On the weekend of 23rd – 25th August a few members took the trip down to our Phillip Island holiday house to do nothing but build kits. We also took the time to eat, drink and listen to music and various comedy shows which generated a lot of laughs.
Between the members we had a whole bunch of kits that we brought along to keep us busy for the three days. Making sure you covered all bases with all the associated gear was a small challenge but I think we all did pretty well there.
The accommodation was comfortable and within walking distance to the shops, but sorry to say there was no hobby shop for any emergency supplies. All meals were by way of pies, pizza, chips, eggs and toast and most things in between all washed down with the finest of beverages – mmmm.
Overall is was a great weekend with plenty of kit building and time to relax and enjoy each others company and humour – thinking about next year already…….
Click here for some pics of the weekend.
Our last meeting saw the start of a new format with a focus on member modelling and more demonstrations. Our required formalities have been reduced to allow for greater member interaction and more general discussions. We will still be bringing along our kits in progress, completed builds and anything new to continue with our already busy atmosphere.
At this meeting Martin Reid and Michael Tabone presented a demonstration on Rigging WW1 Aircraft, which covered perhaps one of the greatest fears of modelling. This was a thorough demo covering all the tools and supplies as well as documentation illustrating the steps and processes involved. Martin and Michael used the Wingnut Wings kits as a basis for their discussion with a Sopwith Pup as an example of fine rigging and turnbuckle creation.
We will see a lot more demonstrations moving forward and if this meeting was anything to go by then I think we will be on a winner!
You can find our link to the demonstration documentation on our ‘Demonstrations’ page.
Images of the demonstration
Another great meeting with lots a activity that produced winners for the Build A Bitch and Gunna Builds.
Here are a few pics of the kits that took part in the Build A Bitch:
Pics of the kits that took part in the Gunna Build:
As you can see some didn’t make it over the line, but I have to say that its all about getting to the bench and being part of the group!
As the dust settles we can now reflect on what was a great Model Expo, and another opportunity to present a club display with our ‘MIGS’ theme. There was much to see this year with a ever growing public interest and a wide variety of trader stands. The quality of kits on the tables was awesome to see with some real standouts, which no doubt made it difficult for the judging.
This event is over three days with a large Swap and Sell on the Monday morning, and some great demonstrations covering various modelling subjects. My favorite was ‘figure painting with oils’ which was presented by Ben Flood, and was extremely helpful. The RC guys from Victorian Armoured RC Club were outside with their large scale RC tanks, which is a change of pace to static models.
Here are some pics of this event.
We are back again for our next meeting on Sunday so look forward to seeing you all there.
This meeting will focus on up coming events such as the weekends Swap & Sell, Expo 2017 club display, SAPMA Expo field trip a our club event for the ‘Gunna Build’.
As many would know Warbirds is primarily an aircraft club but we are also very open to those who build other types of kits. We have covered this reality with our Warmachines component of the club which really does open up a whole range of other related interests.
Our meetings are fun and relaxed and open to suggestions of how we do things, and how to improve and make our meetings even more engaging. We enjoy everything about our hobby and look forward to sharing all the things that enable us to build better kits.
See you all there!
Here are some images of member progress, completed builds and new kits, as well as images of our completed ‘Build A Bitch’ entries.
General images of what our members have been up to:
Build A Bitch using poor quality kits to give its builder an opportunity to make it shine – this years placings are:
1st – Rene De Konig – IL-10
2nd – Tony M – Fokker – DXX1
3rd – Martin Reid – Horten 229
The scoring was based on IPMS out of the box rules but with percentage applied for the degree of difficulty, and proved to be a fun event and will definitely be run again next year.
Our next meeting will be held on Sunday 7th August which will include kit reviews, whats new and coming events plus a lot of general talk about where we are at with current projects. Last meeting saw the allocation of our Build a Bitch 1/72 scale aircraft kits, that we kindly donated by Mark from Sprue Finders. These kits will be returned back to the club at this meeting to be scrutinised and the winner being awarded the perpetual trophy.
More importantly this meeting will be our AGM with members taking an active role in our clubs future. We look forward to seeing you all there and to take part in the activities that all of this entails.
See you all there!