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31st annual Australian model expo:

Over the Queens Birthday long weekend here in Australia (June 7, 8 and 9th), the 31th Annual Australian Model Expo was held at it's usual spot at the Sandown Racecourse in Melbourne.

Here's what was entered in the competition (the 8th time I've entered) :


I managed to win a Commended Award for my Tyrannosaurus and a Commended Award for my MG Geara Doga.

This Model Expo was by far the best one I have been involved in. Gunpla was more prodominant that ever before. Not only was the Mecha Workshop club table full of Gunpla, but a new group of Gunpla Builders displayed as a part of Andrew's Hobbies display table which was located directly behind the Mecha Workshop.

On the Monday of the event, I presented a 40 minute presentation on an 'Introduction to Gunpla' where I discussed what Gunpla is, scales and grades, and then went on to demonstrate how to read the instructions and what snapped, OOB, modded and kit bashed was. I filmed the talk, but unfortunately, the position of the camera combined with the acoustics of the room meant that the crowd noise drowned out my voice. I would've loved to upload it to the YouTube Channel and share with everyone, but it's just not good enough to do that. :(

The highlight of the event in terms of Gunpla, was that the 'Best of Show' award went to Mark Carlisle and his Kshatriapede diorama that he entered into the Gundam Category. Not only was this the 2012 Australian GBWC Champion winner, it's now the overall winner of the 2014 Australian Model Expo.

Hopefully after this event, a lot more 'traditional' modellers will pick up a Gunpla kit and learn that 'Gunpla' is not a dirty word!!

I spent the rest of the day checking out the tables and chatting with the Mecha Workshop guys at the club table and many new and old faces. I also took nearly 350 odd pictures of the event with photos from every category. All can be found in the Gallery which can be accessed by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

For more information on this and forthcoming events, feel free to visit the Model Expo site.

If anyone sees their model in the Gallery and would like the original photo, please drop me a line via the Contact page and I'll be more than happy to email them to you.