It is now 27 years since the first Wings and Wheels Model Spectacular made its debut at North Weald airfield near Epping in
Three enthusiastic modellers worked together to stage what was (and still is) one of the largest model shows of its kind in the country. Working together with the airfield staff and model trade they produced a huge show displaying all types of radio controlled models. Staged on the airfield and inside one of the hangars this proved a huge success. However, after three years they had 'had enough’!
Wings & Wheels 1980's style - how things have changed!
Guiseppe Dardenello (left) was the acknowledged star of the show for some years with his immense and awesomely loud pulse-jets that set staggering speeds for the time! (Right) Almost every type of aircraft was represented - and still is today.
That is where we stepped in. Jane – the Show Director - had an enormous amount of experience with this type of event and, along with a team of young enthusiasts, took the show over in 1989. After a few years the show had to move to its current site on the airfield due to the enormous Saturday market which dominated the intersection of the airfield on the Saturday. This was financially necessary for the airfield if it was to continue operating, so Wings & Wheels was moved to the North End of the site.
Over the years, this has developed into a truly Spectacular event and has featured some of the largest and most spectacular Radio Control Model Aircraft in the world as part of its flying programme.
(Left) Greg Hayfield made the debut display flight of his incredible 87% scale Pitts Python at Wings & Wheels 2012. Ali Machinchi making another perfect flight with just one of his massive stable of beautiful models (Right).
To find out more about radio control model flying click here to take you to the web site of the British Model Flying Association - the BMFA is the
As well as model aircraft, we also showcase model boats.
At 40 feet square, the boat pool at Wings & Wheels is probably the largest artificial outdoor pool anywhere in the country and showcases every type of marine model imagineable - plus a few you couldn't possibly imagine!!
We run one of the most successful Modeller’s Bring-and-Buy sales in the country and feature every model trade imaginable where you can buy anything you require for your hobby.
If you want it here it is, come and get it.....(with apologies to the Beatles!) Everything you could possibly want for this incredible hobby of ours is on show at the magnificent Wings & Wheels Bring & Buy!
The purpose of this Web Site is to keep you informed about developments and attractions at the 2013 Wings and Wheels Model Spectacular. We will bring you lists of traders, a site-map and flying displays for easy reference as well as up-to-the-minute news on what to expect this year
We will also bring you all sorts of information to help make the most of your weekend at Wings & Wheels. For example, local accommodation lists as well as details on weekend caravan/camping prices on-site.
We hope you will put the dates - 29th & 30th June 2013 - in your diary with a view to coming along.
You can also BUY TICKETS NOW! via our on-line ordering service
If you would like a flavour of exactly what to expect from Wings & Wheels, visit the 2012 show report