Last swap & sell for the year: Bayonet Model Clubs Annual Model Competition and Swap Meet – Saturday 9th November, 2013
October 30, 2013
Hello again all, the last swap & sell for the year that I know of here in Melbourne is coming up: Saturday 9 November 9am kickoff, down in Werribee.
Run by Bayonet Military Model Club, and held in the B-24 Liberator hangar. Click here for the notes from the horse’s mouth!
I had a great time at last year’s…click here to read my adventures.
Maybe I’ll see you there! I’ll most likely be wearing my World Of Tanks cap.
October 23, 2013
Hello! It’s been a while. And I have another post to do tomorrow or Friday.
But- this doesn’t mean I’m back. These are some of the intermittent appearances I may make. After all, I haven’t switched off transmissions for good yet…
Peter (co-author of the Panzerfaust: Armoured Fist rules) finished working on the Plastic Soldier Company 1/72nd Russian 45mm anti tank guns that he purchased some time ago. Here are his proud pics: . Look great, don’t they? Better than what I do! He commented that: “The guns had very few pieces, but the crew had to be stuck together, but looked awesome once done. There were four guns and crews in the box, and there were options to do the 45mmL46 or the 76mm infantry gun. Awesome value for one kit”.
He and I will be having a game of Panzerfaust:Armoured Fist in a fortnight. First game for me this year!
July 31, 2013
ESSMC reckon the August swap & sell run by IPMS is go – see http://www.essmc.org.au/whatson.html
I assume a 10AM opening to the public.
I can’t find anything else online about it, though.
July 3, 2013
You can stop checking in here regularly – I am going to cease transmissions for now and don’t know when they will recommence.
I’m leaving the blog here as a record for you…and also for myself.
June 28, 2013
I went along to the IPMS Model Expo 2013 Swap & sell on the Queen’s Birthday Monday, but decided not to stand in the queue for an hour…as less and less of what I want appears at swap & sells now, I opted to sleep in and only stand in the queue for 25 minutes (the roads were so empty, I got there quicker than I thought I would).
and of course it was even bigger by the time the doors opened.
No photos from inside, because it was too jam-packed to get panormic photos for drooling over! I’m sure that if you were there, you would have seen some things worth buying.
May 12, 2013
I purchased a transaprent plastic rod from a manufacturer last year. I wanted to use it to place aeroplanes on when basing them for wargzming, so that rather than having to disguise a piece of wire or solid rod, its transparency would negate the need.
The rod was a metre long (and has a diameter of 12mm), which might make the height of the plane on the wargaming table more realistic, but it would be impractical. Altering the length and shape of the rod would thus be crucial.
What about a diagonal cut? To position the plane on the rod so that it looks like it’s dive-bombing or strafing, a diagonal cut (or a few of them) would be required. Well, here’s multiple attempts: – as you can see, a bit ‘iffy’. Now, I need to acknowledge that I was not using a clamp to hold the rod still, nor was I using a new or very fine hacksaw blade. Both of those things would help enormously.
Then I needed to know if I could file it: – I filed the end of a perpendicular cut, then began filing diagonally to see if there was any difference. As you can see, it files very nicely (and I wasn’t using a good quality file).
Lastly, I wondered if it could be cut, or at least shaved, with a good knife. The answer was no to cutting, and not really with shaving: – filing would be a much better way of getting rid of some girth, instead of trying to shave it off with a knife.
Today’s swap & sell was cancelled. Next one is the IPMS one on Queens’ Birthday weekend monday.
May 6, 2013
I see this on the shelves of a hobby retailer in the city last Monday. $22 was the asking price. I was going to buy one, but I felt that it was too Western European and so not much good to me at the moment.
It’s very straightforward…glue the four walls together, glue the corner brickwork on to cover the seams where the walls get glued together, glue the roof together then do the little detail bits and pieces. Apart from waiting for glue to dry, should be very quick.
April 21, 2013
Well, not a newsflash, as this news has been circulating for almost a month…
seems that Armourfast has a European-style Farm house in 1/72 scale for our market…
I’l try to keep an eye out for one – looks OK.
Have you already got one or seen it? What are your thoughts? Share them in the Comments section below!
April 11, 2013
This sunday, 14 April 2013, in BALLARAT: The Modellers of Ballarat Club 12th Annual Ballarat Regional scale model exhibition & swap ‘n sell. 10 am to 4pm. Location: Caro Convention Centre, University of Ballarat, Mt. Helen campus, University Drive, BALLARAT. See http://www.themob.websyte.com.au/ .
Sunday 12 May 2013, in CHIRNSIDE PARK: Model kit swap & sell + NNL competition. 10am to 2pm. Location: Chirnside Park Community Centre, 33 Kimberley Drive, CHIRNSIDE PARK – Melways ref 37 F3.
Model Expo Swap & Sell, Monday,10 June 2013 from 10 am – 12 noon. Sandown Entertainment Centre, Sandown Racecourse, Princes Highway, Springvale. Melway ref 80 C10. Entry is from Princes Highway. See http://www.modelexpo.com.au/swapnsell.html
Start saving those gold coins and small notes, 1:72 scale fans!
March 31, 2013
It was lovely weather for a swap & sell, and Mrs Funker & Trainee Funker joined me for the drive (although not for the event itself). I didn’t get there an hour early and queue as per normal…Trainee Funker being so full of beans, we were too busy getting him ready and time just slipped away. After parking the car, I was walking up the hill to the venue when good blokes & fellow NWA‘rs Sean and Neil pulled up next to me. We went in together after some light banter and catching up about events at NWA.
The traders were really well arranged – kudos to ESSMC management for doing such a great job with such limited space. Here’s some of what was on sale:
I didn’t find any kits on my Wanted list, but came away with some books: - I was loaned “Tank versus Tank” two years ago by Kim from NWA and wanted to photocopy the whole thing, so impressed was I by it…but I only copied my legal 10%. To find it on sale was fantastic – even the vendor, just as I picked it up, sung it’s praises and I told him how I’d already read it and loved it…$20 was no problem at all.
The foreign armour book will be useful for doing “Beute” stuff for both my major belligerents on the Ostfront…and “PzKpfw IV” was a mandatory for my personal library.
So, no kits, but some great books. Sometimes it’s like that!