General Info

The San Diego Model Expo is the only model contest in San Diego County. It's sponsored by the San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego chapter of the IPMS, and the San Diego Model Car Club. We welcome all modelers who want to share the fun and satisfaction model building. 

We hold the Expo at the restoration hangar for the San Diego Air and Space Museum. It's located on the north side of Gilespie Field. See the Venue page for more information.

This isn't just a contest. There are a lot of activities under one roof.

  • Swap meet - kits, detail parts, decals, books, tools, and other items of interest. 
  • Live demonstrations of building techniques
  • Display only areas for those who don't want to participate in the contest.
  • Real aircraft, aircraft engines, and other vehicles awaiting restoration
  • Meet other modelers- there is an informal lounge for you to relax and talk about your builds.

We have lots of categories for all kinds of models. If you built it, bring it. We'll find it a place.