Miniature Armies at Scale Models Expo

Some people like to paint single figures to a remarkable standard, others enjoy collecting and painting huge armies. These can be simply for display, or more entertainingly for battling other armies as part of a miniature wargame. Throwing dice across a table full of painted miniatures and beautiful scenery is a great way to spend an afternoon.

A huge army of loyal Space Marines

Scale Models Expo gives you a great opportunity to try the miniature wargaming hobby – we have demonstration games from both the worlds of Warhammer and Bolt Action. Feel free to talk to Will and Luke at the Games Workshop table, and Tyrone and Dan at the Bolt Action table – they’ll explain how things work and get you rolling dice and charging into the attack ASAP.

Bolt Action in action. Where is the air support?

Scale Models Expo poster models

Here are some close-ups of our poster models to show the kind of variety you can expect to see at Scale Models Expo. These were all built by Scale Models Wellington club members, many thanks for allowing us to use these pictures folks!

Half-term fun at Scale Models Expo

Looking for something to do with the kids this half-term weekend? Scale Models Expo on the 21st and 22nd of April has some great hands-on activities for them to take part in.

Your children will definitely enjoy (and learn from) all the models of fast cars, fearsome dinosaurs, battle robots, classic aircraft, iconic starfighters and other awesome stuff on display, but it’s not just about looking. We also have some great ways for young people (and their families) to get involved with the fantastic hobby of scale modelling.

Kids having a great time building their kits.
Plenty of fun to be had at the Airfix build-a-kit sessions.

Free Airfix kits

We are giving away a free Project Airfix kit with every child ticket (and to children entering under a family ticket) while stocks last. These are new-tool 1/72 aircraft kits which are easy to build and very realistic.

We have plenty of kits for both days, but they will run out eventually so we’d advise getting there early.

Boxes full of Project Airfix kits destined for Scale Models Expo

Free building workshops

Children can try their hand at building their Airfix kits during the show. We’re running two “build-a-kit” sessions each day at 11am and 1pm. We’ll provide the kits, tools and glue, and our adult and experienced junior club members will be on hand to offer advice and guidance. There are ten places available at each session.

The build-a-kit sessions are generously sponsored by Holdson and Airfix. We’re grateful for their help in getting more kids involved with the hobby.

Free painting workshops

Learn to build and paint cool figures from the worlds of Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. Luke and Nathan from the Lower Hutt and Wellington Central Games Workshop stores are providing a great opportunity to get your feet wet in the Warhammer hobby. Here’s what they have to say:

“The Warhammer universes are immersive, epic and fun! Our hobby is collecting, building, painting and playing games with Citadel miniatures. Some devote all of their time to one of these aspects, others enjoy them all. The only correct way is the one that is best suited to you.

Come and visit us for a free demonstration game and painting lesson of Warhammer: Age of Sigmar or Warhammer 40,000 and find out more about the worlds of Warhammer.”

These sessions are sponsored by Games Workshop. It’s awesome to have their support and expertise on the show floor.

Junior Competitions

The Scale Models Expo Competition has several Junior categories for children younger than 17, so if your kids already make models they should consider entering them. There are some great prizes to be won, but the real treat is seeing their work displayed on the competition tables for everyone to enjoy.

Samuel’s farm scene won first place in Junior Dioramas in 2016.

It’s free to enter any number of models in the competition, and anyone who enters one or more models receives free entry to the show for both days.

Huge P-51 Mustang diorama takes 600km road trip to Scale Models Expo

Visitors to Scale Models Expo will be able to see Alan Sannazzaro’s amazing 1/32 scale P-51 Mustang assembly line diorama after it makes the 600km trip down from Auckland. This beautiful display will soon be in the hands of a private collector so don’t miss your chance to see it in person over Expo weekend.

We wish Alan and the Mustangs a safe trip down later this month – it’s quite a way to bring a delicate model.

Model and photos: Alan Sannazzaro of The Model Room

Amazing figure painter John Belcher at Scale Models Expo

John Belcher head shotWe’re very pleased to confirm that John Belcher will be coming up from Christchurch to demonstrate of his figure painting talents at Scale Models Expo 2018. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with one of New Zealand’s top figure painters. If you’re interested in developing your painting skills you’ll be able to pick up some useful tips, and everyone attending the Expo can enjoy watching a master craftsman at work.

John’s passion for painting figures started in his early teens with an interest in history, military and otherwise, and he’s now been at it for over 40 years. As well as assembling and painting commercially available figures John sculpts his own figures from scratch. Over the years John has received many awards for his work, these include multiple “best in show” awards at national level in New Zealand and Australia, gold medals nationally and internationally in the USA and in England at the prestigious Euro Militaire.

John has painted the box-top artwork for several figure companies and his work has appeared in many model magazines and books. His figures are sought after by collectors worldwide. Luckily for us, John believes in sharing his knowledge of figure painting to encourage others with the same passion, so we suggest getting to Scale Models Expo on the 21st and 22nd of April 2018 to meet him in person and check out his miniature marvels.

Get shopping at Scale Models Expo

Scale Models Expo has some amazing support from traders this year, with manufacturers and retailers of models and tools from around the country and overseas making the trip to Wellington. Coming to the show will give you a great chance to pick up a bargain or two, check out some of the latest releases, and find that specialist tool you never knew you needed.

Wingnut Wings
Wingnut Wings logoWingnut Wings’ passion is to provide accurate, highly detailed, large scale models that are as enjoyable to build for both the experienced and novice modeller alike. By designing these models to be a pleasure to build we hope to attract people unaccustomed to the satisfaction of modelling aviation’s epic and tragic pioneer years.

The Model Room
The Model Room logoBased in Papakura, South Auckland, The Model Room opened its doors on the 10th of March 2017. The owners, Alan and Claire are passionate about stocking a unique range of product – locally and internationally supplied. They enjoy offering advice and building tips to customers, to help them achieve the best possible results with the products supplied.

OldModels Decals
OldModels Decals logoOldModels Decals was established in 2009 to provide accurate quality decals for New Zealand military and civilian aircraft. Today they offer nearly a thousand decal sheets, almost all of which are NZ subjects, as well as a small range of hard-to-get kits to complement the decals.

Acorn Models
Acorn Models logoEstablished in 1985 the retail shop in Christchurch has grown in size and popularity to its current operation which includes a large mail order base operating from one of New Zealand’s largest retail stores for model and hobby products.

Tinkering Tools
Tinkering Tools logoTinkering Tools stock high quality, unique, and hard to find miniature hand tools for modelling and miniature work. Their range includes Scalpels, Vises, Tap n Die sets, Spring Loaded Clamps, Micro Screws, Punch Sets, Tube Cutting Jigs and more.

Modelcrafts and Hobbies
Modelcrafts and Hobbies logoModelcrafts and Hobbies in Wellington have been supplying hobbyists needs since 1956. They are specialists in scale model cars, bikes, aircraft, military, realspace, sci-fi etc. kitsets and Radio Control hobby items and tools.

Belmont Models
Belmont Models in Lower Hutt supply a huge variety of unusual and hard-to-find plastic kits and after-market accessories.

AC Models
AC Models logoAC Models is run by Andy Cairns, who sculpts and sells collector’s historical miniature figure kits & busts. His products cover various scales, with special focus on subjects with realism, character and a feel for the life of the common soldier.

Gary Hunt Miniatures
Gary Hunt Miniatures logoGary Hunt 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.

Scale Models Expo is back in 2018!

We’re really pleased to announce that we’re hosting another Scale Models Expo in April 2018 – read all about it on our Expo page. Hopefully the Christmas holidays will give you plenty of time to work on those competition entries or start new ones ready for the show. Don’t forget that the competition is open to everyone, young and old, and you don’t need to be a club member to take part.

We’ll be going into more detail about what to expect and introducing our special guests, sponsors and vendors starting early next year. Watch this space!

Club Competition entries

We held our annual competition at the weekend and had nearly 150 entries from our members. All in all a great finish to another year of model building!

B1 - Soviet T10m - Steve Pilcher

You can browse through the individual entries above with the arrows, or see the whole album on Flickr:

Club Competition 2017 album

Have fun!

Club Competition: 12th November 2017

Our annual Club Competition is taking place on Sunday the 12th of November 2017 at the Petone Working Mens Club, Udy Street, Petone – we’ll be upstairs in the Games Room as last year. So there’s still time to finish up those super-secret projects and get them on the tables, but don’t leave it too late!

This is a private club event – you need to be a current financial member of Scale Models Wellington IPMS to enter the competition – but you can join up on the day and members are welcome to bring guests and whanau. Hope to see you there!

New newsletter issues!

The January, February and March issues of our club newsletter “Connections” are now available for everyone to read.

New issues

You can read more back issues on our newsletter page.

Club members receive their issues first each month – if you’re interested in making models, why not join us?