Modelmania 2018


The next ModelMania will take place from 9am until 4pm on 28 April 2018.

The theme for 2018 is:

“Bent, Busted, Rusted or Wounded”

Any subject depicting, damaged, repair, or in need of repair as well as injured or wounded figures.

The 2018 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! Please note that contest entry closes at 1pm and judging begins immediately afterward.

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

Here’s a link to a video that was done on the 2017 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 $1 each. Winners will be drawn periodically throughout the day, and may pick the prize of their choice from those available. Winning tickets are drawn and taped to a random selection, with numbers posted to a white board.

Modelmania 2017 Door Prizes

Modelmania 2017 Door Prizes

Here are some of the door prizes for ModelMania 2018:




Raffle prize tickets are $5 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. Raffle tickets are entered and drawn per item, so you can put all of your tickets in one bucket, or spread them out as you see fit.

Modelmania 2017 Big Raffle

Modelmania 2017 Big Raffle

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. Division sponsorship is $50; individual categories within the divisions are $30.

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.


Students from Dulles High School will be onsite with food for sale – hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, drinks, etc. So if you don’t want to leave the building, you can grab a bite to eat and  get right back to the show.

If you do need a break, there are plenty of nearby restaurants. An incomplete list is here.