show & Contest

Greetings!  The modelers of Arizona would like to invite you to join us for the 2018 IPMS/USA Nationals on August 1-4, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.  The convention will be held in the Phoenix Convention Center located in the heart of Phoenix, the 5h largest city in the US.  Our theme is Build It!  Bring It!!  Show It!!!  In addition to having the largest model contest in the US and hosting the world’s largest traveling hobby shop, we’re going to place emphasis on the modelers in our society who are the basis of our organization, the heart of what we do – the individual modeler who builds models for the sake of building models, not competition.  We all know that the National Contest is a large part of why we do our National Convention and that a significant number of our attendees come to compete in that contest.  But not everyone does.  In fact, the percentage of our entire society that competes in our shows, both locally, regionally, and nationally, is usually less than 20%.  We want to see the work of the other 80%.  To that end, we’re dedicating as much space as is necessary to display the work of those who just want to bring their models in and show them to the rest of us, without facing the prospect of having others judge their work.  So, build your models, bring your models, show your models!

We also want to showcase our clubs to our visitors.  As most of you know, IPMS/UK’s National Convention is very club oriented.  We’ll have space available in our vendor room for clubs to set up displays and sit and tell people about your organization and your hobby.  Contact our vendor coordinator to arrange for a table to be held for your club. 

Come join us for four days of celebration of our hobby, look at literally thousands of models built by hundreds of modelers from around the US and a host of other countries.  Talk to your club, arrange for a table, bring a display, and share with others what makes your club special.  But most of all, come for the fun!  See you in August!

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The Hyatt Regency Hotel is conveniently located across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center and offers top flight accommodations for convention attendees and their families! With facilities like these, mark the date and plan to stay! Click on the button to make your hotel reservations!

New for 2018 at the IPMS-USA Nationals!

Show off your club or chapter's handiwork by setting up a display table - make sure your group is represented! For more information on this new convention feature, contact our Display Coordinator by clicking on this button!

Plenty to see and enjoy in Phoenix and the great Southwest

Chapter / Club Displays

January 21, 2018 - Website Navigation and Forms -  We've added a number of improvements and some more information. Navigation buttons now appear at the top of the pages to help get around the site as the cache of information grows. We've also added a number of new forms and files including the 2018 Contest Categories, 2018 Contest Rules, Mail-in Attendee Registration Form, Club Registration Forms, and Vendor Registration.

​We'll continue to add more information as it comes available, so be sure to visit the site regularly and register for updates!

Official 2018 Contest Categories and Contest Rules will be finalized by National HQs in December. As soon as we have them, we will publish them here and notify members who have signed up for news alerts. In the meantime, we will post the 2017 Rules and Categories to act as a guide for you.

Phoenix, Arizona   August 1 - August 4, 2018

January 12, 2018 - Hospitality Services being offered -   IPMS AZ is pleased to announce that there will be a Hospitality Suite located in the Phoenix Hyatt Hotel for IPMS USA National Convention 2018 participants and their guests/family members. The Hospitality Committee will offer various activities, lectures and events to enjoy throughout the days. Most are free of charge, while others, such as the craft workshops, have small fees to cover materials only. A more detailed list can be found on our IPMS USA 2018 Convention Hospitality Suite page. Please have the person registering include ALL family members as guests the time of registration in order to receive proper ID. We welcome minors when accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. If you have any questions, please email Laurie Rice-Henthorn at

Build it!! Bring it!! Show it!!
This is where hobby, craftsmanship, and pride all come together to celebrate what we do as modelers!



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