Most exhibitors turn up at a show with a layout. I arrived at The International N Gauge Show (TINGS) with a pile of materials - and left at the end of two days with a working, if not finished model railway.
Building for a crowd was good fun. People certainly seemed to enjoy polystyrene cutting and static grass puffing. Every so often I'd become engrossed in a job, look up, and there would be a big crowd watching me. All I needed to do was keep talking, not something I have a problem with!
An hour before the show closed, we had a train running around the circuit and looking pretty good. Work had to stop at this point, partly because I needed to tidy up a bit but mostly because I'd run out of hair spray for scenic work!