INTERMODELLBAU '97 in Dortmund, Allemagne, covered all aspects of the modelling hobby. The five-day show, in halls 2-8 of the spacious Westfalenhalle Dortmund, was the biggest event en 19 years of INTERMODELLBAU history.
438 exhibitors from 12 countries came to show their products at INTERMODELLBAU '97. Foreign participation reached 10 %, et the show grew by 8 % compared avec last year's event. Over 117,000 visitors attended the Dortmund show last year, et it looked like many of the popular booths were besieged again this time. Parking was not a problem around 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., but the first three days of the show saw long lines at the ticket booths.
Companies offering 1/72 scale products were equally distributed across halls 2-8, requiring long marches from one end of the show to the other. The lack of concentration did provide welcome opportunity to study other interesting areas of the modelling hobby. Compared avec similar shows, the food service seemed rather spartan. We would have liked to see vegetarian fast-food like Falafel (available at the Stuttgart show), the popular fruit salad avec yoghurt (Hanovre), vegetarian pizza (Chicago), et the international show special: Ice-cream bars.
Old et new a l'échelle 1/72
Freundeskreis Napoleonische Geschichte (Napoleonic History Association) showed a segment of the Bataille de Waterloo, l'attaque prussienne a Plançenoit. The large scale diorama included 5,000 painted soldiers, many of them conversion of Italeri, ESCI, Revell, et Airfix figurines. Not surprisingly, this diorama attracted large crowds. We would have liked to wargame on a beautiful table like that, perhaps another time.
Interessengemeinschaft Historische Figuren (Historic Miniatures Association) displayed a number of excellent dioramas a l'échelle 1/72. Many converted figurines, realistic terrain, interesting themes, professional presentation and lighting made these dioramas a feast for the eyes. The booth was well staffed, and many questions were answered. Anyone who wanted to, had opportunity to watch the experts at work.
Interessengemeinschaft Militärfahrzeug-Modellbau (Association des Modélistes de Véhicules Militaires) had a booth full of dioramas et rare conversions of military véhicules. There was a Jugoslav Stuart tank hunter conversion mounting un canon antichar PaK 40 capturé, une Panzerdraisine véhicule de combat ferroviaire allemande avec complete interior detail, et a whole display case of Churchill variants based on the now unavailable ROCO model. IMM publishes a professional looking magazine avec scale plans et modelling articles. IMM member Peter Laxy announced a regional modelling meeting, Modellbau in Windhagen - Bürgerhaus, which will take place 03 - 04 Mai 1997.
Revell combined their own 1/72 scale figurines avec 1/76 scale véhicules et diorama bases originally produced by Matchbox. The new Revell boxed sets include booth scales. An unusual combination suitable primarily for beginners. Several of the boxed sets were on display at the Revell booth. Véhicules et figurines were mounted on a wooden base, painted, et decorated avec flocking. Simple diorama projects like these are designed to introduce new customers to our creative et inexpensive hobby. Unfortunately, the finished displays are hardly ever seen at the retail level, where they might be used to recruit new modélistes. Revell distributes 1/43 scale CDC die-cast cars en Allemagne, but it is not know if the company intends to pick up the CDC 1/72 scale military véhicule range as well.
Kai Fuhrmann showed diorama accessories like tents, gabions, trench sections, et bunkers cast in Porzelin, a very hard plaster. Boîtes de figurines produced by Jörg Schmäling et Frank Germershaus sold out quickly, particularly those sets covering the Napoleonic period.
Fine Scale Factory had a number of interesting new releases, mortiers, fortress et siege guns, ammunitions trailers, limbers, et a gatling gun de la Guerre de Sécession. New véhicules blindés were available, Sherman variants avec added armour, automitrailleuse Sd.Kfz. 233 avec 75 mm Stummelkanone, un A7V allemand et un char St. Chamond français de la Grande Guerre. We shall review the St. Chamond et un chariot de bagage allemand for you very shortly.
M.G.M brought samples of new SHQ Wehrmacht cavalry avec them to Dortmund. Horses et riders look very attractive, they should be available soon.
KARTON-MODELLBAU International from Munich is looking for designs of 1/72 scale paper buildings et accessories. Paper models are a cheap alternative to resin, pewter et plaster models, but 1/72 scale has been virtually ignored by paper model manufacturers.
Scheuer & Strüver from Hamburg offers Usborne paper models which are compatible avec HO/OO figurines from Airfix. The company also has a few 1/70 et 1/75 scale buildings which may be used in conjunction avec 1/72 scale figurines.
Rai-Ro tool makers did not have a booth at Dortmund, but Andreas Brune of IMPERIAL showed us a number of interesting applications for wax adhesive, wax filler et sculpting wax available from Rai-Ro. The company offers a thermostat regulated soldering spatula avec which the wax is applied to figurines, buildings, and véhicules. We intend to cover this interesting modelling technique in more detail shortly.
IDL Software introduced Rollview pictures of models et other objects. Rollview is an innovative photo technique specifically designed for Internet and CD-ROM applications. Objects photographed avec Rollview may be manipulated freely, and viewed from any perspective. Models may be animated, doors open, turrets turn, canons reculent, lights blink, crew members enter et exit a véhicule. Rollviews are compatible avec standard web browser software, et Military Miniatures Magazine intends to upgrade to Rollview imaging later in the year.
A number of booths offered new HäT et IMEX Figures. HäT has re-released the popular Airfix series des figurines de la Première Guerre mondiale, including the Artillerie à Cheval Britannique, et all the infantry sets which have been unavailable for years. Airfix Landwehr Prussienne, et Infanterie Italienne de da Seconde Guerre mondiale is back as well. The HäT releases are produced in colours different from the original Airfix sets, in order to minimize confusion avec the expensive collector's items. Prices of the original Airfix sets should stabilize ou decrease slightly, now that joueurs de guerre et modélistes have access to the cheaper HäT figurines. The IMEX play set "Custer's Last Stand" was for sale at Dortmund. Even the Confederate cavalry produced by Gulliver was there in quantity, the one et only product of a short-lived company.
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