Sounds like you had a great time. The first meet is always a bit mind-boggling, and for me they still are after being a member for 31 years (I've only missed three shows). As for the lure of tinplate, that's a slippery slope. The bright colors, the scent of ozone, the sound of buzzing from e-units, the rattle of stamped metal wheels as they roll down tubular track - why, before you know it your WHOLE basement will be full of tinplate! Of course, the bedroom may also be a little emptier, too .