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.

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.

March Meeting Update

Well, a busy weekend with various events including the Avalon Air Show, Eastern Suburbs Swap ‘n’ Sell and car shows didn’t deter the die-hards! It was great to see well-respected local modelling guru Ian Hill come along. With Ian’s digital artwork endeavours, he remains a plastic modeller and wowed us with a Warmachine. Quite apt as we make 2017 the year to promote our Warmachine interest group where members and guests are encouraged to bring along their non-avaiation military modelling endeavours.

Ian presented his Panther G (Late) as built from the Dragon 1/35 kit. It’s depicted as it served in Budapest in February / March 1945 in Operation Konrad. Note the steel wheel on the last station in the chassis with all other wheels being the usual rubber types. Also note the serial number. Thanks Ian, we hope to see more Warmachines in future as well as your Warbirds. For Ian’s digital art, visit his website at threedbattleart.com