Modellers go up­scale

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

SCALE Modellers of WA (SMC) wants to re­cruit more ju­niors dur­ing its new fiveyear lease pe­riod at the Robert Thomp­son Re­serve clu­b­rooms in No­randa.

At its June 27 coun­cil meet­ing, Bayswa­ter coun­cil voted to ap­prove a re­newed lease, which will cost $1275 in rent an­nu­ally for the util­i­ties, in­sur­ance and 80 per cent coun­cil rates.

The 60-mem­ber club was es­tab­lished in 1980 and moved to No­randa in 2008.

SMC also hosts mem­bers from seven other clubs and is a ma­jor part­ner in plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing WA’s premier scale mod­el­ling event, WA Scale Model Expo (WASMEx).

SMC trea­surer Stuart Chap­pell said fi­nal­is­ing the lease was a smooth process by the City of Bayswa­ter and the club.

Mr Chap­pell said ded­i­cated fa­cil­i­ties for scale mod­el­ling was rare.

“It has be­come a lot more pop­u­lar, there are a lot more man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­duc­ing more prod­ucts com­pared with 20 years ago,” he said.

“We want to pull a lot more ju­niors into it be­cause it is a very skilled hobby.

“Also, there are some fathers who join up and the kids will come along, too.”

SMC mem­ber John Evans, who held two classes at Mor­ley Se­nior High School, said there were three ju­niors at the club af­ter hav­ing about 30 in the past.

“Peo­ple move states and kids come and go … it has a lot to do with the par­ents as well, if the par­ents can­not bring them here, how are they go­ing to get here,” he said. “But if we get them at eight years old, we can have them for four or five years.

“If we do not get the kids and put them into it, once us old fel­las are not here any­more, there would not be too much of a fol­low-up and that is what it is all about – teach­ing them a new hobby and get­ting them away from com­put­ers.”

The club meets ev­ery Satur­day from 10am to 4pm.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471217

Scale modellers John Brewer, Dave Harper and War­ren Mur­phy.

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