Living in the North of Norway makes the social aspect of our hobby a bit different. We do have a modelling club, but it's not very local. The club is tied to Troms County, and the 25-or-so members live as far as 600 kilometers apart. In order for all of us to meet up we arrange a modelling weekend twice a year, with the location and hosts rotating. It started off as a one-off, but ended up being a very popular event, with people showing up from other parts of the country as well.
This autumn's meeting in Salangen (see map with Texas superimposed as measure) was rather special with the introduction of a project for the winter and spring to come. We are to make models of all the aircraft types participating in the fighting over Narvik during the German invasion in 1940. All the models, decals, etchings and conversions are paid for by the Memorial Museum in Narvik. The models have to be built to a very high standard, and will be placed in a specially made exhibition area once completed.
But first the models have to be built. The plan is to have a more or less complete exhibition in May 2003. The kits are all 1:48 unless noted, most of them with Eduard etchings and/or the appropriate conversion, such as MDC's offerings for the Ju88's. As you can see some of the planes are unique, such as the Do24V-1. As is apparent from one of the pictures Kjetil has been given the arduous task of converting the incredibly expensive MPM Do24T to a V-1. Key words: Diesel Engines.
Here's the list:
The pictures show different parts of the weekend activities. As shown we had a small model exhibition for visiting locals, and on different boards around the room we put up specially made profile drawings of the aircraft we were going to build. Modelling wise we made an effort to share different techniques. In one picture
below you'll see me having just demonstrated my resin-removal tricks. You might notice the fact that I couldn't find the vacuum cleaner.
Photos and text © by Kyrre Ingebrethsen