for Mayhem's "Shows" section, as promised.
However, may I first congratulate you on your site - which I have followed
for many years - and your forum. Your efforts both before and after the
recent "recovery" are truly heroic. I'm afraid I rather "lurk and learn"
rather than contribute to the fabled forum, learning lots as I take up the
hobby again now that the children, job, etc. are taking less time (I hope!).
So, I thought I'd contribute something by recording my "vision" of Tarlair
2006, and jolly glad I am that I did!
Leaving Aberdeen in a downpour, but with great faith in on-line weather
satellites, I arrived at an overcast but soon to be sunny Macduff. The
Tarlair Recreation Area is the site of an old outdoor salt-water swimming
pool where I spent many happy hours as a child, perhaps mostly paddling and
splashing more than swimming. The shallow water was always warm from the sun
and refreshed with each tide. Sadly in decay from competition from holidays
abroad, the facility is now much underused - except that is it is close to
ideal for our hobby!
The weather cleared "as planned" and I thoroughly enjoyed my day. The
organisation would have done credit to any major event: marshalling, car
parking, shuttle bus, stalls and attractions all ran very smoothly - at
least to a visitor, if not to the palpitations of the organisers! The
burgers, as we say hereabouts, were "fine" but the barbeque-warmed kippers,
So, well done indeed to the Tarlair Model Boat Club and their organisers.
Well worth the trip and, as the advert said, "a great modelling day out". I
am always impressed at such events how open and friendly the exhibitors are
- and that rubs off in the "audience". The guy who built the puffer "Ailsa"
is such a one: smoke, weathering, cat and bicycle: in fact, the lot -
terrific, and such enthusiasm! The scale 1:1 stand-off vessel was perhaps
not a planned event, but did add to the scenic occasion, accompanied by the
pipe and cheildh bands.
Enough wittering. I have attached 170 or so assorted photos from my personal
experience "on the day". I trust the exhibitors will endure any bias I may
have shown in the selection of the photographs. I hope visitors to Mayhem
enjoy them: if they enjoy my expression in pictures of the event half as
much as I did, then I'll have enjoyed it twice as much as them!
Best wishes - and keep up the good work!