Modelling for quality, modelling for fun!

The Central Otago Model Society (COMS) embraces two distinct modelling disciplines and benefits from the merger of them both.

  • We create and operate model railway layouts; and
  • We research, design and build plastic models from kits.

In the process of our model-making members develop and share skills to help improve the quality of our modelling. Most importantly, we enjoy what we do and we have fun doing it!

Our Organisation

The COMS is a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation run by committe and all its full financial members are committee members. We elect a president, treasurer, secretary and newsletter editor annually. Our registered name is the IPMS Central Otago Model Society Incorporated.

Our members take turns to coordinate our display arrangements at the various events we attend.


We may be contacted via post at:

The Secretary, Central Otago Model Society, 18 Fastnet Street, Alexandra 9320

or via email at: coms (at) rexedra (dot) gen (dot) nz

Our daily ongoing activities are carried out on Facebook.

Our Meetings

The COMS meets twice monthly for members to work on modelling projects.

Date:   Second Sunday of each month

Venue: Alexandra Community House, 14-16 Centennial Ave - between the Tin Goose Cafe and the Presbyterian Church

Time:   1300 - 1700. Committee meeting from 1600.

NB: There are no January or November COMS meetings at the Community House.

Date:   Third Sunday of each month

Venue: Alexandra Scout Hall, Boundary Road - adjacent to the Molyneux Aquatic Centre

Time:   1300 - 1700.


The COMS welcomes enquiries for membership. Either contact us by post or email, or even better, call in at one of our monthly meetings and get a feel for us and the modelling we do. Our senior members commonly mentor younger folk to help them improve their modelling skills.

Membership fees are:

Individual:  $30 per year

Family:     $40 per year

Junior:     $15 per year

Associate: $15 per year (non-committee status, entitled to a monthly newsletter.)

Membership fees are payable in January each year.


We regularly display our train layout and models at community events. See the latest Events menu tab for details of where we are p[lanning to attend.