Now in its second year, the Epic Centre hosted this August Bank Holiday Model Boat Show. This up and coming show is run and organized by A Model World and it attracted a large number of model boat traders and the usual number of club stands and modellers.
The event runs over the bank holiday and is held in the sports halls at the centre, which for this year had changed the area for operating the model boats from the swimming pool, which was used in 2006, to a large portable pool situated in one of the smaller halls next to the main exhibition area. This area was really well attended and provided seating for the public as well as plenty of space on the water for sailing the model boats.
The trade stands were there in large numbers and the modellers had no problem in picking up most of their bits and pieces, from small items to full kits, although there is always something that one cannot get at any show. Demonstrations of model boat building were carried out by Alan Miller, who had a stand and was very busy over the weekend, talking to the public and modellers about model boat building, answering questions and passing on advice in his usual expert way.
Also displaying his drawings and books was John Lambert. This was a rare appearance by one of the most prolific producers of naval information in the country. The model clubs were in attendance with a good number of models, ranging from scratch-built models to semi-scratch and to kit models, with some very unusual subjects.
During the weekend, some of the models were entered to be judged in various classes and there was a prize giving on the Sunday afternoon. It was a good show, well attended and well organised. The dates for next years event have to be confirmed keep an eye open for the advertisements.
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