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Shame its the last Long Marston Show, shame it was so pathetic

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ChrisB03/06/2017 14:33:57
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I've been going to model airshows for 25 years and have been to all Long Marston shows apart from the first one. I can safely say it was the worst show i've ever been to. A very very limited selection of models, mostly that of 3D aerobatics and jets. Past shows have included a very wide range of aircraft, heli's, gliders, WWI, WWII, with many more aircraft and pilots.


I get the feeling the organisers only wanted their jet and 3D flying mates to go along and the organisation, so I gather, was shocking.


Any show organised again by the same people will not be getting my money, or many others, from the various conversations I heard this morning. Such a shame!

Nik Johnson the commentator (apparently world famous) was ok, but the volume was so loud we couldn't hold a conversation if sat in our chairs.

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Percy Verance03/06/2017 14:50:29
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Shows have certainly changed over the years (so has our hobby!) and I've noticed too Chris. I think it's probably fair to say that not as many people attend shows any more, and that's down to a number of reasons. The cost of travel is probably number one on the list for a good few, but taking time out is probably another. People's work patterns have changed quite a bit since the haydays of Jim Davis Models, C & M Models etc, where lots of uniformed display teams put on shows watched by countless thousands of spectators. The Scale Weekend at Old Warden could be cited as another example. I attended this meeting regularly for about 30 years, although I've not been as often just lately. I clearly recall booking my model in at the control tent one year back in the early 80's, when I was given a sticker with a number on it to put on my tx. I was flyer number 327 that weekend. I still have the transmitter, and the sticker remains firmly attached.

These days Old Warden Scale Weekend is a little quieter, but can still provide constant flying for spectators throughout the whole weekend. It remains my favourite meeting (it isn't a show), and I still get there whever I'm able, despite the near 500 mile round trip.

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john stones 103/06/2017 14:55:14
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Sick of seeing jets as well, i'm jet lagged.

ChrisB03/06/2017 15:02:21
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I agree things have changed Percy, but shows can be popular, certainly LM used to be, as is Weston Park. The LMA shows are also very well organised and attended, with a range of aircraft. Its a shame this particular show was so bad, especially being the last at this site.

I spoke to a couple of traders who weren't exactly complementary about the organisers.

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David P Williams03/06/2017 15:29:22
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Just got back from the show myself, wish I hadn't bothered making the two hour each way trek. I like going to the shows and alway enjoyed this one as the first of the year. Used to be a nice little show, but really pathetic this year. Hardly any traders, only one food (burger) van so big queues, and a couple of expensive fancy coffee carts. Flying display very poor compared to previous years.

If you were thinking of going tomorrow, don't bother, it's not worth the petrol or entrance cost.

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Masher03/06/2017 16:03:41
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Totally agree Chris, very weak show. Like my other club mates, my wad remained firmly in my wallet. They even had the cheek to take a mid-session break where they could have had some 'ordinary' club flyers up. The pylon racers were a joke and the Concorde was on a groundhog day. Luckily the weather was good

ChrisB03/06/2017 16:14:51
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Yep, a break for lunch. Fair enough for the commentator as is no joke talking all day non stop but had there have been more pilots then the schedules could have allowed for flying all day. It seemed to me that private individual's weren't welcome to fly at this show and only the 'teams'. Years ago it was far better. Maybe the chap organising it wanted to p-ick his team'. It used to be a club that organised it, but it started going down hill when a chap called John took it on himself. Even the local model shop..Leamington Hobby Centre didn't attend they have always been I key player.....and the website was out of date by 2 years in places.

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Essjay03/06/2017 16:37:00
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My first trip to this show today as I'd never been before and kept getting told 'you don't know what you've been missing", well I do now........very little!!

Totally agree with previous posters, seemed like a get together of mates who just wanted to show how much money they'd spent on their expensive (boring) jets, and equally expensive 3D aircraft.

Admittedly there were were one or two good models, the Lightning and Starfighter, but very little else impressed me. Trade was definitely lacking, and I agree one burger van and two expensive coffee vans are not good enough.

I understand that the airfield is due for housing development in the very near future, so I don't know if this was the last will be for me!


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ChrisB03/06/2017 16:41:07
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Yes Steve, the last show by that so called organiser at that venue. Apparently he's working on another venue, as its very lucrative ???

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robert feltham03/06/2017 17:22:22
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Hi guys was it really that bad ? I am thinking of going tomorrow.Is there a big trade turnout? also the missus says are there enough toilets?................cheers.

ChrisB03/06/2017 17:33:45
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Depends how far you want to travel Robert. I wouldn't travel more than an hour.
Traders consisted of propguy, nexus, heliguru, model technics, balsacabin, slec and cambrian and inwoods and als and triplet. The rest were randoms id never seen or heard. If you're going for trade then maybe ok if you're going to see a range of flying from a range of pilots and aircraft...forget it. 3d and jets
alan p03/06/2017 17:48:52
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Hi Chris

Am I to assume you were not impressed??crying 2

Mark a03/06/2017 18:48:58
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It was the worst show I've been to, I only stayed for an hour and then went home and cut the hedge. 3d flying is all very exciting but you can only watch it for so long then it becomes repetitive and boring. Best model there was the Lightning which looked the part and was very well flown.

ChrisB03/06/2017 18:57:29
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Yes Alan, you assume correctly!! 😠
David P Williams03/06/2017 19:06:12
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Robert - don't bother going, save your money and brownie points and go to Weston Park in a couple of weeks instead.
If they don't build the houses yet and there is a show next year, I can't imagine any of the traders or punters who went this year returning.
ChrisB03/06/2017 19:07:26
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I tend to agree with David.
ChrisB03/06/2017 19:46:28
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It'd be interesting to know how many people go tomorrow. I know of at least 5 who were going to go tomorrow but are now waiting until Weston in 2 weeks time.

Andy4803/06/2017 20:17:56
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Should have been at the Teesside Model Show. Great range of aircraft, many from LMA sadly few helis though. The one chap with a heli who did turn up gave a spectacular performance. Unbelievable! Swapmeet is doing well.

Weather fantastic with light winds and a great crowd. smiley Only £5 for adults, children free. Good catering, coffee £1.50 for example, which is reasonable these days.

You'll hopefully be able to look at some pictures in RCME later on, Alex Whittaker came for the day.

ChrisB03/06/2017 20:29:33
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Yeah, a few people mentioned Teesside today. Would rather have taken the 3+ hour drive up there TBH.

Talking if the LMA, I know people knock the LMA shows, they are very well run, organised and set-up.


And unlike many shows they allow individuals to fly their own designed and built models, rather than being a display team event with ARTFs and sponsors

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Andy4803/06/2017 20:44:16
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Teesside Model Air show is run by the club, though many LMA pilots attend:

teesside airshow.jpg

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