Competition Details

Our competition judging system is based on a modified version of IPMS USA 2002 rules that we’ve been refining over a decade or more. This system aims to find the best model in each category by ‘knocking-out’ models which exhibit flaws until the best is left!

Our judging teams look most keenly at basic modelling skills (construction, alignment, finish, etc) before moving on to more detailed examinations. In this system, a beautifully finished model with drooping fins or wonky wheels won’t win – so paying attention to the basics is important! 🙂

We also pay attention to the number of models in a category – not too few or too many – this reduces load on judging teams and means there are more awards to go around!

The categories on offer this year is listed below – but first, please read the;

Competition Notes

References: References are NOT required at ScaleACT. If you’ve modified your model to represent a particular subject, that’s great – we trust you 🙂 Models are judged as presented at ScaleACT, you’ll be penalised for not paying attention to basic modelling skills rather than a disagreement over a particular shade of RLM-something-or-other.

Scales: The major Aircraft and AFV categories are essentially divided into three size groups based on the most common model scales.

  • Aircraft smaller than 1/72 (eg: 1/76 or 1/144) will be grouped and judged with 1/72.
  • Aircraft larger than 1/32 will be grouped with 1/32.
  • AFV’s smaller than 1/72 will be grouped with 1/72.
  • AFV’s larger than 1/35 will be grouped with 1/35th.

Number of entries in a category:  A category must have at least 2 entries submitted by at least 2 competitors to be valid. A category may be folded and models moved to the next most appropriate category if this limitation is not met. We try to limit categories to no more than 12 entries to keep judging workload reasonable. If more than 12 models are entered in the same category, the category may be split into sub-categories – at the whim and pleasure of the Chief Judge on the day.

Die-Cast models. ScaleACT is a competition is for scale models that are built by the entrant, either from kits or scratch-built from raw materials. Predominantly pre-assembled models, E.g. : Die-Cast will not be accepted for competition. NOTE: The ban on pre-assembled models includes cases where a Die-Cast model has been enhanced and/or refinished by the owner. The Chief Judges decision is final.

Entry Fees. Competition entry fees are charged for all non-ACTSMS members, full details here. It is a lot cheaper to enter online (much less work for us!) so you are encouraged to register online rather than fill in forms on the day. Online registration typically opens about a month out – so please check back in mid October for registration!

ScaleACT-18 Categories

The following categories are offered for ScaleACT-18. Please study the list carefully as there have been changes from previous years.

1: Military Aircraft. 1/32 – Pre WW2

2: Military Aircraft. 1/32 – WW2

3: Military Aircraft. 1/32 – Post WW2

4: Military Aircraft. 1/48 – Pre WW2

5: Military Aircraft. 1/48 – WW2, Single Engine, Allied

6: Military Aircraft. 1/48 – WW2, Single Engine, Axis

7: Military Aircraft. 1/48 – WW2, Multi Engine – Allied

8: Military Aircraft. 1/48 – WW2, Multi Engine – Axis

9: Military Aircraft. 1/48 – Post WW2, Single Engine

10: Military Aircraft. 1/48 – Post WW2, Multi Engine

11: Military Aircraft. 1/72 – Pre WW2

12: Military Aircraft. 1/72 – WW2 – Single Engine – Allied

13: Military Aircraft. 1/72 – WW2 – Single Engine – Axis

14: Military Aircraft. 1/72 – WW2 – Multi Engine – Allied

15: Military Aircraft. 1/72 – WW2 – Multi Engine – Axis

16: Military Aircraft. 1/72 – Post WW2, Single Engine

17: Military Aircraft. 1/72 – Post WW2, Multi Engine

18: Civilian Aircraft. Single engine

19: Civilian Aircraft. Multi engine

20: Helicopters

21: Military Vehicles. 1/35 – Pre WW2

22: Military Vehicles. 1/35 – WW2, Allied

23: Military Vehicles. 1/35 – WW2, Axis

24: Military Vehicles. 1/35 – Post WW2, Tracked

25: Military Vehicles. 1/35 – Post WW2, Wheeled

26: Military Vehicles. 1/48 – Pre WW2

27: Military Vehicles. 1/48 – WW2, Allied

28: Military Vehicles. 1/48 – WW2, Axis

29: Military Vehicles. 1/48 – Post WW2

30: Military Vehicles. 1/72 – Pre WW2

31: Military Vehicles. 1/72 – WW2, Allied

32: Military Vehicles. 1/72 – WW2, Axis

33: Military Vehicles. 1/72 – Post WW2

34: Artillery

35: Cars. Street. Pre-1950

36: Cars. Street. 1950-1980

37: Cars. Street. Post-1980

38: Cars. Competition. Pre-1950

39: Cars. Competition. 1950-1980

40: Cars. Competition. Post-1980

41: Civilian Vehicles. Motorcycles

42: Civilian Vehicles. Trucks

43: Dioramas. Class A (0~1 Vehicle + 0~3 Figures)

44: Dioramas. Class B (Not class A)

45: Figures & Busts – Historical. Large (76mm +)

46: Figures & Busts – Historical. Small (75mm -)

47: Figures & Busts – Historical. Busts

48: Space. Real.  (Note: New Category) 

49: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Movie. Figures

50: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Movie. Ground Vehicles

51: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Movie. Air / Space Vehicles

52: Gundam

53: Ships. Sailing

54: Ships Powered. Large. 1/500 –

55: Ships. Powered. Small. 1/501 +

56: Ships. Subs

57: What-If. Air

58: What-If. Land

59: Scratch-built / Open. All scales, all subjects

60: Juniors ( < 13 )

61: Young Guns ( < 18 )

62: Special Competitions. The Kittyhawk Cup

63: Special Competitions. The Sentinel Shield

64: Special Competitions. The Grail: Rag Wing

In addition to the regular competition categories above, several special awards are presented at ScaleACT, including awards for the Best Australian model, Best RAAF model and the Commonwealth Cup, the best model of a Commonwealth (Australian, British or Canadian) subject.