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

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Wings & Tracks 2019

Today was the Wings & Tracks 2019 model competition held at the 13th Malvern Scout Group Hall in Malvern East. There a was a good turnout of competitors with some high quality kits. Traders were also in attendance including SMS, Wargame Miniatures, Brunel Hobbies and Firestorm selling much needed goodies and accessories. It was great to catch up with people and to chat about all things modelling with a few I know coming out with well earned places. All in all it was a great day with a huge thanks to the IPMS boys putting on yet another great show with all the hard work being much appreciated. Also, an equally huge thanks to the Malvern Scout Group for providing their Scout venue for all us plastic nerds.

Click here to see more images of kits on the table!

March Meeting

This month we have had to move to a temporary location due to a water leak at  the Ashburton Library. The meeting date has also now been pushed back another week due to other bookings and will be on 10th March. We will be relocated to the Balwyn Library with our start and finish times being the same – address details below:

10th March, 2019

Balwyn Library
336 Whitehorse Rd,
Balwyn VIC 3103

We have much to cover off at this meeting due partly because I was not at the last meeting! Be sure to come along because your input will be needed as well as your models and happy selves.

See you all there.

Aviation Heritage Centre – 2019

The family and I recently took a trip to New Zealand with full intent on visiting the Aviation Heritage Centre in Omaka. The Centre is split into two sections dedicated to both WW1 and WW2 aircraft, plus a mix of well presented exhibits throughout the display areas. The WW1 exhibition titled ‘Knights of the Sky’ with its aircraft and artefacts is owned by Peter Jackson and is simply stunning. The WW2 exhibition is called ‘Dangerous Skies’ and features full scale replicas of a Hurricane and Stuka which are both hanging from the ceiling (not using drawing pins and fishing line though!), as well as other interesting period aircraft.

The Aviation Heritage Centre is located 5km from Blenheim right next tot he Omaka airfield, on the South Island. This is a must if visiting New Zealand and an opportunity to see and compare some flying examples of these amazing flying machines.

Click here for a selection of images taken on the day.