Look more closely though and there were empty tables where some clubs had not pitched up. There were also examples of stands where just one club member had turned up with his models.
Rather sad and it does show the way that shows are going and that maybe the problems that the AMS has in covering shows are not unique.
It seems to be a general problem of aging membership, petrol prices and perhaps a lack of "competitive spirit" amongst the modelling fraternity.
On a brighter note, on the Sunday, I took the Turkish Nordenfelt I have been building for the last 2 years for its first splash at Barrow. (You might say that it has returned after 127 years.)
It went well as a first trial - the (very large) hand made prop worked well without too much torque - the sub is fast too. The scale size rudder also worked well (Fortunately the Victorians oversized everything). It also trimmed out well with a reasonable amount of foam.
No photographs though - she is still in Halfords yellow primer and I'm shy!