finally managed to attend another of our club meetings. After several
misses in a row, it was good to see the folks again. The winter is
weakening, but I guess many fellows prefer to stay at home during this
time of the year.
When I arrived, Nestor was already there with
very interesting news. He arranged a private interview with Luftwaffe
night fighter ace Martin Drewes (Major Drewes was a highlight of GPPSD modeling convention last year).
He bought copies of interesting documents, signed books, photos, and
some of the most fascinating combat tales, told by Drewes himself!
Despite his age, Major Drewes is very lucid and active, and remembers
details about several missions, aircrafts and people.
Of course Nestor grabbed an old Revell Me-110 from our club display and took it to São Paulo, guess why:
Now that's a valuable model, eh?
job, Nestor. Now back to modeling, Luiz brought his own death row, this
time formed by a German, a British, and a Japanese battleship. All in
1/700 scale, it is amazing to see the amount of detail you can pump in
these little marvels:
PE for rails and a few other details, and also replaced the anchor
chains in two of them. Even OOB, these models are impressive in spite
of their small size...
...so much so that even our skeptical André spend a good time admiring Luiz' work:
Bradley made the honors of the crawlers, with this Tamiya 1/35 Cromwell (well, I think it is a Cromwell):
Bradley told us he used four different color (or should I say colour,
given the subject?) tones for the main cammo. The effect is very
subtle, and fortunately, he is not fond of those
Here is a proud modeler:
on, Fabricio didn't disappoint us with his newest work. This time a
fantasy dinosaur or something. If I recall correctly, it is a Andrea
item. As you can see, the man has some talent for paleontology-like
told us that he is trying to paint highlights and lowlights using only
his Infinity airbrush, as much as possible. I guess we should got used
with his painting skills by now, but he always find a way to surprise
us - amazing work:
Sandro was back with a... well, what did you expect?... another
Spitfire. This is a Tamiya 1/48 Spit painted with Sandro's own mixes:
Sandro told us that this one was recovered from his shelf of doom. It is nice to see a model saved with style:
as always, Blanco actually worked on a model during the meeting. His
Tamiya P-47 was wonderfully painted, but he was struggling with the
kit's decals. I don't understand how he can eat snacks
while handling models without any hint of concern... I simply
don't get it:
I made a presentation entitled "Modeling Conventions - Personal impressions about pros & cons, judging, and the Brazilian context".
We discussed how conventions are run in other countries, the
differences to our own conventions, and several aspects related to
judging, as well as modeling industry and how conventions impact on our
hobby. It was food for thinking...
We finished off the night talking about what ifs in WWII... Now the
official photo. Left to right, standing: Bruno, Jarbas, Sandro, Nestor,
Blanco, Rodrigo, Bradley, Luiz and your truly. Seated, left to right: André, Jerônimo and Fabricio (yes, we've hidden the beer):
See you in the next one... and please bring your models!!!