July Meeting

This is no joke, we have actually been given the green light to host our meetings back at the library, this Sunday 5th July!

OMG this cannot be real after months of being separated from fellow members and being locked out of our club venue – we are finally back in business. So much has happened in the COVID modelling world. The truth is that most of us model alone, locked away in a world similar to COVID…..so what really changed anyway……life’s been normal for me!

Ok, we are back to hopefully a normal club schedule but we will have to monitor the news for any expansion to the current lock down arrangements. COVID has presented our club with an opportunity to host meetings via Skype, which has worked really well.  I can see this as being something we will continue to do into the future, as a way for the more distant members to attend meetings. There will more discussion on this one coming soon.

This meeting we will be having a topical discussion on ‘Coffee Table Model Displays’ which will be interesting. We will also be gathering numbers for our next Warbuild (club build weekend) at San Remo in August. There will also be the usual show and tell.

See you all there!

Michael Tabone
Club Secretary

2020 Meeting Schedule

Please check our new meeting dates for 2020, which have been posted under Memberships & Meetings.

We look forward to seeing you all during the year and no doubt there will be a lots of new releases and modelling news along the way.

Please remember to check back here for whats going on at Warbirds!

Michael Tabone
Club Secretary

 

September Meeting

We are meeting again this Sunday so come along and enjoy the fun. By the way this meeting was scheduled a week later than usual due to Fathers Day last weekend.

Our meeting location is currently under going audio visual upgrades but our meeting room will not be impacted. Its great to see that the library ensures that our facilities are kept functional and operational, so maybe some time soon we may make use of this equipment – movies, holiday slide shows etc.

We recently had a great weekend at our holiday retreat at Phillip Island so it will be great to recap to finer moments and modelling successes.

The AGM last month went along really well. We have a changing of the guard with Martin Reid stepping into the Presidents role and Mark Bujega taking on the Vice Presidents role. We wish both of these gentlemen the best of luck and look forward to new ideas and a fresh approach for the club.

See you all there.

Michael Tabone
Club Secretary

June Meeting

This is a reminder for our June meeting for this coming Sunday.

As Model Expo is very close we will include a chat about whats on your wish list and what kits you may be entering. As you know Warbirds will be presenting our Jets club display and a little something to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Wingnut Wings.

This should be an exciting meeting with the Expo build up and also an opportunity to bring along your works in progress, anything thats new and kits to work on during the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

Queensland Visit 2019

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!

Michael Tabone

November Meeting Update

Warbirds is officially done and dusted for another year with our last meeting of the year held on Saturday 10th .

Or club has flown through another year, with all aspects of running the club pumping like a well oiled machine.  Now that our year is over until 2019 its time to clean up the work bench and tidy up the model stash. Perhaps we can all relax a little as we prepare for Christmas and think about some new kits or tools to make our modelling sessions a little easier.

We will be back in 2019 with an even better year and the usual modelling calendar fast approaching. I hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

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House Of War – Ringwood

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.