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!
On October 27th I took my son and nephew along to the PAX 2018 event at the Convention Centre in Melbourne. This event is basically a haven for all things computer gaming which includes exhibitors, developers, cos play, displays, war gaming and table top board games. It was a huge mix of everything but what really caught my eye was the technology being engaged in table top war games to produce buildings and scenery using 3D printing. I also found a stand by House of War who have a store in Ringwood which had some really cool figures and related products.
Being a modeller, and as you can well understand, I seem to sniff out things that fit into our hobby and came across a Citadel tool that enables you to scrap seam lines off figures. I had to have it, bang there you go and off I went. Today I visited the House of War store which was well above my expectations and is a must visit if you happen to be in the area.
House of War is mostly a table top war gamers store similar I guess to Games Workshop. But on walking in I found its much more than that, with so many books and paint ranges to suit our hobby that it quickly became a go to store for some of the more difficult things to find locally. For example, they have the complete range of AK Real Colors, most of the AK FAQ books, Vallejo paints, several ranges of fantasy figure paints, terrain and textures supplies, brushes, Scale75 figures and busts and the list goes on. This would have to be the best stocked store for modelling books and paints that I know of. They dont sell model kits but I have been told that this is coming so stay tuned.
I will also say that us modellers have been well catered for by the likes of BNA and Metro Hobbies who are great retailers, but I think this store has been hidden away and kind of undiscovered by us more mainstream modellers – so drop in and have a look around.
We all listen to our favorite music when where building a kit – right! Well today I wasn’t really building but was cleaning out the working bench and doing a little rearranging. I generally put on Spotify and today I was listening to a little alternative Aussie music mostly from the 1990s – very cool music at the time and still is by the way……
I picked up an older book that made way for another and was flicking through the pages when a song came on by Something for Kate – Captain (Million Miles and Hour). Click on the Youtube link above and pay attention to a spot at the beginning and towards the end – it will make you smile as it did me…………………
I’m sure there are other songs that may have a modelling reference, so listen a little closer next time you play a few tunes.
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.
Today saw the return of the Tyabb Airshow in Tyabb Victoria which included a great selection of WW1 and WW2 Warbirds, RC displays, Static military vehicle displays, and various aircraft flybys. The weather was around 24 degrees with cloud cover which made a comfortable day. The crowds were large but there was plenty of room to move around and to take advantage of the food stands and displays around the aerodrome.
My favorite aircraft of the day were the Sopwith Snipe,and Sopwith Pup replicas as well as the CA-12 Boomerang. There was even an aerial display by the only flying Lockheed Hudson and was a great sight to see. The RAN MH-60R Seahawk took to the sky and was very impressive and large. The Grumman Avenger was there again this year and if you have ever built one, you would be impressed at how massive it is on the ground even with its wings folded. For the auto enthusiasts there was a classic car show with some real beauties on show. There were several military displays that were kind of setup as living dioramas which were amazing.
All in all is was a great day and as usual very well organised and catered for and for images of the day click here
Our third visit to the SAPMA Expo over the weekend of October 14 / 15 proved to be as enjoyable as the previous two. The SAPMA team really know how to put on a great show combining an excellent competition with a wonderful array of displays from traditional modelling subjects to the ever growing Gundam genre to Lego!
A big thank you to the members who contributed to our display, The Flying Seaman – A Naval Aviation Retrospective. With a final tally of 31 models on display from 10 members, we were able to mount a display that won first place as the “Best SIG Theme” for the show as voted by the contestants.
In addition, members Michael Tabone, Stephen Portelli, Rene de Koning and David Couche went home with an impressive haul of trophies across a range of categories.
The organisers reported a successful event with good figures in visitors, entrants and general profitability. Well stocked traders provide an opportunity for the modeller to go home with a range of kits, tools and modelling accessories. Regular workshops in separate rooms offered the opportunity learn without distraction.
The hobby is alive and well in South Australia.
Many Thanks go to SAPMA for making us feel so welcome, we look forward to returning in 2018. I highly recommend a visit to the SAPMA Expo, a well run event by a friendly, accommodating and enthusiastic crew ensures a great time.
Click here for images of this event.
Stephen Keogh has kindly passed on images of his collection of finely built and finished Wildcats and Martlets, plus an interesting article explaining the collection and his experience with these kits. Click here to see the full article.