Thursday, 27 November 2008

M CON - A Resounding Success!!!!!

After many months of anticipation and planning, the premier scale modelling event in Singapore has finally came to a successful conclusion over the last weekend. Expectations of crowd turn-out and entries far superseded everyone's expectation(mine included) as from what I understood a major Gundam modelling contest held in the vicinity as well.
Nonetheless, great displays provided by both the contestants and jury; coupled with the central location downtown still made it irresistible for some to sneak a long lunch break during the week days to soak up the wonderful atmosphere here.

Apart from being entrusted with the key role of judging the contest entries in a panel of top notch local modellers; I was also scheduled to conduct a painting demo workshop and sculpting presentation last Friday night and co-chaired a talk/presentation on armor modelling with Dinesh on the following day.

Though I've taken privy to post some pictures taken from my camera, do also check out the additional reports and pictures for both event and contest entries as well as the modelling scene in Singapore over at SprueCutters and Plamo Forum.

The view of the exhibition hall from the front entrance.

Dinesh, John and Leslie judging the aircraft category.

Siew Keong and I judging the ships category.

The turn-out on Sunday afternoon for the awards ceremony.

The folks from the M Workshop who formed part of the organizing and staff committee of M Con 2008.

As an afterthought, I must express that it was a great privilege to have been a part of this premier scale modelling event. Though it was the first ever event managed by the organizing and staff committee, everyone clearly knew their roles and when necessary, eagerly chipped in to get matters resolved.Well done folks!

Despite the humble number of entries, the judges still took pains to go through each submitted entry as to ensure the rewards were fairly meted out .

The visitor turn-out was also surprising good. I noticed a lot of interaction and sharing of concepts techniques and ideas amongst the modellers themselves. I wished I could have more time to mingle more but alas like most shows, time was limited. Nonetheless, there's always the opportunity to meet up at the M Workshop to pick up where the conversation last stopped.

Finally, here's a snapshot of the 1/9 scale bust sculpted by Hiroyuki Ishii-Sensei sponsored by Young Miniatures which was the subject of my "live" demo workshop last Friday night. He looks happier here than on the box art; perhaps getting pulled back from the foxhole to get some hot chow. More on that soon and especially on rendering of the wool texture.




Anonymous said...

Congratulation for great success of event!

I wish I could be there....

Rudi Richardson said...

Looks like a terrific show, Calvin. Really looking forward to seeing a few shots and words on that wool effect.

About how many models were there? How does this show compare in size to some of the North American and European shows?

Rudi :-)

Anonymous said...

I had the privelege of seeing this GI figure in person last night. The photo does not do it justice (not an insult to Calvin's photography skills!). Brilliantly painted and the sculpting is top notch!

Calvin - thanks also for the quick pointers. In that short time, I've understood a lot more than I have from all the books I've read. You can only imagine what the books are trying to convey until you see it done real time.


CALVIN TAN said...

maybe next year we could see you perhaps.
in all there were about 200 entries from all classes. I would consider it a very modest show compared to the ones in Europe as the shows there then to draw entries from their neighbouring countries. We were counting on getting some entries from Malaysia but alas we only had one coming from the state of Johor(whom also bagged quite a number of awards too!)

glad that you've found that short clinic informative. Gratifying to know that the efforts were not in vain(considering the large numbers of yahoos I deal with at some of the schools I teach at).
Maybe for the next year, I'll try to arrange with Bernard to organize more of such short clinics on acrylic painting at the M Workshop.



Rudi Richardson said...

Thanks for replying Calvin.

Any chances you'd think of doing a few painting workshops down in Oz?


a. syalabi said...

I was there to see some of the models and I must say I'm really impressed by the workmanship of it.

I do hope that I can make something like that one day.