WARWICK INTERNATIONAL MODEL BOAT SHOW REPORT
15 intrepid souls
set off at 7am for a day out at this show and how glad we are that we went!
Forget Blackpool, this is the one to go to by a mile. We arrived there
just after a minibus trip from Taunton which shows the 'pulling power of this
show. The exhibition centre is quite large, has a small restaurant and was
packed to the rafters with models and trade stands and what's more it has
excellent heating too, sometimes a tad too warm if anything in places. The show
was extremely well organised, well lit and perhaps exactly what one would expect
from a company such as Meridienne. (www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk)
Access is easy and there is plenty of space between exhibitors although it was
very busy and sometimes it was difficult to get to talk to the traders. Models
were mostly of an extremely high standard, especially the lifeboats and naval
craft plus there were many different models not seen often and a few 'off the
wall' ideas too, including a steam kettle which shot water from it's spot over
the kiddywinks.......bless 'em. There were plenty for the large scale enthusiast
too with some models measuring in excess of 10 feet in length! This brings me to
the large indoor pool which was very busy with well organised displays and free
sailing throughout the day, there was even a 'children's hour' run by members of the Anglian Model Boat Club
who had a similar rig to the one we used to use with our portable pool. It was
also a refreshing change to see club displays from the Midlands and south
country , even one from Brest in France, instead of the usual northern displays.
Hopefully these photos will show you the quality of this show and perhaps we can do it all again next year. I do know that some of the members who went this year would like to make a return trip in 2010.
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