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  1. If cheap is the criteria, then look for 1/75 scale cars on Ali Express. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005005376377221.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.main.55.39ad4f96zhAouD&algo_pvid=c0fa8465-fda7-4f48-8664-0207aabae634&algo_exp_id=c0fa8465-fda7-4f48-8664-0207aabae634-27&pdp_npi=4%40dis!GBP!7.62!6.48!!!68.12!57.90!%402103847817163327960542388e4160!12000032800752320!sea!UK!0!AB&curPageLogUid=fmEKpH518d82&utparam-url=scene%3Asearch|query_from%3A 30 for £6.48
  2. That's one thing I now dislike about this post-COVID world, where there seems to be an increased need to book a specific timeslot in advance. In the past you could just arrive when you liked, but increasing there seems to be a need to book a 12:15 arrival slot, which makes life less flexible. That was presumably around 1995. I recall all was well on Friday and then it started to snow in the evening. By the time I woke up on the Saturday there must have been six inches of snow on the ground and none of the buses were running. However, as I was one of the layout operators that day, I ended up with a 60 minute trek through the snow to arrive at the SEC (although I think it was still the SECC in those days) ready for duty. At least I was lucky that I lived within walking distance at that time - I couldn't do it now.
  3. That's definitely a last minute rush. If I'm understanding you correctly, you'd only sold 62 tickets (35% of your advanced sale tickets) 24 hours before the show and sold 114 tickets (65% of your advances sale tickets) in the final 24 hours. That doesn't really align with the results of this poll at this point in time. I wonder if that's because people tend to book further in advance for the large shows (because they may be booking trains and accommodation as well) and very much last minute for the smaller shows (because it's the only thing they are booking). A lot of people seem to have indicated that they only book advance tickets for the larger shows, so the results of this poll are perhaps biased to the booking timescales for larger shows. Unfortunately almost all of our advanced tickets are just single adult tickets. I'm not sure if that means that our marketing efforts have fallen short on reaching the family market, or if they are more inclined to take part in the last minute rush. Losing the cost of a family ticket is greater, so perhaps they prefer to wait until the night before when there is less chance of one of the kids feeling sick. However, the quote below seems to indicate that we're not hitting the family market as well as you seem to have. I suppose seeing a long line of people at opening time would make me think, 'great the advertising has worked', but I agree that we want everyone in the door as quick as possible, because seeing too large a queue will put some people off coming in.
  4. The models are also in the early DRS livery, meaning the condition that they were in about a decade before your proposed time period.
  5. No need to apologise. Clearly writing survey questions is an art: just like interpreting the results. The sample rate is quite low, so it's risky assuming that the answers given by 25 people are representative of the population at large. They may not even be representative of the RMweb population and there are clearly biases involved through using this platform because it's not a statistical representation of attendees at large - we're missing the opinions of families and the less obsessed railway nuts. Interpretation of how someone defines 'local' is therefore just part of the overall uncertainty in trying to draw conclusions. We're giving attendees three options - buy advance tickets, pay at the door (by card) and pay at the door (with cash). With no historic data, we don't know how many to expect in each category. How successful has our advertising and awareness campaign been? Will we break even? Will we deliver the footfall necessary for our traders to make enough money to cover their costs? As of last week, we hadn't sold that many advanced tickets. However, the other poll that I've run about when people purchase advance tickets indicates that a lot of these purchases are made quite close to the event. I can probably take our advanced ticket sales to date and assume that we'll more than double that by show opening. This poll seems to be saying that for every advance ticket we sell, we might get another 20 people expecting to pay at the door. Clearly if we can get 40 people through the door for every ticket sold more than 3 weeks in advance of a show, then it seems that I shouldn't really worry about us having not pre-sold many tickets.
  6. You might like to have a watch of the video in this first post, which shows why you need the operators permission (and why it costs money).
  7. You could always try this description by @legomanbiffo Yes, the recording will need to be arranged with the operator. You're going to have to get close to the real thing and then record and catalogue each sound. Specialist equipment - a Lokprogrammer if you're looking at ESU decoders. In essence, as I understand it, you're recording each of your sounds into a 'slot' or a particular address within the memory on the decoder and then coding the decoder such that when a particular function key is pressed, the audio file that has been saved at a particular location on the decoders memory is played.
  8. Another couple of press articles about this show. https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/24281386.fife-modellers-edinburgh-model-railway-exhibition/?ref=rss https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/arts-and-culture/eastern-steel-and-iron-moves-east-4630335
  9. Who would have thought that it was so difficult to write a question! ☹️ I'm primarily interested in the views of people attending 'smaller' shows (ie not Warley (at the NEC), Model Rail Scotland, York or any of the BRM shows - I'm sure there are other similar sized shows that I'm not so aware of). We're definitely not competing with any of these. Our venue is a bit bigger than 'village hall', but it will still be a show that I don't anticipate people travelling very far to attend. I expect that most of our customers live within an hour's drive of the venue and therefore I'm not thinking about shows where people have to book accommodation etc. We're really just seeking to bring model railways to a local audience. Therefore, when posing the question I was thinking about shows where the customers live 'locally' and match @JohnR's description (typically smaller exhibition, organised by a single club). Yes, I left out option 1 originally, because buying on-line in advance effectively means that you would pay by card. I included it here because @Gilbert indicated it was missing and I can see that some people may wish to buy in advance (as @009 micro modeller has indicated for some of the larger narrow gauge shows), but if that option isn't available, then I understand that card may be perceived as the next best option. Of course, since that option is not always available at smaller shows (or at least wasn't pre-COVID), it may yield a greater leaning towards a more ambivalent attitude to payment method. I've also switched from the use of the word 'prefer' to 'usual', which means that there are probably people who would prefer to pay by card, but not knowing whether they can pay by card, actually bring cash and therefore often end up paying in cash. Thankfully I don't have to write survey questions for a living.
  10. Interesting that when given a binary choice between cash and card, payment by card was preferred by 3/4 of survey respondents (a quite decisive preference), but when given a 'no preference option' ,the picture is quite different. Presumably those who have expressed 'no preference' in this survey selected 'card' in the other survey but that preference for card is relatively weak.
  11. I suppose for some it could help with cashflow to get some ticket income in advance of paying the final instalment on the hall? In our case, we won't get the money until after the event, so it's just providing another payment option for our customers. The fact that we've sold some advance tickets means that at least some people know about our show, which is reassuring. While we haven't sold all that many advance tickets so far, it appears from the result of this poll that for every advance ticket we have sold to date, we can probably expect to sell two more advanced tickets before the event, with a bit of a rush in the last few days and as many pay on the day customers as our ultimate advanced sales figures.
  12. Since it was stated earlier, that I'd missed a couple of options, I've started a new poll with four choices.
  13. Correct - we'll be accepting both cash and cards for our first exhibition in many years. I was just curious as to what the uptake for card payments is likely to be and this poll has been showing a fairly consistent 3/4 card 1/4 cash split over the last week. It will be interesting to compare our outturn split between card and cash against this poll. Our nearest cashpoint isn't miles away, but the closest one I know about is about 0.6 miles away from our venue (a 12-13 minute walk). If someone has to walk that far to get a cash point, I think there is a reasonable likelihood that they won't come back. I'd say that doing nothing is definitely the lesser evil. Most places will offer a choice of payment mechanisms without any legislation forcing them to do so. Placing a statutory obligation on all events to take multiple payment mechanisms will just lead to fewer events and the creation of a few pointless jobs for people to check that all organisations are meeting these statutory requirements.
  14. The last poll I set up had just two option (cash / card), this one has four to include the 'missing options' identified in the discussion at:
  15. I agree with both of you, but lean much more strongly to the later. I hole-heartedly agree, but the question is where does the 'slippery slope' of accepting all forms of intolerance begin? Racist attitudes isn't a problem that is restricted to white males, but since white Caucasians make up the largest demographic slice in British society, it's obviously more obvious among this group and it seems like they have a greater sense of entitlement to express their views out loud. If I were to express a racist (or any discriminatory) viewpoint to two individuals and one laughs and one takes offence, who decides whether my viewpoint is acceptable? I could quite easily claim that since someone laughed, they share my opinion and therefore, since it's the majority opinion (among the three people involved) it's okay. The person who took offence is in the minority, so they need to learn to be less sensitive, because obviously my opinion is acceptable to the majority. Do you see the parallels with the original post? Three people, two with racist views that they consider to be acceptable simply because they share the same opinion. The only way to really address all forms of intolerance is to take the opposite viewpoint that if one person is offended, then it's unacceptable behaviour. There are groups of people at whom the term 'institutionally racist' is sometimes levied. Lets imagine a bigger group of people. The number laughing at my racist (or discriminatory) viewpoint may be higher and lets say that no-one seems to be offended. Does that mean it's okay? Let's say it's one of my white male colleagues who's being racist / sexist. I'm not the butt of the joke, so don't personally take offence. My colleague, whether they be female or a person of colour might not seem offended, but deep down they may be. At what point to you decide that such behaviour should be challenged? Failure to speak up when you should is what can lead to toxic workplace cultures. Not if it's simply a statement of fact. Of course journalists, like the rest of society, will have bigots, racists and sexists among their ranks. If a particular publication's articles contain unacceptable prejudices, don't spend money on them.
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