SMW 2019 trader booking form

Bookings for Scale ModelWorld 2019 are under way.   Please note SMW 2018 was fully booked, and so traders are advised to book early for 2019.

  • The booking Terms and Conditions are available to download here (PDF file)
  • The Data Privacy Notice for traders is available to download  here (PDF file)
  • The Trader Booking Form is available to download here (Microsoft Word .DOC file)

Scale ModelWorld 2018 – Products Update


Scale ModelWorld 2018 saw a variety of significant product announcements.  Included are:

Seam Scraper 2 available

Following on from the success of the IPMS Seam Scraper 1 tool, Seam Scraper 2 has now been released.   Sales at Scale ModelWorld have been very brisk.

Wingnut Wings 0/400 and Lancaster

Wingnut Wings, the trade exhibitor who travelled furthest to reach Scale ModelWorld 2018, displayed test shots of both the Handley Page 0/400 and the Avro Lancaster in 1/32nd scale:SMW2018 Wingnut 0-400

SMW 2018 Wingnut Wings 1/32 Lancaster

Airfix announce 1/24th scale Hellcat

SMW 2018 Airfix Hellcat announced

The special announcement from Airfix was a 1/24th scale F6F Hellcat

Zoukei-Mura new products

SMW 2018 Zoukei Mura Ki45 and Hs129

Zoukei-Mura had examples of their 1/32nd scale Henschel 129 and Ki-45



Remembrance Day Service

The text of Anton Burrows’ moving Remembrance Day service is available as a PDF at

Scale ModelWorld 2018 – Competition Champions

Congratulations to the Scale ModelWorld 2018 competition champions:

Junior Best in Show

SMW 2018 Junior Best in Show

Alex Bienek with a World War I Mark IV Male Tank

Senior Best in Show

SMW 2018 Senior Best in Show

George Tenediotis with an Oeffag-Mickl G6, G-Series Flying Boat

There will more more competition results and photographs soon

SMW competition closed


Please note that entry for the 2018 competition is now closed (the closing date was Saturday 3rd November.)

CompetiTION Entries

As of 31st October we have had 1050 models registered into the competition.  This means that with still three days to go the competition exceeded last year.



SMW advance tickets closed

Advanced, online ticket sales for Scale ModelWorld 2018 are now closed, to allow for processing and postal times.

Tickets will be available on the door, see for information and pricing.

SMW Special Displays

The main display for Scale ModelWorld 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force in Hall 3.  Many branches and SIGs are also expected to commemorate the founding of the RAF.

Also look out for North Somerset’s WW1 trench, Bomber Command SIG’s Victoria Cross Winners display, Tangemere’s 100 Years of Tangmere Airfield, the large Mulberry harbour display in Hall 1, and Farnborough’s tribute to the late Dick Ward and his Modeldecal range.

In the foyer the WW1 SIG will be marking the end of the Great War, along with IPMS(UK)’s nominated charity, the Royal British Legion.

The Clear Prop Award

The Clear Prop Award

This is a new award for Scale ModelWorld 2018, sponsored by a new manufacturer called Clear Prop.

They will be awarding a trophy for the best model of a pioneering jet in 72nd Scale.

Membership applications and renewals closed until after SMW

Please note the deadline for membership applications and renewals before Scale ModelWorld 2018 was midnight on 31st October 2018.

Applications or renewals received  from now on will not be processed  until after the show.

Accordingly, there will be no membership desk at Telford on the Friday (Scale ModelWorld set-up day, Friday 9th November).


SMW Members’ Admission

The arrangements for IPMS Members to gain access to Scale ModelWorld 2018 are here (PDF file)

(The arrangements for members of the public are available as a PDF here.)

Please note timing and arrangements may be subject to change.

New Handley Page trophy

A new trophy will be awarded for the first time at Scale ModelWorld 2018 competition.

It is called The Harry Frazer Mitchell Memorial Award & Handley Page Association Trophy, and will be given for the best model of a Handley Page designed aircraft in any scale, or a BAE Systems Hawk in any scale.

Harry Frazer Mitchell Trophy

The new trophy replaces the original Handley Page Trophy.  This covered any aircraft from the Handley Page company.   The sponsor then was Harry Frazer Mitchell, one-time Chief Aerodynamicist of Handley Page.

Harry had always been a champion of the Society, and although it was not known outside his friends and colleagues Harry was heavily involved in the design of the BAE Hawk training aircraft.

When Harry passed away the trophy was renamed in his honour, with the permission of his family and the Handley Page Association.

For more on Harry’s life and distinguished career, see

SMW briefing for Branch And SIG Leaders

The briefing document for Branch Secretaries and SIG Leaders, with important information for IPMS members is here

Armistice display at SMW

There will be an Armistice display in the foyer at Scale ModelWorld to commemorate the service of British and Commonwealth personnel during the Great War.

The display will consist of models from the branches and SIGs that responded to the request in the magazine to contribute to this display.

However, we will be leaving some of the display space open so that IPMS members can add their models to the display at Scale ModelWorld without any prior booking.

If you want to add something to the Armistice display at Scale ModelWorld, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • One model per IPMS member
  • The model can be any WWI subject provided it features British and/or Commonwealth personnel, planes, tanks, artillery or ships (or anything else!)
  • Please don’t make it too big as space is limited. A4 or smaller is ideal
  • The model can be displayed for either Saturday or Sunday, or both
  • Please book your model in with someone manning the stand, don’t just place it on the table.  The ideal time would be in the 9AM to 10AM IPMS-only periods on Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Please don’t be offended if there is no space available.  Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis

SMW floorplans

Minor changes are still happening to the floor plans for Scale ModelWorld 2018

For the latest versions see

SMW Traders List

An updated list of the traders who will be attending Scale ModelWorld 2018 is now available at

SMW timetable

The timetable for Scale ModelWorld 2018 is available as a PDF here.

Please note these timings are almost bound to change.

IPMS(UK) Annual Dinner 2018

The IPMS(UK) Annual Dinner is held during Scale ModelWorld.  Click here for menu and booking information.

New book and signing at SMW

Robin Carpenter, a trader at Scale Modelworld with Scalewarship Ltd, who also teaches airbrushing in association with the Airbrush Company Ltd is about to release his first book.

Entitled Airbrushing Scale Model Aircraft, the book takes modellers from buying equipment through basic exercises to different airbrushing techniques on scale model aircraft.   See .

Robin will have a limited supply of this book at Scale ModelWorld 2018 and will be signing copies if requested.  If you would like to reserve a copy e-mail Robin at

Kit Swap forms available

All the information on the Kit Swap at Scale ModelWorld 2018 is now available – click here

This includes downloadable versions of the sales sheet in PDF or Word Doc format.

New hotel for Scale ModelWorld

Travelodge have opened a new hotel near to the venue for Scale ModelWorld 2018, see here

They are offering a 5% discount if you click the “5% Off” button on that page.

Competition entry form 2018

The entry forms for the Scale ModelWorld 2018 competition are now available:

Please do not use previous years’ documents; they change from year to year.


Wingnut Wings to attend Scale ModelWorld 2018

IPMS(UK) is pleased to confirm that Wingnut Wings will be attending Scale ModelWorld 2018 with a major trade presence. Not only will this be a first for the United Kingdom, but it also makes them the farthest-travelled trader ever to attend our event.

Wingnut Wings have developed an enviable reputation in a just a few short years for their range of 1/32 scale First World War aircraft models and have set the benchmark for quality in this area.

Owned by film director Peter Jackson (best known for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies), Wingnut Wings is developing an ever-expanding range of models and accessories to compliment them. Their popularity has spread rapidly across the world and it is a huge honour for IPMS (UK) to welcome them to the UK

Wingnut Wings’ decision to attend Scale ModelWorld 2018 is particularly apposite as this year marks both the Centenary of the end of the First World War and of the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. Their product range contains many of the iconic aircraft designs from both sides of the conflict, giving modellers the chance to own and build a miniature replica of their favourite aircraft from the era.

SMW admission prices held

The admission prices for Scale ModelWorld 2018 have been held at the same level as in 2017.  Click here for details

Scale ModelWorld News

The Special display planned for 2018 is “100 Years of the RAF”.   We are also looking at ways of commemorating 100 years since the Armistice

Advance tickets sales will be online from 1st August 2018

Competition forms and suporting documents will be available from 1st August 2018

It is planned to have an online competion entry form.  (This is an addition to the regular methods of entering the competiion; we will continue to support paper forms via the post, or emailed forms.)

The free minibus service from the railway station to the show is confirmed for 2018

There will be free Wi-Fi at the venue

The free printed Show Guide is confirmed for 2018

Annual Returns

Can all branch and SIG leaders please check that they have received the annual returns which this year are being sent as an online form by survey monkey unless a paper copy has been requested.

If you have received neither and your branch/SIG is not shown on the website as return received please contact the UKLO and I will arrange to resend in whichever format you require.

SMW 2018 Overseas Club Booking form

The booking form for Overseas Clubs wishing to exhibit at Scale ModelWorld 2018 is now available online – click here

Added some photos of Branches & SIGs at Scale ModelWorld

Thanks to Andy Prentis for the team photos of just some of the UK Branches and Special Interest Groups that were at Scale ModelWorld 2017


Added photo gallery of SMW 2017 National Champions & Category winners

Again, many thanks to Chris Ayre for producing some stunning images of our championship models


See video review of Scale ModelWorld 2017

Owen Edwards spends a day at Telford Scale Model World 2017.  Featuring interviews with IPMS members, the Airfix team, and Malcolm from Models for Heroes, plus a look around some of the many displays and the competition section.



CAN YOU HELP? – missing model

A ship model went missing from the competition area at Scale ModelWorld 2017 on Sunday 12th November.

It may have been picked up by mistake when competitors were collecting their models at the end of the show.

If you had entries in the competition, can you please check that you don’t have this model in with your own, please.

Model Missing from Competition at SMW 2017 (1)
Model Missing from Competition at SMW 2017 (1)
Model Missing from Competition at SMW 2017 (2)
Model Missing from Competition at SMW 2017 (2)

SMW 2017 Competition Results

The results of the Scale ModelWorld 2017 competion are now available (PDF, opens in new tab)


Trader special offer for SMW 2018

Advance bookings are well under way for Scale ModelWorld 2018.  There is a special price for bookings made up until 30th November 2017, so if you are thinking of having a trade presence at the 2018 show, better to book sooner!

  • The booking Terms and Conditions are available here (PDF, opens in new tab)
  • The Trader Booking Form is available here (Microsoft Word .DOC, opens in new window)

Scale ModelWorld 2017 – thank you!

Many thanks to all who exhibited at or visited Scale ModelWorld 2017.    The exact figures are not yet in, but the attendance figures were extremely high.

And a special thank you to all the volunteers who run the show, without whose hard work and dedication Scale ModelWorld would not be possible.

We look forward to seeing you next year at Scale ModelWorld 2018, on the 10th and 11th November, at the same venue!

Day One of Scale ModelWorld “enormous success”

“Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been frenetically busy,” says IPMS(UK) President Paul Regan at the end of the first day.

“We don’t have exact figures yet, but it looks like it is a record breaking show. Traders have reported brisk activity, and the competition has had the highest number of entries since the 50th anniversary show, with over 1100 entries.”

Scale ModelWorld 2017 continues tomorrow, Sunday 12th November.


SMW Health and Safety Briefing

IMPORTANT: all IPMS Members attending Scale ModelWorld, and all Traders and other exhibitors should familiarise themselves with this briefing

  • The Health & Safety briefing for 2017 is available here
  • The only change from 2016 is the requirement for all persons present during the breakdown to wear yellow tabards.

Modelling demonstrations at SMW

We are delighted to announce the return of modelling demonstrations at Scale ModelWorld 2017, in Hall Three.

Demonstrating their skills at various modelling techniques will be:

  • Bob from MDC – moulding and casting
  • Franck Oudin – Airbrush (GSI Europe)
  • Peter of MAN Models – Hakata Paint
  • David Parker of AFV  Modeller
  • John Adams – vacforms


With thanks to Applied Vacuum Engineering for supplying moulding and casting equipment, and to Neill’s Materials for raw materials.

New trophy for SMW

At Scale ModelWorld 2017 IPMS Israel will be awarding a special trophy for any Israeli subject.

This has been in the planning stage for months and has finally been confirmed.

No separate entry is required and Members of IPMS Israel will be judging the new award.

SMW advanced ticket sales

Advanced ticket sales allow you to beat the queue for the cash desks at Scale ModelWorld.

Price for adults is £10 per day + £2.20 booking fee – click here to book

Advanced ticket sales for Scale ModelWorld 2017 will not be available after midnight on 2nd November 2017.  This is to allow time for tickets to be sent through the post.

SMW information for IPMS members

The briefing document for Branch Secretaries and SIG Leaders, with important information for IPMS members, can be found here

Drop-off passes in post

Only sixteen days to go now, Branch and SIG leaders will be receiving the drop off car passes any time now as they were posted on Monday.

Can all those who have not yet let me have names and membership numbers for their early entry set up crew please do so as soon as possible please on the UKLO contact address.

New for SMW – the IPMS(UK) Seam Tool


The IPMS (UK) Seam Tool

You may have seen this sort of tool before but these have been designed and manufactured in the UK to our own specification.

We have had a limited number of these tools manufactured (just 200) and we will be selling them on a first come, first served basis at Scale ModelWorld in November.

The 0.25mm stainless steel tool is roughly the size of a credit card.  The metal is robust enough and the edge sharp enough to gently scrape away the offending seam whilst minimising the risk of damage to the curve or angle kit parts.

The tool has a flat metal profile and each edge is profiled, incorporating a series of different radius curves along with several commonly used angles. Using the appropriate curve or angle, you can smooth off seam lines and joint lines on plastic models without damaging the existing curvature of the parts.  It can also be used to reinstate the curve or angle of a part if it has been damaged or if you have filled a join or an imperfection in the part.

  • Want to remove seams off gun barrels? – some of the smaller radius profiles will be ideal.
  • Need to smooth the joint lines on a fuselage? – the larger profiles will do the job for you.
  • Have a right-angle that needs to be reinstated? – this tool has the angles that you’ll need.

The tool is priced at £5.00 but we will be offering a ‘show special’ price of £4.00 to IPMS members (on production of a valid IPMS Membership Card).  Sales will be initially limited to one tool per purchaser until we have gauged their popularity.  If there is sufficient demand then we will consider a second production run.

In addition to the Seam Tool, there will be a full range of IPMS(UK) souvenir merchandise on sale in the foyer at Scale ModelWorld 2017.  This includes t-shirts, polo shirts, badges, patches, stickers, mugs, lanyards and magazine back issues.

SMW Floor Plans Available

The floor plans and the locations of Branches, SIGs and Traders for Scale ModelWorld 2017 are now available

SMW Floor Plan 2017

New MMP books at SMW

MMP/Stratus are delighted to announce the publication of the first three books in the new “On Camera” series, which will be available at the MMP stand at Scale ModelWorld 2017.
The author, Alan Ranger, will be signing copies on request.
The “On Camera” books are photo albums of pictures taken by ordinary German servicemen during WW2, never before published.  These are NOT official propaganda photos, but snapshots of vehicles and soldiers in everyday life.
Released at SMW will be: “Dunkirk”, “German Horse Power”, and “Sd.Kfz 7 Halftracks”.

Kinetic 1/48th 2-seat Harrier launch

Kinetic will be launching their Harrier T2 / T4 / T8 kit in 1/48th scale at Scale ModelWorld 2017. This is the first ever full kit of a first generation Harrier two-seater made by any mainstream kit manufacturer.

The kit includes all nose, fin and tail-sting options to build any RAF/RN twin stick, plus decals for Harrier TAV-8As and TAV-8Ss in service with the USMC, Spanish Navy and Thai Navy (although these will need Stencel III-S seats fitting which are not in the kit, but resin examples can be purchased from e.g. Wingman Models as WMF48002).

Scale ModelWorld 2017 timetable

The Scale ModelWorld 2017 timetable is available as a PDF here.  Please note the timings are almost bound to change.

New-tool Revell 1/32nd Mustang at Scale ModelWorld

Revell will officially be launching a new-tool 1:32nd scale P-51D-5NA Mustang (early version) at Scale ModelWorld 2017.

In addition to the normal built-up sample on display, there will also have kit sprues for visitors to view and handle.

Revell are also expecting to have a further built-up sample of the kit from the guys at Scale Aviation Modeller magazine, just ahead of a full build review in their December issue.

More overseas clubs for Scale ModelWorld

The list of overseas clubs who will be exhibiting at Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been update, see:

Overseas Exhibitors at SMW

Membership processing closed from 31st October

Please note that due to the Scale ModelWorld workload, the Membership Office will be closed between midnight on 31st October 2017 and midnight on 12th November 2017.

It will therefore not be possible to renew memberships or to make new applications (either online or by post), during this period.

Face-to-face renewals/applications will be available via the Membership Desk at Scale ModelWorld, but the cards issued will only be valid for admission to SMW 2018.

More overseas clubs for Scale ModelWorld

The following clubs are confirmed as attending Scale ModelWorld 2017:

  • IPMS Austria
  • Scale Aircraft Team Germany Poland
  • Modelsportclub (MSC) Hans Grade
  • IPMS Netherlands
  • IPMS Portugal
  • IPMS Serbia

See for the full list

SMW dinner information

The 2017 menu and booking information for the Scale ModelWorld Annual Dinner is now available here

More traders for SMW 2017

The following traders have signed for Scale ModelWorld 2017:

  • Vallejo
  • MiniArt
  • Inside the Armour
  • Rubicon

For the full listing see

More traders for SMW 2017

The following traders will be joining us at Scale ModelWorld 2017:

  • Kitrescue
  • Kinetic Model Kits
  • Tiger Hobbies
  • Treemendous

Go to for a full list of traders who will be attending the show

Membership renewal for SMW

Important: Membership renewals and Scale ModelWorld 2017

(for those not already paying by Direct Debit).

To gain free access to Scale ModelWorld 2017, members of IPMS(UK) will need to have with them a valid IPMS(UK) membership card bearing their name and the printed date ‘2017’.

If you currently have a card bearing the printed date ‘2016’, you will need to renew your membership (and hence get a new card).

Please note that in order for you to be issued with a ‘2017’ membership card, the Membership Secretary must receive your renewal payment by midnight on Tuesday 31 st October 2017 at the latest.

Members whose renewal payments are received after this deadline (including those who renew at Scale ModelWorld 2017), will be issued with ‘2018’ membership cards.

If you currently have a ‘2016’ membership card and are planning to visit Scale ModelWorld 2017, please renew your membership now. Early renewal will avoid the risk of payments or membership cards being delayed in the post and your membership period will be preserved.

Click here to renew your membership

Cliff Bassett, Membership Secretary

Overseas exhibitors for SMW 2017

The list of overseas exhibitors confirmed for Scale ModelWorld 2017 has been added to the site

Overseas Exhibitors at SMW


More traders for Scale ModelWorld 2017

Clive Davis, The Aviation and Military Book Centre, Aires Hobby Models/Quickboost, Sovereign Hobbies and Alclad II have joined the ranks of traders who will be at Scale ModelWorld 2017

Traders at SMW

Wristband requests

Can branch and SIG leaders please contact UKLO by email with details of set up team requirements for wristbands.

Include your Branch SIG name, the name and membership number of each person needing a wristband (max 4). Wristbands will be valid for all weekend, can you also please let me have details of how many car park passes will be needed.

The sooner this is in the better even if I have to make a few last minute changes

Scale Model World 2017 ticket prices

The admission prices for Scale ModelWorld 2017 have been set as:

  • Saturday only-Adults £12, Concessions £8
  • Sunday only -Adults £10, Concessions £7
  • Two day pass – £20
  • Advance ticket sales – Adults – £10 per day + £2.20 booking fee – click here to book
  • Children under 16  – FREE – up to 2 children per full-paying adult
  • IPMS Members – FREEto learn more about membership click here
  • “Concessions” means either:
    • Seniors (over state retirement age), or
    • Registered Disabled (accompanying carer gets free admission)

More details on Scale ModelWorld at

Traders for SMW 2017

The list for traders booked so far for Scale ModelWorld 2017 is now on the site at

Template risk assessement

Because I seem to be getting a lot of emails from people worried about the risk assessments I have decided to issue a generic form which can be edited to suit.

As it stands it covers all the basics and just needs a Branch or SIG name adding along with a date.

If your Branch or SIG has any extra risks that you feel should be mentioned then they can be added at the end of the form.

Please note it is a Branch or SIG responsibility to perform a proper risk assessment; simply “tick boxing” the template form is not sufficient.

The form is on the Scale ModelWorld Forms page or can be downloaded directly from here

Special trophies for SMW 2017

This year’s new additions to the Scale ModelWorld competition trophy list include some interesting items, and one which is for this year only.

First, we have the special trophy that will only be awarded this year:

ROBERT S. HOPKINS III AWARD                                 

Awarded for the best model of any variant of a Boeing KC-135

This is to coincide with author Robert S Watkins III’s  launch of his new book on the KC 135.  He will be at ScaleModel World this year signing copies as well as sponsoring the new award.


Other new trophies for this year are:    

REME MUSEUM TROPHY                                                

Awarded to the best Military Recovery Repair or Engineering Vehicle or diorama

This is an award from the REME museum and hopefully will be an annual award.  I believe this trophy will be worth winning this year and in future years. It is also good to see an AFV trophy.



Awarded for the best Armoured model in any scale

Inside the Armour have again made great efforts to support the competition with this award, and they have decided to make their award this year to cover a broader base within the Armour categories.


SHIP MODELLER MAGAZINE AWARD                             

Awarded to the best Ship Model in any scale

It is great to see an award for ship building competitors back this year, and is to support the newly-realised ship modelling magazine from Inside the Armour Publications.


For all the information on the Scale ModelWorld 2017 competition, see

Tony Horton, Competition Secretary

SMW 2017 competition entry form

The entry form for the competition at Scale ModelWorld 2017, the lists of classes and trophies, and the rules and definitions are all now on the Competition page at

More photos of Scale ModelWorld 2016 added

Photos of all the competition class winners have been added to the SMW 2016 Class and Trophy Winners Gallery.

In addition, a large number of other photos of the show have been added to the SMW 2016 General Photos Gallery

Many thanks to our photographers Brian Keates, Ashley Keates, Adrian Constable, Tim Constable, Alan Brown, Andy Prentis and John Tapsell, and especial thanks to Chris Ayre for his work on the competition class winner photos.

Date for Scale ModelWorld 2019 set

Scale ModelWorld 2019 will be held on 9-10th November 2019.  Venue is as before, The International Centre in Telford.

More details at

For details of all future Scale ModelWorld shows and other IPMS(UK) events, see

Scale ModelWorld 2016 Competition results

The results in full for the 2016 competition are now available

Click here to view (PDF opens in separate window)

Photos of Championship winning models

The are now photos of the Scale ModelWorld 2016 Senior and Junior National Champion winning models, and also the Category winners in the photo gallery at

Holiday Inn fully booked

Apparently the Holiday Inn at Telford is fully booked for next year’s Scale ModelWorld.  This is a measure of the success of the show….  !

Photos from day 1 of Scale ModelWorld 2016

Some pictures from the first day of SMW 2016 can be found here

These include images of the 2016 National Senior Champion winning model

Advance ticket sales

Sorry, advance tickets for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are no longer available; it’s now too close to the event to allow for delivery in time.

Scale ModelWorld Competition Entries Top 1000

With less than a week to go Scale ModelWorld has already attracted more than 1000 competition entries from across the world. Registrations closed on Saturday, 5th November on what has proved to be one of the largest competition registrations since our 2013 50th Anniversary event.

Final preparations are being made for the show and the real work will start on Friday, 11th November as we set up the exhibition halls and prepare for the thousands of visitors who arrive each year. With nearly 200 traders booked in there is almost nothing related to model-making that you won’t be able to buy.

200 Branch and Special Interest Group displays stretching across three large exhibition halls will add another 4000 models to the display total, meaning that visitors can marvel at more than 5000 completed examples of the scale modelling hobby at its finest.

Scale ModelWorld is once again living up to its reputation as the largest plastic modelling show in the world. Visitors and traders will be arriving from as far afield as Japan, South Korea and Australia, not to mention Canada and the United States, assorted South American countries and of course virtually every nation in Europe. The only continent not represented is Antarctica.

Final SMW floorplans and exhibitor lists

The final floorplans and lists of exhibitors for Scale ModelWorld 2016 have been posted.

Please note little has changed since the previous versions; see the “Corrections and Updates” section at the foot of the Floor Plans page here

New MMP BOOKS books available at SMW

MMP Books have announced the following new books for Scale Modelworld 2016:

  • Polish Wings No. 21 MiG-29 ‘Kościuszko Squadron’ Commemorative Schemes
  • Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 2
  • The Fairey Barracuda
  • The Stockholm Run. Air Transport Between Britain and Sweden During WWII
  • U.S. Military Aircraft in the Royal Swedish Air Force



Simon Watson of  The Aviation Bookshop has announced that the following will be signing copies of METEOR BOYS:

  • Steve Bond ( Author )
  • Alec Audley ( Meteor Pilot )
  • Mike Sayer ( Meteor Pilot )
  • Alun Williams ( Meteor Pilot )

In addition, PHILLIP CAMP will be signing copies of SQUADRONS, PATCHES, HERALDRY & ARTWORK OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE 1932 -2016.

Also announced is that Harpia Press will release its latest title RUSSIAN WARPLANES vol. 2 by Piotr Butowski.

Changes to traders at SMW


Azimut Productions will be joining us at Scale ModelWorld

Please also note that the trading name of Jonathon Dale is GAMEIN5D Base Boards, and that Vapour Trials have a new trading name, 1/144th



Newton Aycliffe cancellation

We have received notice that due to unforseen circumstances IPMS Newton Aycliffe will be unable to attend Scale ModelWorld 2016

IMPORTANT! Joining IPMS or renewing membership

No further applications to join IPMS or to renew membership can be made until after Scale ModelWorld

  • This is to allow for processing and sending out of membership cards already in hand.
  • The membership admin site will re-open for new memberships and renewals after 14th November 2016

Important Membership Information – 23rd October 2016

This is traditionally our busiest time for renewals and new memberships but this year we have had an unprecedented volume of people asking to join or renew in the past couple of months and this has placed significant strain on an already busy membership administration system.

We are trying to process them as quickly as we can but it is taking time and may result in some members not receiving their membership cards in time for Scale ModelWorld.

We hope it won’t be necessary, but if we are unable to send out the cards in time to reach some members, there will be a collection point in the main foyer at Telford from 08:15 on Saturday, 12th November 2016.

Part of the problem this year has been the number of ‘late’ renewals adding pressure to an already busy time of year. We would strongly encourage everyone to renew on time in 2017 so we can avoid similar problems occurring next year.

Please also note that we are unable to complete any new Direct Debit mandates prior to Scale ModelWorld as it takes time for them to go through the banking system and they won’t be ‘live’ before the show.

We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience this situation may cause. The volume of interest in the Society, whilst gratifying, is pushing the limits of our current resources. The membership administration is carried out by volunteers in their spare time and as such, there is a limit to what we can
achieve in the time available.

Abbey Brewin
IPMS (UK) Membership Secretary


There is a cutoff of 26th October 2016 to allow for processing and sending out of membership cards prior to Scale ModelWorld
  • New members
    • If you want to join IPMS(UK) before Scale ModelWorld then you must make your application by 26th October 2016.  You can renew online or by cheque through the post, see here
  • Existing members on Direct Debit
    • If your renewal date is prior to 14th November 2016, and you have a DD confirmed to be drawn by the end of September, your renewal will go through automatically and your new membership card will be sent out in time for Scale ModelWorld.
  • Existing members NOT on Direct Debit
    • If your renewal date is prior to 14th November 2016, you must get your renewal in by 26th October 2016.  You can renew online or by cheque through the post, see here


Updated SMW 2016 floorplans available

The latest floorplans for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are now available here

These include an overall guide showing access points for setup, and lists of traders, UK Branches and SIGs with grid references to show their locations in the halls.

Cancellations for SMW 2016

Unfortunately, 8th USAAF SIG and IPMS Devon – South / Torbay won’t be exhibiting at Scale ModelWorld 2016.

Revell SIG won’t be at Scale ModelWorld 2016

Unfortunately the Revell SIG leader has had to withdraw from this year’s Scale ModelWorld, for family reasons, and so the SIG will not be exhibiting.

Their place in Hall 2 will be taken by the Motor Museum In Miniature.

SMW 2016 floor plans available

The exhibitor layout for each of the three halls at Scale ModelWorld can now be seen here

Please note a full plan with a grid on it will be published shortly


More traders for SMW 2016

The following traders will be exhibiting at this year’s Scale ModelWorld:

  • Breveco
  • Hong Kong Models
  • Jonathon Dale

See here for the full list


Travelling to Scale ModelWorld by road?

There are considerable numbers of roadworks around the Telford International Centre during the period of SMW 2016.

You are strongly advised to check road conditions prior to travel, and to allow extra time for your journey.

The local authority’s website carries more detail.

There is also info (which seems to err too much on the side of caution) at – Live and planned traffic disruptions  (put in the postcode of the International Centre, TF3 4JH)

Kit Swap timetable now out

The timetable for the Kit Swap for Scale ModelWolrd 2016 is now available on the Kit Swap page here

More traders announced for Scale ModelWorld 2016

IPMS(UK) is pleased to announced that the following exhibitors will be attending Scale ModelWorld this year:

  • Miniman Factory
  • RB Productions
  • DeAgostini UK
  • Kcolors

Click here for a full list of traders

Scale ModelWorld 2016 Kit Swap forms online

Instructions and download links to the forms for this year’s Kit Swap are now available:

Kit Swap at SMW


Barracuda Studios to attend Scale ModelWorld

Added Barracuda Studios to the traders who will be at Scale ModelWorld 2016

Traders at SMW


Advance ticket sales for Scale ModelWorld 2016

Update 7th November 2016: Sorry, advance tickets for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are no longer available; it’s now too close to the event to allow for delivery in time.

Beat the queues!    To buy tickets for Scale ModelWorld online, please  click here

Please note:

  • Tickets purchased online will be posted prior to the event and will not be available for collection from the venue
  • Only full price adult tickets (£10) are available online
  • There is a £2.15 booking fee per ticket to cover administration and postage

IPMS Scale ModelWorld Logo

For more information on Scale ModelWorld click here



IPMS Ireland, IPMS Portugal and IPMS Czech Republic going to SMW

There is yet more overseas presence at Scale Modelworld 2016 in the shape of IPMS Ireland, IPMS Portugal and IPMS Czech Republic.

See the full list at

Corrections to UK Branches at Scale ModelWorld

Please note neither Scunthorpe & North Lincs, nor Wisbech will be exhibiting at this year’s Scale ModelWorld.

For a full list of which UK Branches will be showing, see

IPMS Serbia & IPMS Russia to attend Scale ModelWorld 2016

Latest additions to the International zone at Scale ModelWorld are IPMS Serbia and IPMS Russia.

For a full listing of who’s attending from overseas see

Scale ModelWorld 2016 Health & Safety briefing


All IPMS Members attending Scale ModelWorld, and all Traders and other exhibitors should familiarise themselves with the Health & Safety briefing, which is available here

More exhibitors for SMW

Latest confirmed traders for Scale ModelWorld 2016 are Pocketbond and SAM Publications, see

IPMS Switzerland are also confirmed, see

Traders for Scale ModelWorld 2016

There are now 169 traders confirmed for this year’s Scale ModelWorld show.

See the SMW Traders page for a full listing, with links to their websites.

Annual dinner

The menu and booking arrangements for the 2016 Annual Dinner to be held at Scale ModelWorld are now available.

Saturday 12th November 2016
Reynolds Suite, Holiday Inn, Telford
7.00pm for 8.00
£23.00 per person

For further information: Scale-ModelWorld-2016-Annual-Dinner.pdf

Latest bookings for Scale ModelWorld

Now confirmed for SMW 2016 are:

  • The Beyond the Box SIG


  • Model Kit Static Boulonnais (IPMS France)
  • Modellsportclub (MSC) Hans Grade Berlin (IPMS Germany)


Clubs & Traders at Scale ModelWorld

We have pretty well a full house now of IPMS Branches and Special Interest Groups for Scale ModelWorld 2016.

Branches at:

SIGs at:

Overseas at: