Modelmania 2016


The next ModelMania will take place on 23 April 2016.

The theme for 2016 is:

“Vintage Kits”

Any kit produced over 40 years ago (i.e. 1975 and earlier) is eligible for the theme award. Instructions or box top showing the age of the kit is required. Rereleases are allowed as long as the original plastic parts were first molded in 1975 or earlier.

The 2016 brochure (.pdf file) is here. It includes a listing of categories, specifics of the awards to be presented, rules, eligibility requirements, event guidelines, fees, and judging information. All of your questions should be answered within. (There are some changes to the categories again – we’ve added Gundam this year, for example.)

Each contestant will need to fill out one Contest Registration Form per person, plus one Contest Entry Card per entry. (Both are in MS-Word .doc format.) Print the forms at home and fill them out before the contest; you’ll be the envy of everyone who is scrambling for a pencil and trying to get their forms completed at the last minute. If you really want to look organized, copy them to your computer, fill it out using your word processor of choice, and print it without having to use any writing implement at all!

(If you prefer, we also have the Registration Form and Contest Entry Card in .pdf format.)

Here’s a link to a video that was done on the 2014 show.


IPMS – Houston welcomes you to Modelmania – Houston’s largest, fine-scale model show. The show is open to the general public and is attended by many from all over the state and region. Each year, on an average, nearly 500 scale models are entered in the contest. The show is located in the Stafford Centre, just southwest of the heart of Houston at 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX.

Modelmania vendor room

The vendor room at Modelmania


Your first ticket included free with a General Admission Ticket or Contest Entry. Additional tickets are $2 each. Winners will be drawn periodically throughout the day, and may pick the prize of their choice from those available. Winning ticket numbers are recorded on a whiteboard so you don’t have to be there at the time your number is drawn.


Raffle prize tickets are $4 each. These are the larger, more expensive donations or bundles of several smaller prizes. The winners will be drawn during the awards ceremony, and you must be present to win.

Door prize table at Modelmania

Door prize table at Modelmania

Thanks to our generous vendors and donations, the prize table is replenished throughout the day, so be sure to buy plenty of tickets.

Best of Show award plaque


We are most grateful for any contest sponsorship. The contest helps promote the hobby. Sponsorship makes the contest possible and provides economical advertisement for the sponsor. We announce the sponsor’s name during the Awards Ceremony for each set of awards. Additionally the Contest Category Display Cards (located on the contest tables) display your sponsorship, thus advertising YOU! Additionally we can include your logo, phone #, city, and website in addition to your name on the Contest Category Display Cards.

A list of the categories and special awards is included in the show brochure. Details on the special awards are on the Special Awards page.

Please contact the sponsor coordinator for details at:

IPMS Houston
c/o Vince Barrale
9406 Laurel Wind Ct
Houston, TX  77040


Do you have a nice collection or outstanding model?
Do you have models you want to display but don’t want to be in the contest?
Do you have models that have been in Modelmania before but are not eligible but still wish to show?
Does your club have a nice display?
We are happy to provide space for your display as long as we have tables available. There is no fee unless electricity is required. Just contact us ahead of time to make arrangements.


We will have tables for the general public to sit and rest for a bit, but some of the tables are set aside for our local (and not-so-local) modeling clubs. These reserved tables a sign with the guest club’s logo.

If your club would like to set aside a table for use during the show, please contact the Vendor Coordinator, Lee Backsen, via email or telephone at (713) 818-4096.