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Michael Turner
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Three Me 262s: Finale

March 8, 2021 · in Aviation · 22 · 2.2K

I am a member of the Warbirds Aviation Modelling Group (Melbourne, Australia:
Each year we have two club competitions, "Gunna Build" and "Build a “Build a B#%@#$".

The "Gunna Build" is an open build of any kit or kits you like as long as it is less than 25% started.

For "Build a B#%@#$", a random draw is held and each participant is given an older and challenging1/72 kit to build.

Due to Covid19 restrictions we were unable to hold the judging for these competitions last year and so they were held yesterday (Sunday 7 March).

For the "Gunna Build" I chose to build three Me 262s and documented the builds in a blog on this site ( I've since posted the finished aircraft on this site as well.

The results for this competition were as follows:
1st: Tamiya Me 262A-1a
2nd: Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U3
3rd: Tamiya Beaufighter
Equal 4th: Hasegawa F-104 Starfighter (JASDF) and Academy MiG 29

This is the first time I've won a model building competition, let alone also placing 2nd. I am very pleased with this result, especially given the very high quality of the other entries.

For the "Build a B#%@#$" I was given a 1/72 Revell Junkers Ju 88C-6c but haven't yet completed it.

The results for this competition were:
1st: F-89 Scorpion
2nd: F-8 Crusader
3rd: F-111B

The winner was especially well done, particularly as this kit was rated as the most difficult of all the kits.

Note that the first 10 photos are "Gunna Builds:"while the last 7 are "Build a B#%@#$".

Erratum: I forgot to add a photo of my third Me 262 (last pic). That makes 11 "Gunna Build" entries.

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22 responses

  1. Congratulations, Michael @michaelt
    A well deserved victory and second place.
    Indicating your fine modelling skills.
    Well done.

  2. Congratulations, my friend @michaelt!
    A well deserved first place, of a model a I had the sheer pleasure to having followed it build!

  3. Congrats on 1st prize, well deserved because the 262 is a stunner. I also like several of the models presented, like the Crusader, the Fulcrum and both Starfighters

    • Thanks, Pedro (@holtzhamer).
      Yes, it was a great competition after a lot of postponement and anticipation.
      An interesting aspect was that we knew what each other was building and gave build updates throughout the year. To then see the quality of finished products was fantastic.

  4. You have been up against some serious competition there Michael - congratulations!

  5. Well deserved congratulations, definitely liked. I also liked the Canberra.

  6. Impressive group of models and an impressive win Michael. Congratulations.

  7. Michael, @michaelt

    You did a fantastic job building these 3 planes. I also enjoyed the build journal you posted as well. I had a gut feeling that when you entered these you would come home with a few awards... Congratulations are in order.

    Thanks for sharing these beauties with us.

    • Thanks, Louis (@lgardner),
      It was great to have so many such as yourself follow along and give encouragement during the build.
      I was hopeful but by no means confident of placing in the competition as others in the club are phenomenal model builders. I guess that makes the win a bit sweeter.

  8. Nice work, and some great modeling talent on display! Thanks for posting.

  9. Congratulations, Michael! @michaelt

  10. Congrats on your wins, and against some stiff competition, as you've said. I've been following these as a longtime lurker before I signed up here. Great stuff.

  11. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    A very visually striking Me 262 Michael, nicely done. For sure it is one of the
    eye catching 262's I have seen.

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