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Malcolm Ennever


UP to 140 meticulously crafted model ships will be on display at this weekend’s Canberra Model Shipwrights Society (CMSS) Expo 2013.
Goulburn resident Malcolm Ennever has been a member of the CMSS for about since he moved to the Southern Highlands about six or seven years ago. He has a room full of past projects such as a full scale model of HMAS Macquarie, the steamboat ‘King of the Mississippi’, plus many more.
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His current project is a scale model of the German trawler ‘Bensersiel’ which he anticipates should be finished by the beginning of next year.
“I’ve always been into models in some form or another-model railways were my first main love,” he said.
“I also modeled radio-controlled aircraft, but as I got older I wasn’t able to control them, so the next best thing was ships. So if you happened to lose control of a radio-controlled ship, they would just stop and sit on the surface of the water and not break into a million pieces!” 
Mr Ennever told the Post that he wasn’t as enthusiastic as some of the other model builders, but did it purely for the enjoyment.
“It’s reasonably challenging in the woodwork side of it- I wouldn’t say I’m very good at it- but I certainly enjoy it,” he said.
“But when you see some of the other models at the exhibition they are brilliant. Some of the guys do magnificent woodwork, they also turn-up all the brass pieces themselves on their own lathes, and virtually 100 percent scratch-build them. That is amazing, and to get there and look inside a three foot or one metre long model of HMS Victory, where you can see between the decks, and they’ve got cannons, storage people, plus every other minute detail- you can look at the thing for an hour and just say ‘that is brilliant.’ 
He also said that the men of the CMSS were a great bunch of guys who dedicated their time wholeheartedly to modeling.
“These guys are single minded on their particular model and often write reams of volumes of material on them as well, whereas I focus more on the practical side of it- making and creating something.”
The models vary from historic ships such as Nelson’s HMS ‘Victory’ and Captain Cook’s HMS ‘Endeavour’ to modern warships and also consist of a subsidiary group known as Taskforce 72, who focus on radio controlled models of modern and vintage sailing ships, which this year will sail on Lake Gininderra at Belconnen. 
The Canberra Model Shipwrights Society (CMSS) consists of 36 members who live in Canberra and the surrounding region. There are also members who come from as far away as Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. 
The club this year received a $5,000 grant as part of Canberra’s centenary celebrations and put it towards the running of this exhibition.
This year’s expo is also timely as the Royal Australian Navy is celebrating its 100th anniversary and will be hosting an exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre. There will also be exhibits by the ACT Scale Modellers Society and ACT Model Boats.
The expo will be held at the Belconnen Arts Centre located at 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, and will run from 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.
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Entry is $3 for adults, $1 for children and $7 for a family. 
For more information about the Canberra Model Shipwrights Society, contact secretary Ray Osmotherly on 6254 2482, or email him at Alternatively you can visit the Society website at   

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