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Since I live in Florida, these are so I can check up on events and see what's going on locally in my state.

Traditionally, model clubs usually do model shows and events of some kind, usually once a year. Over the years, many of us have gotten to know each other as modelers, even if we only see each other in person maybe once or twice a year. The events are more of a get together to talk about and enjoy the hobby, though there can be some friendly competitiveness.

I've been to shows in Tampa, Cocoa, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Miami and many others closer to my home. I've been to three National IPMS events. Once in Miami, and twice in Orlando.

I encourage you to visit a show. Even if you don't build, or have a model to enter in the event, go as a guest or just as a spectator. You will be amazed at the scale models you will see.


Scale model clubs, groups, and events in Florida.


Florida Scale Model Events for 2019



October 18, 19, 20

Modelpalooza - Kissimmee


November 9

Southlandz Model Swap Meet & Show, Largo (Tampa)




Florida Scale Model Events for 2020


February 8

Jaxcon - Jacksonville


February 29

Flight 19 Modelfest - Pompano (Fort Lauderdale)


April 18 - 19

Modelfest 2020 - Cocoa Beach


June 27

PAMSCON - Plant City



Florida Model Clubs and Groups



Hobby Model Shops in South Florida

(for such a large metropolitan area, south Florida has very few hobby shops. Most of them have closed. But a few still survive.)


  • CJs Comics - West Fort Lauderdale - They carry some Bandai kits. Large selection of prebuilt & prepainted figures. There is also a gaming store next door that carries Warhammer model kits, figures, and paints.
  • Felix Hobby Shop - West Oakland Park - Mainly RC, but does carry some materials for scratchbuilding and some plastic model kits as well.
  • Micro Macro Mundi - West Miami - A factory Tamiya dealer and carries their paints and kits, but also carries models from Revell, Round2, and a few others. Many G scale train accessories.
  • Model Expo - Miami - Wood ship and plane models, among others, as well as tools and supplies.
  • Ready To Roll Trains - East Miami - G scale items. Large selection of Plastruct, Evergreen, and other materials to scratchbuild models with.
  • Hobby Lobbys - There are three stores in Broward County. One on west Wiles Road in Coral Springs, and one south in Davie, near University Drive and I-595, and one off Stirling Road, just east of I-95. All carry models kits, as well as Testors paints (and a few Vallejo paints).
  • NOTES:
  • Some of the conventions and events are related to modeling in some way. It depends on what kind of modeling you do. For Scifi conventions, vendors carry scifi related kits and toys and memorabilia. For Anime conventions, you will see kits and figures related to anime and Japanese culture models (Gundam, Transformrs, etc). At a comics convention you'll see figures, statues and kits of super heroes. Again, as long as there are vendors, you might find that kit or toy related subject you've been looking for.


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