Hi there, just a quick question for anyone in the know about model railway exhibitions.
I am building a layout which I hope to be able to exhibit at local exhibitions. The boards are finished, track laid, electrics done, and scenary well in progress. I have to make some decisions very soon about whether to build in its own legs to make it free-standing, whether to incorporate barriers to the baseboard frames, whether to install lighting supports to the frame, etc.
So, I need to know the protocol. I don't want to waste time and money with legs, barriers, etc if these are generally provided/available via the exhibition organisers. Also, and probably more importantly, if I don't do all this, the layout will probably fit into my estate car so there would be little cost to the exhibitors, but if I do include legs, barriers, etc., then I'd need to hire a van which would obviously increase my costs which presumably are paid by the exhibition.
So, basically, want do exhibitions want? Would it put them off if they have to pay for van hire/man & van, or would it put them off if they have to provide tresles/tables and barriers but save on not paying as much for transport?
Anyone got any ideas? I don't want to go down the wrong route.