SMW – What’s On

Scale ModelWorld is the largest fine scale model show in the world, and takes place over two days every November.   It is organised and run by the International Plastic Modellers’ Society (UK), and uses the International Centre in Telford.  Click here for information on address, times, dates, ticket prices and advance ticket sales.

If you become an IPMS member before Scale ModelWorld, your membership includes free priority admission to both days of the show.   This means you are allowed in one hour before before the general public.

Traders (TBC)

  • Over 80 traders
  • Often used by manufacturers to announce significant new releases
  • The majority of the specialist book publishers, major model retailers and modelling magazines in the UK and Europe attend the show each year

UK Branches and Special Interest Groups (TBC)

Milton Cheney Branch and Trophy, SMW 2018
Milton Cheney Branch and Trophy, SMW 2018
  • Over 180 Branch and Special Interest Group displays
  • Every imaginable genre and special interest in the modelling world represented
  • Thousands of models on display

Overseas Visitors (TBC)

SMW 2019 Netherlands Photo Erik Bosch
Netherlands, SMW 2019, photo Erik Bosch
  • Dedicated overseas exhibition area for clubs
  • Overseas traders
  • Visitors to the show from all over the world


There are usually a range of special displays at Scale ModelWorld, more details nearer the event.


War and Peace by Josey Dooley, Winner- Branch Champions Award 2019

Scale ModelWorld hosts the internationally renowned IPMS (UK) Annual Model Competition:

  • Over 140 different classes and individual trophies
  • Any IPMS member from any IPMS affiliated country can enter the competition
  • All visitors are welcome to view the models in the competition area


There is a modelling demonstrations programme that showcases various modelling skills; details to be confirmed.


A full range of IPMS(UK) souvenir merchandise will be on sale in the foyer, including Seam Scrapers, t-shirts, polo shirts, badges, patches, stickers, mugs, lanyards and magazine back issues.

Make and Paint (TBC)

There will be a Make & Paint, where all are welcome to try a hand at model making.

Facilities (TBC)

  • Light refreshments, hot meals, hot and cold drinks and licensed bar are all available in the halls
  • There are two hotels onsite and many others nearby
  • FREE wi-fi at the venue
  • FREE printed show guide
  • FREE minibus service from the railway station to the venue
  • Mobility scooters can be hired from the venue organisers

Click for information on catering, the venue, travel and accommodation 


The IPMS(UK) Dinner at Scale ModelWorld will be held in the Holiday Inn on Saturday 12th November.   19:30 Arrival for 20:00 Dinner.

The booking form is will be available here nearer the event.

Public Timetable

The public timetable will be available nearer the event.


To be confirmed.

Give an Old Model a New Home

To be confirmed.


Please come 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.  You will find that that time flies 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!