Australian Model Expo 2010


AME 2010 was held on June 13-15 at Sandown, Melbourne. The following images were taken by Rob Williams. The selection of models here represents the interests of Rob and AMMS, i.e. AFVs and Militaria.


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Sherman Crew
These happy chappies were the crew of a Sherman depicted somewhere in North-West Europe. They have been well painted, as has the M2 .50 HMG, and I included this shot to show what can be done with, I believe, oils on figures. From the appearance of the M2 I suspect that this may be a Tasca Sherman, but it could as well be Dragon.

A little bit of paint has worn off the beret of the figure on the left, but, hey, I know what that’s like as I’ve done the same thing myself more than once.
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LVTP Crew
These figures were, I believe, the best in the show attached to a vehicle. The painting is just about perfect, particularly the faces, and the poses are realistic.

I like to take photos of vehicles at shows such as AME, then close up photos of the crew with the intent of trying to improve my own poor efforts at figures. These photos were taken at a range of about 10cm, and when I can model figures as well as this, I’ll be happy.
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Panzer Crewman
It’s hard to believe that this figure is only 54mm or thereabouts tall. The leather jacket has a very accurate shine to it, and the leather gloves, which were probably of a softer leather, are, correctly, matt finish. The cap badges are very accurately painted, and obviously this modeller’s eyesight is a lot better than mine! I particularly like the shading on the shirt, and the face, which is spot on. My only negative comment might be that the eyes are perhaps a little too blue.
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M20 Armoured Car
This model shows an M20 on a dirt road somewhere in Europe. Decalling is good, although I believe I can see the top edge of the registration number decal on the side. Packs on the side of the vehicle have been well painted, but do not seem to be attached to the vehicle in any way. The M2 .50 HMG appears to be the kit version, which would have been improved by using one of the better versions around (was this an "out of the box" entry?). Colour of the M2 is a bit on the shiny side.

The amount and extent of dirt on the vehicle is well done – not plastered on, as these vehicles would have made maximum use of roads wherever possible.
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Scammell and Matilda
Would you believe this model is 1/76 (I think) scale? It’s incredibly detailed, and would, I believe, put some 1/35 models to shame. The Matilda looks like it has been on that trailer, being towed behind the Scammell, for some time, as its heavy coat of dust would indicate. The Caunter scheme camouflage has been well done, and the vehicle looks basically, tired.

The Scammell, too, is looking suitably dusty (must have been fun in the desert, I don’t think). About the only point I would pick is that the background of the Scammell’s registration numbers is darker than the surrounding paint. Perhaps somebody wiped them clean that morning?
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PAK 43 and High Speed Tractor
This diorama shows the crew of an American High Speed Tractor about to attach a tow rope to an abandoned German Pak 43 88mm anti tank gun – probably as well they didn’t meet the other end of the Pak while it was still dangerous! The HST shows a credible amount of dirt ingrained into the tracks and suspension, and it appears as if the modeller has some experience of how dirt attaches to heavy machinery, as the effect is very realistic.

The Pak 43 in its wooden floored emplacement also looks realistic, and I note that the modeller has shown the 88mm shells as either steel cases or parkerised brass, not the usual (and incorrect) shiny brass. Although there is wear and tear on the gun, it is minimal as would be correct for a late war weapon that has only seen a few months of use.
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PAK 43 and High Speed Tractor
This diorama shows the crew of an American High Speed Tractor about to attach a tow rope to an abandoned German Pak 43 88mm anti tank gun – probably as well they didn’t meet the other end of the Pak while it was still dangerous! The HST shows a credible amount of dirt ingrained into the tracks and suspension, and it appears as if the modeller has some experience of how dirt attaches to heavy machinery, as the effect is very realistic.

The Pak 43 in its wooden floored emplacement also looks realistic, and I note that the modeller has shown the 88mm shells as either steel cases or parkerised brass, not the usual (and incorrect) shiny brass. Although there is wear and tear on the gun, it is minimal as would be correct for a late war weapon that has only seen a few months of use.
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Humber Armoured Car
This simple little scene shows a British officer talking to a small boy in post war (?) Greece or Cyprus. The vehicle is in good condition, but as it probably hardly ever went off the road, this is perhaps not surprising. The tyres show minimal wear except for the dust in the treads, and I really like the building outside which the armoured car has stopped – that glaring Greek white and startling blue. While the officer is very good, I believe the boy’s hands could do with better definition.
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Sdkfz 251/17
I particularly liked this little scene, mostly because I have one of these in my stash to make up. The snow is well done, and I feel cold just looking at this scene. I like the mud and slush ground into the wheels and tracks, and the amount of wear on the vehicle looks about right. It appears that most of the wear and tear has come from brushing past vegetation, which, on the narrow roads and in the forests of the Ardennes, is quite correct.

The colour of the MG42 is very well done – I’d love to know how the modeller achieved it, as it’s very good. I think the gun is good, with metallic shine in all the right places, and a well–used looking magazine. I think my only negative comment on this model would be the fire extinguisher. German vehicle fire extinguishers were normally dark blue, green or grey, not red.
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M20 Armoured Car
This model shows an M20 on a dirt road somewhere in Europe. Decalling is good, although I believe I can see the top edge of the registration number decal on the side. Packs on the side of the vehicle have been well painted, but do not seem to be attached to the vehicle in any way. The M2 .50 HMG appears to be the kit version, which would have been improved by using one of the better versions around (was this an "out of the box" entry?). Colour of the M2 is a bit on the shiny side.

The amount and extent of dirt on the vehicle is well done – not plastered on, as these vehicles would have made maximum use of roads wherever possible.
Panzer III N
This model won first place in its class, and I believe it deserved it. The tank looks tired, as it probably was, and the sand-blasted effect on the paintwork is very good. I may be wrong, but I believe the modeller may have used the hairspray technique here – whatever they did, the effect is great. God to see that the tyres aren’t black (and nor should they), and the tracks aren’t rusty. First, there was no water in the desert to cause worn tracks to rust, and second, the constant friction from sand and gravel would have soon ground off any rust anyway.

I note, however, that there is a little rust on the tracks on the top of the turret, which would not receive the polishing effect of the sand and gravel. In addition, the barbed wire on the rear is, properly, rusty, and again probably because of being out in all weathers.
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M7 Priest Self Propelled 105mm Howitzer
This model also won first place in its class, and I can see why. Construction is excellent, as is the painting, and I particularly like the fuel spill which has dribbled down the side near the seated figure. There is actually a second figure in the "pulpit" but I found it almost impossible to get into a position from which I could include him in the picture without doing some unnatural contortions.

The trees are very good and show a lot of work. It’s interesting to compare the M2 .50 HMG in this photo with the one on the M20 – this one shows a lot better detail. One other point I liked was the US star, which has been so well done it must be painted on – it even wraps around the edge of the hull!
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Scammell and Matilda
Would you believe this model is 1/76 (I think) scale? It’s incredibly detailed, and would, I believe, put some 1/35 models to shame. The Matilda looks like it has been on that trailer, being towed behind the Scammell, for some time, as its heavy coat of dust would indicate. The Caunter scheme camouflage has been well done, and the vehicle looks basically, tired.

The Scammell, too, is looking suitably dusty (must have been fun in the desert, I don’t think). About the only point I would pick is that the background of the Scammell’s registration numbers is darker than the surrounding paint. Perhaps somebody wiped them clean that morning?