I have been again quite for few days, mostly because I am doing some modeling work. Since Heritagecon show in Hamilton is just around the corner, I am trying to get few things finished. So you will have to wait just a few days for some surprises….
For all those who live nearby, I hope to see you in Hamilton’s Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum next Sunday. And don’t forget to bring your models…
I have stopped counting how many times I have been to Ajax model show, I certainly know that since I have been there for the first time, I haven’t missed a single year. It’s a great event to see models from local (and not so local) modelers, meet friends, buy stuff, you know what I am talking about.
I am bit struggling what to say that I have not yet said about this model show previously… I could keep complaining about many good modelers not bringing out their models, but I will do that when I meet them.
I would definitely like to thank people who judged my work – I have brought home 2 golds (for Abrams and Voroshilovets), one bronze (for BMP) and most surprisingly Best Armour award for the Voroshilovets. I find this appreciation extremely encouraging, so again thanks to those responsible ( I know who you are…).
Congratulations go to my fellow modelers – especially to John for his T-34 which is a superb model, to Sandy for his great Type 95 and to Ying for his diorama, which has won best Canadian Armour Trophy, but also to all others who brought brought nice models with them.
For all interested, below is small sample of what was on display tables, you can find my whole set of photographs from this show here.
This past Saturday I have made another trip to the Ontario Regiment museum in Oshawa. It was one of their “tank days” when the museum presents their vehicles in action – driving them in a nearby fields and roads. Unlike other tank days that they have during the year, this one was nevertheless special – on other days usually one vehicle is shown, but on Saturday they were presenting quite a bunch of them (cannot say whether these were all of their running vehicles, as there might perhaps be more). For military historians it doesn’t get any better than this.
I have of course snapped quite a few shots of the tanks and other machines that were shown as you can see below. In addition to that I have also shot short videos and will be posting them in due course…
As I have already mentioned here recently, modelers in Toronto had during the past week unique chance to meet Mike Rinaldi, one of the most prominent (and my favourite) modelers these days and author of the popular TankArt Series of books.
Those interested had a chance to see a presentation by Mike on his techniques or take part in one of the workshops organized by Hornet Hobbies store. I have of course not missed this opportunity and participated in Saturday’s workshop where Mike in few hours demonstrated his weathering techniques, focusing on pigments and hairspray method. In the first part of the session, Mike showed application of the pigments to lower hull and wheels of a tank using older Crusader kit. In the second part he used Panzer III turret in base grey coat to apply hairspray & chipping of the dark yellow coat and this was followed by another layer of chipping, this time by adding whitewash camouflage.
It was great to watch Mike do the magic and have a chance to ask questions. I will not be speaking for myself when I say that these few hours were extremely helpful and I have added quite a few tricks into my repertoire. Many of the issues I have experienced in past have suddenly disappeared. You can read hundreds of articles on how to do the things, but watching the process was simply different kind of experience.
Mike also brought two of his models – Stug III featured in the excellent book On Display – Stug III from Canfora Publishing and M26 Pershing recently presented in the second TankArt book (I did not realize, this was in the 1/48 scale…).
Thanks goes to Mike for coming to Toronto and sharing his secrets, I hope this was not his last visit here and of course to Dave Brown of Hornet Hobbies for organizing this excellent event.
Below are few shots from this workshop. At the bottom you can see the product of this session - painted and weathered Panzer III turret. Frankly it’s better than any other I have built so far…
In addition to the pictures, I have also shot few short videos, which I will be adding here as soon as I can figure out how to do it.
In one of my recent posts I have complained about disadvantages I encounter being modeller in North America. Now I must say there is one special event happening this weekend at Hornet Hobbies in Toronto, which is unique and perhaps European modellers can envy a bit. My friend Dave from Hornet Hobbies has prepared and organized visit by Mike Rinaldi, acclaimed armour modeller and author of recently published TankArt books. I am not going to be alone to say that this is going to be unique opportunity to meet and talk to Mike and learn some of the tricks of the craft from him. I will definitely not miss this event and neither should you if you’re living anywhere near TO and don’t have an excuse for not coming.
Make sure to check Hornet Hobbies’ site (here) to find out more and stay tuned for some pictures from the weekend coming soon…
I confess I feel more than a bit jealous every time I see a photo report from a European model show. While I think that Toronto is a great place to be a plastic modeller, thanks to its modeling community and bunch of good friends I have in this hobby, there is something about the local model shows, that makes me feel…yes, jealous. The models I can see sometimes in local hobby stores or on friends tables are often top quality, but when the time of a model show comes, display tables usually leave me asking for more…
One of my most favourite model shows in Europe is the one in Mosonmya…. well just say Moson. It has been few years ago that I have seen first pictures from this show and it was clear to me that the quality is top of its class. This years show seems to be no exception. Luckily there are some good photo reports from this show that we can enjoy and draw inspiration.
To see one of them, please use this link (first pages are figures, real stuff begins on page 4). Thanks Mario!
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton was the go-to place for local modellers again on last Sunday. HeritageCon is one of the regular events for all the fans of modelling and this weekend was again the time to see who has built what, meet friends, discuss and critique models, check out the museum, you know it.
I paid a quick visit and as usual, you can find my full photo report here. There were few interesting pieces on the display tables, but overall the quality was varied… Again, I have not brought anything, so I should be the last one to complain, but I expected higher quality of armour models. It’s sad to see nicely built model painted without a touch of finesse in painting or even a hint of weathering. But you can judge based on the pictures yourself. Not to sound too negative, I must say there were some very nice models to be seen - nicely painted KV-85, German 21cm morser (which I have in my stash and feel quite inspired to pull it out), Russian Matilda (Harvey was it yours?) and Humber armored car were in my opinion medal candidates in their categories.
In any case, thanks go to the organizers for another well prepared event, I am already looking forward to the next year, hopefully I won’t come with empty hands…
As every year at this time, eyes (and ears) of the modellers from around the world are waiting for the news from Nuremberg, place of the annual Toy show, which traditionally is a place for plastic model producers to announce what their plans are in the next year and what goodies modellers are going to be served.
Already at this time we can say that there is not reason to be disappointed. Number of new kits were announced and presented, some of them quite unexpected. Depending on whom you ask, the “biggest” surprise announcement would be different, but for me the single most interesting release announced was by Meng – D9R bulldozer:
This exotic vehicle was few years ago released in resin by Vajra models and for quite many times I felt tempted to get. Luckily I didn’t. I was hoping that some plastic model producer would get inspired and bring it out in plastic. It’s not surprising that this company is Meng as their recent releases of Israeli armoured vehicles are quite popular, in large part also due to the quality of the models.
Fans of Israeli armour in general have very little reasons to complain – Tamiya has presented in Nuremberg their Tiran 5, so that finally you do not need a resin conversion to build this piece. Some weeks ago, Kinetic also announced release of the M109 self-propelled howitzer (though in this case I am bit suspicious, having seen Kinetic’s first release of M109 I was quite disappointed with the level of detail as I have already mentioned in this blog).
There were also quite a few other notable announcements. I would like to highlight Italeri announcement of a new Renault FT-17, which so far has not attracted as much attention as I would expect, but I consider release of good quality model of this tank to be long overdue.
Trumpeter has announced quite a few pieces for the fans of the Russian armour (including T-80) and Riich models presented their Universal carrier (I am hoping we won’t need to wait too long for this one. There were number of other interesting announcements by other companies such as IBG and Hobby Boss. For photo report from the Nuremberg, make sure to visit Prime Portal page here.
If there is anything more forgotten in the history of warfare than the Korean war then it must be the story of the Canadians participating in this conflict. If you walk into an average bookstore in Canada, the chances are slim that you will find anything dealing with this part of our history, simply because there is not that much book on this topic.
That was one of the reasons why I was surprised when I spotted the latest publications by the Legion Magazine, specifically dedicated to this topic. This booklet is unique and I find the format and content very appealing, almost makes me feel I must be the target audience. On 100 pages, this booklet literally overflows with photographs and maps. The coverage is very diligent – involvement of Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force as well as Special Forces have dedicated sections. Major combat actions, such as Battle of Kapyong have its own short articles and overall the book is focused on telling the story of the Canadians who lived and fought through this war. It is difficult to find any shortcomings, I would personally welcome if the publication would be little more extensive, but that’s very minor point.
For anybody interested in the Canadian Military history, this publication should not be missing on the bookshelf. For armour enthusiasts this publications nice collection of reference photographs (generally here is not that many of them). It can be obtained in any bookstores or any good place selling magazines (in Canada, I’m not sure if anyone from abroad would be interested).
For more information, see website of the Legion Magazine here.
I have actually missed the exact date last week, but few days ago was the first anniversary of this blog. On November 8, 2011 I wrote the first post and started this venture. Since than I have tried to post every few days covering my modeling activities, modeling events around me as well as multitude of other topics related to military and history. When I have started I had only vague idea what this blog is to look like and had no clue whether it will attract any interest. 155 posts later perhaps some vision starts to emerge.
My ambition is to offer some original material – my own experiences, ideas and documentation of successes and failures in my modelling life, hoping that these might help others on their path. At the same time I often stride away from models and comment on things happening which I still consider interesting and related to my other military-related hobbies.
I occasionally share my opinions on new books, products, etc. I am trying to be honest and often face a dilemma – I tend to be sometimes too critical, but at the same time deeply appreciate the effort and dedication other people put into this hobby and bring us results of their own hard work. Without them, this hobby wouldn’t be where it is today and most likely this blog would never exist.
In terms of success (if you can call it that way), this blog has clocked some 150 thousand views over the past twelve months. I must admit it is rewarding and motivating (and sometimes addicting) to see people come, read and react. My thanks go to all of you who visit these pages.
As always, I am eager to hear from you, so if you have any questions, comments, complaints, protest, or just simply other opinion you would like to share, please do not hesitate and do so…
I guess this was rather expected. Death of Osama Bin Laden in special operations forces raid at his home in Pakistan was an event that could not be missed by film makers. Today I learned about two movie projects that are dealing with this subject and, as any fan of military history and special operations forces, I wouldn’t want to miss them.
The first is a movie produced by the National geographic Channel and actually airs today (apparently should be available at Netflix tomorrow) – movie Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden. You can see the trailer here:
The other movies is Zero Dark Thirty, which is expected to get to theaters in December. Again trailer can be seen here: