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Showreport - Euro Model Expo 2015, heiden, Germany


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Saturday March 28th, a group of us from IPMS the Netherlands invaded Germany to visit Euro Model Expo 2015, held in the Westmünsterlandhalle in the small town of Heiden. The weather started out quite nice but it didn't take long for the rain to make an appearance, oh well, all the nice stuff was inside, anyway!

 

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ALL the nice stuff inside?! Before entering the venue one passed a mobile Biergarten (beer with NORMAL alcohol 5 and in GLASS glasses, to be drunk WITHOUT a problem OUTSIDE on the PUBLIC road/space! Just to make our U.S. and U.K. brethren a bit jealous!!.. ;)  ). The partytent housed the catering area where you could get coffee and tea, a selection of sweet pies and rolls with ham, cheese and such. Behind that was the Imbiss (snack-bar) kitchen where french fries (chips) were made and a choice of Bratwurst, Currywurst and Steack was to be had. It tasted good but also swamped the catering area with a heavy blanket of grill-smoke and -smell! 

 

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Two views of the main hall. Here you could find the traders and the clubstands. The clubs were from Germany, the U.K., Belgium and the Netherlands. What did catch my attention was that a lot of traders had exactly the same products in stock, the (almost) "latest & greatest". I did miss the stuff that was fairly recent but not completely new. A possibility for clubs/individuals to sell second-hand kits and aftermarket would be welcome! Although I know how the organization of the event has to struggle with the available space! All in all it was a very nicely rounded out offering of things to look at, to buy or to talk about with other modelers!

 

Well, the most inspirational model I saw at the show was the "in progress" 1/700 USS Lexington project by master modeler Marijn van Gils of the Belgian club KMK. Keep in mind that the (scratch-built) figures are about 2,5mm tall, the Wildcats about 12,5mm long and the accompanying USS Hammann is about 15cm long!

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A close second for me was the Zukei-Mura Horten Ho 229 built by Andr'e Kliebisch, also from KMK.

 

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Thanks for the report Erik, couldn't make it due to family commitments. Looks like a real nice show. I like the engines on the Horten with

the same serialnumber (or is that the aircrafts number?).

Next time I'll be present to knuffel you again.

Or this coming saturday perhaps :)

Cees

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