SA Scale Model EXPO 2023

SA Plastic Modellers Association presents

Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 October 2023

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

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


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

SAPMAs 40th Expo 2023 is all done and dusted.

Congratulations to all involved, in particular the Committee and Sub Committee (comprising Keith Thomson, Mark Medwell, and Paulo Castro) responsible for the planning of this event.
Keith, Paulo, and Mark really pulled out all stops to ensure that we were able to make the move from Cosgrove Hall to Prince Alfred College in a smooth manner. Without their work, this would have been a nightmare.
We had 513 models for judging and display with 293 for technical judging.
We are not sure on total visitor numbers at this stage but whilst it seemed slightly down from the last years [where entry numbers were up] that was coming from a [2020] covid shutdown and so there were two years of models for entry instead of the normal numbers.
We rely heavily on volunteers to run this event. I would like to extend our appreciation to all who assisted with the setup, strip-down and general running of the event over the two days. In particular, the 30 volunteers who stayed back on the Saturday night to assist with the judging really did make the process move along. It was finished in what seemed to me record time. We had a small break for pizza and refreshments and were still able to finish the task relatively early. All judges were given a small bag of goodies from the club as a token of the committee’s appreciation.
I would also like to acknowledge our traders, some of whom had travelled long distances to support our event. They do help to make the show enjoyable by letting us view different products in the modelling scene.
The Committee will now take a short break before we meet again to have a debrief on any highlights and improvements that can be made for next year.
The wonderful news is that Prince Alfred College have already given us the go ahead for next year due to the way we conducted ourselves as individuals and as an organisation.
Once again, congratulations to all involved.
John Murray


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 6 October, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday 7 October, 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:

– $2-00 per entry in lieu of standard fee of $3-00

– Minimum charge of $7-00 in lieu of standard charge of $8-00

Junior Entry (17 and under) rates:

– No charge in lieu of standard fee of $1-00

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

Note: online entries are now closed… Entries will still be possible in person at the EXPO check-in desk on either Friday evening (6pm to 8 pm) or Saturday morning (9am to 2pm).

If you would like to learn more about how to enter please contact us via

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

AK1 – Animal Kingdom
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supplies

AV1 – AFV (Small Scale)
Sponsored by Roving Wolf Hobbies

AV2 – AFV (Medium Scale)
Sponsored by Military Hobbies

AV3 – AFV (Large Scale)
Sponsored by AB&S Enterprises

AV4 – AFV (Wheel Driven)
Sponsored by Outlaw Paints

CA1 – Civil Aircraft (open All Scales)
Sponsored by Alistair McDonald

CR1 – Cars (Small Scale)
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supplies

CR2 – Cars (Medium/Large Street Legal)
Sponsored by Outlaw Paints

CR3 – Cars (Medium/Large Competition)
Sponsored by Konig Wheels

CR4 – Cars (Kustom)
Sponsored by Outlaw Paints

DR1 – Dioramas (Small)
Sponsored by Military Hobbies

DR2 – Dioramas (Large)
Sponsored by BNA Model World

DR3 – Dioramas (Civil – Open All Scales)
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supplies

FG1 – Gaming Figures (Open All Scales)
Sponsored by Burfitt Tools 

GD1 – Gundam & Mecha
Sponsored by Canberra Hobby Centre 

HF1 – Historical Figures
Sponsored by Military Hobbies

JT1 – Small (Small Scale)
Sponsored by Aeroworks

JT 2 – Jet (Medium scale)
Sponsored by BNA Model World

JT3 – Jets (Large Scale)
Sponsored by John Murray Snr.

MA1 – Micro Aviation 1/100 and smaller
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supplies

MB1 – Motorbikes (All Scales)
Sponsored by Dave Langfield

PR1 – Prop Single Engine (Small Scale)
Sponsored by Somerset Models

PR2 – Prop Multi Engine (Small Scale)
Sponsored by Aeroworks

PR3 – Prop Single Engine Medium Scale
Sponsored by Model Matters

PR4 – Prop Multi Engine (Medium scale)
Sponsored by Avonmore Books

PR5 – Prop (Large scale)
Sponsored by Paulo Castro

RH1 – Rotors & Helicopters
Sponsored by Andy Stockings

RA1 – Rigged Airplanes (1/48 and Smaller)
Sponsored by Model World

RA2 – Rigged Airplanes (Large Scale)
Sponsored by Aeroworks

RK1 – Rockets Space and Missiles
Sponsored by Alistair McDonald

SF1 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Figures
Sponsored by Supercheap Hobbies

SF2 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Busts
Sponsored by Firestorm Models

SF3 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Vehicles (Small)
Sponsored by Mark Medwell

SF4 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Vehicles (Medium)
Sponsored by Logan Gentleman

SF5 – Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Movie Vehicles (Large)
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supplies

SH1 – Ships (1/350th Scale and Smaller)
Sponsored by Military Hobbies

SH2 – Ships (Large)
Sponsored by BNA Model World

SH3 – Submarines (Open All Scales)
Sponsored by Marie Baker

TR1 – Trucks (Commercial Bobtail)
Sponsored by Keith Thomson

TR2 – Trucks (Commercial Combination)
Sponsored by Keith Thomson

UN1 – Unnominated / Scratch Build
Sponsored by Phil Pojer

NOV – Novice
Sponsored by Somerset Models

SD1 – Scratch and Dent
Sponsored by Somerset Models

Special Awards Categories

Best Aviation Entry
Sponsored by Supercheap Hobbies

Best Auto Entry – Darrel Mac Kay Memorial Award
Sponsored by Mullins Wheels

Best AFV Entry
Sponsored by Outlaw Paints

Best Maritime Entry – John Currie Memorial Award
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supplies

Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy Entry
Sponsored by Somerset Models

Best Historically Entry
Sponsored by Specmod Models

Best Truck Award -Lawrence Parry Memorial Award
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supples

Best Diorama Entry
Sponsored by Small Subjects Podcast

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

Best RAAF Entry in Show
Sponsored by Mark Medwell

Sponsored by Props, Jets, Rotors

Gary Jeffries Trophy Best Scratchbuilt Entry
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supplies

Best Paint Job (non Auto)
Sponsored by SMS Paints

Soldier On Australian Subject Post WWII
Sponsored by Samios Plumbing Supplies

Junior Painting Encouragement Award
Sponsored by Outlaw Paints

Best Revell Entry
Sponsored by Southern Model Supplies

Best Airfix Entry
Sponsored by Southern Model Supplies

Best Tamiya Entry
Sponsored by Southern Model Supplies

Best Italieri Entry
Sponsored by Southern Model Supplies

Best Eduard Entry
Sponsored by Hobbies Australia

Best Arma Hobby Model Entry
Sponsored by Hobbies Australia

Best Junior Entry
Sponsored by Hobby Habit

Entrants Choice Best Junior Entry
Sponsored by Hobby Habit

Entrants Choice:

Sponsored by SAPMA

Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Sponsored by Outlaw Paints

Sponsored by Hobby Habbit

Sponsored by SAPMA

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

The 2022 SA Scale Model Expo is supported by


Cosgrove Hall
40-50 York Avenue, Clovelly Park SA


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


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 2022 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.


Civil Aircraft


Gundan and Mecha

Historical Figures

Junior, Intermediate and Novice


Micro Aviation 1-100 and smaller

Motorbikes open all Scales


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)