Model Expo 2006

Some of the AMI members' present at the inaugural dinner.

by Graham Slingsby


The organisers' from 'IPMS Australia Inc.' have once again showcased their tireless efforts by bringing us yet another premier event - in the form of Model Expo 2006. Held over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend (10-12 June 2006) - at the relatively new venue of 'Sandown Entertainment Centre' - visitors' were treated with a bonanza of modelling talent. This event proves Australian modellers' are more than competitive in the World arena and the organising talents of IPMS Australia officials (and volunteers) is certainly second to none!

Moreover, it was pleasing to see regular AMI visitors' take out several highly sought after awards and contribute to the event with visually dramatic displays!

Regular AMI contributor - Mr. Andrew Perren took out several prizes, including the coveted 'Best RAAF Aircraft' - with his Airfix 1/48 BAe Hawk 127.

Official results from the competition can be viewed here - Model Expo 2006 results.

Significant to the weekend, but removed from the officialdom of the event - was the AMI inaugural dinner. Hosted at a nearby restaurant, the dinner was attended by just over twenty regular AMI visitors'! Yours truly became a little 'geographically challenged' on the Melbourne road system and subsequently arrived late (as usual some might say!). However - late or not, the event was a tremendous opportunity to sit down and chat with many of the visitors' to this website. Moreover - I think the opportunity to put a face to a name was one of the best aspects of the dinner. More functions such as this will be held in the future. Over the years, many of you have simply been a name behind a key board and this dinner went a long way to placing a 'human' side to the website and discussion group.

It was also rewarding to be able to catch up with AMI sponsors' and shoot the breeze about all things modelling. Encouragement from many of you was not in short supply and this only served to spur David and I on with our endeavours to produce and maintain a premier modelling website. Thankyou to you all for your kind comments and words of inspiration.

I have composed a five page report of the event - including a page dedicated to 'People of AMI...'

Well done everyone ! See you all at Model Expo 2007 - where we hope to have an AMI display on site for you to drop in and say: "G'day!"

Images from the event

Click on the link to view "People of AMI ..."

(PLEASE NOTE: The following pages are NOT 'dial-up' ISP friendly)

Above eight images taken by Mr. Bruce Anders

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