What is Model Engineering
Because of the wide range of activities covered by Model Engineering, no one definition can cover them all. Essentially it is the construction of scale models such as locomotives, traction engines, stationary engines and tooling in home workshops. Most of the construction is in metal; consequently metal-working machinery such as a lathe is required. Locomotives can be powered by steam (most in Australia using coal), petrol or battery, and are usually able to carry people on miniature railway track. If you want to know more about Model Engineering, check out Australian Model Engineering magazine and browse their website: www.ameng.com.au
The Queensland Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Inc. (QSMEE) is a Society of members who have a common interest in Model Engineering. There is an evening club meeting once a month where members discuss progress with their models; videos pertinent to the hobby are shown and guest speakers talk about related subjects. The second Sunday of the month is set aside for members to run their locos on the Society railway track and the first Sunday is occupied building and maintaining that track and facilities. Although the track is not open to the general public, individuals, organised community, charitable, and other groups are welcome to attend by invitation only – see the “Visit Us” page. A quarterly newsletter, The Oilcan, provides information on Society activities to members. PDF copies can be downloaded from the newsletter page of this website.
The Society welcomes prospective new members who are either existing model engineers or have a strong interest and wish to take up the hobby. Come along to one of our event days or make yourself known at a club meeting. These are currently held at 7.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month except December in the meeting room of the Brisbane City Council Library located on Level 2 of the Indooroopilly Shopping Town, Indooroopilly.
The Society is affiliated with the Australian Association of Live Steamers (AALS). The AALS represents the hobby at government level and establishes standards of construction, especially technical safety standards. Every year the AALS holds a national convention hosted by one of its affiliated societies. The 63rd Annual AALS Convention was hosted by the QSMEE during the 2019 Easter long weekend.