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judges displays and meeting Sicilian cuisine - By Costas
As the Show of Catania lasts one week (2-9 of December ), when we arrived at the show hall, most of the models of every category were already set on the benches, separated in 3 different halls, in regard of the theme.

Special stands, for the judges display, were already arranged, with protection plexi glass cover, and right opposite of the stand, for my figures, I saw already placed the figures of Bill Horan. I had seen before some of his figures in competition, in collectors division, but it was the first time to meet him alive and his figures together (including some new works by him).

Mike Blank’s display was empty at the moment, and as I was informed he was expected to arrive the next day. We also got the close up photos of his display as he arrived.Engin and I arranged our miniatures and had a walk over the entire place with the company of the Club members.

After spending some time, at the Show area, meeting friends, and getting to know new persons also, it was time to get off for lunch. Here; I must explain to readers that might don’t know, that for Italians, but more specifically for Sicilians, the food and coffee procedures are followed with almost “religious” order. There is no way they will eat fast, or in time pressure, or something they don’t really like.

This means that lunch and dinner with company out , is always (either in a nice fancy restaurant, or in a traditional pizza house) something that you have to relax and enjoy. Coming from Greece, a country that is famous for good and different food, I must say that we don’t respect the food tradition as much as we should do, and the Sicilian way is to prove this.

At this very first lunch, I got to meet for the first time Bill Horan, and his wife Heather. The guy is ..big (and I don’t mean in modeling size that he is huge , but in body dimensions !). He was very friendly, as in all days we spend together, till Sunday, and he seemed, to enjoy a lot, the big company on the table. In Catania food “meetings” are no less than 15 persons and they can extend to more than 50 ! We talk for a very big family !

After a spectacular lunch with many kinds of delicious sea food, that lasted enough, we got back to the Show to spend more time and meet more guys. Drinking coffee, and chatting about miniatures, but not only for them, was really a nice way, to spend time. And all this, kept till the dinner time ! In Sicely, you always think, that the meals, are so close to each other, having a feeling, that you never stopped the previous one!
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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