Welcome to Scale ModelWorld the greatest Model Show on earth.
Scale ModelWorld is an annual exhibition held over two days every November. The show is organised and run by the International Plastic Modellers’ Society and since 1998 the venue has been The International Centre in Telford.
Scale ModelWorld is without doubt the largest model show in the world encompassing all four halls of the Telford International Centre and is unmatched in its size and diversity which helps to attract the huge visitor numbers who come from not only the United Kingdom and Europe but from all over the world. In 2013 our 50th Anniversary year over 40 overseas groups displayed and visitor numbers were the highest we have ever recorded.
In 2013 over 180 traders attended the event from all over the World including China, Japan, Russia, America, Europe and the UK and included major manufacturers such as Airfix, Revell and Zoukei Mura. Airfix also announced the release of its 1/24th scale Hawker Typhoon kit at the show and we hope other manufacturers will take the opportunity to similarly announce their new releases in 2014. Trade space for the 2014 show is selling fast and the majority of space has already been allocated, we confidently expect all trade space to be sold out by the end of 2013. Historically the majority of the specialist book publishers, major model retailers and printed modelling magazines in the UK and Europe attend the show each year and we are happy to report this remains the case for 2014.
Each Scale ModelWorld has its own theme and for 2014 it is the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1 and our Great War Special Interest Group will be providing a special display in tribute to all those who served in that horrific conflict.
Visitor attractions for Scale ModelWorld 2014 are still being finalised but we hope to include a replica WWI fighter aircraft and an original WWI steam powered lorry. Living History re-enactors with a display of equipment and weapons from both sides will be in the Halls and as has become the norm in recent years we are expecting an armoured vehicle or two.
Over 170 club displays will be distributed over the large halls with every imaginable genre or special interest in the modelling world represented somewhere among the many thousands of models on display. An important part of these displays is the Overseas area in which you can find numerous traders and clubs from all over the globe and soak up the truly international and vibrant atmosphere. We have always been known for the warm welcome given to new visitors and regulars alike and you will find that your time flies past so fast that the two days are over in a flash and you didn't manage to get around half of the show, which is a good incentive to come again next year!
Scale ModelWorld hosts the internationally renowned IPMS (UK) Annual Model Competition with over 100 different classes and individual trophies. Only members of an IPMS organisation of which there are over 60 worldwide can enter models in the competition but all visitors are welcome to view the models in the competition area.
SMW also hosts a truly massive Kit Swap which grows in size and popularity each year where IPMS members can sell surplus items. Members have priority access in the morning but later in the day all are welcome to go in search of a bargain or that Long-Out-of-Production-Kit. Light refreshments, hot meals, hot and cold drinks and licensed bar are all available in the halls and there are two hotels onsite and many others nearby. Additional information on the venue, travel and accommodation is available here.
Sunday 9th November is Remembrance Sunday. We invite you to join us in observing a two minute silence at 11:00am which will be introduced by our Chaplain, John McIllmurray. Sqn Ldr Paul Dyson will play 'The Last Post' and 'The Rouse'. This will be followed by an informal short service of Remembrance; all are welcome.