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 Posted: Tue Jun 19th, 2012 06:01 am
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G'day all Narrow Gauge Modeller's,
Announcing the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, to be held in Melbourne, from March 29th-31st, 2013 (Easter long weekend). Once again to be hosted at Carwatha College (Noble Park North, in Melbourne's South East), expect a weekend of quality model and layout displays, modelling competitions, clinics and workshops, and a variety of traders with the latest hobby needs.

Early planning is underway for this event, with a number of new layouts being prepared for show, as well as a broad spectrum of clinic and workshop topics under development. Invitations for Expressions Of Interest in presenting a clinic will be issued as soon as the website is up.

As usual, there will also be a competition section for the convention. Official competition rules will be posted shortly when the Convention website is ready to go online, with categories for Structures, Dioramas, Locomotives (steam & diesel/other), and Rolling Stock (freight & passenger/non-revenue stock).

As has been the case at past Australian Narrow Gauge Conventions, we are introducing a different "special category" to the 2013 modelling competition. This is designed as a category to perhaps challenge your normal modelling practices, and experiment with some different ways of thinking. A common problem that so many modellers experience, is the lack of space around home for their hobby, but would like somewhere to display some of their pride and joys of their modelling efforts or collections. The kind of piece that deserves a place on display on the mantle, so why not make one? So, "The Mantle Piece Challenge" is to create a mantle display/diorama, as a stage for your favourite locomotive, rolling stock, figures, vehicles etc. It's a fairly broad range, but we all have out different favourites that we feel are worthy of making it to the mantle. The finished subject choice should reflect on your own interests, with the restrictions being fairly simple:

Maximum depth of 10 inches (25 cm) - a common depth for a standard mantle shelf,
Maximum length of 36 inches (90 cm)- a bit shorter than a common mantle, but still leaves room for the family photo alongside, plus it fits in the car a bit easier,
Backdrop permitted, providing it still falls within the depth restrictions, so includes either a painted or printed back scene, building flats, mirrorbacking finish is up to you,
No restriction on height we will leave that rule to be decided by you and "the other half",
Can be operating provided it fits the above dimensions.

It's not too many restrictions, but more of an encouragement to build a piece to help bring your favourite parts of your hobby out of the cave, and into light of day. A few suggestions might be a section of track on a scenic base for that favourite locomotive, a short yard section for displaying favourite rolling stock, a part of a street scape for a collection of vehicles or figures, a bridge across a gorge, A cutting across sheer rock face (for the RGS fans), or it may just be an enjoyable length of scenery, just to mention a few ideas.

Further details will be announced shortly, including registration information, full competition guidelines and clinic topics. So start your plans for attending the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, Melbourne 2013. Early bookings for travel and accommodation are suggested, due to the holiday period, to avoid disappointment.

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to seeing you all again soon, and making it another memorable Australian Narrow Gauge Convention.

Cheers,

Dan Pickard,
On behalf of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention Committee

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 Posted: Fri Jun 29th, 2012 04:42 pm
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I don't believe he's a member here on Freerails, but I'm sure many of you would have visited Mario's website once or twice for so good model browsing. He recently uploaded a nice collection of what we Aussie modellers get up to at our conventions. So good memories amongst that collection...

http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_australian_modelers.html

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Thanks for the reminder to go to the web site. There is really some fantastic modellers down under. The last pic on the link of the trestle is impressive to say the least. I wish that I could attend just one of the conventions or the upcoming one. Take lots of pics and fill us in when you get them. I want to get to someplace just less hot and smokey.
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Yep-those Aussies are the best. Maybe someday I can get down under...my problem is that I would not want to come back home! Clif-stay aware, it looks bad along the divide.
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mario has a facebook page that i liked and he replied to some pictures i posted there he is a nice guy



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Hi all,

Little update for the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention. We have been busy making arrangements with our supporting traders, visiting layouts, and a broad range of clinicians. Traders confirmed to attend thus far include The Railcar, Modeller's Warehouse, Kerroby Models, Mountain Blue Miniatures, Outback Model Company and Narrow Gauge Downunder, with many more excellent Australian hobby suppliers still to come.

A number of new layouts are also marked to be on display, with travel arrangements being negotiated now.

The Convention website has gone live, with details starting to become more public. Registration forms should be finalised in the next few weeks, and be available for online booking through the website.



http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013/


Cheers,
Dan Pickard,
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Hi all,
As the dust starts to settle from the Seattle NNGC, a little further progress with the organising of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, 2013.

The website has now been updated, and REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. Options available through the online registration page (there is a PDF print version as well), for extras such as the dinner and various items of merchandise.

http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013

Several layouts and displays are starting to be confirmed for the show, including the latest works from Geoff Nott and Michael Flack (Smugglers Cove On30, with hopefully another module still to be extended on this brilliant new layout), and Laurie Green (Grizzly Flats On30, a finely detailed piece), plus a heap of others still to come.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
On behalf of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Committee

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Hi all,
Time once again for a little bit of an update on plans for the 11th Australian
Narrow Gauge Convention, being held in Melbourne, March 29th-31st, 2013 (Easter
Long Weekend).

Most of the final planning is coming into place now, with a broad mix of clinic
and workshop topics filling up the schedule, a good variety of traders making
the journey to meet your hobby shopping needs, and a great selection of some
fine layouts and models from across the country. Not to be forgotten, the
modelling and photography competition is expected to be a room full of
inspiration and effort.

A clinic schedule will be posted to the convention website when finalised, but
expect workshop clinics on scenery techniques, weathering, molding and casting,
DCC pointers, photography, layout animations, as well as selection of topics
discussing interesting narrow gauge operations from near and far. Plenty to
see, hear, learn and discuss over the weekend. One of our regulars, Phil
Badger, has also kindly offered to spend time trying to sorting out you
locomotive running issues with you. Phil will be available to sit and problem
solve with your locomotive, so remember to bring along that model which is
causing you headaches.

Layouts and display wise, confirmed thus far include Geoff Nott & Michael
Flack's wonderful "Smugglers Cove", their latest brilliant modelling effort
capturing the feel of the Maine maritime area from their recent holiday
adventures. Also making the journey down south will be "The Corrimal Colliery
Incline" project from John Garaty and crew, which pulls together nothing short
of some engineering magic to represent the workings of this former prototype
operation. Displaying also for the first time, will be a selection of the
colourful works from Richard Grinyer, whose beautiful layout "Stony Creek" has
graced the cover of Narrow Gauge Down Under several times now. Richard has
turned his creative hands to more diorama work of late (also a feature of NGDU),
and will have a variety of these miniatures on display. Laurie Green's recent
effort, "Grizzly Flats" will be on show, as a fine example of how to make
something so small feel so big with some clever modelling techniques. For the
smaller scales, Ron Wrigglesworth will have his "Wombat Creek Carriage and
Locomotive Works" layout, in HOn30, again proving that size isn't everything.
Grant McAdam, our meticulous builder, will also be hosting a display of his fine
O scale structures as assembled over the years. I'm meant to be bringing my
"Diggers Bend" project along as well, which reminds me I have some more work to
do. On top of this, still more to be confirmed...
http://cngg.org.au/html/layouts.html

Start saving, because there are traders coming with plenty of goods. "The
Railcar" and making the trip with everything narrow gauge they can stuff in the
trailer. Heading all the way down from Queensland, "The Modeller's Warehouse"
will have you covered with all the finest scenery supplies you could need.
"Mountain Blue Minatures" and "Kerroby Models" will be there with lots of white
metal little people to populate your models. "Outback Model Company" will be on
site with their latest laser cut offerings. "Narrow Gauge Down Under" will be
also supporting, so make a note of your missing back issues. "EFD Simply Glues"
will be bringing all the lotions and potions you need to hold the whole lot
together, and "Brunel Hobbies" will be joining us as well, with all the tools,
gadgets, bits and pieces you forgot you need. Once again, still more to be
confirmed...
http://cngg.org.au/html/traders.html

The year is coming to an end (so an early Merry Christmas all), and Easter is
just around the corner. Its time to get on with making your narrow gauge plans
for next year. Since the convention is happening during a holiday period, for
those needing accomodation, it's suggested to book early to avoid
disappointment. We have provided a list of nearby accomodation to try and help
out with your plans.
http://cngg.org.au/html/accommodation.html

So have you registered yet?

Registrations are now open, with early bird booking prices available up until
January 31st, 2013. Bookings for the Saturday evening dinner and various
merchandise closes on February 28th, with all registrations to be finalised by
March 14th, 2013. There is no registrations on the day, so you must be
registered prior o the convention. Registrations are available online via the
website using the secure TryBooking agency. Alternatively, a print verion of
the registration form is available on the website to download and return via
post, with various payment options available.
http://cngg.org.au/html/NGC2013-Registration.htm

We look forward to having all fellow narrow gauge enthusiasts together once
again in Melbourne for another great weekend of everything narrow minded.

http://cngg.org.au/ozngc2013

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
on behalf of the 11th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention Committee

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Sounds like a lot of planning has taken place, Dan.

I hope that the show is a great success for you guys.

Wish that I could be there.

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Make sure to take tons of photos of the entries and displays for us who are too far away to attend. Would love to see the modeling.



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