This year the show was held over the weekend of 18th and 19th of September. We had to supply our own tent this year as the organisers were making a few cutbacks! Saturday's weather was a bit grim but Sunday turned out to be sunny and warm. As usual there were a few re-enactors giving demonstrations as well as ourselves and some excellent models and dioramas in the main hall. Thanks to Johnny for the pictures.
|Saturday morning was damp and very windy but we managed.||The bigger tanks were put outside...||...when the rain stopped!||Mark took the opportunity to give visitors to the show who were queuing outside...||...a little something to whet their appetite with his Tiger...|
|...and his half track. It took two hours to clear the queues!||Dave's King Tiger rolls towards the hall in the rain.||Richard's IS is unaware that Paul's Panther is hot on his tail.||Paul's excellent Panther against a colourful backdrop.||A gaggle of tanks showing off in front of an appreciative audience.|
|The Russian's take to the advance...||...and the Germans are blissfully unaware!||The UKTC can boast re-enactors in it's midst, Bob Pryor and sons (?) in full Luftwaffe uniform.||The American Civil War guys were there with all their gear.||During the weekend they did various parades...|
|...and demonstrations.||Captain Mainwaring consults the Home Guard Rule Book...||...before calling his platoon onto parade.||This year some Napoleonic re-enactors came along...||...and showed how it used to be!|
|Our favourites, the pipe band!||The view from the top of the Leas Cliffe Hall. A bit grim on the Saturday but on Sunday the coast of France could be clearly seen.||This diorama showed Berlin as the Russians were fighting their way in to the city with animals from the zoo running away from the battle.||Entitled "Santa is coming!" the crew of a JagdPanzer IV have plundered a jeep and have found some Christmas booty!||Another Berlin diorama showing an Infra Red equipped Panther and Uhu half track.|
|A close up of the late model Panther fitted with Infra Red night sights for driver, gunner and commander...||...and a close up of the SdKfz 251/20 Uhu which was designed to extend the range of the Panther IR gear.||This King Tiger represents one of the last King Tigers to come off the production line still in its unpainted red oxide finish.||An Allied tanker takes a break next to a late model Panther turret.||This is what happens when you take a 68 ton tank across a lightly built bridge!|
|A motley crew basking in the sunshine...||...and posing for a group photo!|