Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Ramble

I seem to have hit a nerve with my comments on plaques and display boards. there were a record four comments, a bundle of emails and the stats for that post spiked dramatically. General consensus was one of agreement - that display info should be kept to a minimum and possibly left off altogether. We are usually asked to provide a little information for show programmes and this should be enough (I know they are notoriously badly edited and spelt). That and a few well aimed questions are enough as I don't think there are too many exhibitors who don't want to discuss their models. Barry Norman excepted who sent me away after asking very reasonable questions, with a sense of 'go away, this is for big boys'.

Phil Parker raised a point that I hadn't thought of; that exhibition managers use the plaques to see how far you will travel. Several people mentioned either keeping the plaques and not mounting or putting them on the back of the layout.
I'm thinking that a better way is one which Dave Medhurst uses; that being the triptych hand-out: list of exhibitions past and future, details of layout and stock, track plan and history. Subtle, detailed and with take-away function.

2 comments:

  1. "That and a few well aimed questions are enough as I don't think there are too many exhibitors who don't want to discuss their models. " - True enough. But every saturday morning at a show I will be faced with a row of miserable faces who are happy enough to ask each other how I did something but because they are "real" modellers, won't ask the guy behind the layout. I love it when they get the answers wrong and then when I helpfully provide the right answer, look at me like I have insulted thier granny.

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  2. Yes. I love that 'discussion' that happens two feet from your face as if you can't hear.

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