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.
Images of the demonstration
For my sons birthday we decided to fly out to Queensland to visit Australia Zoo, but being a typical modeller I had to comb for any local military attractions. I did hear some time ago that the only surviving WW1 German A7V tank ‘Mephisto’ was sitting inside the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, so I kind of added this one in on the itinerary – lol.
The Mephisto is amazing to see up close, and to think it was abandoned by its crew and then removed from the battle filed under fire by Aussie troops! This vehicle sits as part of the ANZAC exhibition so I have also included some images for this as well.
A7V Mephisto Images
ANZAC Museum Images
A few days after arrival I found a hotel brochure advertising the largest heritage aircraft display at the Qld Air Museum in Caloundra which was close by. So what does a true modeller do – add this one to the schedule of course. Just so you know I do have a knack for making my wife think it was her idea to go to these things – just sayin!
The Air Museum itself is massive and spread over two large hangers plus an out doors area. As the images will show the collection is impressive with nothing that you cant get real close to and touch.
Qld Air Museum Images
The Queensland Museum was also running a NASA exhibition which you guessed it, my wife came up with the suggestion we go and see that as well – hehehehe – what an understanding wife I have, she must have read my mind. Check out the image of the moon buggy wheels and I thought they were running GoodYears!
This was a great exhibition and brings to life the size of some of the space craft and the technology involved. There were some items in there that blew my mind in terms of construction and ingenuity and what it may have been like to be out there………….
NASA Exhibition Images
Hope you enjoyed the pics!
We are back again for the April meeting, and once again at the Balwyn Library due to water leak repairs at our normal venue.
As usual there will be much going on with product reviews, general chat and kits in progress.
See you all there!