The annual Austin Scale Modelers’ Society contest is less than a month away – on October 6th – and I’m working feverishly to get a current, under-the-radar build finished in time to grace the contest tables. But beyond that…what to take?
One thing I’ve learned from my last two contests is…the more the merrier. But it really comes down to a compromise…I only have so much space in the car to safely transport completed builds, and I have to keep some room open for the haul I’ll undoubtedly be carting back from the vendor tables!
Here are the options on the table:
For some reason I still can’t explain, I didn’t take the blue-nose to last year’s show – or to ModelFiesta – though I still feel it’s probably one of my stronger builds. But…competition in 1/48 aircraft is fierce, and this is one more to pack.
“Magic Carpet” took home 1st place among 1/48 Allied Props at ModelFiesta in February. Will it make a run at a repeat performance?
The Peevee is almost a lock, since it’s the only thing I have that would qualify for the multi-engine category.
Very proud of the paint and weathering on this one, and yeah, I’m taking it.
See the D.520 comments above. Plus…you just know Texas in the name will be a crowd-pleaser, even if it doesn’t win squat.
I’m torn on this one. My (in my opinion better) Spitfire Mk.VIII was shut out in the 1/32 category last year, and this one has a few flaws that could really ding it (the two-part gear doors…ugh). But the camo is so striking, and it’s a limited run kit and subject you just don’t see very often. Perhaps…
I don’t have much in the way of armor to trot out this year, but the Achilles did take 3rd in open-top armor at ModelFiesta and probably deserves a shot to repeat, especially considering last year there weren’t even three entries to judge between.
I like this one, but it’s basic. And the spare track links are a bit too…rusty. Perhaps I can try to tone them down a bit before the big show…but solid-color WWII tanks always make for a crowded category.
Sound off in the comments! What should stay and what should go?