I live in Florida, these are so I can check up on events and see
what's going on locally in my state.
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
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
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.
model clubs, groups, and events in Florida.
Scale Model Events for 2020
Kit Auction - Cocoa Beach
South Florida Toy Soldier Show - Lake Worth
Car Expo - Port Charlotte
19 Modelfest - Pompano (Fort Lauderdale)
Model Car Contest - Ocala
18 - 19
2020 - Cocoa Beach
- Plant City
16, 17, 18
Model Clubs and Groups
Model Shops in South Florida
such a large metropolitan area, south Florida has very few hobby
shops. Most of them have closed. But a few still survive.)
Comics - West Fort Lauderdale / Lauderhill - They
carry some Bandai kits, Asian treats, and Asian anime
stuff. A very large selection of prebuilt & prepainted
figures. And comic books of course. There is also a gaming
store next door that carries Warhammer model kits, figures,
Hobby Shop - West Oakland Park - Mainly RC, but does
carry some materials for scratchbuilding and some plastic
model kits as well.
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
Expo - Miami - Wood ship and plane models, among
others, as well as tools and supplies.
To Roll Trains - East Miami - G scale items. Large
selection of Plastruct, Evergreen, and other materials
to scratchbuild models with.
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).
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.