Monday, 24 July 2017

Model Shows - Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show, Penang 2017 - Day 1 Set -up

Here is my pictorial journal of the recently concluded Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show 2017 held recently in Penang, Malaysia. over the weekend of 8 and 9 July. Following the runaway success from the premier show in 2016, this year's event proved much more successful with the inclusion of  the Malaysian Competition - attracting entries from outside Asia; from as far as Russia and Venezuela. Held in the same venue, Cititel Hotel, the organizers have booked another additional two function rooms to host the model competition. There was a significant increase in attendance by modelers from abroad as well as several top notch names in the Asian modelling scene - each prominent figures(no pun intended) in their respective countries showcasing their best efforts and sharing their joy of this hobby.

The carnival styled show banner for the 2017 edition of the Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show and Competition in the lobby of the the Cititel Hotel.

Various clubs and vendors setting up their respective tables on Friday evening.

The team from Singapore unpacking their exhibits for next day's show.

A very pleased Michael presenting his works to Masahiro Doi and Norio Takemura for the very first time.
Meeting with Oishi Suwanarath - highly prolific modelling extraordinaire from Thailand!

The team from Model Art, MS Model, WolfPack Design and Paracel Miniatures tucking into a scrumptious dinner across the road at the Red Garden hawker center.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Young Miniatures - Waffen SS Dispatch Rider, Ostfront 1944

It has been slightly more than a week since my return from the Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show in Penang and while I am putting together my personal journal from that show, I thought I would share a picture of my current project. What drew me towards this particular project was the opportunity to borrow the color scheme of famed American plein-air artist Aldro Hibbard in rendering snowscapes for the reversible padded winter camouflage parka. I am pleased on how it is shaping out so far and hopefully I could get more time this week to refine more of the details on the parka.



Friday, 7 July 2017

DEF Model - IDF Female Soldier, Caracal Battalion

Through the kind courtesy of Hyun Jin, here is my take on DEF Model's premiere 1/20 scale IDF female soldier. She will make her public debut at the Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show in Penang over this weekend. It was primed in Gunze Sanyo black and grey Surfacer and entirely hand painted in acrylics with the use of the Vallejo retarder medium to enable a smooth and even spread of paint for the tonal transitions. This figure was a digital sculpt and materialized though 3D printing. It is currently available in 1/20 and 1/35 scale at this time of writing.    

Some in work in progress shots of the painting for those interested.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Model Shows - The 56th Shizuoka Hobby Show

Almost two months since my return, I finally had time to pen my travel journal to the 56th Shizuoka Hobby Show. This was my second trip to Japan within a month after making the video recording for Model Art's instructional DVD on figure painting late last April; only this time I had the fine company of my old time modelling friend Bernard Cher of the M Workshop to participate as an exhibiting member of Team ASEAN.

Train ride from Narita to Nippori station

Sightseeing around Odaiba - on board the Japanese research ship the Sōya.

Joining up Young-Bok at Akihabara.

 Dinner at an izakaya in Akihabara with Kauzo Kiuchi of Miniature Park.

On the road to Shizuoka.

A visit to Mikasa Park in Yokosuka en-route to Shizuoka.
Japanese Navy curry in Yokosuka

Meeting up with some members of Team Asean on our first night in Shizuoka. 

Exploring Shizuoka on kick scooter

Outdoor exhibits at the exhibition venue, Twin Messe exhibition center.

Overview of the exhibition hall for industry exhibitors.

Activity at the Tamiya booth

Yuki Fugita, the young man behind the recent injection molded figures from Tamiya realized with live 3D scanning and rapid prototyping technology.

Team ASEAN setting up at the exhibition hall for club displays.

Some excerpts from the Team ASEAN display:

Richard Fernandez from Malaysia

Choo Huang Ming from Malaysia

Giang Xuan Le of Vietnam

Team ASEAN member Pongsatorn Kanthaboon from Thailand arriving with his display.

Loo, Bernard and Richard either checking out football results or stock prices (me thinks).

Team ASEAN table with Richard keeping a strict watch of the exhibits.

Meeting my modelling idols - Koji Itoh ...

...and Tetsuo Horikawa.

Prolific and award winning Korean figure modeller Yoon Ki-Yeol. I have been following his work online for many years and it was a wonderful experience to see his masterful work up close and live.

Together with members of Ki-Yeol's modelling club - a really passionate and talented band of modellers.

Renown award winning Korean figure painter Kim Man-Jin and veteran Taiwanese diorama modeller Max Wang.

 WW1 diorama by Chang Chung-Fu of Taiwan. Old school style painting with oils and extensive use of the dry brushing technique.

 A group picture at the Taiwanese model club CAMO. 

Candid moment between Young, Norio Takemura, Takuji Yamada and Bernard

Armor diorama modeller Takashima Hiroshi presenting his latest works at his club stand.

Armor modeller and wooden base maker Hiroyuki Takeuchi.

Sherman Crab flail by Hiroyuki Takeuchi

Hiroyuki Takeyuki, Shigehiro Yoshida and Masanori Sato (Toku)

1/48 scale British Ford V8 staff car by Masanori Sato (Toku)

 A simple but effective diorama by Shigehiro Yoshida.

A small selection of fine armor modelling by Hideyuki Aoki.

Stug IV diorama with Alpine figures done by Uehara Naoyuki of the Crossroads model club is a fine example of simple things done well.

Takunari Goshima of Kiya Hobby

Possibly the highlight of the show for me; receiving an exclusive autograph copy of master diorama modeller Kazuya Yoshioka's second book on modelling dioramas - a very rare honor and privilege indeed!

Some shots of Kazuya Yoshioka's mesmerizing work. I had a great time viewing this master piece; making this well worth the trip to Shizuoka.

Group portrait of Team ASEAN on Saturday evening- unfortunately Pongsatorn and Loo were not in the picture when this picture was taken.

Saturday evening reception hosted by Tamiya for all exhibiting club members

A very young and talented armor modeller, Kim Byeong-Soo from Korea. 

Byeong Soo's outstanding work; enough said....

I love this moment. An ecstatic Byeong-Soo getting an autograph from Fernando Vallejo of AK Interactive; his expression says it all.

With an old friends -  Shige whom I first met in Euro Militaire in 2000 and Eric Philippe in 2012 at a painting workshop in Paris.

Björn Kågner, Young and Richard horsing around!

Meeting up with Yukio Honma after almost 9 years. If his name does ring a bell then it is most likely you that  have bought some of his sculpts from Alpine Miniatures.

Sunday morning at the Tamiya HQ with a large turnout of live exhibits.

 Outside the Tamiya HQ with my modelling buddies.

 Presentation of a token of friendship to Kazuya Yoshioka.

  Breakfast at the Ashigara rest stop in the way back to Tokyo.

 Avocado croquette with a mozzarella cheese filling for the road. The taste was incredible!

On Monday it was off to the recording studio to capture the voice narration for the Model ART DVD.

Friends from Team ASEAN showing up to extend their support and encouragement later in the evening :)

A short write-up by Model Art on my trip to Tokyo to record the DVD program.

That concludes my road trip to the Shizuoka Hobby Show - can't wait to attend the next big event in Penang this weekend!