The RNA Model Makers SIG was well supported and represented at the June Conference & F40 Reunion in Portsmouth. We had our own display marquee adjacent to Pusser’s Rum tent (perfect!), and were joined this year by Mike Tarrant of MT Miniatures who put on a display of 1/700 scale RN model kits that visitors to the Model Makers marquee were able to purchase. Personally, I couldn’t resist the temptation and spent far more than the ‘long haired Admiral’ would have been happy about!
This year’s display was heavily focused on F40 and the Falklands Conflict, with fine scale models from Ken O’Brien, Ralph Dodds, Gary Daisley and a few others. F40 specific models included HMS Illustrious (with HMS Eskimo), SS Canberra, HMS Invincible, Sea Harrier/Skyhawk, bronzed miniature FAA, RM & SBS busts, bronzed RM Commando, Westland Wasp and a Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.