Phoenix, Arizona   August 1 - August 4, 2018

Ilyushin Il-2m Shturmovik*
Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
McDonnell FH-1 Phantom
McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD Flogger K
Mil Mi-24D Hind
Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
NASA Mini-Sniffer II
North American F-86E Sabre
Sepecat GR.3 Jaguar
Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV
Supermarine FR XIVe Spitfire
Westland AH.1 Gazelle
Westland AH.7 Lynx
Westland HMA.8 Lynx

Aeritalia C-27A Spartan*
Beechcraft RC-12K Guardrail*
Beechcraft TC-12B Huron*
Beechcraft T-34C*
Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
Bell P-39N Airacobra

May 31, 2018 - Pima Air & Space Museum - Worth the trip AGAIN!  Is it worth going to see Pima again if you were just there in 2010? You bet it is! Since then the museum has added new display hangers, and they now have five large well-lit and air-conditioned buildings housing many great aircraft and displays. Also, listed below are 43 aircraft that have been added to the collection since then. Those marked with an asterisk are visible from museum grounds. And in addition to this list, there are several other acquisitions undergoing restoration (these are not usually available for public viewing). Yeah baby, definitely worth the trip.       Steve Collins – Convention Chairman

​May 7, 2018 - Room Availability Notice !!  -  Latest News: As of Monday, May 7th, the HYATT Regency Phoenix has limited availability on Wednesday, August 1st. If you have been holding off reserving your room, now is the time to act before they are all gone!

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

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!


Boeing 727-022*
Boeing 737-300
Boeing 787-8
Boeing-Vertol CH-46E*
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
Curtis F6C-4 Hawk
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk** (may

be on display by August)

February 9, 2018 - VERY IMPORTANT - FRAUD WARNING!!  It has come to our attention that vendors may be contacted by a company called Convention Housing Planners, or other similar companies.  They may tell you they are the official hotel booking company for our convention.  This is not true.  We do not have an official hotel booking company. The only way to get the hotel rooms at our convention rate, with a guarantee that your room reservation actually exists, is to use the link on our website for Reservations.  Reservations made through any method other than the link will be at your own risk.

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!


Curtiss P-40E Warhawk** (may

be on display by August)
Dassault HU-25A Guardian
Dassault Mystere IV
De Havilland T35 Vampire
Douglas A-24B Banshee
Douglas C-9B Skytrain II
Douglas DC-10-10
English Electric Lightning Mk.53
Fouga CM-170 Magister
General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon
Grumman EA-6B Prowler
Hawker Siddeley GR.3 Harrier
Hawker Siddeley TAV-8A Harrier
Hawker Siddeley Kestrel

Latest News:

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

Official 2018 Contest Categories and Contest Rules are now available to download by clicking on the links below, going to the Contest menu button at the top of this page, or on our Forms page. We've  also added a separate page for Special Theme Awards listed under the Contest button.