Kirra, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads

Elisa Young
Wednesday 10 June 2015

Tweed Valley Modellers

Model Making is the Perfect Hobby

Do you remember the whiff of glue fumes, the delicate filing, sanding and the fiddly application of transfers to paintwork? For some, a childhood spent fussing for endless hours on air-fix models or painting miniature figurines never actually ended. Nestled away in the garages and sheds of Australia is a quiet force of makers snug in their man-caves producing the most remarkable of creations.  
In the modern word, screens have taken over which is why modelling is such a welcome brain tonic. When you think about it, model-making is the perfect hobby: it's compact, silent, relaxing, inexpensive, doesn't require fitness or mobility, it challenges you with 3-dimensional thinking and tactile engagement, and best of all - it sparks your imagination.
Model making can transport you back in time to long ago wars, recreate bygone eras, or propel you into the future. What young child (or grown up for that matter) wouldn't love to have the Battle of Britain suspended from their ceiling? Or what sci-fi nut wouldn't love their own R2D2?
Whether it's model railways, boats, planes, steam engines, villages, dioramas or spacecraft, there's a very simple pleasure derived from making something
with your own hands, stepping back and saying "I built that".
This weekend presents an opportunity to dive into that magical world as Tweed Coast Modellers are hosting their 3rd annual "East Coast Hobby Expo" (ECHE) at South Tweed Heads Sports Club on Sat 13th and Sun 14th June (10am-4pm). Highlights include Dr Who Dalek & Tardis, World War II submarines, cars & airplanes, 3D printing and a large collection of models and makers. 
Other invited modellers clubs include the Gold Coast and New England Railway Clubs, the Brisbane-based IPMS and figure modellers, M'Bah War Hammer, and Tweed Woodworkers. There will also be the opportunity to purchase kits from suppliers such as Modelnerds, Col's Collectables and Firestorm.

On the crafty side there will be cake and sugar artists, scrapbooking, and ripped rag rugs on display.  For the kids there is a "Make 'n Take" table where they can build a small model to take home.

All in all it will make a great family weekend.
Single $5,  Concessions $2, Family (2 adults & 2 kids) $10
Proceeds go to local hospital children's wards