Next Meeting Sunday 9th September

Our next meeting will be this coming Sunday so make sure you come along for a bit of modelling fun.

We will be reviewing our Warbirds Build Weekend at the end of August where we get to rehash the festivities and what all the fuss was actually about!

We generally have several discussions, but at this meeting we will be doing something a little different. Its actually a three part presentation/discussion where the members  will bring along:

  • a favorite un-built/boxed kit from the stash
  • a completed kit that is either the members best or a build that turned a corner in the way it was constructed or finished
  • a book that has been a go to reference

This will open the floor to some interesting conversations and even a mini show and tell.

Cheers and see you all there!

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Warbirds Build Weekend 2018

Over the weekend of 25th and 26th August the club enjoyed a weekend away for a modelling retreat at San Remo, located just before Phillip Island. This was to be the first of many trips where we get to forget about the rat race and to focus purely on building models. The only real rules was to bring enough kits to work through plus all the necessary tools and paints. Also a mandatory item was a sense of humor, basic cooking skills and an ability to enjoy yourself and have very little sleep!

The venue itself was a beach house that I was lucky enough to score a few months before for a family weekend away. Now, you may do this yourself and especially when going shopping with the wife,  but I tend to look for modelling opportunities and this house made a perfect boys get away. At this point I would like to thank Carol for allowing our group to take advantage of her beach house located in these beautiful surroundings.

I came with a small stash of kits (9 in all) to ensure I didn’t get bogged down on one kit, and to provide a selection to flip between as the mood decided. My productivity was unheard of for myself and I managed to put away at least a month of building over the few days. Most of us did the same or at leased covered off those kits that had been long term shelf queens or in much needed attention. Its often a great environment to knock over the more tedious tasks like tank wheels and tracks or complex and time consuming scribing and filling etc.

We all had a great time and really got to know each other very well, as you do in a group situation. I will say that its a great way to see how others tackle their builds and what tools they use to do certain tasks. Its all running live before our eyes and takes us away from the solitary existence that we are all used to. Food and supplies was no issue as the shops were a short walk down the road, as was the local pub for dinner on the Saturday night.

On the Sunday we packed up our kits, cleaned up and headed down to the Vietnam Veterans Museum on the Island. This is a must and contains a great selection of Vietnam related collections and displays. This outing brought our weekend to a close and was kind of sad to end such a  great time. Anyway there will be more trips to come, so cant wait for the next one.

August Meeting

Our next meeting on 5th August will be a special triple format. Firstly we will be running the Committee Meeting followed by the AGM and finally the General Meeting.

All members will receive the weekly meeting reminder that will detail all the proceedings. We encourage all members to attend the AGM and to be included in the voting process for all committee positions.  Its not as bad as you might think and anyone one new considering a position will be supported along the way, drawing on experience from past position holders.

After the AGM we will run the General Meeting which will be the normal fun stuff that we are accustomed to. Bring along anything new, builds in progress and any new ideas to make our meetings even more interesting.

Cheers and see you all there!

July Meeting

We are back again with a post Model Expo review so will be an interesting meeting. Members will hopefully bring along there new purchases as well as some impressions on this great event. I for one picked up a few goodies such as a Takom Panther with the full interior, a 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109G6 and some airbrush parts to name a few.

Anyway hope to see you all there for our usual catch ups and general fun!

Narre Warren Tank Museum

Although not aircraft, this report does relate to our War Machines genre. Today I went to a rare one day event of a previously closed to the public local military museum.

Its location is on the Belgrave-Hallam road in Narre Warren North and is only about 5 mins from my home – perfect! Although it was a cold and wet day it doesnt  take away from the fact that I was about to get close to some military vehicles – so all was good.

Much of the original collection was auctioned some 10 or so years ago, but there is still plenty to see such as the Sherman used in the movie Hacksaw Ridge. There are several fully restored vehicles mostly trucks and also a Stuart tank. Out the back are dozens of relics open to the elements waiting for restoration or parts salvage.

It was a great visit and unfortunately the museum may not open again. But having said that there was a huge public turn out, so who knows it may reopen again at a later date.

Click here for pics of the day.