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Saturday, 31 March 2012

M Workshop

Hey guys

Another day another store, and one I have been wanting to get an opportunity to list since I first went there almost a month ago when I arrived in Singapore

M Workshop

For those that don't know: M Workshop was founded over 10 years ago now by Mr Bernard Cher: a man who loves his armour models and who believes in modelling as an art form

M Workshop is not just a store, but also has the M Academy, mentoring modellers to excel in building painting and finishing, and selling their finished work as well as well as carrying out commissioned work

Modellers can book classes and sessions to improve on specific areas of their modelling or tehcniques

As a store M Workshop stocks a very wide array of modelling stuff:
- AFV kits by Bronco, Miniart, AFV Club, Dragon, Tasca, Tamiya and many more]
- Aircraft kits by Tamiya, Hasegawa and others
- Gundam, mecha and a wide range of MaK kits
- Paints from Tamiya, gaia and finishing products by AK interactive and Mig
- AM from Hauler and Eduard
- Tools, mostly Tamiya's high quality modelling tools
- Fugures from New World Miniatures, Darius, Aline and a small selection of Hornet figures and head sets
- Ship and maritime kits
- Miniart buildings and diorama kits
- a lot more stuff I can't remember; the place really is packed!

If you go to the store on a Saturday, after three you can meet and observe some of M Workshops best modellers in action. I was lucky enough to watch the extremely talented Chef Lim working

And another modeller, who's name I sadly did not get, using ink very effectively to shade a PzIII

Some examples of the superb figure work on display

Sadly the light was not right for getting pictures that do them justice

All in all, M Workshop has to be one of the best places for a modeller to visit in Singapore. The quality and variety of stock is superb, the staff very very knowledgable and freindly and an awful lot of temptation under one roof

Very Highly Recommended

How to Get There:

The nearest MRT Station is Dhoby Ghaut Interchange, which is on the North South (Red), Circular (Yellow) and Northeast (Purple) Lines

Leave Dhoby Ghaut and turn right on Orchard Road. Cross the road and continue down Orchard Road until you see the School of the Arts (SOTA) which likes very unmistakebly like this:

Go to the corner of the road just past SOTA and you are on the corner of Prinsep Street. Cross to the other side of Prinsep Street

Proceed up Princep Street and you will see a fork with a large two storey yellow building in the centre. Stay on the side of the road you are on and keep going past it (taking teh right fork)

Very soon you will see this building: Sunshine Plaza:

Keep going along Prinsep Street as if passing the building. About halfway along the side is a small car drop off point, just inside that is a few stores including M Workshop

Note: the address says Bencoolen Street because the address for Sunshine Plaza is Bencoolen Street. The entrance to M Workshop is on Princep Street

91 Bencoolen St
Sunshine Plaza #01-58



Also in the Area

S.T.O.R.M Domain

Art Friend (Middle Street)

Friday, 30 March 2012

ArtFriend another useful, non modelling store

Hi Guys

Just a quick one today. Whilst wandering around the Prinsep Street area I found an art store that Bernard at M Workshop had previously mentioned in passing

The store tunred out to be Art Friend

Art stores, look tool stores, have a wealth of good stuff for modellers of course

A sample of stuff they stock that might interest modellers:
- Good quality paint brushes
- oil paints and thinners
- chalk pastels
- plastic paint palettes
- turpentine/ turpenoid
- air drying clay
- cutting mats
- cutting tools (including OLFA tools)
- various glues
- small amount of woodland scenics items
- popular brands such as Dailer & Rowney and Windsor & Newton

The store is very well stocked with very good quality materials with friendly and helpful staff

I went to the store on Middle Road but several stores exist in the chain:

From the company's own website (

Bras Basah Complex (8,000 sq. ft):
Blk 231 Bain Street, #03-33, 
Singapore 180231
Tel: +65 6336 8338
Fax: +65 6337 0743
Operating Hours:
Weekdays : 10.30am - 7.30pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.30am - 6pm

Takashimaya Shopping Centre
391 Orchard Road,
#04-20M, Ngee Ann City,
Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6733 8482
+65 6732 9180
Opens Daily from 10.30am to 9pm

Buona Vista MRT
100 North Buona Vista Rd,
#02-01, Buona Vista MRT,
Singapore 139345
Tel: +65 6777 0353
Fax: +65 6777 0378
Opens Daily from 10.30am to 9pm

Middle Road 268 Middle Road,
Singapore 188992
Tel: +65 6336 2332
Fax: +65 6336 8797
Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

AMX-10P at the Singapore Army Museum

I went to the Singapore Army Museum today. More on that when I get a chance to write it up, but in the meantime I thought you guys might enjoy a couple of walkarounds I took of AMX-10P IFVs while I was there

NOTE: I previosly misidentified these as Bionix IFVs, my thanks to Costas Tsaganas for correcting my error

Not so many pictures of this one, largely because, as far as I can tell, the hull was identical to its partner

Thanks again Costas!