Next on our list of shows to attend to is a local one, very local one since it’s being organised about 1km away from ‘home’. It’s organised by the club we grew up with, the club we are part of again. We have changed a lot from the previous years’ formula’: new organising team, one day instead of two, totally different time of the year, re-focus on static scale modelling, lots of exhibitors and traders, a different kind of competition and the use of different halls in the same venue. But the spirit, the enthusiasm, the welcoming attitude, the fun and the Belgian beers are the same as in the past! It should be good and you can find all details here.
Five new releases have been added to the 1/144 RetroWings and RetroSF catalogues:
- Saab Draken Cockpit Detail Set
- Me-163B Cockpit Detail Set
- Exotic Kfirs (decal sheet)
- Mustangs in Foreign Lands (decal sheet)
- 1/72 UD-4L Drop-ship Cockpit Detail Set
We hear the groans coming from a great numbers of modellers who are not lucky enough to own the old Halcyon Drop-ship kit, a rather rare thing nowadays, fetching over €100 apiece at shows and online… But if we do try to somewhat follow and cater for what’s new and trendy, we also have a real interest in designing products for all those old and often not-so-bad kits that do not grace the shelves and e-shelves of our favourite distributors… So keep digging in your stash, under the tables at shows and on the auctions site, you never know what’s just lurking around the corner!
We’re next off to Amnéville in France for the third installment of this very friendly show..! Keep on modelling, Folks!
The Air-Terre-Mer show in Mons, Belgium, around mid-August, traditionally represents the end of our summer break and the return of the big shows that will take us, very rapidly, to the end of the year. If you have not been to Mons yet, this show is well worth a visit. We particularly like the range of ‘scale modelling’ presented at this show, it’s eye-opening, and a reminder that static scale modelling, even including wargaming and figure painting is all but a small part of the hobby. Also of great interest is our stand’s location right next to the bar and the famed warm Belgian waffle stand..! Come and say ‘hello’ and have your face-painted too (since we’ll be in Mons wearing our Face/Off hats too!).
Getting slowly ready for the first big show of the second half of the year in Mons, Belgium, we are first attending a smaller show in Enghien, near Brussels… Both shows are slightly different from our usual fare as they present almost all facets of the hobby, rather than ‘just’ static scale modelling. An opportunity to meet a different crowd, talk to people doing different things, learn new ways, skills and tricks for our own enjoyment of the hobby.
We are soon going back to the Czech Republic for the second edition of the Duchkov Model Festival, then we have again three shows in August, so we can say that the holidays are just about over for us at RetrokiT..! Indeed, the RetroSF catalogue just grew by seven references today, and we are expecting more new releases before we head to the Air-Terre-Mer show in Mons on 19-20 August. Those will be the 1/144 cockpit detail sets for the Me-163 (Brengun) and Saab 35 (Pit-Road) and 1/72 cockpit detail set for the old Halcyon Drop-ship kit..! September should also see more releases, including in all likeliness, the first sets of a new range aimed at the 1/100 aircraft kits out there.
Don’t miss our stock clearance, it is only to be found on our Facebook page..!
It’s break time, with our next show scheduled for the first week end in August in Enghien, Belgium. Traditionally, we trade at SmallSpace early July in Hanslope, a small village near Milton Keynes in the UK, but this year, unfortunately, we could not do it. It is a very nice, friendly show, and if you are a SF/F fan, the only place to be that Sunday. Make the trip, you will not be disappointed!
Anyway, July is also rather traditionally a month during which we tend to sculpt a lot – I do not know why! – and therefore, expect a number of releases for the upcoming big shows of the autumn. In the meantime, we are planning the re-birth of RetroTracks, the release a fairly large number of new Bananaaas!, some 1/72 aircraft conversion kits for fans of certain Belgian comic strip characters, some 1/144 aircraft bits (Saab 35, Me-163, F-19,..) and quite possibly (though this may have to wait until the autumn) launch our 1/100 aircraft detailing range… Enjoy the summer, Folks, but keep checking this page and our Facebook page too for the very latest updates!
Three small shows are just behind us now and we’re soon off to attend to one of the ‘big ones’, ModelBrno in the Czech Republic. The level of workmanship we saw during our last visit to Brno, and more recently to Moson in Hungary speaks volumes about the quality of scale modelling in Eastern Europe.. Amazing! For us at RetrokiT, it is also a way to push our boundaries a little outwards, we meet in Eastern Europe many modellers from the East and the South that have never heard of us. It is interesting and extremely valuable to see their reactions to our products. Mind you, we are not putting down the smaller shows, far from it, we tend to have more time at those for the other important things like talking to people, seeing the models on show, demonstrating pattern-making, and yes, visiting the bar..
No less than 12 new items were introduced into our catalogue during the show in Middelkerke on 21 May, and those will trickle down onto this website over the next few days, while we get ready for our next shows, Miniatur Challenge in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Saturday 27th of May and the 5ème Salon de la Maquette et du Modèle Réduit in Beuvry-la-Forêt, France on the 3rd and 4th of June…
Some more changes to the calendar, with a cancellation first, since we can not attend to the re-scheduled Small Space 6 show, the first time we will miss this show since its creation… And Seraing, Belgium, is a new stop for early October – to be fair it’s only 2 km away from home and we are part of the organising team -. In the meantime, after a month of April almost entirely dedicated to our other activity (face-painting), we are back at work on RetrokiT stuff, with hopefully the first of 20-odd new releases reaching those pages by the time we visit the seaside town of Middelkerke, Belgium, on 20 May.