The Allendale Group team are looking forward to another year of exhibiting at the London Model Engineering Exhibition on 17th – 19th January 2020. Held at London Alexandra Palace, it’s going to be a big one with over 2,000 models on display. We are excited to see the full spectrum of modelling, from traditional model engineering through to the more modern gadgets including trucks, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters, as featured on “The One Show”.

This is a great day out for all of the family, if you’re an experienced hobbyist or a keen beginner, then this show is perfect for you. There will be lots on offer at our stand (Stand 41), showcasing our Machine-DRO, Allendale Ultrasonics, Cases and Enclosures and lots more products including an exclusive feature of our new measuring tools range, M-SURE.

Come and visit our Technical Product Specialists on Stand 41, we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces. Find out more about the event here.

We caught up with our newest member of the team, Phil the Engineering Products Manager, and asked him some questions about himself. This is what we asked, along with Phil’s answers:

How long have you been working at the Allendale Group?
3 months

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Civil Engineer (don’t ask)

What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
Keeping a bird of prey

What’s your most used emoji?
Thumbs up

What’s your favourite sport to watch and which team?
Rugby - Leicester Tigers

What’s your favourite movie?
Forest Gump

Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
None that I can say on here, NO

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Listening to other people eat

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Galaxy Chocolate

Who’s your favourite comedian?
Kevin Bridges

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
A bear, so I could hibernate for months

What’s the first concert you ever went to?
Genesis live at Knebworth

What country would you like to visit for the first time?

What is one food/cuisine you can’t give up?
Indian Curry

If you could have dinner with someone famous (dead or alive), who would it be?
Spike Milligan

What would be the title of your autobiography?
No, don’t say thank you!

Stuck on a desert island, what 1 item do you choose?
An endless supply of Sun Cream

What’s the best advice you were ever given?
If you’ve told someone you’ll call them back, do so on time, even if you have no update

It’s the perfect time of year to get your hands on the latest gadgets and trying new Christmas themed projects. Here are 4 cool projects to get yourself in the festive spirit this year in the lead up to Christmas, which includes the Touch Board, Pi Cap, Electric Paint Lamp Kit or Electric Paint Circuit Kit (all available on our online store). We hope that you get inspired and we’d love to see your Christmas projects, so please feel free to share them with us via our social media pages.

1. Touch Board – If you’re creating a MIDI Piano, why not decorate it with some fancy festive wrapping paper? First of all, attach the piano from the Printed Instrument Sensors to a bigger sheet covered with wrapping paper. Once this is done, set your Touch Board into MIDI mode, attach it to the sensor and play some of your favourite Christmas songs. Find out about how to make a MIDI piano with the Touch Board. Click here to watch the video.

2. Pi Cap - The Pi Cap has polyphonic playback so you can remix your favourite Christmas carols by adding sound effects to them during the festive period. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, a Pi Cap and some Bare Conductive Electric Paint. In this example, we have sleigh bells in the background, then add a layer of piano and finally some laughter. Find out how to change the tracks on the Pi Cap. Click here to watch the video.

3. Electric Paint Circuit Kit – This is the perfect gift for all ages, make some ornaments during Christmas by designing your own mini-city with the Electric Paint Circuit Kit. Simply create the buildings and colour them white to create a gingerbread city. See how to build the Electric Paint Circuit Kit, add some decorations and bring your city to life.

4. Electric Paint Lamp Kit - Transform a paper template into a beautiful lamp in three easy steps with this fantastic Christmas gift idea. Paint, plug, and play - use Electric Paint to create custom touch-sensitive buttons connected to our Light Up Board and then use our lampshades to bring your lamp to life. Wrapping paper is a great way to quickly decorate your Electric Paint Lamp Kit lamps and create your own Christmas lights this holiday. Find out how to customise your Electric Paint Lamp Kit. Click here to watch the video.

Browse our full Bare Conductive range by clicking here. Alternatively, you can contact our Technical Product Specialist for more information on 01992 455936.

(Credit: Bare Conductive)
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