This Months Meeting

7.30pm, Tuesday 15th February.
First floor - Ley’s Institute Library, St Mary’s Bay Road, Ponsonby, Auckland.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Please don’t stay away just because it is the AGM.There are going to be some important proposed amendments to the constitution, which need members to vote on, and will affect all members as well. There are a number of positions on the committee, which need to be filled. We will still have the usual round of finished/in progress kits on the table. Also be aware that from March, subs are once again due.

The Editor's Desktop

This is my last newsletter as Editor. It has been an enjoyable 2 years, but I need to step aside. New responsibilities at work, and the ever-increasing need to do work/renovations around home, have cut into the time left for putting together the newsletter. I also aim to be much more productive modelling-wise this year to try to cut into my pile of unbuilt/unfinished kits. Like Kevin, I am aiming for the one a month completed goal.

I have to say that I am certainly looking forward to the Nationals this year, as Wellington look to be putting on a good party. Will be good to catch up with the lot from the Windy South and see what is being produced in the nether regions, as well as the contingent brave enough to cross "The Ditch" and mix it up with us. I’m also quite interested to see what takes the inaugural TamiyaCon prize, as there has been an interesting debate going about entries and judging. Get those entries finished and travel organised. Promises to be a good weekend all round.

Thank you for the favourable feedback over the last two years and to those regular contributors, I hope you continue to support the incoming Editor. Remember that the thing that really makes the newsletter, are those articles you send in. Otherwise the Editor becomes the contributor/reviewer/critic et al, and the job is compounded, and much more time consuming. I certainly intend to contribute articles through the year and wish the new Editor well in his job.

See you at the meeting,


AGM Agenda

1: Proposed changes to the constitution

2: Election of officers

3: Financial report

4: General business

The Korean Experience

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Mr. Jeong (Head of R&D Academy), Steve Evans and Mr. Kang (Head of Marketing, Academy) at the Academy Contest.

After a final briefing from Shin at Auckland Airport, Steve and I left New Zealand for our Asian adventure. After a 4-hour stopover, and then a further 3-hour delay in Singapore, while the snow and ice was cleared from Kimpo, we were off again. Arrived over Seoul about 10am on the Monday morning and we were immediately amazed bythe amount of snow. The whole country was white. Average temp was -10°C.

The aerial view of Seoul - lots of cold white stuff.

We were met at Kimpo airport by Mr. Kang (no relation to Shin), who is Academy’s distribution manager and who was to be our host and guide for the first 1 ½ days. We found the Koreans we met to be very gracious and friendly. Neither Steve, or I, paid for any meals, drinks, transportor accommodation the whole time we were in Korea and the people we met wentout of their way to make us feel welcome.

The NZ contigent's models on display.

We were given books, magazines and resin and taken topretty much all the places we wanted to see/go. The price of models in Koreais slightly higher than in NZ (about 130% more) except for Academy obviously,which are dirt-cheap. Having said that, the selection is much greater with Hasegawa and Tamiya boxings not seen in this country.

The overall best entry in the Academy Contest - Tamiya 1/32 Phantom.

The 14th Annual Academy Pla competition was held on the third floor of a convention centre in downtown Seoul. Turnout was about on a level with the number of entries received in the Auckland Regionals. The classes were organised differently than we have over here (not unusual I guess being that this was a competition run by a manufacturernot a club). There was no distinction between armour, aircraft, figures,etc.

Entries were divided into:

  • Elementary school children
  • Middle & High school students
  • College students & adults

And the classes in each of the groups were divided into:

  • Single
  • Diorama
  • Science Fiction Normal
  • Science Fiction Gundam

A nice 1/48 Fw190.

Being that Academy also distributes Bandai, who are manufacturers of a large Gundam range (large "Transformers"-like robots), this last class was very well represented and so no surprise it had it’s own category.

There were some very well executed entries on the tables. But as far as the aircraft goes many were let down by poor finishing (i.e. seams showing, glossy decals, etc). The number of entries was spread rather evenly between figures, armour, aircraft and Gundam. Incorporated with the show was a large buy, sell, swap meet which had lots of interesting items on the tables also.

There were representatives from most of the Korean aftermarket companies (SOL, Dynasty, Legend) and a large presence from Hobbist magazine, which is a monthly high quality glossy modelling magazine from Korea, with articles similar to Tamiya magazine.

Steel moulds of every Academy kit produced - the Mould Museum.

Other highlights of the trip included:

  • 2/3 day at the War Museum ogling everything from a B-52D, through Scud missile, to T-34s. Personal highlights included the aircraft park which featured a C-46 Commando, F-86 Sabres (an F and D), F-51D Mustang, C-119 Boxcar, MiG-15UT and 21, T-33, An-2 Colt and helicopters (H-19/S-55, H-34/S-58, UH-1D Iroquois and OH-13 Sioux). I will have photos of most of these at the next meeting for those interested.
  • Visit to Academy’s headquarters (which includes their R&D and design departments), injection/packaging factory and mould making factory wherethey create the tooling and moulds to be used in the injection machines.We were able to see first had the entire model making process – frominitial CAD development to creation of tooling to the injection and packagingprocesses. I have gained a lot more respect for model manufacturers havingwitnessed this process.
  • A visit to the large electronics market and then a half day looking around one of the many large historical sites that are scattered throughout Seoul.
  • Getting to fondle the new 1/35 UH-60L Blackhawk being tooled on behalf of MRC, which will also be marketed under the Academy label.
  • Visits to numerous hobby shops around the city, and being able to pick up a Hasegawa 1/48 F/A-18D Hornet at one for half price, courtesy of Mr Jeong.
  • Visit to the SOL factory/retail outlet.
  • Some very nice Korean meals, though I have to say, I will certainly be happy if I never smell another piece of kimchi again.

Steve and Mr. Kang in a Korean Restaurant - notice the snow outside and how hard it is for a Kiwi to sit on a floor cross-legged.

More Images From Korea

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Two dioramas from the talented Mr. Kim. These photos don’t begin to do them justice. These are the most realistic and complete dioramas I have ever seen.

A nice diorama featuring the new Academy M-12 done in black & white and on two levels (note the Germans in the sewer).

A pair of scratchbuilt figures in about 1/16 scale

A very nice diorama based on the final scene from 'Saving Private Ryan' - note the missing GI from behind the German prisoners marching over the bridge next to the Knocked out Tiger tank - someone piched him the opening day of the show.

The new 1/35 UH-60 Blackhawk from Academy. Note - in an effort to get this finished and on display, someone has forgotten to remove the masking from the centre of the cockpit glazing.

A very nicely finished MPC/AMT/ERTL/Airfix X-Wing Fighter. Notice the abundance of Gundam from the examples in the back.

A nicely finished Peugeot 206.

New Releases For 2001



Aircraft - 1/72
1615 F-8E Crusader
1616 P-51C Mustang
1641 Ju-87G Stuka
1680 OV-10D Bronco
2188 B-17F Memphis Belle

Aircraft - 1/32
2191 F/A-18C Hornet

Helicopters - 1/35
2192 UH-60L Black Hawk
2193 AH-1W Super Cobra 'U.S. Marines'
2194 Bell 47D MASH HL
2195 OH-58D Kiowa 'Black Death'
2196 UH-1C Huey 'Frog'
2197 OH-58D Warrior 'Thugs'
2198 AH-1T Super Cobra
2199 UH-1C Huey 'Heavy Dog'
2200 HTL-4 U.S. Coast Guard HL

1215 UH-19 A Rescue Chickasaw 1/72
1218 MH-47 E SOA Chinook
1219 EH-101 Merlin HAS.1 1/72

Aircraft - 1/72
1214 Harrier GR.7
1216 JAS-39B Gripen Twin Seater
1223 F-104 G Starfighter
1212 Sukhoi S-37 Berkut
1221 Ju-87 G2 Kanonenvogel
116 AS-51 Horsa (Limited Edition)
153 AC-119 Gunship (Limited Edition)
109 Henschel Hs-126 (Limited Edition)
1222 Macchi MC 202 Folgore
1213 F6F-3 Hellcat
123 B-25 B/C Mitchell

Aircraft - 1/48
2611 F/A-18E Super Hornet
866 AC-130U Spectre
2610 EF-2000 Typhoon Single Seater
2613 Me-262 A-1A Schwalbe
830 F-4E/F Phantom II
2612 MH-60G Pave Hawk
2614 Mirage 2000C




Aircraft - 1/32
ST 16 F-5E Tiger II w/ Shark Nose
08127 Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa (Oscar) '59th Flight Regiment'

Aircraft - 1/48
09368 F-16 CG (Block 40) Fighting Falcon 'Triple Nickel'
09369 Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1
09370 Junkers Ju-87 G-1 'Kanonenvogel'
09371 Nakajima B6N2 Carrier Attack Bomber Tenzan (Jill) Type 12 '551st Flying Group'
09372 Kawasaki Ki-61-I Tei Hien (Tony) '18th Flight Training Unit'
09373 Kawasaki T-4 'Komatsu 306 Sq. Flying Dolphin'
09374 F-14D Tomcat "VF-2 Bounty Hunters"
09375 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14 "Bodenplatte"
09376 F-4S Phantom II "VFMA-321 Hells Angels"
09377 P-51D Mustang w/ Ram Jet
09378 F-16C Fighting Falcon 'Wisconsin ANG'
09379 Typhoon Mk. Ib 'No. 137 Squadron'
JT72 Mitsubishi A6M5c Zero Fighter Type 52 Hei
JT79 Spitfire Mk. IX
JT78 Nakajima B5N1 Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber (Kate) Mod. 1
JT80 Nakajima Ki-43-I Type I Fighter (Oscar)
09381 Henschel Hs-129 B-3 w/75mm Anti-Tank Cannon
PT22 A-4C Skyhawk
X48-9 WW.II German Pilot Figures & Equipment

Aircraft - 1/72
00163 F-106A Delta Dart 'City of Jacksonville'
00164 SH-60B Seahawk 'Scorpions'
00166 F/A-18C Hornet 'VFA-27 Royal Maces'
00167 EP-3E Orion
00168 Messerschmitt Me-262B Nachtjaeger 'NJG 11'
00169 F-16CG 'Block 40' Fighting Falcon "Triple Nickel"
00170 F11F-1 Tiger early version 'Blue Angels'
00171 T-33A Shooting Star 'Thunderbirds'
00172 Focke Wulf Fw-190 A-7 w/ Slipper Tank
00173 F-4EJ Kai Super Phantom 'Black Panther'
00174 F-16D Viper 'IDF'
00175 UH-60A 'VIP Hawk'
D19 AV-8B Harrier II
D23 Mitsubishi A6M5c Zero Fighter Type 52 Hei
00184 Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Type 100 Commandant Reconnaissance Plane Trainer Version (Dinah)
00185 Harrier GR Mk.5 'Royal Air Force'
E15 F/A-18E Super Hornet

Aircraft - 1/200
10632 T-43A 'Air Training Command'
10633 Northwest Airlines Airbus A-320

Aircraft - 1/144
04000 Suchoy Su-37 Berkut (I/01)
04035 BAe 146 ST 'Military' (III/01)
04039 Hawker Hunter FGA.9 (III/01)
04251 A-321 Austrian Airlines 'Milennium' (I/01)

Aircraft - 1/72
04620 Junkers Ju-87 B-2 'Stuka' (I/01)
04134 Dornier Do-18 G-1/ D-2 (I/01)
04625 D.H. Mosquito B Mk. IV (I/01)
04142 Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver (I/01)
04143 F4U-5 Corsair (I/01)
04621 Eurofighter Typhoon (IV/01)
04622 BAe Hawk Mk.1 'Red Arrows' (I/01)
Dornier 228-202 'Marine' (I/01)
04624 Boeing X-32A JSF (I/01)
04626 Lockheed Martin X-35A JSF (IV/01)
04628 Lockheed P2V-7 'Neptune' (I/01)
04627 F-15 E Strike Eagle (I/01)
04623 Suchoy Su-37 Berkut (I/01)

Aircraft - 1/48
04542 Junkers Ju-88 C-6 'Nightfighter' (II/01)
04564 Junkers Ju-87 B-2 'Stuka' (II/01)
04557 Dornier Do-217 E-5 (I/01)
04538 P-61 A/B 'Black Widow' (I/01)
04347 Reno Racer Set P-51D & T-6 (I/01)
04547 Vought F-8E Crusader (I/01)
04553 F-86D Dog Sabre (II/01)
04563 Vought A-7E Corsair II (II/01)
04559 F-22 Raptor (I/01)
04558 Junkers Ju-52/3m 'Lufthansa' (III/01)

Aircraft - other scales
04715 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I/II 1/32 (I/01)
04716 Focke Wulf Fw 190 F-8 1/32 (II/01)
04714 Fieseler Fi-156 'Storch' 1/32 (I/01)

Helicopters - all scales
04043 HC-1 Chinook 'Royal Air Force' 1/144 (I/01)
04468 EH.101 Merlin Mk.3 'Royal Air Force' 1/72 (IV/01)
04469 Boeing-Sikorsky RAH.66 Comanche 1/72 (I/01)
04450 Westland Sea King 'Royal Navy' HAS Mk.6 1/72 (III/01)
04433 Sikorsky UH-60A 'Desert Hawk' 1/72 (I/01)
04457 EC-135 'ADAC' 1/72 (II/01)
04471 CH-54 Skycrane 1/72 (I/01)
04470 Boeing-Sikorsky RAH.66 'Comanche'

Trumpeter 1/32 A-10 Thunderbolt

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