2019 Club Championships – Saturday 16 November

This year the Club Championships is taking a departure from its usual Sunday date, due to the difficulty in getting a reasonable venue for a reasonable price, so please note the date is a Saturday!!

The venue this year is the Trust Room at Johnsonville Community Centre, venue for our usual Club Nights…

To pre-register your models, go to scalemodelswellington.org.nz/club-preregister – this link will be available up until 10 November. You can also use the paper based form below, save the image below & print it out :

• 10 – 11am Set up tables & covers
• 11 – 12noon Registration
• 12 – 2pm Judging (guests welcome from 2pm)
• 12.30 Food delivered
• 3 – 4pm Pack up room & head home

Competition categories
The list of categories for 2019 is the same as last year:
A Aircraft
• A1 1/48 aircraft
• A2 Aircraft smaller than 1/48
• A3 Aircraft larger than 1/48
• A4 Aircraft having a New Zealand connection
• A5 Box stock aircraft
B Military vehicles
• B1 1/35 and larger military vehicles post WW2
• B2 1/35 and larger military vehicles WW2 and earlier
• B3 Military vehicles smaller than 1/35
• B4 Military vehicles having a New Zealand connection
• B5 Box stock military vehicles
C Civilian vehicles
• C1 Racing oriented vehicles
• C2 Road vehicles
• C3 Motorcycles
• C4 Civilian vehicles having a New Zealand connection
• C5 Box stock civilian vehicles
D Figures
• D1 Figures smaller than 120mm
• D2 Figures 120mm and larger
• D3 Figures having a New Zealand connection
• D4 Busts
E Dioramas
(no subcategories)
F Ships and submarines
• F1 Ships and submarines smaller than 1/450
• F2 Ships and submarines 1/450 and larger
G Fact, fiction, collections and miscellaneous
• G1 Science fact
• G2 Science fiction
• G3 Collections
• G4 Miscellaneous
J Juniors
• J1 Junior dioramas
• J2 Junior AFVs (all scales)
• J3 Junior aircraft (all scales)
• J4 Junior civilian vehicles (all scales)
• J5 Junior ships and submarines (all scales)
• J6 Junior sci-fi and miscellaneous
• J7 Junior figures (all scales)

Competition notes
• If you have questions please contact your Committee Members.
• All classes are subject to change as deemed necessary by the judges.
• All entries must be the sole work of the modeller.
• To be eligible to enter the competition, the modeller must be a financial member of Scale Models Wellington IPMS. Models that have won 1st, 2nd or 3rd placings at previous Scale Models Wellington IPMS club competitions are not eligible to enter. However, they are most welcome to be brought along for display.
• All other models, including all those entered in our BSK competitions, IPMS Nationals and Scale Models Expos, are eligible for the competition.
• Box stock entries must be accompanied by the kit instructions. No deviation from the kit instructions shall be allowed except for the use of aftermarket decals. Entries received after 12.00 noon will be accepted at the discretion of the competition chairman. Family and friends are welcome to view the competition and display from 2.00pm.
• Pre-registration will open soon and run until 10 November. Please pre-register your models here if you can:
• Alternatively, entry forms are included with this issue of the newsletter. Please copy as many as you need, and bring them to the competition already completed. Entry forms will also be available at the venue.
• No models are to be put on the tables until they have been registered, and no models may be removed early without prior approval given by one of the above contacts.
• The Ted Staples Memorial Trophy for Best in Show and permanent Best in Category trophies are up for grabs. Would all current holders of these trophies please return them to the committee at the October meeting or on Club Champs day.
• Some club members may be asked to assist with judging for this event. Please help if you are able – this is the perfect training ground for those who are willing to learn about judging and assist at other Club events or the Nationals!

October Club Night – Wednesday 30th October

Its Quiz Night – so bring along your brains!!

Also the theme for Show’n’Tell is “Halloween”, so bring along your models which have some scary content – skulls, demons, spiders, vampires, etc.. etc..

There will also be the raffle and a reminder of the Club Champs too!!

See you there!!

July Club Night – Wednesday 31st of July

Its Speed Build Night!! – bring some basic tools – cutters, knife, glue, tweezers. Get into a team & you will get a kit to build on the night – its a nice quality kit this time so should be lots of fun!!

Show’N’Tell theme is “America Made Great…” – notice my play on words, bring along anything American you have made to share with the group.

Club Night Raffle – you get tickets for turning up, work in progress kits and completed kits on the table – so bring stuff along to be in to win a really, really good brand new Tamiya kit !!

Subscriptions are due, see the post at the top of the page with the details of the subscription form and how to pay.

June Club Night – Wednesday 26th June 2019

– Buy, Sell & Swap Night – bring along kits that have gone out of favour, or those that are half done but aren’t going to go any further so that someone else can re-purpose them!! Bring some cash on the night to spend up large!!

– Show’N’Tell theme night “75th Anniversary of D Day…” bring along any kits of the D Day period – planes with Invasion Stripes, special ships to support the invasion, armour that fought during the invasion etc..

– Club Night Raffle – same as last month, you get tickets for turning up, work in progress kits and completed kits on the table – so bring stuff along to be in to win a really good prize.

– Subs are due – see the header message with the membership form.

Come along – will be a fun night!!

Grant the Secretary.

Build the Same Kit – 2019

BSK classes voted on are as follows & building can commence from now :

– Aircraft 1/48 – Eduard Tempest (any boxing..)
– Aircraft 1/72 – Airfix Typhoon (any boxing…)
– Armour 1/35 – Meng Panther (any type)
– Vehicles 1/24 – Revell Ford GT

BONUS kit classes for those who came along at Club Night and were given a kit :

– Academy 1/144 F4E Phantom
– Warhammer Figure – Age of Sigmar Stormcast Eternal Liberator

Since they were a give-away, we do expect these to be assembled, painted & presented back for judging….

(there are no more Phantoms left to give away, but we do have more of the Warhammer Figures if you want one – come along to next club night.)


You can start building from tonight. You need to bring your completed model to the August Club Night – Wednesday the 28th of August 2019.

Judging and Prizegiving will be completed at the August Club Night – and every modeller that enters a completed BSK model will get a prize (one prize per modeller regardless of how many models entered). Judging will be done on each class and certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for each class.

Terms & Conditions apply to your entry (like your membership is paid…) and Judges decision is final on the results.

Good luck and remember you have less than 3 months to get them completed, so get cracking !!

May Club Night – Wednesday 29th of May 2019

  • Bring out your dead from the Shelf of Doom!! – bring along a kit from your Work in Progress collection that hasn’t progressed in ages…
  • Build the Same Kit Voting
  • Win a prize just for attending – entry tickets to win a raffle prize just for coming along (Terms & Conditions apply!!)
  • Bring your subscription money along on the night or pay via Internet Banking – see the form at the top of the page!
  • … see you there!!

Membership for 2019

Just in case you haven’t paid your club subs for 2019 yet, you can download the membership form here:

Scale Models Wellington membership form 2019

Following the AGM, all membership types are the same as last year.

You can pay by internet banking, or post in a cheque – but we do need the form filled in and returned so that we have your correct contact details. We’re also keen to hear about your ideas for club nights so do that fill that in too.

Back issues of Connections added

It’s been a while, but we’ve now uploaded all of last year’s issue of the Club newsletter here. We’ll be uploading each new issue a couple of months after it’s published but the most recent issues will remain ‘members only’.

Scale Models Expo – thanks again!

As ever, huge thanks to those of you who attended and supported Scale Models Expo this year, we couldn’t have done it without you. We had a great range of models on display and it was cool to see so many model-makers and families enjoying themselves at the show.

Look forward to seeing you again in 2020!

Gary Hunt Miniatures at Scale Models Expo

A bit of neat last minute news – Gary Hunt just confirmed he’ll be attending Expo with a sales stall for his miniatures line. He’ll also be demonstrating his Barbarian Beestwars game system (based on Zombiesmith’s Shieldbash ruleset) so you can get a taste of the free rules and pick up some figures to paint and game with.

Geladan Archer, sculpted by Gary Hunt and painted by Mary Profitt

Gary sculpts and sells pewter miniatures in 28mm, 32mm and 54mm scales covering historical, fantasy and science-fiction subjects. He’s worked at Weta Workshop since 2001 sculpting collectibles and working on feature films including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, District 9, Avatar, Master and Commander and many more.

You can see more of Gary’s work at his website: garyhuntminiatures.com