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.