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News in brief:

Open Day
Plans are well advanced for this. You can catch up on progress on our new blogspot which is updated almost daily. Aside of leafleting most of the county we are due to be visited by 3 Times and Citizen staffers, all ladies, with a view to publicising the event for us. They are also going to try their hand at kit building. So all of you wash and shave, and no jokes about refuelling probes or large weapons.

You may not be aware that we are running a small Airfix Shop on the day with all profits going to Help For Heroes. We’ve been supported to the hilt by Airfix on this for which our undying thanks. There will also be a secondhand kit sale, so if you want to use this to sell of bits of your collection you need to do the following:

* Supply items to me by the Wednesday prior to the show
* List items for sale with prices (I will price each item individually)

The only proviso is that 10% minimum of any sales go to Help For Heroes so if you wish to donate more please indicate this.

Finally, we need more bodies on the ground on the day – the committee can’t do it all. So if you can spare an hour or two please let us know.

Thurleigh Youth Club
I’ve embarked on a mini James May Group build to construct the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire with working engine in time for September. You can catch up with progress on the Hyperscale Airfix Group Build pages.

There’s a new set of items out from Simons Models/GS Parts and Beales new toy department will be stocking some Airfix items very soon. I’ve also created a new retail directory for the website with reviews of places where you can buy modelling items within an hour’s drive of Bedford. Again, let me know if I’ve missed any out.

Toms Props
In between his dreamweaving magic on the website and other extracurricular activites, Tom Ward produces some superb spinning effect propellers for airborne dioramas. There are available to club members at modest cost.

Future issues
With the advent of the blogspot Glued Up needs to change its skew on content. From next issue I want to turn the emphasis more into a useful resource with inbox kit reviews of new items and useful techniques that can be shared, plus any hints and tips ideas. To do this I must have input from you. I don’t necessarily require a magnum opus. So don’t be shy-even a simple one liner tip from which anyone can benefit will help. It’s your newsletter – please feel free to put your advice or words across.

Show Reports

Modelkraft 2010
(in which our specialist restaurant critic Hadleigh ‘Gonghunter’ Mead wins again and still finds time for a bacon roll or two)

Once again another year has passed and the first show of 2010 is upon us.

MK kicks off the first of the season at the now familiar Stantonbury Campus. Once again we all congregate at the BP garage for coffee and hot food to start us off. Along the way to MK we pick up some more stragglers and roll out convoy style towards the venue. Upon arrival we all park up and take a look at where they have placed us in the venue, turns out we are once again in the main hall in a prime spot.

The table is set out as per the club night dry run, although some amendments are needed on the day. As a club we need to keep up a high standard up as it puts us up there with some of the country’s elite.

With the club stand done it‘s time to take a wander around before the public arrive. The usual main traders are in attendance but with a few of the smaller ones noticeable by their absence. The food station is once again run from the cafeteria upstairs and the items on offer are tried and tasted by all with not a bad word spoken, even the prices are reasonable given the state of the economy.

The competition is again in a separate room to the rear of the main hall and entries are accepted up till midday. After 12.00 noon doors are locked, and the judges along with a couple of club members now take on the tedious task of judging this tough competition.

Hadleigh and Erin Mead both enter models in the competition and wait nervously for the results. This takes around three hours so it’s time to take another wander and see just what other clubs are displaying this year. They’ve clearly been busy building as the same old stuff is not on display as per some of last year’s shows.

Our stand takes on a lot of interest on the day and Tim gets recognition for his impossible to make (Tim might dispute this – Ed) card models from a major player within this field.

With the day drawing to an end it’s time to see if the club has gained on the medal front, and I’m pleased to say we gain two with Hadleigh and Erin both receiving silver for the rail wagon and dinosaur diorama, (Erin’s clearly being the rail wagon…) The day is once again a success and I feel that as a club we make an excellent effort. This clearly shows by the amount of interest at our stand on the day.

(Congratulations to both Hadleigh and Erin for maintaining our success at this show)

new club stand

The new club stand gets its first airing at the Shuttleworth Kit Show in March

Peterborough Show Report.
(in which traders are absent but the bacon rolls are up to scratch)

The second show in the Bedford and District calendar is the Peterborough show. Once again we meet up at the BP garage for coffee and hot food (what, has no-one anything to eat at home? - Ed.) The trip was made by Andy, ferrying Tom, Hadleigh (on his tod), Simon and Bob. Tthe run up there was traffic free and we arrived in good time. The usual parking and unloading at the rear of the town hall was trouble free but the car park area had been change due to flooding (probably the lido) and we had to park a considerable distance away from the venue at a cost of £3 for the whole day. This seemed to be closer to Spalding than Peterborough although the walk did do us good.

This year we were placed at the top of the stairs to the right which seemed an excellent spot until the table took a few knocks and that when we decided to push the table back to the wall for extra security. The table was again set up as per the club night dry run and it looked stunning. The model that stole the limelight though was Toms new resin (smell it and get high!) Lost At Sea diorama. From the moment Tom set it down on the stand people were stopping and taking a second look.

Walking around the show we spotted the usual clubs but there was definitely a lack of traders.. The show opened to the public at 10.00 am and people trickled through the doors while we tried out the bacon baps and coffee, these were spot on and priced about right. At 10.30 some of us decided to take a trip to StarBucks to wake us up as the boredom had set in, with hardly any traders to browse over the time dragged and coffee was our only saviour.

The show held an open competition where everything is judged on the table, this gives people who don’t usually enter competitions a chance to receive recognition for some of their work. Simon and Hadleigh were asked to judge a class for the competition and chose civil vehicles. This turned out to be a godsend as there were only half a dozen in the whole building.

Lunchtime came and we all popped out around the town for a greasy burger, or what ever dead animal Peterborough had to offer at the time. StarBucks took another bashing after lunch to avoid the yawn monster that had once again sneaked up upon us.
It turned out that Hadleigh’s Speeder bike had received a commended in the competition, although his guinea pig later ate this to his delight. Tom’s jelly mold received nothing to everyone’s surprise and must have been missed by the judges as it clearly deserved a gold in its class, although a couple of kids did try to bury their spoons into it after lunch.

We decided to pack away early to beat the rush and get to the cars, this was easer said than done as it was a trek back to the cars. The journey home was fun for some of us with nice satnavs (uh-oh. Remember Poole two years ago?) but Andy and Tom’s evil device decided to take them the long way home through the slums of Peterborough and past the football ground. (Bet that was fun at the final whistle-Ed)


The Great War in 1/32 Scale (by Steve Woodward)

It just gets better in my opinion.  A few years ago if you wanted to model aircraft of this vintage in a scale bigger than 1/48 there was the three ancient Revell offerings in the strangely selected 1/28 scale (Camel, DR1 and SPAD) which were later joined by a Fokker DVII in the same scale.

Then along comes Academy/Minicraft who choose the popular 1/32 scale and give us some very nice kits of a Camel, Nieuport 17 and a Fokker DR1.  Great kits but not a lot of choice on the market unless one ventured into obscure and often very inconsistent quality vac forms.

Then comes the flood.  In recent years we have been spoilt silly thanks to our friends at Roden, Special Hobby and a few others.  More recently Wingnuts have joined the fray offering some great looking subjects to what seems to be a high quality.  Now in general, kits in this scale are not cheap (with the exception of Academy/Minicraft who continue to offer excellent value for money) but more often than not, they are tooled and produced to a very high standard. I’ve done a few now which sit alongside my scratchbuilds and are slowly building into a good collection of WW1 aircraft.  The two most recent projects have been Roden’s Pfalz DIII and Special Hobby’s Morane Saulnier N.  Both proved to be excellent kits and made up into very satisfactory models.  They were demanding but not beyond most modellers with average skills.

Roden Pfalz DIII

Roden Pfalz DIII

A long time favourite of many modellers of WW1 aircraft, due in part to being heavily featured in the legendary movie “The Blue Max”.  The Roden kit has an amazing amount of internal detail in cockpit and engine areas, all of which is injection moulded.  It is finely moulded and comes with a very good and varied choice of markings.  Six options and most of them very colourful.

Assembly was relatively straightforward but as with any large and complex kit, care should be taken and the instructions regularly checked.  With the large number of parts things have to be done in the correct order.  A minimal amount of filler and sanding was needed as the fit of parts was good.  The most care needed was fitting the undercarriage, which is finely moulded to scale, but because of the weight of the completed model sitting on it could easily get damage during assembly.  Once assembled and dry though it is a good solid model.

Despite the six options in the kit I went for something different and made mine as the well-known but often mis-represented DIII 1370/17 of Jasta 10.  The aircraft was flown by Vizefeldwebel Hecht when it was downed by RFC’s 35 sqn in December 1917 relatively intact.  It was subjected to testing and research by the allies and is often shown in books as an example of the type.  The most accurate account of it’s markings and colours is in the first ever edition of Windsock dated Spring 1985, a copy of which I am lucky enough to own.

Special Hobby Morane Saulnier N

Special Hobby Morane Saulnier N

I loved this little aircraft as a kid when I was intrigued by the Revell box-art of the 1/72 scale kit.  Still one of my favourites today as are all of that old range in their wonderful packaging.  In 1/32 scale it is still a relatively small model and because of the simplicity of the original aircraft it is not a complicated subject to build.

Special Hobby have captured the aircraft beautifully in this scale and have used the opportunity offered by the larger scale to give some excellent cockpit and engine detail.  It makes up easily and has no faults in it anywhere.  The etched brass and resin parts add to this detail and help produce an excellent result.  Some of these parts are very small and care is needed.  My only criticism is the lack of the prominent MS badge/logo which featured on the side cowling of these aircraft.  It could have been done in etched brass or decal but I will need to locate something to finally complete the model.

There was also a small sprue of some five parts missing from my kit but Special Hobby’s customer care was nothing short of first rate.  I simply e-mailed them to query it and it was sent to me free of charge from the Czech Republic and backed-up by a very friendly e-mail from them.  Nice one chaps!

The kit can be bought in two versions, one RFC and the other French.  My RFC version had three options for markings.

Completing both Kits

The decals on both models were of a very good standard, well printed and thin enough to take on the contours of the model’s surface.  A coat of satin clear was used to finish them both with the cowling panels of the MS then finished gloss black.

Rigging is what puts a lot of modellers off of WW1 era planes and biplanes in general.  It doesn’t have to be scary!  A little practice can pay off in all scales.  For 1/72 I personally prefer stretched sprue secured with PVA white glue.  In this larger scale though I use the lycra thread available from Aeroclub (amongst other places) and I am a convert to the excellent little turnbuckles produced by “Bob’s Buckles”. .  These look so good on the finished model and add a touch of realism not before achievable.

To make this easier I drill out small holes to accept these before I assemble the model and secure the thread to the buckles with Super Glue.

These two models from two excellent manufacturers are just the tip of the iceberg of WW1 models currently on the market in 1/32 scale.  The only downside is that it could get very expensive for me if they keep bringing out such great stuff!

(Anyone who has seen Steve Woodward’s work on 1/32 WW1 aircraft, including his amazing scratchbuilds can only wonder at the way he brings this era to life. Steve, it is time to let you loose on a Wingnut Wings Gotha…)


julie, tom and simon

Julie, ever eager to impress Tom, considers scratchbuilding a Dora egged on by Simon

Ask Alan

the guru!

(in which our modelling guru answers your inane questions)

Dear Uncle Alan,  I am considering buying one of these new Wingnut Wings kits. Are they any good? From Bruce in Oz.

Ah. Wingnut Wings. Silly name.

You probably have anticipated my views on this interloper on my territory. Precision moulding that has a Korean toolmaker’s jaw dropping, five sets of decals honed by someone witha Masters degree in Fine Art and detail that only an obsessive rivet and turnbuckle counter with the forensic mindset of a Home Office pathologist can appreciate. Free postage from New Zealand. It is yet another depressing aspect of what this great hobby has come to. It’s all cheating. What’s more there isn’t a sniff of a Port Victoria PV.8 in the range. The only redeeming feature of this mob is that Sir (do I REALLY have to call him that?) Peter Jackson Of Middle Earth, (or whatever his fiefdom is named), is reputed to have scratchbuilt eight Lancasters for his ‘Dam Busters’ magnum cinematic opus and he has got to have used a good quantity of balsa, dope and talcum powder for at least one of them, so there’s hope for him yet.

 I’d steer well clear if I were you. They’re far too good.