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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #1 by KerryM
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I've skimmed the past discussions and made a list of all the ideas thrown around for GB ideas. With the Shelf Queen finishing in three months I'm keen to try another. The Interwar had a lot of support previously but I though if I posted the list here we could keep it up to date with new ideas and remove ones we do:

  • $20 Kit - Build a kit purchased for $20 or less
  • Animals - Any vehicle named after an animal (not Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine or John Steel )
  • Anything from TV or Movies. Top Gun, Star Wars, Top Gear, anything History Channel
  • Australian Military
  • Birth of the Jet Age (<1960)
  • Build a theme you don't normally build
  • Civilian vehicles
  • Concept/one off's: something that very few (or 1) were ever made, like say 5 or less were built, or something that was only a concept ie: Ford GT90
  • Decades - 1920-1939
  • Decades - 1940-1959
  • Decades - 1960-1979
  • Decades - 1980 - 1999
  • Eurpoe Cold War
  • Falklands War
  • First Aid / Emergency Vehicle
  • From Russia with love
  • Generic Sci-Fi
  • Half track
  • I love (insert a model brand name)
  • InterWar - 1919 - 1938
  • Israel - anything used by the IDF or used to attack Israel
  • Kit with 300+ parts (or conversely less than 100 parts)
  • Kiwi Based
  • Kiwi Legends
  • Kiwis Abroad
  • Land of the rising sun
  • Lets all build the same kit
  • Made in Britain
  • Military What If?
  • Nine - Anything first introduced in a year ending in 9 (2009, 1999, 1989 etc)
  • Normandy
  • Out of the box
  • Paint it Four - Anything in a 4 colour camoflauge
  • Recon - any vehicle, plane, ship, or whatever used for reconnaissance
  • Red, White & blue... USA
  • Since 2000 or Beyond 2000... who remembers that show
  • Tango - Anything from a manufacturer starting with a T (Tamiya, Tankom, ect)
  • War in the East (Russia)

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    2 years 2 months ago #2 by IAN
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    Speaking entirely selfishly, most are very 'do-able' , but of all of them the IDF / Struggle for Palestine one really pops !!. Was planning on doing a Mirage III this year anyway, but also have an M51 in the stash which would fit nicely.

    Thanks for putting the list together, Kerry, nice to have a one-stop-shop to refer back to.



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    2 years 2 months ago #3 by Grant
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    I'll enter any of them. :cheer: Favourites for me though are Falklands War, Europe Cold War, From Russian with Love, Land of the Rising Sun, Made in Britain, War in the East.

    Let's do this. :woohoo:

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    1 year 11 months ago #4 by KerryM
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    So with the Shelf Queen's group build about to abdicate who's keen on pulling an idea from the list above and kicking off another group build?

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    1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #5 by Nosferatu
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    So many choices! How to choose?? But then I failed big time on the shelf queen build..:blush:

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    1 year 11 months ago #6 by Gary
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    My Modelling is pretty much on hold at the moment until I get some space to do it but all being well that won't be for much longer and then it'll be full steam ahead. I would be keen on the following but as I said can't commit 100% just yet. (in order of preference).

    Normandy
    Anything from TV or Movies. Top Gun, Star Wars, Top Gear, anything History Channel
    Generic Sci-Fi
    Animals - Any vehicle named after an animal (not Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine or John Steel )
    InterWar - 1919 - 1938
    Falklands War
    Kit with 300+ parts (or conversely less than 100 parts)
    Civilian vehicles



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    1 year 11 months ago #7 by Grant
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    Gary wrote: Normandy
    Anything from TV or Movies. Top Gun, Star Wars, Top Gear, anything History Channel
    Generic Sci-Fi
    Animals - Any vehicle named after an animal (not Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine or John Steel )
    InterWar - 1919 - 1938
    Falklands War
    Kit with 300+ parts (or conversely less than 100 parts)
    Civilian vehicles


    I'd be keen for any of those, but Normandy and the Falklands stand out for me.

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    1 year 11 months ago #8 by Terry
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    It's an excellent list and plenty to choose from, but I'd like to make one further suggestion:

    Royal Air Force Centenary group build. The 100 year celebration this year must surely be worth a punt?

    Others from the list that interest me in a rough order of preference
    Kiwis Abroad
    War in the East (Russia)
    Civilian vehicles (I assume this means racecars?)
    Recon - any vehicle, plane, ship, or whatever used for reconnaissance
    Animals - Any vehicle named after an animal
    Made in Britain
    Kit with 300+ parts (or conversely less than 100 parts)

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    1 year 11 months ago #9 by Grant
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    Terry wrote: It's an excellent list and plenty to choose from, but I'd like to make one further suggestion:
    Royal Air Force Centenary group build. The 100 year celebration this year must surely be worth a punt?


    I would be up for that 100%. And I'm sure it would be an easy option for many of the members here. Whatever, I'll put my hand up for helping out with the GB.

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    1 year 11 months ago #10 by Gary
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    I'd join it Grant, as long as the end date is a wee way off as I'll be setting up the new shop for the next couple of months I'd guess.



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    1 year 11 months ago #11 by KerryM
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    RAF sounds good for you aircraft lot, and how about running Normandy so some vehicles and armour can be included? Normandy could start tomorrow? A pertinent date

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    1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #12 by Gary
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    Yeah I'd be up for that Kerry. I think we once did a Normandy to Berlin GB or tried to, not sure if it got off the ground or not.
    Run it through to 8th May next year to coincide with the end of WWII in Europe.
    How about you can only start something if it was in production at that time, so if you start tomorrow it had to of been in use in or around Normandy, but you can make something that was built later but you can only start it at that point. So if it wasn't in use until December 1944 then you have to wait until December this year to start it.



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    1 year 11 months ago #13 by shaunfletcher
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    Id love Normandy, but I think it should only be Normandy if you do that, maybe anything that saw service in France from D-Day till the 30 August when the Germans retreated across the Seine?

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    1 year 11 months ago #14 by Grant
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    shaunfletcher wrote: Id love Normandy, but I think it should only be Normandy if you do that, maybe anything that saw service in France from D-Day till the 30 August when the Germans retreated across the Seine?


    I'd be happy with that.

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    1 year 11 months ago #15 by Grant
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    If this site is to be trusted, there are plenty of nice aircraft subjects. www.dday-overlord.com/en/material/aviation

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    1 year 11 months ago #16 by KerryM
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    The timeline idea makes it a lot more fun, I have a Panther my boy started and abandoned, be good to clear another one off the started shelf

    We should do that idea one day with the whole WW2

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    1 year 11 months ago #17 by Michaels Models
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    KerryM wrote: We should do that idea one day with the whole WW2


    This could also be divided into the different categories.... vehicles, plane, armour etc.

    Cheers Michael

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    1 year 11 months ago #18 by Grant
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    Next year is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which is perhaps the logical time to have the Normandy build. I am tempted to put the RAF centenary build out there to run for six months until the end of the year. It can't hurt and may kick things along here (which have been a bit quiet admittedly). Perhaps if someone wants to start an AFV build they can, but I don't see anything stopping the armour guys build a plane to celebrate the RAF. :P

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    1 year 11 months ago #19 by KerryM
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    On the workbench:

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    1 year 11 months ago #20 by Grant
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    Crazy!

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    1 year 11 months ago #21 by Terry
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    Another 75th anniversary coming up in September this year is Operation Avalanche (Invasion of Italy in 1943) which obviously had NZ Regiment participation, not to mention British, Canadian, US and Axis forces, so from a modelling perspective offers a lot of subject choice not far removed from what one might expect from a Normandy group build.

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    1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #22 by Craig Sargent
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    While my group build completion ratio is not great, I have participated in every one or tried to.

    Out of the original list, the ones I could play in would be any of the following (with my additional thoughts in italics;

    • $20 Kit - Build a kit purchased for $20 or less - would that mean only $20 of kit and no aftermarket pushing price over $20?
    • Animals - Any vehicle named after an animal (not Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine or John Steel )
    • Anything from TV or Movies. Top Gun, Star Wars, Top Gear, anything History Channel
    • Birth of the Jet Age (<1960)
    • Concept/one off's: something that very few (or 1) were ever made, like say 5 or less were built, or something that was only a concept ie: Ford GT90
    • Decades - 1920-1939
    • Decades - 1940-1959
    • Decades - 1960-1979
    • Decades - 1980-1999
    • I love (insert a model brand name) - Hasegawa :)
    • I rael - anything used by the IDF or used to attack Israel - too easy
    • Kiwis Abroad - always thought it would be cool to update an Airfix 1/72 O-2A
    • Lets all build the same kit - would depend on what the kit was
    • Made in Britain
    • Nine - Anything first introduced in a year ending in 9 (2009, 1999, 1989 etc) - would 8 not be more relevant this year?
    • Out of the box - any out of the box? i.e. WNW vs Starfix OOB
    • Paint it Four - Anything in a 4 colour camoflauge
    • Recon - any vehicle, plane, ship, or whatever used for reconnaissance
    • Red, White & Blue... USA - anything to do with USA, or specifically coloured red, white and blue?
    • Since 2000 or Beyond 2000... who remembers that show
    • Tango - Anything from a manufacturer starting with a T (Tamiya, Tankom, etc) - or Tango AND Romeo; the 20th and 18th letters respectively for obvious reasons

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    1 year 11 months ago #23 by Flying_Kiwi
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    I got one for each category.... however the IDF would fit in nicely for a build i'm hoping to do!!

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    1 year 11 months ago #24 by Flying_Kiwi
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    hey lets all build the same kit is a very cool idea, not sure how many takers you'd get but i think it would be incredibly interesting to see what each person does with a subject. considering the modelling talent here i think it would be a really interesting study!

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    1 year 11 months ago #25 by Terry
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    Flying_Kiwi wrote: hey lets all build the same kit is a very cool idea, not sure how many takers you'd get but i think it would be incredibly interesting to see what each person does with a subject. considering the modelling talent here i think it would be a really interesting study!


    Likewise, I think it's a cool idea but... choice of kit? In my mind only a few kits are popular and common enough we all might have one stashed away or at least have easy and cheap access to one, and that's perhaps Airfix's new tooled 1/72 Spitfire Mk.I, P-51D or Bf109E-4. Forget tanks. Even though a Tiger I is probably the most commonly purchased tank, the number of kit brands and scales for this tank is off the charts. :ohmy:

    That's pretty much it. Lot's of popular subjects exist like Tomcats, Phantoms and Focke Wulf FW190A's, but variants, kit brands and scales would likely be all over the place much like the Tiger I.

    It seems the only logical way a build the same GB would work is for a kind and wealthy benefactor to supply kits cheaply to encourage and allow participation or for a manufacturer/supplier to sponsor this in the same way. Seems unlikely given local company track records in promoting the hobby so far. Airfix has made some effort at various shows (thankyou) but the elephant in the room Bringans are no where to be seen. WNW?... probably not.

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    1 year 11 months ago #26 by Flying_Kiwi
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    i think a cheap new tool would be the way to go to get some more up take... as much as i loath 1:72 in something as small as a fighter i built the Zero last yeah for fun (wet sunday) and it was a joy!

    So something simple maybe something that could have a kiwi connection?? P-40? P-51? Hurricane? Vampire? A4?? (we could get the full spectrum form RAN to RNZAF)

    Something off the usual thew 1:72 Supermarine Swift is a cool looking plane?

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    1 year 11 months ago #27 by Rogue29
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    I’m keen to do something for RAF Centenary. Recently saw the doco with Ewan and Colin MacGregor outline the RAFs history. Showed mostly the big name types, but touched on most aspects of the the RAF.

    Quite a lot of modelling variety through the different scales and aircraft types (bi-planes to Cold War bombers and contemporary Jets).

    Also liked the ‘do the same kit’ idea but logistical it has some drawbacks.
    Maybe ‘Same aircraft (i.e Spitfire) Any kit (scale and brand up to individual).

    As I’m predominantly doing 1/72 at the moment, I’m going to start something based on the RAF Centenary anyway.

    I’ve probably got something on the shelf.

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    1 year 6 months ago #28 by Craig Sargent
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    So all the current GBs have finished, except for the RAF 100th. Time to start thinking of ideas for next one?

    I know Christchurch has mentioned they are looking at a D-Day class for Nationals in October next year for 75th anniversary, but we've also already had a D-Day GB. Any one else have any ideas?

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    1 year 6 months ago #29 by Gary
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    Modern wars, Afganistan, GW1 & 2
    Something floaty



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    1 year 6 months ago #30 by Grant
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    Gary wrote: Modern wars, Afganistan, GW1 & 2


    America's War of on Terror. Lots of good subjects there. Or perhaps TVs and Movies?

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