4 Hobby Model Making Trade Shows You Need to Attend in 2019

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In 2018, thousands of craftsmen and model makers flocked to trade shows in the United States, and 2019 will be no different. This year, there are various must-attend events on the model making calendar. Here are four that you need to know about.

1. ModelCon

Where? Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

When? Jan. 11-12, 2019

Kick off the new year with a trip to ModelCon, home to some of the best model building exhibits in the South. The event takes place at the Chattanooga Convention Center in downtown Chattanooga, which houses a massive 18,000 square foot conference hall. There’s a no-host bar reception on the first night, too. Feeling hungry? Pull up a chair at the deli at lunchtime on the second day.

If you want to bring a model entry to the show, it costs $15 for your first three models and $1 for each additional model. (You get a $2 discount if you have an AMPS or IPMS membership.) General admission for both days is just $5 and free for children under the age of 16.

2. Creativation

Where? Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

When? Jan. 17-21, 2019

Want to showcase your crafts and models to a wider audience? Book a ticket for Creativation, the longest-running creative industries event in North America. Here, you can showcase your miniature models and network with some of the movers and shakers in various industries. Events include panel discussions, networking opportunities, and craft displays.

“Connect with new buyers, suppliers, designers, makers, bloggers, media and entrepreneurs from around the world as we grow our event,” says Creativation on their website.

3. South Carolina Scale Model Mega Show

Where? SC National Guard Armory and SC Military Museum, 1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC, 29201

When? June 22, 2019

Last year, the inaugural South Carolina Scale Model Mega Show took place, and it was a huge success. This year, expect lots of exhibits and a chance to show off your own creations. The one-day event includes a vendors room, on-site food trucks, and a raffle.

4. Trainfest

Where? Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, WI 53214

When? Nov. 9-10, 2019

Billed as “America’s largest operating model railroad show,” Trainfest is a must-see for any model building hobbyist. Visitors can check out detailed model railroads and trains at Wisconsin State Fair Park, which boasts more than 200,000 square foot of outdoor space — that’s around four football fields! Head over to one of 70 different scenic railroads, invest in some new model making equipment or meet likeminded people in a relaxed atmosphere. But that’s not all. Visitors can grab a bite to eat at one of the many food stalls here.

“The imagination of a kid, or a kid-at-heart, is present in each of the layouts on exhibit,” says the Trainfest website. “It’s amazing what modelers can do in transforming Styrofoam and plastic into beautiful countrysides. Many of our expert modelers were introduced and hooked on the experience of model trains as youngsters.”

These are just four of the hobby model making trade shows taking place in 2019. Which events are you going to attend?

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