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San Diego Model Expo and Swap Meet


Event details

he 2016 San Diego Model Expo is hosted by IPMS San Diego and the San Diego Model Car Club in cooperation with the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

It will take place on Saturday, June 3 at the San Diego Air and Space Museum Annex at Gillespie Field:

335 Kenney St, El Cajon, CA 92020

Annex Website

The Model Expo will have both a model swap meet and a model contest.

General admission to is $3.

Please note – contest admission is separate from general admission. If entering the contest, paying the general admission fee of $3 is required in addition to the model contest entry fees.

Contest admission is $10 for 3 entries for adults, plus $2 for each additional entry.

Contest admission is $5 for 3 entries for Juniors (age 17 and under), plus $2 for each additional entry.

The contest will be judged based on IPMS National rules, including the no sweeps rule, and no previous San Diego Model Expo, IPMS National, or Region 8 winners.

There will also be room for display-only models – Bring anything that you’d like to show but do not want to enter in the model contest. The model contest fees do not apply to display-only models.

We have a new category for the contest – Gundam, Gunpla and mecha models has been added! 

Contest Categories

  1. Juniors, 17 & Under: all scales/categories (non-automotive)
  2. Aircraft: 1/72 & smaller-Prop
  3. Aircraft: 1/72 & smaller-Jet
  4. Aircraft: 1/73 to 1/33 – Prop
  5. Aircraft: 1/73 to 1/33 – Jet
  6. Aircraft: 1/32 & larger – Prop
  7. Aircraft: 1/32 & larger – Jet
  8. Helicopters: all scales & types
  9. Military Vehicles: Armor – 1/72 & smaller, all types
  10. Military Vehicles: Armor – 1/48, all types
  11. Military Vehicles: Armor – 1/47 & larger – Fully tracked
  12. Military Vehicles: Armor – 1/47 & larger – Wheeled, semi-tracked
  13. Military Vehicles: Softskin – 1/47 & larger, all types
  14. Dioramas: small composition
  15. Dioramas: large composition
  16. Ships: 1/451 & smaller
  17. Ships: 1/450 & larger
  18. Ships: Submarine
  19. Ships: Sailing
  20. Figures: 53 MM & smaller
  21. Figures: 54 MM & larger
  22. Figures: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  23. Sci-Fi & Real Space Vehicles: all scales & types
  24. Gundam, Gunpla, and Mecha
  25. Hypothetical: all scales & types
  26. Miscellaneous: all scales & types
  27. Out-of-the-Box: all scales & types
  28. Automotive: Juniors
  29. Automotive: Production/Replica
  30. Automotive: Hot Rods, Street Rods and Street Machines
  31. Automotive: Custom
  32. Automotive: Competition – Non-Drag Racing
  33. Automotive: Competition – Dragsters
  34. Automotive: Large
  35. Automotive: Low Riders
  36. Automotive: Motorcycles
  37. Automotive: Out-of-the-Box

Special Awards


Model Expo Flyer

Model Entry Form

Contest Registration Form

Display-Only Model Form

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