In Progress 1/48 Build

Here is my little baby Tamiya Marder III tank destroyer which has been a shelf queen for a few months now, with very little progress since applying the base colors. This weekend has seen a dramatic transformation from modulated components to a fully assembled weathered and worn look. Much attention has been paid to the running gear using layered MIG pigments and AK oil and grime splatters to impart a well used but not over done appearance. Oils have been applied extensively to add tonal variations and additional weathering and paint fading.

The build is the first stage of the project, and as you can see a nice base has been created ready for the mini diorama setting. I will also attempt a figure or two which will no doubt test my skills, but so far so good and might see this one finished in a few weeks or so.


Michael (ED)


Mr Paint

I just had a look at the latest video from Doogs Models presenting a review on the Mr Paint metallics. This is a brand that I have only picked up on a few weeks ago, and seems that its hitting the net with positive reports. Looking at their website I can see they have been around for a while as they do have an extensive range of paints and other products.


Have a look at this video to get a comparison against other know brands, and this video to get a longer run down of how good it appears to be.

My only gripe with this product is that its only available directly from Mr Paint themselves or from Uschi.

To land it in Australia from Mr Paint, who incidentally are located in Slovakia will set you back $22.00, but gets cheaper if you order more, ie. 4 units will cost about $11.00 each.  Ordering from Uschi is a little less at $18.00 per bottle, but the same order as above will set you back around $14.00 per bottle. These are approximates only but gives you an idea of costs.

However, after sitting back and enjoying the video’s MR Paint does look nice and could be a real contender for some of the better known brands. I haven’t gone out and purchased any of the newer metallic products yet,  but only because I dont have a suitable project on the go. But, I think I will definitely give them a go when I do, so watch this space for another report.

Michael (ED)

Southern Model Comp

Today was day two of the Southern Model Comp and member Tracey Hamlett scored a first place with his diorama pictured below.

Tracey Diorama

The event it self was held at the Church of Christ Hall in Cheltenham on Chesterville Road and is over two days. There was a swap & sell as well as a sausage sizzle so was well catered for to keep you going.

The event is small but growing and I am sure it was doing better than last year in terms on numbers on the table. Putting on a show is hard work and takes a lot of commitment by the organisers so well done boys.

On the Bench 4

A bit quiet this week in terms of member output (come on guys). We have Tracey Hamlett’s completed diorama of an abandoned bunker with prisoners on the march. Also we have Ian Keizers’s work in progress for our 2016 Russian Expo club display, featuring a 1/48 Yakovlev Yak 9 with canopy still masked but well on the way.

Meeting Reminder – 20th Nov

This Friday will be our next meeting with our formal 15min format.

Bring along your current projects or completed builds for general display and discussion.  I have finally got my hands on the new Tank Art Vol 4 book which will form a small presentation on some aspects of this book.


Anyway see you all there!

Bayonet Military Model Club Competition

Just a heads up that the annual Bayonet Military Model Club Competition is on this weekend. The venue is the B-24 hanger where you guessed it is a live B-24 restoration project, with the comp and trader tables situated around this fantastic aircraft. There are also many swap and sell tables and dozens of bargains just waiting to be purchased. Also, you will find a sausage sizzle and drinks for sale as well as ample parking and friendly atmosphere. The guys and girls at the Bayonet Military  Model Club put on a great show so if you make it down there you wont be disappointed.

If you are entering anything then good luck and if you have any questions on rules etc then you can contact Kim on 0425 860 472

Saturday 14th November, 2015

B24 Liberator Restoration Hanger

Corner of Princes Hwy and Farm Road, Werribee

Melways Ref: 205 F10, or a few taps on the Navman


On the Bench 3

The latest builds from our members which has a rather Russian theme!

Submarine Escapades

Members Ian Keizers and David Goldfinch and good friend Martin Reid recently had the fantastic opportunity to take a tour on the HMAS Rankin which is a Collins Class submarine. Ian has written this article offering an insight to not only his experience but also to the conditions aboard this particular vessel – click here for the full story.


Meeting Reminder – 6th Nov

Just a heads up that this Friday 6th November will be our scheduled club meeting that will be our usual relaxed get together.

For all Committee members this meeting will also be our scheduled Committee Meeting held in the kitchen area, with agenda to be emailed separately

See you all there.