|The inaugural Micromodell Championship in Poland 1/2 September by Jim Baumann|
There are two types of competition class for card modelling,
1}pure card models-although metal masts, gun barrels etc are permitted along with some stunning Photo-etch. No filler or painting is permitted other than colouring cut edges.
2)Models which use the Card kit as a base, with the hulls filled, faired perfectly and painted. Parts of the model that when using Card can sometimes be difficult to replicate perfectly - such as cowl ventilators - are scratchbuilt or replaced with suitable items from commercial sources. Models such as these are often indistinguishable as having used a Card kit as a starting point.
The card models present all fell within the former category—but were still very impressive. Notable was the 1/200 USS Missouri, the 1/200 USS Lexington, two beautiful 1/200 models of IJN Oyodo.
Trade support from GPM who had a showcase of new and old card models-not just ships as well as retailers of both card and resin/plastic kits alongside plank on frame models etc. was well received-with brisk business taking place.
I became, inevitably ,Polish Navy enthused and acquired a number of Niko Models 1/700 Polish navy destroyers… as well as exceeding considerably my Airline baggage allowance with copious book purchases…!
I entered two 1/700 models in the contest. In the same competition class as mine were the simply breathtaking works of expert modellers Grzegorz Terpi?ski and Andrzej Bro?yna, whose models were almost beyond the pale, not only because they were entirely scratchbuilt , but because they were scratchbuilt to the highest standards in the mindboggling scale of 1:1000 (!!).
Grzegorz specialises entirely in WW2, while concentrates on WW1 subjects. The sheer quality would be impressive in 1/350-but being virtually two thirds smaller again I felt pushed the barriers of what is achievable even further towards the horizon!. The overall winner of the show-non card- was HMS Sussex by Grzegorz- and was well deserved.
Photographing these tiny models was a challenge in itself, especially as the models were all in Perspex display cases ( essential!) – tiny specks of dust, invisible to the naked eye-appear the size of asteroids in some of the photos!!
I photographed all the models alongside a tape measure with both Imperial and Metric measurements thereon – these brutal enlargements make their achievements even more laudatory! Some of the 1/700 models have been featured in the Modlewarships Gallery—so it was great to see these for real.
There were also some excellent scratchbuilds in 1/400, 1/700 and 1/1000 of some very diverse subjects.
Other models in both solid and card form were to be seen in a variety of scales of Armour, aircraft and Railway subjects.
I would like to extend my thanks to my hosts for the invitation—and I hope to attend again!
ModelWarships.com -- -- 2007