There are more events to attend, books to read, videos to watch and sites to click on. Here's a rundown of things that are happening that may be of interest to you or someone you know.


Three Ways to Experience the Thorp Archive:

Our friends at Arts University Bournemouth have recovered and restored and made available a tremendous number of documents and photographs from one of the earliest model making firms in the UK, if not the world. 


To access it: The Thorp Archive – AUB – Arts University Bournemouth

David Lund from AUB has published a book: A History of Architectural Modelmaking in Britain: The Unseen Masters of Scale and Vision: Amazon.co.uk: Lund, David: 9781032286785: Books

Catch up on all things Thorp on Twitter! https://twitter.com/thorparchiveaub


Model Makers on TV 

Former President and longtime APMM member Hal Chaffee, his family and their company, Model Builders Inc., were featured on a Chicago news station on Jan 3. https://news.wttw.com/2023/01/03/chicago-model-building-company-has-spent-70-years-making-ideas-reality

Hal also alerted us to Part II of this interesting video series on a gigantic model making group for young people. Prepare to see an unbelievable number of model cars in one place! 

Part I: The Amazing Cars of the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild. Part I - YouTube

Part II: The Amazing Cars of the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild. Part II. - YouTube

There’s a museum featuring the Guild Home | Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners Michigan which has lots of cars and gifts, including this one:







March 5 is Industrial Design Day!

National Industrial Design Day | Industrial Designers Society of America - IDSA  Is on a Sunday this year, so you don’t have to be nice to designers at work, unless you are both working overtime. Maybe you’ll be safely hiding out in Dayton that weekend?


Other Events:

HOUSTEX® is the industry-leading southwest manufacturing trade show.  HOUSTEX (houstexonline.com) Feb 21-23, Houston TX. From additive manufacturing to robotics, machining centers to welding, and dozens of technologies in between, showcase your product or explore the best in manufacturing at HOUSTEX.


Maker Faires are back! Maker Faire | Upcoming Faires
Elkhorn Wisconsin Mini Maker Faire Feb 18 
Lynchburg Tennessee Maker Faire March 26
Los Angeles, Meridian, MS, and Syracuse, NY  Maker Faires - April 1