Exhibiting is a rewarding pursuit, but not one to be entered into unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly. Here are some quick tips which from my own experience are offered:

– Test, test, test weeks before the show
– Be prepared for things to go wrong during the show – have spare locos, a toolkit, a plan B
– Build redundancy into your layout by duplicating feed wires, planning a track plan where an ‘avoiding line’ can be used if a point fails, buy reliable equipment and don’t skimp on areas where performance is imperative
– Help out at an exhibition on a friend’s layout first
– Provide short ‘to the point’ info boards explaining what your model depicts/scale etc Proactively encourage questions.
– Good lighting often helps exhibited layouts as many shows are held under sports hall or similar lighting conditions which are often very yellowing.
– Introduce a rota of friends to ensure you get a break too, tiredness creates mistakes
– Be friendly!


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