The Grail – At the Movies!

We all love the movies and television, right?!

Since the very beginning, vehicles and props have appeared as backdrops or as characters for the action, to bring life to the screen. And, of course, where there’s a camera there needs to be actors and characters in costume!

We invite Scale ACT 19 attendees to enter models of any real-life vehicle or item (props) that have appeared in a movie or on television or used behind the scenes, and actors and physical movie/TV characters, into our special “The Grail: At the Movies” competition category.

The theme of the Scale ACT 19 Grail special competition came about as 2019 sees the 50th anniversary of The Battle of Britain – the movie, that is! – which saw many aircraft being used in the flying sequences (some original, some modified, and some pretending to be something else entirely!)


What’s eligible for the Scale ACT 19 Grail competition?

Any real-life vehicle or item (props) that has appeared in a movie or on television, whether it has depicted its original subject, or been painted or modified somehow to “act” as something else. Also eligible are models of actors and physical movie/tv characters (not CGI or animated).

Here are some examples to get you thinking:


  • Hispano Aviación HA-1112-M1L Buchón playing Bf109 and Hurricane fighters (Battle of Britain)
  • The Psychedelic Monster B25 camera aircraft (used in the making of Battle of Britain)
  • The aircraft in The Final Countdown
  • North American T-6 Texan as Mitsubishi A6M Zero and Nakajima B5N aircraft (Tora! Tora! Tora!)
  • M47 tank playing a King Tiger (Patton)
  • Oddball’s Sherman Tank (Kelly’s Heroes)
  • Tiger I modified from a T-34 (Kelly’s Heroes)
  • ECTO1 (Ghostbusters)
  • M3 Lee tank (Sahara)
  • Max’s V8 Interceptor (Mad Max)
  • Moe, Larry and Curly (The Three Stooges figures from Polar Lights)
  • Rick (Casablanca bust from Andrea Miniatures)


  • London Police call box (TARDIS, Doctor Who)
  • General Lee (1969 Dodge Charger, Dukes of Hazzard)
  • KITT (modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, Knight Rider)
  • Batmobile, batcopter and batcycle (1960s Batman)


What’s not eligible for the Scale ACT 19 Grail competition?

Anything that is purely imaginary, not based on a real-life vehicle or item!

For example, X-Wing fighters, Star Destroyers and the Starship Enterprise are not eligible for this competition, these belong in the science fiction/fantasy vehicles judging categories.

Also, models of purely CGI or animated characters are not eligible, these belong in the science fiction/fantasy figures or Gundam judging categories.

One of the reasons this decision was made was simple – we don’t wish to gut the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Gundam categories of all their entries!

Competition Conditions

Entries to this competition must meet the following criteria;

  • Any model built from a kit, out of the box, modified or scratch-built.
  • Diecast models or pre-assembled are not eligible

Should there be any doubt on whether an entry meets these conditions, the Scale ACT Chief Judges’ decision is final.

Judging Format

Due to the wide variety of subjects that may be entered, it will be very difficult to apply the usual competition judging format.  Instead, the competition will be run as a form of public’s and competitors’ choice.

  • Best model as voted by visitors at Scale ACT. This award favours the biggest, brightest and the most grand-looking models as that’s what the public likes and goes for.   The Grail trophy will be awarded to winner of this section.
  • Best model as voted by competitors at Scale ACT. This award favours the best constructed and finished models as competitors appreciates skills involved in build such models.

Rules for voting

The time for voting has allow for a reasonable number of the entries to arrive before it starts, and also end with enough time for the votes to be tallied up before the announcement of the competition results.

  • Voting starts on Saturday 12:00
  • Voting finishes on Sunday 13:00
  • One voting ticket for the visitors’ award will be given to each visitor at Scale ACT.
  • One voting ticket for the competitors’ award will be given to each competitor at Scale ACT.