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.
Kagero Publications are offering a small selection of their titles as free pdf downloads. These are totally legal and come directly from their website. Click on A10 TopColors cover to get to the list of available titles. Kagero have been providing modellers with quality publications and decals for some time now and the opportunity to access these at no charge is a real bonus.
Easy steps to create a realistic metal finish by Marc Guerrero
The technique of bare metal application has always eluded me due to the fact that it just looks so hard to master, or at the very least just so time consuming. There are many sources of information regarding this topic, but the one I would like to show you demonstrates this technique in a very easy manner using high quality photos and text. I would like to thank Marc Guerrero for making this look so easy and for allowing us to share this from his site.
Last year’s release of the 1/32 Horten 229 by Zoukei-Mura created quite a stir in the modelling world. While we’ve become accustomed to their exciting releases, this kit was particularly interesting in that the subject matter was one of the mysterious late war What-Ifs that actually had a substantiated base with a captured prototype. Also of keen interest was the ability to do something special with the wooden finish.
Uschi from Germany have released a set of wood grain decals that will also be released soon under Zoukei-Mura branding. While the art of replicating wood-grain has become somewhat of an art-form driven by the Wingnut Wings phenomenon, this is one subject that as wonderful as it looks in natural wood may not actually be all that realistic based on the research at the Smithsonian on their example of the aircraft.
The team at the Smithsonian have exhaustively been analyzing the aircrafts structure and materials working out how to preserve and restore the Horten. Interestingly it appears the wood was treated with a semi-transparent green coating. While the grain is visible, it may mean natural timber panels, while stunning to look at are not truly representative.
Here’s a link to the research done by the Smithsonian on the wooden structure:
And here are some specific panel samples
Belly Panel After Cleaning
Horten H IX V3
Horten H IX V3 Acrylic
And here’s a view on the metal coatings, it appears to be a similar colour!
So perhaps as nice as the natural wood and metal finish looks, it may not be all that accurate based on how it appears they intended to produce the Horten Ho229?
You be the judge!!!