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.

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Model Expo 2018 Review

Click here for Warbirds Expo 2018 Club Display images

The Queens birthday long weekend Model Expo is over and now its time to brush off the dust and think about what just happened…….

As usual it was a great show and I’m completely exhausted but have managed to catch up on some sleep. I managed to spend a bit of cash and pick up some lovely goodies in the form of a TAKOM Panther A Late with the full interior, a few 1/35 resin figures, some airbrush replacement parts, 1/48 British figures, 1/32 Bf109G-6 and an airbrush cleaning pot – mmmmm. I also got involved with the Saturday night judging which is always a great learning experience and got to see things from the dark side – lol.

The event itself saw a near record number of kits at around 770 from 200 odd entrants which was great to see, especially for the organisers. The competition was right up there on quality with a highlight for me being the large number of well done figures and busts. Most of the local clubs put on a club display with the winner this year going to IPMS with their very cute Teddy Bear display.

A special thank you goes out to the event organisers, supporting staff, traders and clubs, who commit time and resources to provide us with a world class show and modelling competition!

Here are some photos of the show.

 

Model Expo 2018

Only a few more sleeps to go now for the biggest event of the year. Warbirds will be participating with a  club display called ‘The Flying Seaman’ high lighting naval aircraft across all decades.

There is always plenty to see and do and to spend your money on, so be prepared as you don’t want to miss out on all those goodies.

Click here for further information of the event and hope to see you all there!

 

National Vietnam Veterans Museum

I recently took a weekend away with the family to Phillip Island, and took the opportunity to visit the National Vietnam Veterans Museum. My last visit to this museum was many years ago with the museum being in a different location. The original venue was very small with many exhibits displayed in cramped quarters and a small external area to displays some of the larger items. This new venue is the result of countless hours of work and support from volunteers and Vietnam Veterans, and is well worth a visit.

The experience begins with a 15 minute Sound and Light show to put you in the place and minds of those who were there and the mindset of the government of the time. After this its onto the museum exhibits and I will say that’s its helpful to pay a few dollars more to to pickup an InfoWand that acts as a guide as you move through the museum.

Two levels separate the exhibits as well as some restoration projects in the work shop areas. Individual items of interest are spread across many display cases as well as some star attractions such as a Centurion tank, M113 Personel Carrier, Cobra and Huey helicopters. For the modeller there are a number of dioramas and single model displays, so there is much to see.

This is a must see if visiting the Island and is easily accessible off the main highway, so please take the time to drop in and at the same time support our Vietnam vets.

Click here for images of the the museum.

April Meeting Update

We had a smaller turn out at this meeting with the fun and laughs as large as ever. We covered off a few items including the Tyabb Airshow, Wing & Tracks and the pending Model Expo featuring our club display. All in all it was another great meeting and look forward to more.