Model Expo 2018

I attended the annual Model Expo at Sandown Raceway over the Queens Birthday weekend.

There were once again brilliant examples of scale replicas on display across a broad range of topics, though I reckon the total number of models on display was a little less than last year (that’s a visual observation – I have no idea on official numbers).

I did not have any of my work on display, but the club I’m a member of (Pakenham Modellers Group) did have a club display (see HERE for more photos of the club display).

Club display for the Pakenham Modellers Group, themed “Kicking Up The Dust”. Planes from Graeme and Vin, plus some great dioramas from Sturt made up the bulk of the display.

1991 Williams FW14B as built by the Pakenham Modellers Group President, John Gloz

Engine detail, Ford Thunderbird, plus chrome foil trim.

Models that had been entered in competition included a reference Entry ID number for the public to vote for their favourite

Model bush camouflage

Great detail in this diorama – included Coke & ice in the esky, plus boxes of Dr Pepper

Seems that violence of some nature is a pretty common theme among many of the items on show.

Speedway version of the 1993 Nigel Mansell Indycar (I have built the road course version – see its Build Diary HERE)

Another nice Indycar based on Tamiya’s Snaploc kit and aftermarket decals.

“Australian Made” kit from Southern Cross Miniatures in 1:20 scale. The guy at the stand said he’d spent $100k on bringing this kit to market. He’s got two other new kits at CAD stage and ready to go, however needs more sales of this one (about 600 sold so far) to pay for production.

Tamiya’s Senna McLaren MP4/8 with extra detail. I have this kit in my stash and on my To-Do list.

Senna McLaren MP4/4 Honda with extra underbody detail

Williams-BMW F1. Another on my To-Do list, though I have yet to acquire a kit.

The finish on this big-scale Ford GT40 was glassy-smooth, but the execution of the detail could have been better in my opinion

Star Wars (and sci-fi in general) was popular

Allan Moffat’s Coke Mustang in 1/43 scale

Amazing detail on this

Incredible work in this unfinished wooden Endeavour.




Nice finish on this Studio 27 Leyton House March in 1/20 scale

Stripes theme for the Waverley club. Pearl finish on this American pickup was well done

Tamiya Lotus. I have this kit and will build it one day…

Bahrain Grand Prix racers were in the centre of the Middle East themed display

Middle East themed display

One of many many plane at the expo

Resin water

One of my favourites from this year’s expo, the food van! Mmmm, donuts…


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