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, and uses all three halls of 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 before the general public, and do not need to queue to buy a ticket.

World Scale Show

  • Unmatched in its size and diversity
  • Attracts huge visitor numbers from all over the world
  • Dedicated Overseas Area which hosts numerous traders and clubs from around the globe

Please note all 2018 features and arrangements have yet to be confirmed


Pile it High

  • Over 160 traders
  • Major manufacturers
  • 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

Earley Risers

  • Over 190 club and Special Interest Group displays
  • Every imaginable genre and special interest in the modelling world represented
  • Thousands of models on display

Overseas Visitors

  • 20+ clubs in the dedicated overseas exhibition area
  • Many overseas traders
  • Visitors to the show from all over the world


The main display for SMW 2018 is the 100th anniversary of The Royal Air Force


2015 Best Aircraft & IPMS France Trophy - Class 19 -Breguet 941 STOL by Emmanuel Gato
2015 Best Aircraft & IPMS France Trophy – Class 19 -Breguet 941 STOL by Emmanuel Gato

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

  • Over 140 different classes and individual trophies
  • Typically over 1,000 competition entries
  • Any IPMS member from any IPMS affiliated country can enter the competition
  • All visitors are welcome to view the models in the competition area

Kit Swap

Scale ModelWorld boasts a truly massive Kit Swap , which grows in size and popularity every year, and allows IPMS members to 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.

Give an Old Model a New Home

There will be tables at the Kit Swap entrance where old magazines, other modelling items and old models can be recycled in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care (, and we welcome any contributions to support this.

Make and Paint

Hall One will be hosting the Airfix Make & Paint for the young modellers, as in previous years.  An ideal place to keep the younger (and some not so younger) modellers entertained.


The modelling demonstrations programme that showcases various modelling skills continues in Hall 3. Bob Brown and John Adams, amongst others, will be demonstrating their skills.


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


Airfix are planning to make a product announcement on their stand at 11:00 on Saturday morning.


  • 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 Wif-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 

Remembrance day

We will continue our tradition of observing two minutes silence at 11:00am on Remembrance Sunday.  We are hoping to have Sqn Ldr Dyson to play ‘The Last Post’ and ‘The Rouse’ as in previous years.  He is also hoping to bring his quintet to play on the Saturday of the show.  There will be a non-denominational service held in the Newport Suite shortly after the two minutes silence.


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


The timetable for Scale ModelWorld 2018 is available as a PDF herePlease note these timings are almost bound to change.

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!