Meeting Reminder – 2nd Sept

Meeting reminder for this Friday in Hallam so look forward to seeing you all there.

The weekend before last was the IPMS Swap & Sell which is always a must if your looking for something cheap or hard to find.

Well I did get there a bit early and joined the line and hoped it wouldn’t rain but all was well and got in to mingle with  the crowd. There were plenty of kits including some great armour, which for the first time I wasn’t really looking for, not even in my scale of choice 1/48. I had  a bag for all my goodies but found myself doing three laps before I picked up my first item a 1/48 Italeri Mirage III E for only $15.00. That ended up being my only buy before walking out and thinking – ‘was that it, only one kit!’

Here’s the thing I recently had a clean out of my stash and got rid of a bunch of model mags that I will never read. I even had some kits at this Swap & Sell to make room for other kits that I might actually build. Also my tastes are changing and these days I am building aircraft rather than armour. I also figure (pardon the pun) that I will sell kits knowing I will still get a good price so I can buy more current kits and keep my stash reasonably fresh.

Anyway, it was a fun day and an opportunity to see old faces, old kits and to see other old blokes like me looking for something, even that one kit that makes it all worth while.


On the Bench 17

Update pics from our recent meeting

Meeting Reminder – 19th August

Our next meeting at our new Hallam venue is on again this Friday so be sure to come along. Don’t forget to bring along anything you are working on or things you wish to share or show off.

See you all there!

The Modelling News


I came across a really useful website called The Modelling News and features pretty much the latest news and updates in the modelling community. You can register to receive email alerts to the most recent posts.

I think what I like the most about this site is that the layout is simple and easy to read and has some great images to compliment each subject or topic of discussion.

Check it out soon!

Display Cabinet

I have been looking for at least 12 months for a display cabinet and even contemplated building my own. There are several places where you can look such as eBay, Ikea or perhaps specialized furniture retailers. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty fussy when it comes to what I put in my house, and even more so when it comes to what I want to display my models in. For years I have had to make do with an Ikea cube book case, which is fine  but its a dust magnet and all my models are at risk to damage and share a common space with my book collection. Not ideal and it  has served me well but the time has come to move on and come up with a solution.

I have most of the tools to build a half decent cabinet and the price of timber is not too bad, but its the glass that will set me back. While I haven’t actually built any form of cabinet before, I was willing to give it a go but not at the risk of it looking like a 9 year old’s school project!. So after much searching I finally found a display cabinet that looks great and at the right price. Before I talk more about this unit lets just say that Ikea do offer display cabinets but none like this baby, although the prices are a bit cheaper they dont give you the features of what you see below.

Ok, I hit ebay again and after a few minutes found the holly grail of cabinets and even better, the price was perfect ($660) plus delivery. This one is being offered by a company called Living Elements who import furniture mostly from China and happens to be not far from where I live. It’s made from Pine and all glass panels are beveled with adjustable glass shelves and side access, giving you no obstruction when viewing from the front, and also a mirror back.

Dimensions are: H – 2040mm, W – 970mm, D – 380mm



On the Bench 16

We have moved to our new Hallam location and I am happy to report that all went well with a good member turn out. Here are some pics with member in progress and completed builds.

Meeting Reminder – 5th Aug

Reminder that our next meeting in our new Hallam location so please check your email inbox for full details.  It will take a little while to settle in to our new surroundings but it will be well worth it.

See you all there!