On the Bench 28

Our last meeting saw something a little different in the form of a Podcast. Members David Goldfinch and Ian Keizers have started a high tech podcast show called ‘On the Bench’ and can be found on iTunes, and with further information on their Facebook page.


David is the shows host while Ian is the co host, and together they have created a professional show that covers all aspects of modelling. These include interviews with local and distant modellers, product reviews and discussions, segments such as ‘Whats on the Bench’ and many other interesting side discussions and useful information.

I look forward to see how this develops, as I think they have hit the mark with content which will no doubt appeal to the modelling community. To date two podcasts have been produced with many more to follow.


Meeting Reminder – 26th May

Our next meeting is this Friday so  look forward to seeing you all again. Continuing on with our club build nights and what new on the bench. Bring along anything you are working on for our fun show and tell.

See you there!

Big Day Out

On Saturday 6th May several club members got together to take a trip to visit Metro Hobbies, Hobby HQ and to join in a lunch at the Coldstream Brewery. Visiting a hobby shop is a great thing under any circumstances but to do it in a group is even better. Metro Hobbies has a great selection of kits and supplies and at reasonable prices so is well worth a visit. They have have two stores, one in Box Hill and the other in the Melbourne CBD in Swanston Street. Our second stop was at Hobby HQ in Thomastown, and is basically a small warehouse full of kits and items that are probably harder to get. To cap things off we enjoyed a late lunch at the Coldstream Brewery, which was awesome and was really a continuation of model talk but with great food and beer. This was a fantastic day with many kits and other goodies purchased, so look forward to the next club outing.

Wings & Tracks 2017

Over for another year and although a little quite in the way of table entries it was still a fun event.  There were several traders present including Firestorm, Brunel Hobbies and Battlefield Hobbies. The range of products and kits was welcoming as were the entries and quality of kits on the competition tables. I was lucky enough to pick up first place in my category with my HobbyBoss 1/48 Russian KV-1 competing in a tough field.

Click here for image of the show.

Meeting Reminder – 20th Jan

Our first meeting of the year is on this Friday so make sure you come along. I am sure most of you would have had a great xmas, and probably got some new plastic. This will be your opportunity to bring anything new along and also to get involved in club build activities.

See you all there!

End of the Year Meeting

All over for another year and one that saw some high lights including a win for our club display at this years Model Expo, a win at the WSMC team challenge and a club move to our new venue in Hallam.

This meeting saw a healthy collection of pizza’s, beer and general snacks and was a perfect way to enjoy our last meeting. OH! – and good conversations……….

With such a great year for DSMC it all came with the usual highs and lows which we can put to a learning experience and a demonstration that the club and its members comes first. Club politics are a part of every club and sometimes can be a test of spirit and compromise, and put simply at the end of the day we are a bunch of people who build model kits – and love it by the way!

I would like to wish every one a happy and merry xmas and look forward to seeing what Santa brings – hopefully lots of kits and related goodies!

Here are some pics taken at our last meeting on Friday 9th Dec.

Bayonet Military Modelling Comp

A bit slow off the mark getting this one posted but I had issue with my iPhone getting the images downloaded. The event is held within the Werribee B24 restoration hanger with the aircraft making a great back drop.

One of the main attractions aside from the model show is the Swap & Sell which in my opinion is one of the best around, with plenty of traders and a huge amount of kits.

This year Matt Walker took out first place with his 1/35 MENG D9R Bulldozer and I took out a second with my 1/48  Hasegawa Typhoon! Good results and a fun day so look forward to next year.

On the Bench 21

Some of the action at our last meeting!

WSMC Interclub 2016 Win


Last weekend on 25th September, 2016 was the WSMC Team Challenge which saw 4 clubs participate in what has become a must attend event for as long as I can remember. The event involves the participating clubs providing kits covering several subjects and categories. Each subject type requires representation of two completed builds which are provided by the members which become the static entries.

Armour – Michael Tabone (M20 Armoured Car), Matt Walker – (D9 Bull Dozer)
Aircraft – Les Ennis (Aircobra), Julian Hosmer (IL2)
Civil – Hamish Stephen (Yamaha GP Motor Bike, F1 Race Car)
Miscellaneous – Chris Howell (Crusader Figure), Seth (Ironman)

On top of this the clubs are required to complete two theme subjects, which change every year and were as follows for DSMC:

Tamiya 1/35 Japanese Type 1 75mm Self Propelled Gun – Tom Scott
HobbyBoss 1/72 F-14B Tomcat – Peter Mellor

All together points are acquired via eye ball judging with the points tallied up towards the end to denote the winning club.

The main draw card for the event is the Mystery Build, which is a surprise kit that club members must build as Out Of Box within  3-4 hour time period. The kit of the day was the 1/72 F9F Panther, and for the DSMC boys it proved to be a real challenge to get it done with the time frame. Between the members we had pretty much all we needed to get the job done, with Peter coming to the rescue with Tamiya rattle cans for the the top coat color and some outside spraying with Matt’s assistance. Our main builders were Michael, Robert, Julian and Chris. Peter assisted with masking and painting and Tom and John were there to look pretty and for team support.

We were literally pushed to the last remaining seconds and came up with a kit that looked very clean and presented well with a great finish. The kits had a few missing parts that didn’t make it, as well as a bunch of missing decals that didn’t make the time frame.

The kits entries were judged with the points tallied up and added to the Mystery Build score, and despite the build issues were were lucky enough to come out with a win, and the days effort was to come to happy ending.

This marks two successive wins for DSMC at this event, so I would like to thank all this who attended and participated and also to the organisers who made this event possible.