Warbirds Build Weekend 2018

Over the weekend of 25th and 26th August the club enjoyed a weekend away for a modelling retreat at San Remo, located just before Phillip Island. This was to be the first of many trips where we get to forget about the rat race and to focus purely on building models. The only real rules was to bring enough kits to work through plus all the necessary tools and paints. Also a mandatory item was a sense of humor, basic cooking skills and an ability to enjoy yourself and have very little sleep!

The venue itself was a beach house that I was lucky enough to score a few months before for a family weekend away. Now, you may do this yourself and especially when going shopping with the wife,  but I tend to look for modelling opportunities and this house made a perfect boys get away. At this point I would like to thank Carol for allowing our group to take advantage of her beach house located in these beautiful surroundings.

I came with a small stash of kits (9 in all) to ensure I didn’t get bogged down on one kit, and to provide a selection to flip between as the mood decided. My productivity was unheard of for myself and I managed to put away at least a month of building over the few days. Most of us did the same or at leased covered off those kits that had been long term shelf queens or in much needed attention. Its often a great environment to knock over the more tedious tasks like tank wheels and tracks or complex and time consuming scribing and filling etc.

We all had a great time and really got to know each other very well, as you do in a group situation. I will say that its a great way to see how others tackle their builds and what tools they use to do certain tasks. Its all running live before our eyes and takes us away from the solitary existence that we are all used to. Food and supplies was no issue as the shops were a short walk down the road, as was the local pub for dinner on the Saturday night.

On the Sunday we packed up our kits, cleaned up and headed down to the Vietnam Veterans Museum on the Island. This is a must and contains a great selection of Vietnam related collections and displays. This outing brought our weekend to a close and was kind of sad to end such a  great time. Anyway there will be more trips to come, so cant wait for the next one.

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.

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.

Wings & Tracks 2018

For those of you who are unaware Wings & Tracks is the first model comp for the year acting as a prelude to the mega Model Expo in June. This event showcases a collection of aircraft and military vehicles and almost anything related to the above such as dioramas and figures. Awards are covered for the usual place categories common with many competitions, but what sets this show apart from the others is that it has a theme related to aircraft and vehicles. This year’s theme for the ‘Golden Wing’ award was ‘Floatplane & Amphibious Aircraft’ and for the ‘Golden Sprocket’ award this was ‘Amphibians – Any AFV/Vehicle’.

The show itself was well attended including traders Brian from Wargame Miniatures and Scott from SMS. These guys put in a lot of effort and time to be at these shows and without their support and time these shows would not be what they are!

Drum roll please…………. and the winner for the ‘Golden Wing’ was our very own Martin Reid with his superb Wingnut Wing 1/32 Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Early. Martin also took out 1st in its category for his Wingnut Wings Taupe which also won the ‘Entrants Choice – Best of Show’!. This is a fantastic effort and well deserved, as I know first hand the amount of work Martin has put into these kits.

Click here to see pics of this years show.

Tyabb Airshow 2018 Report

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