The 2012 6 Month Challenge has now been moved to October to avoid clashing with the Xmas club night and also the annual Don Sharpe Memorial Trophy competition. It would be fair to say this is not necessarily an event that everyone looks forward to with the same enthusiasm. Why, I hear you ask? Perhaps it's because we're likely to be building the same kit. More likely, it's because the kits are not what you might call top quality. They've been sat on the shelf for a long time, not because they have been forgotten, but because people are trying to forget them. This year Tony did his usual fantastic job of looking underneath the bottom of the barrel to find two French aircraft - the Breguet Alize and the Sud Aviation Vautour, that were manufactured by Heller in that well known scale - 1/100th. Never heard of them? Consider yourself lucky, some of us would say. They'd not win any prizes - well none you'd be proud to admit to having won - so it was time to put the thinking caps on and see what you could do to win.
Seven of us managed to put an entry on the table and you can see them in the photos below. Tony was the judge and jury and the winner was ....
Les Clancy's entry with his Vautour - built straight out of the box
Chris Mckee's entry with his Vautour - showing you need to read the intstructions for fitting the wings!
Dave Turner's entry with his Vautour - built out of the box
Brian Boot's entry with his Vautour - sensibly grounded and ready for some serious sanding
Graham James's entry with his Alize - not exactly built, more pinned up!
Chris Royle's entry with his Alize - a rescue from the bin, but perhaps not from the depths?
Keith Justice's entry with his Vautour - built straight from the box.
And the winner - as judged by Tony (and who am I to argue?) is Graham's Alize. Having decided the kit really didn't fit together too well, I decided not to even try. Thus it seemed like a good opportunity to show future potential young model makers how a kit is split into its various components. The challenge then was to work out how to construct the kit without constructing it. Hopefully I succeded?