CROWDS doubled for the Queensland Model Hobbies Expo held in Ipswich for the first time during the weekend.
The annual event shifted from the Brisbane suburb of Windsor, where it was staged for the past 19 years, to the Just Sports and Fitness Hall in Redbank this year.
Show president Fred Liedel said they were delighted with the turnout and had already booked the venue for August next year.
Mr Liedel said numbers at the gate for Saturday had reached the crowds the event used to attract for the entire expo.
He said there had been 1800 through on Saturday and another 800 by mid-morning Sunday and he was expecting final numbers for the two-day event to reach 3500.
"Everyone is just raving about what a great move it has been. The families that are coming through here are phenomenal. That's something we haven't seen for years. The kids are having a great time.
"It's twice the attendance here to the old venue. We've already paid the deposit for the venue next year. We're not moving. It's been a great success."