Sunday 6th September saw my annual pilgrimage to Guildex at Telford. In other years I have come away a little underwhelmed but this year was different. There were some fabulous layouts and some new innovations to look at. It was the usual collection of traders but one really stood out for me.
With the developments in technology I must say that I found the Modelu stand of great interest. Alan Buttler has developed a way in which he can 3D scan a person and then digitally print a model. The business is in it’s infancy at the moment, but the examples he had on his stand were great. He can scan people in any pose and reproduce a faithful miniature. There were examples from his last visit to Llangollen when he scanned members of the loco staff in varying poses. I look forward to seeing this range of figures develop and wish to say that this business is one of the most exciting to hit the hobby in a very long time.
On the Lee Marsh stand there were samples of his latest models in particular his range of GWR clerestory coaches, they were fantastic. He had a decorated model on show posed in his new Station diorama and it looked fabulous. In fact the diorama was a fabulous creation by Paul Brambrick, superb artistry.
On the layout side there was a selection of very large layouts which were quite a spectacle.
The long awaited appearance of The Summit by the Yeovil team was spectacular in appearance, it really captured the bleakness of the fells.
The large layout which stood out for me was Haywood, a scene set around the Manchester and Rochdale area. The detail and quality of the buildings was exquisite and the operation of the layout faultless. With slow running and an authentic movement of trains in and out of the station with shunting in the yard.
Another fine large layout was Tillynaught Junction with it’s superbly built station building and something that is not often seen a junction station with a branch line to Banff. The diverging lines we each served by their own fiddle yards. A very long layout but beautifully modelled.
Another scenically attractive layout was Rushen Valley based on a preserved railway with some nice cameos such as the viaduct over the gorge.
There was some very attractive medium sized layouts, Asenby St Peter, Foston Mills, Hospital Gates,Gillan & Brown, Wyvern Quay, Yeoman’s Quay and Selsey town. Each one with their own distinct feel.
I particularly liked Gillan & Brown, Yeoman’s Quay and Foston Mills all beautifully modelled with superb running with the Gillan & Brown layout having a very methodical way of arranging their wagon loads and wagons. Each was allocated it’s own box and when the wagon and load appeared on the layout they were moved over together when the time came, thus avoiding confusion where you have such a lot of wagons on a shunting layout.
There was also a selection of Micro layouts, Reely Grate, Tar Works, the Motive Power Depot each layout what can be achieved in a small space.
We visited on the Sunday and from what I have been told we chose the best day, the exhibition was easy to get around, the exhibits and traders were easy to get at and the catering was good.
All in all a great show and the organising team from the 0 Gauge Guild should be congratulated.
Mike Whatton 17155.Tags: Exhibitions, Guildex, Models, Railway