After a hiatus of more than a decade the Mid-Coast Model Festival will return to the Owls Head Transportation Museum on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28.

“The response to this news has been overwhelmingly positive,” said event coordinator Ethan Yankura, in a news release. “We expect the museum to be full of modelers from all over the state — perhaps even farther.”

Yankura said he expects a mix of both kit models as well as handmade creations. There will be everything from antique model steam engines to cars, planes, ships and trains. All sizes will be accommodated.

Space for exhibitors is limited so advance registration is required. Individuals and clubs are welcome. There is no charge to exhibit.

The family-oriented event will feature demonstrations and activities for young and old. For children under 18, the Southern Maine Scale Modelers will host a Make-and-Take model workshop at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Limited to 10 participants per session, each child will build a glueless snap kit model. A variety of styles will be available. Instruction and all materials will be provided. Advance registration is now being taken.

The museum will also hold its own styrofoam plane building workshop. It will take place both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all ages.

In addition to the Southern Maine Scale Modelers, the Kennebec Valley Model Aviators, Franklin County Aircraft Modelers and Southern Maine RC Helicopter Association will be demonstrating radio controlled aircraft in the museum’s State of Maine wing throughout the weekend. The Kennebec Model Aviators will have a flight simulator for the public to use.

Members of the Maine Antique Power Association and New England Model Engineering Society will display working steam-powered and gas-powered model engines.

The Down East Shipmodelers Guild plans an impressive display of scale model schooners and other ocean-going vessels.

Being the height of mud season, all activities are planned for indoors. If weather and conditions permit, there may be some outdoor demonstrations. There will be space set aside for radio controlled cars on Runway 17, the museum’s outdoor exhibit area.

For more information about the event or to reserve exhibit space, contact Yankura at 594-4418 or More details about the event including a schedule of activities will be posted on the museum’s Web site at The transportation museum is located at 117 Museum St. in Owls Head, two miles south of Rockland on Route 73.