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?

Connections October 2016

October issue cover
October 2016 – Ted Staples Memorial Trophy, Master Box World of Fantasy review & Competition Briefing

The October issue of Connections is now available for everyone to read. (Club members received their copies in October – for information on joining see the about page.)

All Connections issues

Make models or want to learn how? Join us!

Our club is a great place to take part in the hobby of scale model building. We welcome adults and children to share their awesome creations and learn new skills. You’ll also be able to see what our everyone’s working on, teach us new tricks, and just enjoy talking about models at our monthly meetings. New members and guests are always welcome – just come along to one of our meetings.

If you have questions about the club please get in touch, or read more about us.

Club meetings

We meet on the last Wednesday of every month apart from December, in the Johnsonville Community Hall. We use the Trust Room, which is upstairs from the Moorefield Road entrance. Meetings start at 7.30pm and usually end around 9.30-10pm.

Our meetings start with a Show & Tell session, where members show off models they’ve built or are working on, and talk about the process and the end result. After this we have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat, and there’s often something organised as well – we’ve had quizzes, technique demonstrations, speed builds, and other modelling-related activities.

Where we meet

What we do

Our members build models from all kinds of materials – plastic, resin, metal, wood and more besides. We see a good variety of subjects: Not just aeroplanes and military vehicles – although there are plenty of those – but fast cars, ships, figures, trucks, and creations from the worlds of science-fiction and fantasy too. It’s all good.

Paint bottle