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.