano replica of the Eagle from TV series Space 1999.
The Meccano replica of the Eagle from TV series Space 1999.

Iconic Meccano replica models from famous TV shows will be showcased at Skegness’s Hildreds Shopping Centre from June 27 to July 6.

The models will be installed for the public to view to promote the SkegEx Meccano exhibition at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, which will run from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6 and will feature the Meccano model bike created by TVs James May.

Han Solo’s iconic spaceship, the ‘Millennium Falcon’ from Star Wars will feature at the Hildreds display, alongside ‘The Eagle’, from cult 70s TV series, Space 1999.

The models are part of a display by top toy brand Meccano and will help promote the event in the build up to the opening of SkegEx, the UK’s largest exhibition of Meccano.

Emma Eden, Meccano Marketing Manager, says: “These are no ordinary models, they are fantastic large scale Meccano replicas brought to life by enthusiast Philip Webb. He has invested hundreds of hours in their construction and shows that if you want to make it, you can build it with Meccano”

“The iconic Eagle from Space 1999 is over five feet long and constructed from 1000s of Meccano components. It took Philip the best part of five months to build it and he’s kindly allowed it to make its first earthly landing in The Hildreds Shopping Centre for everyone to enjoy. Alongside The Eagle there’s also a gorgeous little VW Camper van that’s my personal favourite,”

she added.

Visitors to SkegEx 2014, the UK’s premier Meccano exhibition - will also be treated to an extraordinary Meccano model this year. TV celebrity James May’s Meccano motorbike which starred in BBC Toy Stories programme, will be on show in The Embassy Theatre foyer for the duration of the exhibition.

The 15,000 piece Meccano motorbike constructed using standard components was designed and built by Sim Oakley for the ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’.

It completed a full 38-mile circuit of the world famous Isle of Man TT course ridden by James May and accompanied, in part, by celebrity Oz Clarke.

Geoff Brown, SkegEx organiser, says: “The fantastic display in The Hildreds Shopping Centre is just a taste of what visitors will get to see in The Embassy Theatre and we’re hoping it will whet everyone’s appetite for more”.

“And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s the Meccano motorbike which is an equally amazing example of what can be achieved with what is essentially a children’s construction toy. It takes centre stage at this year’s show and is just one of a number of stunning large scale and mind-boggling Meccano models that will be on display in the exhibition hall for visitors to enjoy,” said Mr Brown.

“There will be over 150 exhibitors from around the world showcasing their creations alongside a series of interactive ‘Build n Play’ workshops for children to get their first hands-on experience of making things with Meccano.”

SkegEx is organised by the North Midlands Meccano Guild and runs from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6 at The Embassy Theatre, Grand Parade, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 2UG.

Admission is £3.50, children £1.50, families £8.00.

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