Better start building then, I guess….


Scale Models Wellington IPMS is pleased to be able to invite the modeling public to participate in the 2011 Scale Models Expo Model.

The event is to be held in the centre of Lower Hutt (approx 15minutes drive north of Wellington, New Zealand) in the Horticultural Hall adjoining the Town Hall in the civic centre. The expo will also feature a separate competition for the IPMS Nationals which will gather some of the countries top modelers as they battle it out for top honours.

In addition to the competitions we have lined up some interesting displays and a full complement of trade stands from the regions leading retailers and manufacturers.

Entries must be delivered and registered between 9am – 11am Saturday 20 August in the foyer of the Lower Hutt Horticultural Hall. Please remember to bring your completed entry form to speed up registration. Spare forms will be available on the day. Late entries will be at the sole discretion of the Contest Chairman.

There is no entry fee for models and modelers may enter as many eligible models as they wish.

Previous place getting models in the Wellington Scale Models Expo (ie 1st, 2nd or 3rd) are not eligible to re-enter the Scale Models Expo competition but may enter the IPMS Nationals if eligible. Similarly previous place getters in an IPMS Nationals (ie 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Gold, Silver or Bronze) are not eligible to re-enter the Nationals but may enter the Scale models Expo if eligible.

Entries may be comprised of any generally accepted modeling material (ie plastic, resins, wood, metal). All models must have been built and painted by the entrant.

Final class and category placement of models is at the discretion of the Contest Chairman.

Junior class entrants must be under the age of 17 (ie not reached their 17th birthday) at the time of the competition

Any entries that are considered offensive to generally held standards of taste and acceptability may be excluded at the discretion of the Contest Chairman.

Entries may not be removed from the tables until 4pm Sunday at the earliest unless prior consent is given by the Contest Chairman.

All entrants in the competition shall receive a free pass to the venue for the duration of the event.

Prize giving for the competition will be 4pm Sunday. Competitors must be present to accept any awards or prizes. Awards will be made for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Highly Commended ( as applicable) in each of the categories along with overall best in Class.

To be eligible for “Best NZ Subject” the model must be entered in the appropriate NZ section. The only exceptions to this will be NZ subjects in Diorama, Ships Sci Fi/Miscellaneous and Junior classes.

Models will be judged by Scale Models Wellington IPMS appointed judges. Entries shall be judged according to Scale Models Wellington IPMS judging criteria. All judges decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Scale Models Expo/ IPMS Nationals Classes 2011 Unless stated all categories refer to all scales.

Class A: Aircraft
A1 NZ Aircraft
A2 Aircraft smaller than 1/48 – prop
A3 Aircraft smaller than 1/48 – Jet
A4 Aircraft 1/48 – prop, single engine
A5 Aircraft 1/48 – prop, multi engine
A6 Aircraft 1/48 – jet
A7 Aircraft larger than 1/48 – prop
A8 Aircraft larger than 1/48 – jet
A9 Helicopters
A10 Box Stock

Class B: Military Vehicles
B1 NZ military vehicles
B2 Smaller than 1/48 – military vehicles and equipment
B3 1/48 – military vehicles and equipment
B4 1/35 and larger armoured vehicles – WW2 and earlier
B5 1/35 and larger armoured vehicles – Post WW2
B6 1/35 and larger softskin vehicles
B7 Towed artillery and misc military equipment
B8 Box Stock

Class C: Civilian Vehicles
C1 NZ vehicles
C2 Vehicles – Open wheel competition
C3 Vehicles – factory stock
C4 Vehicles – modified (custom/hotrod/tuner)
C5 Vehicles – closed wheel competition
C6 Motorcycles
C7 Box Stock
C8 Trucks/Commercials

Class D:Dioramas
D1 Diorama – All types

Class E: Ships
E1 1/500 and smaller
E2 Larger than 1/500
E3 Submarines

Class F: Figures
F1 NZ Figures
F2 Under 120mm (1/16)
F3 120mm (1/16) and larger
F4 Busts

Class G: Science, Sci Fi and Misc
G1 Fictional craft, real spacecraft, missiles and vehicles
G2 Any subject not covered elsewhere
G3 Collections

Class J: Junior
J1 Aircraft
J2 Military
J3 Civilian vehicles
J4 Figures
J5 Ships
J6 Sci Fi & Misc
J7 Diorama

Collections will consist of 5 or more closely related items (eg five different WW2 fighters would not be a collection but five Spitfires would). Past place getters may be entered as part of a collection but must not constitute more than 40% of the group. The collection must be the sole work of the entrant.

Bases are allowed in all categories. They will not be considered in the judging except in the diorama classes or where 2 models are tied for a placing. Any models entered on bases must be securely fixed to the base.

A diorama shall generally be vehicles or figures on a single scenic base depicting a scene. Note a single figure, vehicle or aircraft displayed on a base with ground cover will not usually constitute a diorama.

Box stock classes are intended to recognize excellent models produced from the materials provided in the box from the manufacturer. For those entering Box Stock please note the following:
– Original instructions must be supplied with your entry.
– Alternative decals may be used.
– No aftermarket or scratch built detailing allowed.
– The modeler may fill gaps and seams, sand off rivets, drill out gun ports, exhausts pipes or other appropriate openings; thin to scale such parts as trailing edges, flaps and doors; and add rigging and antennas
– Panel lines may be repaired if damaged during construction. Extensive rescribing of panel lines is not permitted.

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