National Airfix Aeronautical Model Engineering Competition 2019
- Mr Peter Chiang
It was overflowing with enthusiasm at 13th edition of The National Airfix Aeronautical Model Engineering Competition at the Air Force Museum from 20th - 22nd June 2019.
The guest-of-honour was Senior Parliamentary Secretary Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim from the Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Education, who was an Airfix Modeller before.
There was a "make & take" session on Thursday 20th & Friday 21st June 2019 for students to try this hobby and tune in their motor skills besides getting an appreciation of mathematics, physics, chemistry, history and linguistics.
You learn craftsmanship, patience and focus which are important in developing problem solving skills.
Scale aircraft modelling teaches you to read technical instructions, seeing it in 360-degree angle, to building a 3D replica, and develop motor skills.
These are very practical and transferable skills which would be advantageous to the workforce in the future.
The were 105 models which included 70 entries in Master, Senior and Inter-School class.
The youngest winner Rafael Lim, age 8, with the Percival Jet Provost (the real Singapore Air Force aircraft which is displayed on site).
The best Airfix prize went to the our oldest Modeller, George Gauron at 81 years young. This was the Airfix 24th F6-F Hellcat which had its worldwide launch on 21st June 2019.
We unveiled our event Mission statement: "Fostering enjoyment of scale modelling as a hobby, and encouraging participation of newcomers and recognising achievements of enthusiasts of all levels and ages."
View the 2019 gallery here.