About the club

We are a group of people who enjoy the hobby of plastic model building. Our members interests range from Aircraft, Automobiles, Ships, Figures, Armour, to Sci Fi. We have all skill levels from beginners to some pretty talented modellers, but we mainly meet to share our work, ideas, tips and techniques, and talk about modelling in general. Click View Profile to view email address - drop us a line!

Friday, 30 August 2013

Upcoming meeting reminder

Next regular club meeting Tuesday September 3. Same place at same time

See you there!!!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Update on a finished work by our VP Mike

Since I highlighted Mike on the last post, I thought I would also bring this to your attention..

Mike brought this fabulous Diorama in a few months ago, but wasn't satisfied with it so did a bit more work on it.

I digress here but it reminds me of a comment from Mark.. "Models are never really finished, at some point you just abandon them" :)

Anyway, Mike was not quite done yet..

Mike comments
"I did some more work on my V-1 Diorama, because I was not really pleased with the base. I enhanced the tarmac and did more work on the "doors" and the ground work. I also did some more weathering on the cart. I set up  a new photo booth and took some pics. Just posted them on AK site." 

He has his pictures posted to the AK Interactive forum, so follow this link, but I will also leave a teaser photo here. Many more on the AK site.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Meeting Summary August 13, 2013

Small meeting this month, August usually is.

In attendance tonight:
Steve F, Steve R, Mike, Rob and myself.

There was a lot of talking techniques between Mike, Steve and myself. We were talking about Armor weathering, which has dominated our thoughts, for the last year or so.

With Chris producing some world class work with his modern armor, and being published in several major modeling magazines over the last two years, we get to see his work in person and get the benefit of his thoughts and knowledge. 
Armor weathering in general has taken a huge leap in the past few years, from washes and dry brushing, to some very original and exotic approaches and techniques. Yep, we have moved past our nail files and hairspray J. Companies have been developing products that take the harder work out of it, at the same time making the hobby accessible to more and more modelers, and allowing them to produce better pieces along the way.

I am a beneficiary of this experience. I brought in a piece tonight that I know I would have never been able to produce a few years ago, and I know that I can probably do better, with more practice (and motivation). Mike has also converted from his aircraft passion to armor, at the 48 scale. He has produced a few very nice pieces right out of the gate. His Tiger 1 progress shows his patience and meticulousness in his approach. My approach, well let’s just say it is not quite as structured. However, we are both students of the current techniques, in our own ways.

It can be said that Steve F is without a doubt old school. Building a couple of dozen or more models a year, he has the skill with research and authenticity, scratch building and paint application that are the hallmarks of the successful modeler in any time. His work tonight shows techniques like representing paint chipping without the benefit of today’s chipping fluids/hairspray, etc. One thing is always for sure, you can count on Steve to bring in something that is not usually main stream. It is refreshing to see what other kits are out there instead of Mustangs, Spitfires, Hornets and Harriers.

Here are some shots of the work brought in tonight.

Steve F. His Japanese “Jake”, the most powerful seaplane of the second World War. (and Bugati from another meeting).

Mike and his Tiger 1 in-progress.

And.. my in-progress M4A3 Sherman Thunderbolt VI – Col Creighton Abrams Sherman from the Battle of the Bulge, with a look at two other works in progress, an M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo, and an M10 Tank Destroyer. (I say in-progess since I have a few more touch ups and stowage to add.)

That’s all for this month.
If you have something that you are working on and didn’t get to bring it in, please sent me a small blurb and some photos and I will post it up for everyone to see.

See you next month – September 3, 2013…

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Progress update from friend Bruce

Bruce has been a friend of the club for a while. He is not in St. Johns, so he doesn't get to drop in to the meetings, but Herb recently bumped into him and gave me his email address so that Bruce can keep up to date with the club news and what we are doing.

In exchange, Bruce sent along this update on his current project of  what I am sure will be a great looking Canadian Navy Helicopter!

Bruce’s update..
“Just a few pics of what I have done so far and a few of the detail parts I'm using. The kit is a Hasegawa SH-3H sea King and I'm using Belcher Bits resin sets BB-01,BB-02,BB-03, and decals BD1 as wells as Eduards photo-etched detail set 48 077. The paint scheme will be Desert Storm low vis of 438 helicopter.”

We look forward to hearing from you again Bruce. Keep in touch, we would love to see how this one progresses.

Updates from our friend Ray

Ray sent along this update on a figure diorama he is working on for a show coming up soon.
His update...

"This project started and stopped several times over the last two years. I was in the middle of one conversion when Masterbox came out with the charging Cavalry. I scrapped the current project and started over again with this one. This is a kit bash of Masterbox, Tamiya, dragon with one of the heads from the hornet range. All the detail on the riders, bandoliers, hats, weapons, pouches etc is all done with GW green stuff mixed evenly with tamiya two part epoxy. Its all 1/35th scale and think the next project will be 120mm to save my eyes. I will be putting this in a show at the end of the month. Competition is pretty tough so not sure how well it will do. I feel pretty good that I finally finished this one as its been on the bench for a long time."

Let us know how you do Ray!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

August Meeting deferred a week..

With this months meeting falling the night before Regatta, as we have in the past, let’s defer to the next, Tuesday Aug 13.

I hope to have some updates on the show.