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Elliott Toolroom/ADD Model Shop Award, 1956-1983 (tongue in cheek)

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Catalogue No: C1683
Category: Corporate/Business
Object Type: Trophy/Award
Object Name: Elliott Toolroom/ADD Model Shop Award, 1956-1983 (tongue in cheek)
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Unknown
Division: Not Applicable
Year of Manufacture: 1956
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Location: Cupboard 1 (awards) [Main Store]

To the Dishonourable Company of Dung Gyrators
Reverse side.
Elliott Toolroom
Resurrected 1976
ADD Model Shop

List of Recipients (see notes)


The Spoon was the brainchild of Mike Emmerson, apprentice intake probably 1952.
He made the spoon whilst in the toolroom, having heard the men talk of certain chaps being dung stirrers, to put it politely. The spoon was then presented annually, at Christmas, to the candidate receiving the most votes. Stirrer of the Year! Chas Atkins and Geoff Mathews (apprentice intake 1955) carried on the good work when they were in the toolroom, circa 1958. The spoon was last in action on ADD model shop, again presented at Christmas, over a period of about five years. It should be made clear that there was no malice in the event- it was all a bit of fun, in fact it was considered an honour to have ones name on the spoon, the candidates becoming more verbose as Christmas approached!
Competition names on The Spoon:
1956 Fred Betts Toolroom Grinder
1957 Percy Sears Toolroom Grinder
1958 Archie Butler, Standards Room
1959 Len Warrell, Cutter Grinder
1960 R. Edwards, Cutter Grinders
1961 Steve Donohue, Cylindrical Grinders
1962 Arthur Penning, Toolroom Lathes
1963 Bert Snoswell, Gear Division Shaper
1964 Doug Sidwell, Toolroom Jig Borer
1965 Ivan Taylor, Toolroom Fitter/Machinist, apprentice intake circa 1952
1966 Bill Wilson, Toolroom Fitter
1967 B. Edwards
Then ADD model shop:
1976 H. Timson, Labourer
1977 and 1978 Jack Whall, ADD Wiring Shop Foreman
1979 No contest
1980 Brian Blackman, ADD Storekeeper
1981 George Healey, ADD Wiring Shop
1982 Ted Daw, ADD Mills
1983 Dave Marvell, on his retirement.

The RAA contains a number of models of equipment and aircraft. The equipment models were used as a marketing aid and often to ensure that the production unit will fit in the space; this was particularly true for Head Up Displays. Such equipment models will have minimal or no functionality. Models might  just be used as weighted units or as cockpit lighting evaluation units. The HUD used on the YF-16 was of the correct weight and envelope but only mounted the Spin 'chute button (a feature only required for the early test flights). Many of these models were made by professional model makers from the original drawings and could be quite expensive; alternatively the real hardware would be used.

The aircraft models range from the simple small scale kits to quite large display items. The large model aircraft were often a marketing tool from places like Airbus or Boeing but may be found in Boardrooms or Reception areas wheras the small models may be given as a visitor handout. Those models made from kits have largely been brought in from home but are useful to illustrate the platform alongside the equipment. The large models will be hugely expensive.

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