On the Bench 27

Some new images of member builds and we are really getting busy for the Melbourne Model Expo.


On the Bench 26

Images of our member builds for the April 28th meeting.

On the Bench 25

Our meeting last night only saw a few of us in attendance but it was a great little meeting. Three of us brought along builds and turned out to be a lot of fun, and for me meant 5 1/5 hours of progress on a new build being the Dragon 1/35 105mm Howitzer M2A1.

Talking about the time I put in last night that was only because I got there extra early to hold the fought. However our meeting times are not limited as such, and we have been known to go into the wee hours of the morning. This is thanks to our venue owner Chris Dowett and those he trusts to lock up after a marathon meeting/modelling session!

Here are a few pics of our display table.

On the Bench 24

Our last meeting saw a busy display table, which is not unusual given that Wings & Tracks and Model Expo 2017 are just around the corner.

On the Bench 18

An update from our last meeting.

On the Bench 15

On the Bench 13

Our latest member builds and in progress builds on display at our meeting last night.

Online Video as a Resource

There are many modelling related videos all over the internet that supplement our research and enhance our knowledge in given areas. Most video creators these days are not only experienced modellers, but they are also very tech savy in producing high quality presentations.


Its fair to say that there are a bunch of average modelling videos out there, and average I say for various reasons like poor lighting, monotone voice over’s or just badly made. At the other end of the scale you have production efforts like those produced by Vallejo and AK for example, that not only sell a product but keep you watching due to well produced content.

I have never made a video of my techniques or done a video review of any kind but I know what keeps me hooked and what I like to watch. Pure and simple it’s the high resolution videos that do it for me with plenty of close ups, quality lighting and clear narration that is easy to listen to and to learn from. Subject matter is also very important otherwise why would you bother watching it in the first place. I tend to cherry pick my viewing content based on what I might be working on at that time. For me, videos in the form of tutorials add greatly to my personal tool box of tricks that I can unleash on my build. This is followed closely by online kit reviews which can help reveal any potential issues or surprises that may be lurking inside that box.

Most of us on many occasions end up on YouTube looking for a video of which there are millions, and end up with a small collection of those that are inspirational and which you might share with others over Social Media. Others will just initiate a search using a web browser keying in the search items that best fits what it being searched for. On the odd occasion you may end up on a website that turns out to be a hidden gem, and it is these type of sites that quickly become a bookmark for your next visit and is also an instant share for other modelers.

One site that comes to mind is ‘Plastic Models World’, and the more I think about this site it has come up pretty often in my video search and has some damn good videos.


A rough count came up with well over 280 videos covering: Product Reviews, Build Tutorials, Articles and SBS (Step by Step). There are so many good videos and only touching the surface, but the ones I have viewed have been very good and extremely worthy of a thumbs up. The origin of many of these videos is wide and varied but the site does make an excellent first stop just to see what’s there.

To me part of the fun of modelling is the research and gathering of information to make your modelling experience as enjoyable as possible. Books are an obvious choice but your build really comes to life by hearing others talk about your project or by demonstrating aspects of what’s to come – this is where a good video comes into its own and the real experience begins.

On the Bench 5

Some completed and in progress build images taken at our last meeting on Friday 4th December.

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)