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San Diego Model Expo 2019

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San Diego Model Expo & Swap Meet

June 1st 2019

At the San Diego Air and Space Museum's restoration facility.
335 Kenney St., El Cajon, CA 92020

8AM to 3PM, Entry deadline is 11AM

There will be lots of categories for military, automotive, gunpla(Gundams and other mecha), SciFi, and Figures. 

Special themes for this year are Gasser Wars in Automotive, and D-Day in military.

There will be a raffle, prizes, a swap meet, and live demonstrations during the judging. 

Judging will follow IPMS rules. We also have a "no sweeps" rule. A modeler may only place once in a given category. There will also be a display-only section. 



Our category list is below. Judges may also split a category if it has a lot of entries. Previous years have had large gunpla categories, and yes, we have gunpla capable judges. 

This is now the only major contest in the San Diego area. Come on out, meet your fellow modelers, do a little shopping, and check out some great builds. 


Jointly presented by the San Diego Model Car Club, and the San Diego IPMS


Category List


1-All scales/categories (non-automotive)


2- 1/72 & smaller-Prop
3- 1/72 & smaller-Jet
4- 1/73 to 1/33 - Prop
5- 1/73 to 1/33 - Jet
6- 1/32 & larger - Prop
7- 1/32 & larger - Jet
8-Rotary Wing - All scales & types


9-Armor-1/72 & smaller, all types
10-Armor-1/48, all types
11-Armor-1/47 & larger - Fully tracked
12-Armor-1/47 & larger - Wheeled, semi-tracked
13-Softskin - 1/47 & larger, all types


14-Small composition
15-Large composition


16-1/451 & smaller
17-1/450 & larger


20-53 MM & smaller
21-54 MM & larger
22-Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Other Categories

23-Sci-Fi & Real Space Vehicles: all scales & types
24-Gunpla, Gundam and Mecha: all scales & types
25-Hypothetical: all scales & types
26-Others: all scales & types
27-Out-of-the-Box: all scales & types (non-automotive)


30-Hot Rods, Street Rods and Street Machines
32-Competition – Non-Drag Racing
33-Competition - Dragsters
35-Low Riders

Display -

Bring anything that you’d like to show but do not want to enter in the model contest.


Other Special Awards

• Best Tamiya Model
• Best 1:48 Stearman
• Judges Grand Prize - Best of Show
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