Well, this was the first meeting since this year where the journey both ways was in the dark. Winter draws on, as we used to say. A small group made it but there were a nice few models to show. First off, we have the feature video. I had better explain why you only see 1/72nd scale aircraft and up to 1/35th scale armour. This is because anything larger doesn't really fit either on the turntable or into the photo booth - sorry.
Well, a good few (9) people but not too many models (7). Peter started off by confirming that the Brampton and Telford shows were definitely going ahead but warned that if you are going, it would be good to have a vaccine passport, which you can get on line from the NHS COVID Pass Letter page.
First up, there is a short video where I feature one of the models on the table. This not to be taken as "best on table" as the club doesn't hold competitions at the monthly meeting. It is taken purely because it is an interesting model. This time, it is John Ovenden's take on a medic-jeep using an Italeri kit as the base.
The cockpit was particularly good in both construction and paint callouts so, for once, I have a decent one to show.
Nine of us turned up for an open meeting. Nice to be without masks and distancing. In addition, there was a new person - too soon to call him a member, plus I didn't get his details so he won't be on the e-mail distro. Never mind, I will catch him next time.
I am pushing the blog out early because I am still having large issues with the web site and it doesn't seem that I will be able to put the model table up on the site any time soon.
It was nice to see Gordon Fisher turn up for the first time since lockdown. He always brings a nice little model with him. This time it was an Airfix P-51D Mustang. I always choose a model at random to feature in a little video. This time it was Gordon's turn.
I realised, after making the video, that Gordon would never see it. Gordon does not have access to the internet. This has been the case ever since he joined the club. Given how important it is to my life, I can't imagine going through without it, but there we are.
I ended up with two big issues, both of my own making. First off, I had some difficulty putting the mid-frame turret together and managed to get glue all over the transparencies. I also found, after I had fitted the chin gunpoint, that I had blocked up the small aerial hole so removed the gunpoint. When I came to fit the aerial, it had gone to the carpet monster and, then, I found that the gunpoint had gone the same way. I have looked extensively but I haven't found either. Never mind, it doesn't notice until you pick the plane up and, once I put it in my cabinet, I shall never pick it up again!
Jeff's second model was a HobbyBoss 1:35th scale King Tiger (Henschel turret version). This was built out of the box and still needs some detailing and painting to complete it.
His second model was a Kinetic F-35B Lightning in RAF colours(?) It appears that every F-35 out there is painted the same. Even the Israelis haven't changed the colours! Peter's comment here is similar to the previous kit - "Nice kit but complex assembly and paint. Fit three times and glue once."
Quite a small turnout this month but a couple of interesting items on the agenda.
New Treasurer Needed
Colin suffered some ill health in the last month and, whilst he is recovered, feels that it is time for him to stand down as Treasurer. It seems that he has been in the role since 1996 which is quite long enough for anyone! Hence, it seems that we are looking for someone to volunteer to take the role on from December this year. Any takers? If so, please email the Chairman.
Extra monthly meetings
Peter also announced that it could be a good idea if there were to be two meetings each month - on the first and third Thursdays respectively. This was put out to the members for some thought with more consideration at the next meeting. The second meeting would be an informal one so, for instance, no "going round the table" but time spent chatting and, perhaps, doing some modelling.
Firstly, I like to feature one model each month and video it on the mirror turntable. This isn't a "First place" selection, just a random model from the evenings contributions. This month, it is the turn of Bill Banks and his nice little Airfix Auster AOP.9.
Here is another little innovation. I have put all of the photos into a slideshow (with cheesy music!). What do you think?
OK, now to each member's models.
Bill brought along an Airfix Auster AOP.9. Bill had a story to tell about when he was in the Royal Artillery, when he was younger (grin). The Brigadier had them all go to a tiny little clearing on Luneberg Heath in northern Germany. Next this that Bill knew was that this tiny little Auster flew in and landed in about 60 feet. Very impressive, says Bill. Anyway, he decided that this was worth of a model. However, he was unable to find out anything about the plane, even after going to the RA museum and the International Auster Club so he stayed with the kit decals.
He was disappointed that the structural bars across the top of the cabin were missing from the kit (never moulded rather than lost), especially as they are shown on the box art.
David brought along a Sword Fairey Gannet AEW.3. He had some difficulties with this short run kit but the final effect wasn't all that bad, so long as you don't get too close of course. He used to have a CzechMaster resin resin version that was decked up for a plane that his friend from the Air Scouts used to fly off HMS Eagle. Unfortunately, AlleyCat no longer list these decals and they didn't answer his e-mail so the model represents one flying off HMS Hermes in1968.
As usual, John brought along a box of models, plus his partner! The box contained some goodies that he told me not to photograph as they were very much W.I.P. and "Fantasy". They were two Shermans that were being built to represent those used during nuclear bomb testing to ascertain damage. Anyway, there were four other excellent models which I did photo.
First up is a PzKfw III in Africa Korps colours. This is a Tamiya 1/35th scale kit.
Peter likes to give us some larger than life models and this month he brought along three for us to look at. The first was a Takon 1/35th scale Polish A.P.C.
Lastly, he brought along his model of a Russian SCUD launcher (which we had seen before) but it fitted the theme nicely. Where does he keep all these?
Lastly, it appears that Peter is still on his mission to model every bf109 that flew! Here are two more - this time bf109F marks. They are both AZ kits and Peter comments that "the build was sustained with lots of coffee!". The first one in "scribble" camouflage from Finland in 1942.
The second one is from the Russian front, again in 1942.
Well, it was a good, if small meeting. It is nice to see Bill's son David becoming a regular for now. Also, it would be good if I could remember to bring some cash to pay my dues - cash, I seem to remember that from the distant past! Honestly, Colin, I will catch up. Don't forget to think about the Treasurer role and the extra monthly night!
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