A weekend in Mons – Resicast an Open Day
the man behind the modelsSo what of the man behind the name. Graham is a very talented master model maker in his own right, he works from a small premises located in "La Poudričre" "The Powder Place" and it was used originally for making dynamite as the Mons area was a big coaling area. The site was occupied by the Germans during WW2 and used to make munitions. The building I though was very appropriately used given it’s present function. The site also houses a number of other activities, and some wild cats. The premises are not that big consisting of what might be termed a small shop/storage display area and a secondary building with his workshop, toilet and canteen facilities. The walls are crammed with boxes of master parts/molds for the large variety of kits Resicast produces. These are organised by numbers and colour coded so he can track down and produce new parts quickly as needed. Given the complexity of many of his kits he must have a terrific memory as each kit has to be individually bagged up. Resicast is effectively a one man operation so the work involved is all consuming
Graham was one of the first after market producers to provide what are effectively resin kits in standard build format. He has developed an ability to cast all manner of delicate parts precisely. The level of skill and the ease with which he can do this is pretty amazing.
Each year Graham hosts an Open Day that folks can come along to. It provides an opportunity for people to explore the work shop, talk models, view processes and demonstrations, talk more models, drink some beer, enjoy a barbeque and drink more beer! This year the weather on the Saturday was terrible, it poured down but this didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of those in attendance. For all of this Graham foots the bill, not something you’re likely to find elsewhere. People checkout the latest productions, this year it was the new DD tanks, some interesting new figures from Gerard and future developments that were closely looked over. As well as organising the event, looking after George and I, he had to contend with a vacuum pump which gave in after 20 years of loyal service, just when you need it most. To round off the day a fine Curry Supper was provided for Guests and Visitors.
One of the big attractions for visitors is the dip into the ‘scrap box’s’ that contain lost of useful items that modelers can take for free, this is very much part of the day and a practice he has had running for many years. Graham normally does a specific ‘Free Item’ for those who visit, but he was so busy this year that he didn’t get time, which is one of the realities for working mainly on your own although he gets help from time to time when needed.
For the Open Day he was ably helped by Bernard, Sendy and Tao amongst others.
Graham goes out of his way to make sure people get looked after. As a host I couldn’t have asked for better and on the Sunday after the Open Day he laid on a private visit for myself and George to the Braaschaat Artillery Museum near Antwerp which was a really interesting trip. A special word of thanks here to the staff at the Museum who couldn’t have been more helpful despite a couple of Brits turning up without any proper ID. Apparently it is necessary practice in Belgium to carry your Identity Card. A link to their web site is included below and it is a museum well worth a visit. They have a wide range of artillery and mortars dating from the 1800s to the present day.
Braaschaat Artillery Museum Live link
He started modeling like many on the old Airfix kits and his enthusiasm and commitment to the hobby grew from there. He is married to a lovely lady called Florence who unlike Graham has no interest in modeling whatsoever. Watching Graham interact with those around him it is clear that he is a very kind and socially aware man. He also really enjoys taking his products to show, and the interaction he enjoys with other modelers. He strives towards producing the most accurate kits he can based on all available information and through his work I am sure has brought enjoyment to many.
Like other resin producers the large increase in plastic 1/35 scale British kits will have impacted on his business. Resin producers have traditionally filled the gaps left by the plastic injection market. This has lead to other areas of production, such as the terrific LRDG range, early BEF figures and equipment and interesting most recently some new WW1 figures and items such as the WW1 6 inch howitzer. All of which is of course offer us the modeler more choice.
So if you happen to be passing through Mons at any time next year, then drop in and see him, I am sure it will be an interesting and informative visit and I know you’ll be made most welcome. A flyer is normally circulated well in advance of the Open Day and with luck next year will coincide with the Tanks in Town event.
The Open Day also allowed me to meet some other cyber modelers. Pierre Piveteau of maquettegarden was there and should be producing a good article on Christophe’s painting technique. Hello to all those Dutch folks, Arno, Bruce and friends and I hope the wedding went well.
Mons itself is a very pleasant town, I did rub the monkeys head for good luck and fortunately despite being at the center of two world wars Mons has survived with remarkable little damage.
I have enclosed some photographs of the open day and also some pictures from the Braaschaat Museum that may be of interest, and also a few of past and present offerings from the company.
My thanks to Graham and Florence for all their kindness and generosity, for a very informative visit and to all those who made this a trip that restored my faith in humanity.
You can visit the Resicast website here: Resicast Live links
You can view Reviews of their kits here: On Site Reviews Live links
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