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introduction - by Costas
When, I started dealing with historical miniatures, or figures if you prefer, I found out, that the world, of people that is engaged, with this hobby, is not exactly similar, with the rest of modelers, on the other “branches” of the modeling hobby. It is not a matter of this moment, to analyze, my thoughts on this, as the discussion could go for long, but in all I must admit that the situation and atmosphere of the figure guys is different…just that . I have realized also, that the sport, is more competitive at least to my humble opinion, and gets, near the borders of art and for some guys , and profession for others. This might be good or bad , depending on the character, the education, the experience and the real essence of everyone’s soul.

I had to do this intro, because, is really important, to give the feeling of a figure Show, that differs a lot from another city to another, and from another country to another.

So far, I have been able, to visit some shows in my country , and some outside of it . I can assure you , you don’t get the same vibrations every time. No way !

And that was the reason, that I had to go for the second sequent year at Catania as a judge again. To be honest, being a judge, is not equally adrenalizing (excuse my word making habit !) to the feeling of competition, most of figure modelers have inside, as if you were a competitor.

But ….the honor and proud, being invited by the people of the Club, for this purpose is so deep and touching, that is not exchanged or balanced by any kind of medal, believe me…

So it was really natural to accept the invitation of CSMS, and that was really advanced by the fact that a close friend (brother I should say) like Engin would be there as a judge also. And the team would be completed from Italian friends and collectors Fabio Nunnari, and Renato Scuterini, and 2 of the biggest stars that this hobby ever showed..Bill Horan and Mike Blank. Well you cannot say no to all this concept, and I did not had any intention to do it !

arrival to Catania - by Costas
On Thursday 6th of December, after 2 flights from Athens, with middle station at Milan (where we met with Engin, Figen and Ragip ) my family and I arrived at new airport of Catania. Well known faces of Lorenzo Romeo and Maurizio Bruno were there to pick us up. The happiness both of them and us to see again good friends is beyond description.

Then after a short route, through busy, and full of life streets of Catania, we settled at the beautiful Hotel “La Ville”, no more than 400m distance from the location of the Expo. This is pretty convincing, since, its really good, to have the ability, of visiting your hotel, on foot , in short distance, to have a refreshing shower, change clothes and everything, during the day. Leaving our luggages at the hotel, we headed to Expo area; Le Cimiere,viale Africa.

About the Author

About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...


Rudi i passed Nefeli the congrats, and she is really too proud !!!!! Algu next time you must be there !!!!!
DEC 27, 2007 - 01:59 AM
Great stuff guys. Thank you for the article, I really enjoyed reading it and it felt like I was there with you two... It is really a special thing that two of our own HFM figure gurus have been selected as judges on such a big show. You should be proud. Congrats to your young one, Costas! Good to see your "figure" genes found their way to your daughter... Mario.
DEC 27, 2007 - 07:33 AM
Thanks a lot Maki for your commnets. I wish she will still like it as growing up .
DEC 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM
Wow... now this is a Show Report! You both have really outdone yourselves on previous reports. Thanks for the insight into this show and all that went on there. Really great job! (and a nice x-mas present) Cheers, Jim
DEC 30, 2007 - 08:03 AM
though for different reasons as yours i really like your "Some people tend to say to me , “you are just painting toy soldiers, nothing more”. Well I have to inform you that is not exactly like that. " Hey, nice in depth article I must say, huge work but really great to know all those little side details I really like 2 scenes there: the first one with the French (?) Black Tirailleurs, and the second one, the Isla etc... can't remember the name of that famous British defeat against the Zulu! thanks for sharing!
JAN 02, 2008 - 05:50 AM
Hi guys, Going through the pics again now that I have a faster connection (back at work) and really enjoying the article even more this time round... quick question though... This piece really caught my eye (how could it not) and was wondering who manufactures it? http://photos.kitmaker.net/data/20964/cat63.jpg Not showing pic as it may offend some folks... Rudi
JAN 02, 2008 - 06:14 PM
Rudi , i was sure that you d like this one . Is an 80mm piece from Andrea Miniatures RUDI'S dream
JAN 02, 2008 - 06:59 PM
Thanks bro. Love that Harpy... but ouch... 44 EUR is a bit too much for me right now Maybe one day....
JAN 02, 2008 - 07:34 PM
Possibly the best, in depth article yet published on the kitmaker website. I started out attempting to quickly 'have a look' with the intent of actually 'reading' it later. First page I was hooked. The subject, the personalities, the show, behind the scenes (not even mentioning the miniatures themselves) All tied together with a flowing commentary. One can tell the love and passion that Costas and Engin have for this subject. Congratulations to the both of you for a fine piece of work. If there were a contest for articles submitted, this one gets my vote. Cheers, Charles
JAN 09, 2008 - 02:52 AM
Charles thanks alot for your compliments The pleasure was ours tobe there and prepare the article !!
MAR 17, 2008 - 12:12 AM