Saturday, November 30, 2013

My trip to Mexico... visiting Roberto Aguilera

Recently I had the pleasure to visit the country of Mexico, to behold the beauty of this country, it's heritage of different culturls and influences and also to taste the incredible food that is served there.  Ciudad de Mexico Distrito Federal was my destination. I have been invited there by a very special person who is involved in creating an extraordinary place - the first modelling museum in the world. Roberto Aguilera is a film director and a passionate modelmaker at the same time. He is building the finest collection of various models and figures from aknowledged modellers from around the world. Among the collection you can find models of Adam Wilder, Brett Green, David Parker, Man Jin Kim, Mig Jimenez, Mike Rinaldi, Per Olav Lund, Sang Eon Lee, Staf Snyers, Tony Greenland, M Workshop team from Singapore and some Mexican modellers too. Roberto's goal is to expand the collection to the number of exhibits that will allow him to open a full scale museum in the nearest future. I was honoured to join the exhibition with my recent diorama works. 
Please enjoy this short report regarding the collection. More about this endavour will be described in an interview I did with Roberto visiting him. Stay tuned.

Mig Jimenez's Diana from the Afrika Korps

Roberto's diorama with a Gepard FlaPz. made by Chef Lim from Singapore

Another excellent example of Roberto's joint builds, this time the diorama features Per Olav Lund's touch on the groundwork, Pz IV E made by Mike Rinaldi and figures, from Alpineminaitures box art made by Man Jin Kim

Mike Rinaldi's D9 heavy dozer...

Roberto's Wildcat...

The display...

On the display shelves you can find David Parker's 1/16 Tiger II, a model that was built for 3 years... with full interiors

Roberto's 1/72 P 51 Mustang

My Tigergrab (Tiger's grave) joined the collection along with the recent Dieppe raid scene, K.O.ed StuG from Italy and soviet Pz IV E scene

Staf Snyer's Bergepanther armed with a 3,7 Flak, as seen in the final days of the war from sPzAbt. 503 FHH in Czechia, 1945

Mike Rinaldi's Tiger II and Roberto's Schwimmwagen for the company

Mig Jimenez's latest - Ferdinand from battle for Kursk

Adam Wilder's E-50 paper panzer...

Adam's LVTA

David Parker's AFV Modeller cover no 1 - Tiger I from Kursk battle, one of my favorites

Roberto next to his joint built dioramas, with Bison made by Mike Rinaldi and figures painted by Sang Eon Lee, the scenery an Pzkpfw I Ausf. B are Roberto's, scene awarded on Nationals in Mexico City

Staf's incredible Pzkpfw II Ausf. L "Luchs"

Rinaldi's ISU 122 and Murat Oezgul's Ba-64, again base done by Per Olav.

This is yet another example of joining tallents of different modellers together, Mike's Panther G and Per Olav's scenery...

This time one of Adam Wilder's latest - T-34/85 with Thoma Schurzen, Per Olav's scenery and figures painted by Sang Eon Lee

Bye for now!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

C4 Open, 26-27th October, Malmö, Sweden

The last weekend of October is a special time for Scandinavian modelling. Each year in Malmö, southern Sweden a group of friends led by Erik von Rosen (formerly by Erik Ahlström) organise the C4 Open modelling show. The show takes place in Malmö's Technology and Sailing museum. This year's edition scored more than 430 models on display. I had the pleasure to run a sculpting seminar during the second day of the show, on Sunday the 27th October. The level of the competition itself was very high as many tallented modellers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Hungary and Poland attend the show. My eye was caught especially by the figure section, where Markus Eriksson and Magnus Fagerberg displayed some terrific pieces winning gold with their works. There were some impressive large civil dioramas with a lot of details to watch and the craftmanship that is worth admiring. My attention was also drawn by some excellent World War I planes that were on display. Please enjoy the photos attached and see you there next year. 

The main show hallway

A photo taken during my lecture about figure sculpting, photo courtesy of Erik Gustavsson

The museum has many beautiful exhibits on display that you can admire in the meantime of having a break from the show

Roman Volchenkov from Norway with Erik Ahlström, former chariman of the C4 group

 Friends from Hungary, Peter Horvath from RP Toolz and Miklos Sikora

 Swedish modeller Emil Juhl, was awarded not only by the jury, but also got a special prize founded by Military Modelcraft Int. for this excellent T-72 in Iraqi service

 Toni Canfora's StuG III Ausf. G model that can be also found in On Display vol. 2 book by Canfora Publishing

Malmo in scale... 

Markus Eriksson's gold winning Iraq diorama 

One of the nicest aerial dioramas I have seen in a while with this shot down A20 

 Behold and enjoy all the details in Markus's worldclass work

 Andreas Grevin's Cromwell IV that can be found in the latest volume of On Display from Canfora Publishing - British Steel

 Roman Volchenkov's Gaz with captured FlaK

 Magnus Fagerberg's work, the dragon slayer, one of the show stoppers

 Markus Eriksson is a modeller with various interests and this is a good example of his ability to work with different eras and subjects, a gold winning medieval knight figure, it's not easy to paint reds

More awarded, terrific figures

 Erik and Toni Canfora

MiG 29 from Minsk Mazowiecki, with Zdzislaw Krasnodębski tail artwork

 One of my WW I favorites, a Hansa Brandenburg from Wingnut in 1/32...

Johan Augustsson's Valentine

Junior's class...

 Peter Horvath's IS 2 tank in 1/48

The town hall in Mamlö