This past weekend I went to my first show in two years. And I’m pretty certain the last show I went to was the Doncaster show in 2020.
I wasn’t sure what to expect on arrival, obviously C19 here in the UK is still very much an issue. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a high turnout of visitors, I’d got there at 14:00 and it was still busy, and there wasn’t the notable afternoon drop off in numbers. People were giving each other space and I’d estimate about 40% wearing masks (non compulsory). It was still busy around some layouts and stands but not oppressively so.
One thing I did note was I felt the overall quality of layouts was biased towards the D&E sector, and seeing Blueball Summit was really pleasant.
Blueball Summit is one of those layouts that is really well executed, runs very well and demonstrates the scenic potential of the 2mm genre.
In 4mm scale the layout that caught my attention was Burnroyd Works.
The element of both these layouts that really worked for me, was the attention to detail, simple things like how the equipment on Burnroyd was placed, nothing had you thinking, why? Also making them stand out was the coloring, and the overall presentation, the whole ‘look’ of the layouts and their operation for me just ‘worked’.
In terms of presentation there were a couple of layouts without any lighting at all, I still find that surprising, as it’s not making the best of the modellers effort, and I think I’d now find it very frustrating to operate a layout in poor lighting.
Trade looked busy, those I spoke to had had a good day and were pleased with the punters turn out.
There’s a short uchoob video here of the EP’s Rails Doncaster So what motivated me? Well seeing a good number of people I’d not seen for two years and just catching up was nice, being able to look at a good cross section of trade too and picking up a few bits to complete outstanding tasks, like paint!
This wagon above is one of those projects. Finding the Parkside chassis kit, wheels, and plastic strip at Eileens is just one of those nice experiences it’s all to easy to forget. So all in all a motivating day!