Our July meeting went very well and featured a demonstration on what is needed to paint realistic figures. This consisted of a review of the Calvin Tan DVDs and included a practical demonstration and discussion of the process, as well as the paints and technique required. This was a fun and informative activity that the members found interesting and useful. As we know painting figures can be a bit tricky and as scary as rigging WW1 aircraft, but with a little planning, patience and practice its one of those skills that once mastered can really enhance our models.
Check out the Demonstrations page for a copy of the handout!
Model Expo is the biggest model show and competition in Australia with over 800 competition models, a large number of traders as well as the famous Swap&Sell. It was held on the Queens Birthday long weekend – 8th – 10th June at the Sandown Racecourse. Warbirds have contributed to this even since we have been a club and is marked very high on our calendar.
At this years Model Expo, Warbirds presented a club display with the theme of ‘Jets’ featuring member builds of jet aircraft from WW2 to the present day. It was also the 75th year anniversary of the first jet flight (German ME262), and as such this display featured several beautifully built examples.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Wingnut Wings, Warbirds also put together a display of Wingnut kits with each model representing each year of their successful journey. To top it off Richard Alexander (who could not be at this years show) kindly sent us test shots of the massive Lancaster and Handley Page bombers to display to the public. Overall the response was huge with countless people coming by to see these personally, and to see first hand the high level of detail that can be expected from the final production release, later this year.
For Warbirds this Expo was a huge success as we met many people and got to talk all things modelling regarding our club and for Wingnut Wings. So whats on for next years Model Expo – mmmmm – we will have to get back to you on that one but I am sure it will be fun.
Click here to view photos of the club display and the Wingnut Wings 10th Anniversary display
Click here to see a selection of photos taken at Model Expo 2019
This is a reminder for our June meeting for this coming Sunday.
As Model Expo is very close we will include a chat about whats on your wish list and what kits you may be entering. As you know Warbirds will be presenting our Jets club display and a little something to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Wingnut Wings.
This should be an exciting meeting with the Expo build up and also an opportunity to bring along your works in progress, anything thats new and kits to work on during the meeting.
Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
Our last meeting saw the start of a new format with a focus on member modelling and more demonstrations. Our required formalities have been reduced to allow for greater member interaction and more general discussions. We will still be bringing along our kits in progress, completed builds and anything new to continue with our already busy atmosphere.
At this meeting Martin Reid and Michael Tabone presented a demonstration on Rigging WW1 Aircraft, which covered perhaps one of the greatest fears of modelling. This was a thorough demo covering all the tools and supplies as well as documentation illustrating the steps and processes involved. Martin and Michael used the Wingnut Wings kits as a basis for their discussion with a Sopwith Pup as an example of fine rigging and turnbuckle creation.
We will see a lot more demonstrations moving forward and if this meeting was anything to go by then I think we will be on a winner!
You can find our link to the demonstration documentation on our ‘Demonstrations’ page.