Point Cook Museum Visit – Jan 15th

It has been confirmed that Warbirds will be heading off to the Point Cook Museum for a club field trip on Sunday, January 15th.

We will meet for lunch prior to attending the museum and then head off to the museum afterwards.  Current financial members will have lunch covered (or coffee & cake if you prefer).

Details as follows:

  • Meet at Michel’s Patisserie at 11:30AM
  • Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre 300 Point Cook Road, Point Cook, 3030
  • From there we’ll head off to the museum. It will be quite informal and you can stay as long or short as you like.

 

 

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Cheers

Michael Tabone

Club Secretary

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Bayonet Model Comp Review

Although this event was on last weekend I have only just managed to extract the images from my iPhone, which was giving me a few issues – love technology. Anyway the day was great with full credit to the Bayonet Military Modelling Club and of course the hosting group who are restoring the amazing B24 Liberator. The event itself is setup inside the restoration hanger with the B24 as the back drop, which really adds the the atmosphere.

The Swap & Sell is probably one of the best aside from the Model Expo and you can always find some great bargains, not to mention that there are plenty of traders so the available kits is huge.

We ran a club display which included aircraft and some armour which attracted much attention and comments from the public and competitors alike.

Here are some pics of the day so look forward to next year!

Bayonet Model Comp – 12th November

This coming weekend on the 12th November will be the annual Bayonet Military Model Club event which will be held at:

B24 Liberator Restoration Hanger

Corner of Princes Hwy and Farm Road, Werribee

Melways Ref: 205 F10

This is an amazing event held inside a WW2 era hanger which is home to a restoration of a B24 Liberator. The various vendor tables and competition tables are placed around the aircraft and gives the event an interesting presence.

WarbirdsAMG will have a club display table with a general mix of member kits including aircraft and war machines.

See you all there.

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October Meeting Update

Another meeting done and dusted with the format change marked down as a success. The general feel of moving from a formatted agenda to a more free moving one has proved to be the right mix and my be just what we needed. We had a general chat about this, and the consensus was that the meeting should be flexible with the option of fine tuning as we go. A few of us brought along some kits to build, we had a collection of pre loved kits that were for sale, as well as a demonstration on decanting spray paint from a rattle can into a paint pot.

The formalities were occupied with a small 15-20 segment at the beginning, with an open forum topic of ‘building for yourself or for the club’ and a ‘whats on the table’ segment in the middle, plus a wind up towards the end with the demonstration. In between the formal parts we built our kits and had general chats, with the whole format being really engaging, with plenty of time to cover what we need to as a club and to include all the more fun bits.

This was a great meeting and will no doubt form a template for future meetings.

 

Model Expo – Presidents Report

Another Model Expo is done and I must start with a huge thank-you to club members for their support with the display. A final tally of 32 display models was beyond expectations and pre-commitments so such a strong turnout was a brilliant result.

I had the opportunity to meet and discuss modelling and future projects with Richard Alexander from Wingnut Wings and Neil Yan from HK Models. It was a pleasure to talk to these guys and see how passionate they are and not simply businessmen looking for a quick profit. Both companies have established a reputation for quality products and I look forward to planned future releases. The Sopwith Camel is a classic that will have me purchasing multiples when Wingnut Wings release theirs soon and although I have nowhere to put a completed kit, I absolutely must have the upcoming 1/32 Avro Lancaster from HK Models. The HK Models 1/32 B17 on display at the Metro Hobbies and was jaw-dropping!

I also had a great chat with Kevin Futter from Large Scale Planes fame. Make sure you check out the great work on the website with one of the most civil and informative modelling forums out there. Check it out at http://www.largescaleplanes.com

A huge turnout of competition kits, great club displays, the ever-present retailers and a Swap & Sell that was more Sell than smell made for a thoroughly enjoyable long weekend.

The Expo Committee should be suitably proud of the show and from what I could see and hear, was one of, if not the best yet. Roll on Expo 2017.

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Warbirds President Martin Reid with Richard Alexander from Wingnut Wings

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Martin with Kevin Futter, Administrator of the Large Scale Planes website and forum, and Neil Yan from HK Models. Martin embedded an idea with Neil and is hoping it will eventuate in the not too distant future!

 

Martin Reid

Club President

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Model Expo 2016 Update

Model Expo is over for another year and Warbirds once again demonstrated our diversity when it comes to club displays and member contributions. This year our members built an array of kits to fit in with our theme of ‘Stormbirds’. The only requirement was that the subjects name had to relate to weather patterns – hence the theme name.  The response was very pleasing and raised some lovely kits that graced our nominated display table.

I was one of attending members at the table and was happy to see people walking up and asking questions, taking photos and really enjoying what we have presented. As a tribute to John Xigalatas, who recently passed away, we thought it was fitting to include a small plaque along with the two models that he produced and sold through his Melbourne store ‘Showcase Models’. This was well received and helped to round off what was a very successful display and a very successful event.

I would like to thank all our members for the effort involved and is something to be proud of!

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Model Expo 2016 Coming Soon

Well its almost here and is perhaps the best modelling event on the calendar. Held over the 3 day Queens Birthday long weekend this show has it all in terms of competition models and traders selling thier products. On the third day the great model Swap & Sell is on which is a mega mart for anything from second hand kits to books and down to hard to find accessories and after market addon’s.

Warbirds will also be presenting a club display show casing member builds as part of our Stormbirds theme, so make sure you come over to have a look and a chat – look forward to seeing you all there.

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