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).

Huge queue – here it is 15 minutes before opening, looking to the front: IPMS 2013 1

and then looking to the back: IPMS 2013 2

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.

Here’s what I bought: IPMS 2013 3 – the Luftwaffe crews are destined to become Panzerwaffe crews.

 

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.

A hacksaw cut through it nicely: Experiments 1  – so perpendicular cuts are OK.

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: Experiments 2 – 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: Experiments 3 – 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: Experiments 4 – filing would be a much better way of getting rid of some girth, instead of trying to shave it off with a knife.

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Today’s swap & sell was cancelled. Next one is the IPMS one on Queens’ Birthday weekend monday.

 

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.

Here’s Armourfast’s own description – tells you even about the colour of the plastics used, for painting consideration!

 

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…

have a look at this link.

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!

 

 

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!

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:

Mar 2013 s&s other stuff 1 Mar 2013 s&s other stuff 2 Mar 2013 s&s other stuff 3 Mar 2013 s&s other stuff 4 Mar 2013 s&s other stuff 5 Mar 2013 s&s other stuff 6 Mar 2013 s&s other stuff 7

I didn’t find any kits on my Wanted list, but came away with some books: The loot from ESSMC's March 2013 Swap & Sell – 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!

 

(I do not get any commissions from people for this blog).

My colleague Stephen AKA cheetah185 (from the In my own time wargaming blog) passed along this vendor for consideration:

Early War Miniatures

Why are they notable? Because they do 20mm scale figures for the following:

French Army 1939 to 1943
British Empire 1930 till 1943
Dutch Army of 1940
Belgian Army of 1940
Norwegian Army of 1940
Polish Army of 1939
German Army Early War 1938 1942
Italian Army 1936 till 1943
Japanese Imperial Army
Other nations & export arms
Greek Army 1938 till 1941

As most of you would realise, two of those are Eastern Front, and the others round out a number of nations that are not currently well represented in plastic. Have a look and see what you think.

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AAR from my trip to the first swap & sell of the year will be posted this Easter weekend.

 

 

I’ve been made aware of a new book about French AFV camouflage, covering the years 1900 to 2013 –

you can read more about it here.

May be useful for those modelling/wargaming captured French materials taken to the Eastern Front…

Attention all Melbourne and surrounding localities modellers:

The annual Eastern Suburbs Scale Modelling Club Swap & Sell is on this sunday morning (10 March), 10am – 1pm. Venue: Box Hill Community Arts Centre in Station Street, Box Hill 3128.

The corner of Combarton St and Station Street…

$2 to get in, with drinks and BBQ foods for sale as well – but of course the main attraction is of course, the model kits, hobby books, hobby magazines, reference/historical books and hobby supplies.

Here’s a link (but I’ve already provided the main details above).

I know that it’s a long weekend, but it’s a Swap & Sell! And it’s the first one of the year; first one in over 4 months…

Chris Kemp has posted a brief but novel explanation on his blog about creating canvases/tarps and then getting the sag right when they are on frames. I hadn’t thought of getting sag using something like thin/flexible wire…I use rigid things like bulldog clips or clothespegs. Those methods of mine won’t really work for this sort of thing…this copper wire idea is simple and practical, and I should have some floating around the house or the shed somewhere.

Of course, I’ve always had pliers at the hobby table – they are necessary for when I’m working with wargaming figures made of various white metals or lead/pewter compounds (none of which are WWII, so you don’t see them here).

Does anyone else have any cool ways for improvising tarps/canvases when arranged on the frames of AFVs and other vehicles? Suggest them in the Comments!