Where Am I?


Well it’s been a while since my last post and that’s because things are pretty much all over the place at the moment still. The home renovations that were supposed to be short term expanded into a bigger project so this means my bench, kits and everything else are going to be in storage for quite a while yet.

I was going to try and get some book reviews done but that just has not proved possible as of yet as time has been at a massive premium. I do still make time for the monthly club meets but between work commitments and the renovations I haven’t even been able to get to any of the recent shows although I do want to make a special effort to make it to the Glasgow Modelfest this month.

So apologies for my absence, I will get back to building and posting as soon as possible, first thing I am going to have to do is repair a load of my builds that have been damaged in storage, but until I am back I hope all your builds are drama free and most of all, fun.

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East Of Scotland Model Show 2018

East of Scotland Model Show Flyer
East of Scotland Model Show 2018, July 28th at the Boomerang Community Centre, Dundee

It’s the annual East of Scotland Model Show 2018 this Saturday in Dundee, there’s a change in venue this year so if you are going make sure to take note of the new address.

This is a fantastic show put on by IPMS Dundee with plenty of club displays, a tombola/raffle, traders, competition, snacks and refreshments available.

East Neuk 2018 Photo’s


Well it may have been cold and wet outside on Saturday but that didn’t matter as I spent the day indoors at the East Neuk Model Show in Cupar, Fife and not only were the Bacon rolls delicious but there was some fantastic builds to be seen.

This was my 2nd visit to this show and just as last years was, it was a great show. I love the intimate feel of this show, it feels to me much more of a social event than just a model show. The host club, East Neuk, had their full Commando Comics display on show; it was this display with which they won this years ASM Trophy for Best Club Display at the Scottish Nationals in April.

There was a good selection of vendors present as well as some fantastic club displays by the other clubs that were present.

I hope you enjoy the video and I will hopefully be back soon with more posts!

East Neuk Model Show 2018

East Neuk Model Show 2018
East Neuk Model Show 2018

Well today sees me venture across the water to the East Neuk Model Show in Cupar Fife. This is a super friendly and great little show with plenty of builds on display and the food n cakes are pretty awesome too!

Apologies

Just wanted to apologise for the lack of updates of late, going through a lot of home renovations at the moment so my entire bench, equipment and stash are currently in storage whilst this continues.

It looks like things are going to take longer than I had initially hoped so I’ll see if I can’t get hold of some books to review or similar soon!

East of Scotland Model Show 2018

East of Scotland Model Show Flyer
East of Scotland Model Show 2018, July 28th at the Boomerang Community Centre, Dundee

Well it’s getting closer so I thought I would drop a quick post about the model show the club I am a member puts on each year, The East of Scotland Model Show.

This year we have had to move the venue for the show away from the Marryat Hall at the Caird Hall Complex and will be holding it at the venue we use for our club nights, The Boomerang Community Centre on Kemback Street in Dundee.

There will be the usual great mix model competition, tombola, traders and club displays just in a new venue. I believe the community centre are also running the cafeteria for us in the morning for rolls and refreshments, but there are no shortage of places to grab something to eat or drink just across the car park on Albert Street.

I hope the new venue doesn’t put people off, it’s a great little community centre ran by real salt of the earth people who do a lot for the local area of Stobswell. I myself am going to be stuck at work in Glasgow for most of the day unfortunately but I should make it along before the show ends with any luck.

Away from the show I am going to be posting infrequently over the coming few weeks, I am having some renovations done to my home that will mean the bench and my kits need packed away and moved for a while. I do still have a couple of completion photo sets to take for my Vampire and Seawolf builds, and I should have the Astute done in short order also so hopefully I will be able to get those posted up whilst the bench is out of action!

 

 

Model Fairground


Just a quick post today as I have been meaning to share this since the show. One the the most unique displays at this years Scottish Nationals had to be the model Fairground and Carnival displays. The Fairground only had a couple of rides running when I managed to get a chance to record it but I believe all the large rides all ran.

Anyway, I thought it was great fun and looked awesome so I thought I would share.

Book Review: Airkraft Modelling Guide #1 Fighters and Attack Aircraft of the Vietnam War

Airkraft Modelling Guide #1: Fighters & Attack Aircraft of the Vietnam War
Front Cover of Airkraft Modelling Guide #1: Fighters & Attack Aircraft of the Vietnam War

So as my last book review wasn’t really something especially for the modeller I thought that I would ensure that this next review definitely was!

For this review I am looking at the AirKraft Modelling Guide #1 which has been put together with HobbyZone and the paint manufacturer Hataka so of course their products feature heavily. This issue covers the fighters and attach aircraft of the Vietnam conflict and despite the paint manufacturers heavy presence, the builds covered offer solid advice and technique demonstrations along the way. The build articles themselves provide a very useful insight to the kits covered along with many of the aftermarket parts used too.

The Introduction offers great images along with historic information on Air combat over Vietnam
The Introduction offers great images along with historic information on Air combat over Vietnam

Whilst the title is retailed as a book I suppose it would be more accurate to describe it as a bookazine I suppose, but for the price of £10 its not too expensive for what you get with the book containing 96 pages of lovely full colour spreads. There’s also a great little introduction at the start of the book covering the history of the use of air power over Vietnam and how it was used changed the way wars were fought for decades to come. Some of the images in this section are understandably in black and white but this if anything only adds to their atmosphere.

It's not just American Aircraft that are covered, there are NVAF types covered
It’s not just American Aircraft that are covered, you will be glad to see there are North Vietnamese Air Force types covered too.

There are a decent number of builds covered by the book and whilst there are of course multiple Phantom builds, there is a decent variety of aircraft and kit manufacturers covered in several scales, besides its not like you can ever have too many Phantoms.

The Airfames/Kits covered by the book are:

  • Eduard’s 1:48 F-4J
  • Hasegawa’s 1:48 F-104C Starfighter
  • Eduards 1:48 F-4B
  • Meng’s 1:72 F-102A Delta Dagger (Case XX)
  • Rodens 1:48 JOV-1A Mowhawk
  • Kinetics F-5B Freedom Fighter
  • Monogram/Revell’s 1:48 F-8 Crusader
  • Academy’s 1:48 Mig-21MF Fishbed
  • Italeri’s 1:72 F-4C/D/J
  • Tamiya’s 1:72 A-6E Intruder (Experimental Camouflage)
  • Trumpeters 1:48 F-100C Super Saber
  • Italeri’s 1:72 Martin B-57B Canberra
  • HobbyBoss’s 1:48 MIG-17F Fresco C
  • Airfix’s 1:72 Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog
  • Eduard’s 1:48 A-4E/F Skyhawk
  • Trumpeter’s 1:48 A-37A Dragonfly
  • Fujimi’s 1:48 Grumman KA-6D Tanker
  • Revell’s 1:100 AH-1G Cobra
  • Airfix’s 1:48 English Electric Canberra MK.20 (RAAF)

Now I think you will agree that this is a pretty impressive list especially so you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck with this book.

The full colour images that accompany the builds and finishing techniques are superb
The full colour images that accompany the builds and finishing techniques are superb

Each one of the aircraft are covered by their own full colour build article, detailing the builders process from start to finish, including any aftermarket they have used, issues they have overcome, additional detailing they have scratched and the finishing techniques they have used.

Now I love the aircraft from this time period, the aircraft were all such a massive leap forward from those of the second world war and those SEA Camo schemes make them look all the more purposeful when compared to the grey schemes that many airframes sport these days, so every subject in this book is right up my street so to speak.

Personally I love this book and I look forward to looking over future issues of the series, you can get the title from SAMpublications over at http://www.sampublications.com/books/airkraft/airkraft-1-vietnam/prod_1145.html as well as other retailers.

Model Clubs

IPMS Dundee Banner
IPMS Dundee Banner

This post is something a little different for me as I wanted to talk a little about model clubs today, after visiting the Scottish National Scale Model Show a couple of weeks ago it made me think about how important local clubs still are to the hobby of modelling.

In the past I had wondered if with the rise of the internet if model clubs were suffering the same kind of treatment as local model stores are finding themselves receiving.  With the rise of modelling groups on social media, personal blogs such as this one, and forums such as Britmodeller for example are model clubs finding it harder to find fresh membership and to a certain extent how relevant were they still to the hobby.

I am a relatively new member to the IPMS Dundee model club, I will have been a member for almost a year now and I have to say I have absolutely no regrets about joining.  Whilst I am an active member of many scale modelling forums, Facebook groups and having my own blog, I have found that whilst they all have their place in my enjoyment of the hobby, none of them are able to offer everything I get from membership to my local club.

For a start off on the personal side of clubs you are speaking to face to face with people, so there is less drama. I find that people online are much more likely to be negative towards you, your techniques and your final results than they ever would in person. I don’t mean that in person people don’t offer constructive criticism as they do, but it’s nearly always followed by suggestions of how to improve rather than to just point out somethings wrong. We have all come across the odd staunch rivet counter out there but I have found that they are much less frequent to come across in person than they are in online formats which seem to attract them in their droves.

Even when speaking with other clubs members at shows I have always found people to be extremely personable and more than willing to offer advise and tips if they can, to explain how they achieve the results on the tables before them and generally just have a chat.  Online there are often misunderstandings purely due to not being able to correctly read the tone of another persons post and it never takes long for things to escalate from there, then you have the people that are just being argumentative for the sake of it, people having a bad day are much more likely to lash out online than they are in person, even when the people they are lashing out at have nothing to do with why they’re in a bad mood in the first place.

This face to face meeting with fellow modellers also has the advantage of you being able to actually sit and show people issues you may be having to get advise or be able to physically show someone else how you may have overcome something. Also you get to see other peoples work exactly how it is, and not just how it looks from certain angles, which can also have it’s benefits when learning new skills.

Usually in clubs there are members who model in many different genres also so its good for being able to consider having a go at these in order to acquire new skills or simply just to freshen up the shelves and the modelling mojo with something a little different.

Lets not forget that ultimately though clubs are a great place for a coffee, some banter and to talk about our hobby with like minded people, there’s always the opportunity to look at other peoples kits and finished models and that’s really what we all love doing!

I personally wasn’t sure what being part of a club would be like, despite being active online and my job I do have some personal anxiety issues, I mean who doesn’t these days, so joining a club wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but it was something I am glad I did as it’s not only helped me as a modeller.

I suppose what I want to say is if you have a local club and you aren’t a member, go along to a meeting, see what your local club is about, without them our model shows probably wouldn’t exist and anything that helps bring in new people to our hobby can only ever be a good thing. There’s links to the club I am a member of, both IPMS Dundee Facebook and Website in the link section of the blog as always if anyone would like to check them out.

Test Fitting the Resin!

Dry fitting the major components and the neOmega Cockpit into the Hawk was hassle free.. for once!
Dry fitting the major components and the NeOmega Cockpit into the Hawk was hassle free.. for once!
Dry fitting the ejector seats went without hassle
Dry fitting the ejector seats went without hassle
Rear Cockpit of the nEOmega resin cockpit set
Rear Cockpit of the NeOmega resin cockpit set needs a tiny amount of adjustment.

I have to say this cockpit set is some of the nicest resin I have used. Not only is it super detailed but the dry fit testing was without any of the usual problems of having to squeeze the resin in. It was almost a perfect fit first time with only the rear cockpit requiring a little adjustment.

Not sure if the level of detail really comes out in the photos above as the naked resin is difficult to get a decent contrast on but it really is a beautiful set and if you have one of these kits I thoroughly recommend picking up this resin.