SA Scale Model EXPO 2024

SA Plastic Modellers Association presents

Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 September 2024

Open to public 9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday

Come and see aircraft, armour, ships, automotive, sci-fi, dioramas PLUS MUCH MORE!

Location

John Dunning Centre, Prince Alfred College, Dequetteville Tce Kent Town.

Entry is at the rear of the school via The Parade West (look for the Pirie St entrance). Enter through the school gates with car parking found on the left. The hall is approximately 50m further on via a path (will be signposted).

About the EXPO

Planning for the SA Scale Model Expo 2024 is under way!

Dates and a venue have been locked in!

Based on the past 3 years of entries, the competition categories have been refreshed with added details in category descriptions (please see below)

Entering the EXPO

The SA Scale Model Expo is open to modellers of all standards who can either enter their models for technical judging or for display only if they do not wish to compete.

Entries can be lodged online or at EXPO over the following times:

Friday 27 September, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday 28 September, 9:00am – 2:00pm

SAPMA encourages entries to be lodged online as this will expidite the process not only for us but for yourself as well, creating a more seamless experience when you bring your models in.

To facilitate this we are offering discounted pricing for online entries:

* Adult entry rates:

– $TBA per entry in lieu of standard fee of $TBA

– Minimum charge of $TBA in lieu of standard charge of $TBA

Junior Entry (17 and under) rates:

– No charge in lieu of standard fee of $TBA

Entry fees are payable when you bring your entries in with your lodgment receipt.

Note: online entries will be added in the leadup to the 2024 event.

If you would like to learn more about how to enter please contact us via ExpoDirector@SAPMA.com.au.

References for your entry

The one thing which can mean the difference in winning or placing in the model expo is the references that are supplied with the model. Many times the expo judges have judged great models at the expo but the models references have been nonexistent or wrong and this has prevented a worthy model from placing, or in some cases even winning. It’s an easy 10 points towards your overall score.

Ensure your referencing is succinct and make sure you include the relevant details relating to the build. Box art, kit instructions, aftermarket part (if used) instructions, modifications which you may have made in the build and any corrections that you may have made to kit flaws or inaccuracies. If you have corrected flaws or enhanced a model, provide some photographic or drawing references. If some of the references or photos that you used are in a book or books then photo copy the relevant material and include it.

Please make sure the supplied references are relevant to the subject modelled. This is also especially important if you choose a different scheme or markings than what was supplied in the kit. If the accuracy of the references to the subject doesn’t match then this will lose you points.

For some model kits supplied references can be problematic. Many figures or Sci-Fi kits come from low-production manufacturers and sometimes kit instructions or box art are scant or non-existent. In this case Google is your answer. If someone has kitted a subject then that subject must have some information be somewhere online

Click here to view judging notes.

Conditions of Entry

All expo entries either for technical judging or display are subject to our conditions of entry. Please read carefully before lodging your entry.

Click here to download a copy of the Conditions of Entry

Categories for Judging - New Category changes for 2024!

AK1 – Animal Kingdom (Open all scales)
Sponsored by TBA

AV1 – AFV (Small Scale tracked and wheel driven) 1/72 and smaller
Sponsored by TBA

AV2 – AFV (Medium Scale tracked and wheel driven) 1/36 to 1/71

Sponsored by TBA

AV3 – AFV (Large Scale tracked) 1/35 and larger

Sponsored by TBA

AV4 – AFV (Large scale Wheel Driven) 1/35 and larger

Sponsored by TBA

CA1 – Civil Aircraft (open All Scales)

Sponsored by TBA

CR1 – Cars (Small Scale) 1/43 and smaller

Sponsored by TBA

CR2 – Cars (Medium/Large Street Legal) 1/42 and larger

Sponsored by TBA

CR3 – Cars (Medium/Large Competition) 1/42 and larger

Sponsored by TBA

CR4 – Cars ( Medium/large Kustom) 1/42 and larger

Sponsored by TBA

DR1 – Dioramas (Small) < 900cm2

Sponsored by TBA

DR2 – Dioramas (Large) > 900cm2

Sponsored by TBA

DR3 – Dioramas (Civil – Open All Scales)

Sponsored by TBA

FG1 – Gaming Figures (Open All Scales)

Sponsored by TBA 

GD1 – Gundam (Open all scales)

Sponsored by TBA 

HF1 – Historical Figures (open all scales)

Sponsored by TBA

JT1 – Jets (Small Sponsored by TBA

JT 2 – Jet (Medium scale): 1/36 to 1/71

Sponsored by TBA

JT3 – Jets (Large Scale): 1/35 and larger

Sponsored by TBA

MA1 – Micro Aviation 1/100 and smaller Sponsored by TBA

MB1 – Motorbikes (Open all Scales)

Sponsored by TBA

ME1 – Mecha (Open all scales)

Sponsored by TBA

PR1 – Prop Single Engine (Small Scale) 1/72 to 1/99
Sponsored by TBA

PR2 – Prop Multi Engine (Small Scale) 1/72 to 1/99
Sponsored by TBA

PR3 – Prop Single Engine (Medium Scale) 1/36 to 1/71
Sponsored by TBA

PR4 – Prop Multi Engine (Medium scale) 1/36 to 1/71
Sponsored by TBA

PR5 – Prop (Large scale) 1/35 and larger
Sponsored by TBA

RH1 – Rotors & Helicopters (open all scales)

Sponsored by TBA

RK1 – Rockets Space and Missiles (open all scales)

Sponsored by TBA

SF1 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Figures (open all scales)
Sponsored by TBA

SF2 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Busts (open all scales)
Sponsored by TBA

SF3 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Vehicles (Small) Up to 15cm in length, width or height

Sponsored by TBA

SF4 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Vehicles (Medium) between 15cm and 30 cm in length, width or height
Sponsored by TBA

SF5 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Vehicles (Large) greater than 30 cm in length, width or height
Sponsored by TBA

SH1 – Ships (Open All Scales)
Sponsored by TBA

SH3 – Submarines (Open All Scales)

Sponsored by TBA

TR1 – Trucks Bobtail and combination (Open all scales)

Sponsored by TBA

UN1 – Unnominated / Scratch Build
Sponsored by TBA

J14 – Junior  (Moddelers Aged under 14)

Sponsored by TBA

I17 – Intermediate (Moddelers Aged 14 – 17)

Sponsored by TBA

Special Awards Categories

Best Aviation Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Auto Entry – Darrel Mac Kay Memorial Award
Sponsored by TBA

Best AFV Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Maritime Entry – John Currie Memorial Award
Sponsored by TBA

Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Historically Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Truck Award -Lawrence Parry Memorial Award
Sponsored by TBA

Best Diorama Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Penny Couche Memorial Trophy – Best Female Entrant Award
Sponsored by David Couche

Best RAAF Entry in Show
Sponsored by TBA

Best USAF USN and USMC
Sponsored by TBA

Gary Jeffries Trophy Best Scratchbuilt Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Paint Job (non Auto)
Sponsored by TBA

Soldier On Australian Subject Post WWII
Sponsored by TBA

Junior Painting Encouragement Award
Sponsored by TBA

Best Revell Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Airfix Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Tamiya Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Italieri Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Eduard Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Arma Hobby Model Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Best Junior Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Entrants Choice Best Junior Entry
Sponsored by TBA

Entrants Choice:

Aviation
Sponsored by SAPMA

Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Sponsored by SAPMA

Automotive
Sponsored by SAPMA

Historical
Sponsored by SAPMA

Ships
Sponsored by SAPMA

Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Sponsored by SAPMA

SAPMA Sprue Master Trophy
Sponsored by SAPMA

SAPMA Modeller Of The Year Trophy
Sponsored by SAPMA

Best of Show – Judges Grand Award
Sponsored by SAPMA

Trader tables

SA Scale Model Expo has tables available to commercial traders for sale of a wide range of scale model related items.

Traders must be commercial traders and hold a current A.B.N.

If you are interested in being a trader please send through your details to ExpoDirector@SAPMA.com.au

The 2023 SA Scale Model Expo was supported by

LOCATION

Cosgrove Hall
40-50 York Avenue, Clovelly Park SA

EXPO OPENING TIMES

Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 9.00am – 4.00pm Presentations
Sunday from 3:00pm

COMPETITION ENTRY TIMES

Friday 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Note: Only under exceptional circumstances will we accept entries after the 2.00pm Saturday cut-off

SA Scale Model Expo 2023 Gallery

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

General Admission

Entrants FREE
Adults $10.00 (2 Day pass $15.00
Concession and Student $5.00
Children 12 and under FREE
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $15.00

Cost Per Model Entry

Technically Judged $3.00 Display Only FREE Ages 13 & Under FREE Ages 14 – 17 $1.00 Min. Charge (Adults) $8.00

More Information

All Expo entry and trade enquiries to the Expo Coordinator:
Phone 0407 799 683
View full venue and entry details (including description of all categories and rules) and print an entry form at the website.

Cars

Civil Aircraft

Dioramas

Gundan and Mecha

Historical Figures

Junior, Intermediate and Novice

Jets

Micro Aviation 1-100 and smaller

Motorbikes open all Scales

Props

Rigged Airplanes

Rotors and Helicopters All Scales

Sci-Fi Fantasy Movie Gaming - Figures and Busts

Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Movie Vehicles

Ships and Submarines

Animal Kingdom and Space (new categories)

Trucks

Unnominated