Virtual Club Nights are back on – first mid-month Zoom conference on Wednesday 15th of July at 8pm…

With the virtual club nights via Zoom conference being successful over the lockdown period, and also a good opportunity for the ‘out of town’ community to contribute, we listened to your feedback at the AGM & have brought them back for one night a month, around the middle of each month.

This compliments our usual end of month Club Night at the Johnsonville Community Centre.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday the 15th of July, which isn’t quite in tune with the fortnight after the ‘real’ club night, but because of school holidays & its a long month this works better for me hosting it.

Details are:

Scale Models Wellington Virtual Club Night for July :

Date : Wednesday 15th July
Time : 8:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 413 185 3023

Hope to see you there – and remember this is extra to our usual July club night on the on Wednesday the 29th of July at Johnsonville Community Centre.

Club Nights are back on again!!

With the confirmation of Covid-19 Alert Level 1 this week we are all go for our regular Club Night & AGM on the 24th of June 2020!!

Bring all your Covid-19 builds along, BSK in-progress, stuff you bought during Level 3 lockdown etc.etc.. and we will make a night of it.

There is the small matter of the AGM to deal with, but that should be pretty straightforward with voting in of the executive, accepting all the minutes & financial accounts & setting the subs.

7.30pm Wednesday 24th of June 2020 – Johnsonville Community Centre Trust Room.

Hope to see you there !!

2020-21 Interim Membership Form…

Below is the interim Membership Form for the 2020-21 year.

As we haven’t had the AGM yet to ratify the subscription prices, these may change. If so, we will contact you about any adjustments.

Please print out the form and fill it out and return it to us with your latest contact details – probably best to send an email to the Treasurer Steve Holgate with a photo of the completed form attached and advise the amount you have paid via internet banking so that we can marry it all up – his email is on the membership form.

Any problems, email Steve or myself at

Here is the link to the form :

2020 – 21 Interim Membership form

Or alternatively here is the form as an image – on your PC you can right click on it to “Save Image As” and save to your computer, open it and print it out.

Weekly Club Nights via Zoom Meetings while in Lockdown…

Howdy, after the Committee managed to get successful Zoom video conference meeting going today, we have decided to run a 30-40 minute Club Meeting via Zoom on a Wednesday night at 8pm while we are in Lockdown.
So, the meeting details are here – just click on the link where it says “Join Zoom Meeting” below :

Topic: Scale Models Wellington Weekly Lockdown Meeting!

Time: Wednesday Evenings 08:00 PM NZ Time
Join Zoom Meeting :
Meeting ID: 413 185 3023

Zoom meetings can be joined from your smart phone or iPad/tablet, but I think you have to download the Zoom app first. From your PC you obviously need a webcam so we can see you and a microphone and speaker (or a headset), so a laptop would probably be your best bet. (Please allow all pop up messages where Zoom wants to use your microphone & camera, obviously!!)Also consider your surroundings, we don’t really want to hear & see the rest of your family, and they probably don’t want to hear us either!
Please test your video & audio settings prior to the meeting starting, if you can, as video & audio setting permissions usually have to be allowed before you can have the full experience.
Format will be a bit loose to start with – the first 10 minutes will be a ‘welcome period’ ensuring everyone has joined and has their audio & video working, and then we will do a brief meeting agenda refresh and then into it.
If you have audio or video issues during the meeting, please don’t try and interrupt the meeting for everyone else trying to resolve it, I can work with you one-on-one afterwards to go through some troubleshooting steps to sort it out…

March Club Night & AGM

Its that time again, with the March Club Night & AGM on Wednesday the 25th of March.

Topic for Club Night is “What was I bringing for the Expo…” and there are double raffle prizes up for winning too!!

We need at least 17 people along so we have the Quorum for the AGM, and the files from last years AGM are in the Newsletter email link.

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 – 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 !!