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 Posted: Sun Jun 29th, 2008 09:14 pm
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A few more shots from the show, I have also put some videos in the video section. Although quite short, they are pretty large files!! You have been warned






















A lot of this last lot are of the Hungerford layout by the Shipley MRC in OO and depicts 1920's GWr according to the bit in the programme. By far the best layout on so many levels, except one, where are the platform numbers chaps (or didn't they have those back then?

Just to add to whay Matt said about Widnes Road (this really was a wee cracker), although it is "fictional", haven spoken to Paul Smith, whose layout it is, it is actually very accurately modelled on two areas (the bridge being the meeting point) he knows well and has photographed extensively to create his layout. And a final word to the Operation Overlord layout, must have been 35 feet long and I think if I see that layout, every year for the next 10 years, I will still see something new each time, incerdible body of modelling work.

Can't wait to see how Perth beats this next year and they have rea;;y thrown down the gauntlet to Dundee in October. I cant wait :D :wink:

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 Posted: Sun Jun 29th, 2008 10:15 pm
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Cracking selection Lawrence!

One of my favourite layouts is Hungerford. I've visited the real Hungerford and although it is very much changed and modernised, it's still a pleasant place to be and I still had a moment to consider days gone by. :)

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 Posted: Sun Jun 29th, 2008 10:36 pm
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Thanks to both Lawrence and Matt for the photos in both threads.
It's very helpful to see some shots of other people's layouts and as usual a couple of ideas are germinating in the "old grey matter" :!:

I must say that although my favorite was the Hungerford layout, I thought the show standard was high.

Perhaps a few comments on the trade side of the exhibition would round the report off nicely :?:

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 Posted: Mon Jun 30th, 2008 07:18 am
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That Hungerford layout is inspirational. Thanks for the detailed photos.
Were the crossing gates automated or did you open them to road traffic just for the photo?



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 Posted: Mon Jun 30th, 2008 08:38 am
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Jeff - trade stalls, well yes there were lots of them but nothing new really and the usual inflated show prices I think. My old man was looking at OO flexi and reckoned he can get it a lot cheaper at either of our local shops. My big problem is that I model American stuff, and that immediately attracts a premium with traders (15 for a N scale freight car :shock: ), and it is why I tend to buy on line.

Marty, yes the gates were automated and hugely impressive, problem was I was running out of time (and space on my memory card) to get an operating shot.

It was a hugely impressive show and very much enjoyed.

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Now first off all may i just say to both of you guys who went to the show and took the time and trouble to take all these wonderfull pics and videos thanks very much, you should'nt off thou, mindue you would off be well and trully rollocked if u didnt :twisted: .
Now my next point, how the heck do i keep changing my background pics for the right pic, as one i see i think that looks great and wham someone else puts another up i like :evil: , it just do's my head in but hey its great thou :D :D
Thanks for the o gauge pic very nice all though i must say i think in my humble opinion whilst it looks good and all that the lego gives it a childs toy look. I am not taking anything away from a great layout it just how i see it. Sorry.
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When I posted the one above this, I was stuck at work and not in the best of humours, so apologies for the rather terse reply :oops:

There was a wide range of trade stalls there and they did have a huge range of supplies. Darren asked (on the videos thread) if I had picked up any bargains, to be honest I think that is really hard nowadays and in fact, the show prices, if anything, tend to be a bit inflated.

And don't even think about asking for any discount even if you are buying 3 or 4 bits.

There is one chap who does have a small selection of N gauge, and he has had this really tatty (and I mean really, can hardly seen the lettering!), second hand, B&O E8 diesel. Now 2 or 3 years ago he wanted about 40 for it (that's how long he has had it!) it is now down to 15. So I asked what his best price on it was, without looking up at me, all I got was "the price is on the box". I have never bought a thing from this guy, and never will.

I know Matt picked up some stuff from Steve & Sarah from SIST trees . If you have never met them, they are a great couple from the midlands (now in the Borders) who do some fantastic flock for trees (they do brass armature trees too) and ground cover. They will spend as much time with you as you want and give you as much advice as you need.

http://www.themodeltreeshop.co.uk/

...........and yes that's a plug, you may not see them at the shows now until later in the year as Sarah is due to give birth in September (I think).

For some reason when you add "for model railways" onto something the price seems to rocket and I think it is hugely unfair, surely these guys must realise that, with internet access so widespread, they are not in a closed market any more. I would rather go to see Gus at Invergowrie models first, if he doesn't have what I want, I'll go on the net.

I know all of the traders can't be as good ar as bad as the two I mentioned, but if they want me to spend my money, they are going to have to at least try and be interested in what I want, and not just be there to empty my wallet :roll:

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Much of what you say above was the main reason I asked about trade, Lawrence.
There used to be a time when you could go to a show and see a lot of things that were different to those seen in a model shop.
There always seemed to be one or two traders dealing in the odd bits and pieces that we all want.
Second hand traders were well stocked and reasonable.

Not any more I'm afraid. Box shifters and price inflators seem to be the order of the day. I just wondered if Perth (being a big show) was any different.

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