Conditions of Entry

  1. Models must be presented at the venue entry desk between
    5 pm to 9 pm on Friday, 9 June 2017
    9 am to 12 noon on Saturday, 10 June 2017. Entry forms will be available at the desk or download the entry form here.
    Details for Pre-Registration option can be found here.
    NOTE: As we want to display the best models to the viewing public and fellow modellers any prize winning models removed from display before 4.00pm on the last day of the event will forfeit that prize. No exceptions
  2. Model entry fee is
    • Adults $5.00 for the first model then $3.00 for each model after
    • Juniors and Intermediates $3.00 per model
    • There is no limit to the number of models that may be entered
  3. JUNIOR entrants must be under 13 and INTERMEDIATE entrants must be under 18 on 1 June of the year of the show
  4. All models must have been completely built and finished by the entrant. Each model is eligible for entry in one category ONLY. Scratchbuilt models must be entered in the SCRATCHBUILT category. The Model Expo Director reserves the right to combine categories at any time. Models will be automatically eligible for any SPECIAL AWARDS which may be applicable.
  5. Models which are part of a club display can not be entered. Any model which has won or been placed in any category of a previous AUSTRALIAN OPEN PLASTIC & SCALE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIPS is ineligible for entry in this competition.
  6. Every entry SHOULD be accompanied by the instruction sheet supplied in the kit. Details of changes or modifications MUST be provided in writing and are best supported by photocopied reference where possible. Failure to supply the above details will incur loss of points.
  7. Except as noted, models should be substantially composed of plastic materials (which includes resin). FIGURES, SCIENCE FICTION, MOVIES & FANTASY and SCRATCHBUILT models may be of other materials. Non plastic figures and scenery may be used in DIORAMAS, VIGNETTES and WARGAMING ARMIES. Wooden SAILING SHIPS may also be entered.
  8. Models may be displayed on a base or plinth containing additional material but the judges will consider only the specific model designated on the entry form.

  9. All items within the base of a DIORAMA or VIGNETTE will be judged as a whole. The definitions of the categories are:

    SINGLE MODEL DIORAMA

    ONE model eg. Aircraft, Military AFV or Vehicle, Ship etc on base with simple scenic effects with 1 to 6 figures

    DIORAMA:

    A scene which tells a story, including TWO or more models on a base with extensive scenic effects.

    VIGNETTE:

    A cameo of a story, featuring 2 to 6 figures on a small base with simple scenic effects.
    1. It can include hand held or personally portable equipment, a horse or large animal, small livestock.
    2. It cannot include full buildings, large equipment, full vehicles, aircraft or ships.
    3. If the scenic effects dominate the figures the model may be classified as a Diorama.
  10. Awards will be made for first, second, third. Each model that passes stage one judging and does not place 1st, 2nd or 3rd, will recieve a commended award. The winning models will be determined by a points system which takes into account construction, attention to detail, finish, accuracy to reference/imagination and realism for a total of 100 points. Each model will be assessed by a minimum of two judges.
  11. In the event of a dispute regarding interpretation or application of these rules, the decision of the Chief Judge appointed by the Model Expo Director shall be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. While the organisers undertake to provide all reasonable care and protection of models entered in the competition such models are entered at the owner's risk and the organisers accept no responsibility for any loss or damage that may occur.

COMPETITION CLASSES

OUT-OF-BOX (OOB)

  1. The model must be built using only those parts contained within a SINGLE KIT, except as stated herein. Filler, surfacing materials and scrap plastic may be used to rectify gaps and defects.
  2. The parts within the kit may be altered or refined only as listed in the table below.
  3. Model Category
    Allowable Enhancements
    Aircraft

    The original kit may be enhanced in the following ways:

    For Categories:
    ME12A1, ME12A2, ME12B, ME14A1, ME14A2

    • Antennas or aerials
    • Seat belts
    • Rigging wires
    • Alternative wheels
    • Panel lines maybe re-scribed after construction or to correct inaccuracies
    • Change of paint scheme and/or decals
    • Refining of kit parts without changing their basic shape
    • Drilling out of gun barrels and/or exhausts
    Military Vehicles / AFV's

    The original kit may be enhanced in the following ways:

    For Categories:
    ME21A, ME21B, ME23, ME26

    • Antennas or aerials
    • Seat belts
    • Change of paint scheme and/or decals
    • Refining of kit parts without changing their basic shape
    • Drilling out of gun barrels and/or exhausts
    • Panel lines maybe re-scribed after construction or to correct inaccuracies
    • Steering wheels maybe turned
    • Limited Stowage maybe applied up to five objects
    • Filler may be used to create Zimmeritt effect on German Armour
    Cars/Automotive

    The original kit may be enhanced in the following ways:

    For Categories:
    ME33

    • Antennas or aerials
    • Seat belts
    • Change of paint scheme and/or decals
    • Refining of kit parts without changing their basic shape
    • Drilling out of exhausts
    • Panel lines maybe re-scribed after construction or to correct inaccuracies
    • Steering wheels maybe turned
    • Flocking of interior
  4. If the instruction sheet makes specific reference to an accessory part(s) marketed for the model by the kit manufacturer then that part(s) may be added.
  5. Other parts may only be added or substituted for kit parts as detailed in the Model Expo Handbook.
  6. The model may be finished in any colour scheme and markings using any finishing technique such as metallizers, flocking or powders.

MODIFIED (MOD)

Any model that has been extensively modified and does not conform with OUT-OF-BOX class.

Open (OPEN)

Open class has no restrictions to modifications or scale.