South West Model Show Programme

What’s on when at the South West Model Show! 

As well as the traders and exhibitors, and the chance to explore the world’s best collection of tanks, we have put on a full programme of workshops, displays and activities on the 4-5 September.

Programme subject to change.

TIME
ACTIVITY
LOCATION
All Day

Dorset Food & Drink Pop Up Market (Saturday only)

Purchase local produce, fresh from Dorset’s best suppliers.

Outside Museum

Remote Control Models Display

See model tanks in action, featuring Southern Armoured Group, Armortek, Radio Controlled Tank Regiment, Independent Tankers.

Outside Museum & Cold War Hall

Cobi Pop Up Display

See the Museum in miniature made of Cobi brick tanks.

Cold War Hall

Your Modelling Questions Answered

Save up all your modelling queries for The Tank Museum Volunteer Modellers.

Orientation Zone

Model Flying Simulation

Can you fly a model plane? Find out without the pricey consequences with Chesil Model Flying Group.

Orientation Zone
09.00 - 16.00

Soft Play Open

Let your kids blow off steam in the indoor soft play. Children must be between aged 3 and 11.

Cold War Hall
10.00 - 15.00

Build a Tank

Learn how to build a model tank from Models for Heroes, a not-for-profit who support current and former armed forces and emergency services personnel.

Cold War Hall
10.00 - 17.00

Vehicle Conservation Centre Open

See the vehicles not on public display from the balcony of the VCC.

Vehicle Conservation Centre
10.30 - 11.00

Airbrushing Techniques: Airbrush Basics

Learn how to airbrush with Model Inspirations.

Education Room
11.00 - 11.30

Q&A with the Daleks

What have you always wanted to ask a Dalek? Find out what to exterminate with the Charity Dalek Squad.

Kuwait Arena
11.15 - 11.45

Airbrushing Techniques: Finishes

Perfect your model using airbrushing with Model Inspirations.

Education Room
12.00 - 12.30

Airbrushing Techniques: Metalics

Get the perfect metal finish with Model Inspirations.

Education Room
13.00 - 14.00

Airbrushing Techniques: Weathering

Make your model look lived in with Model Inspirations.

Education Room
14.00 - 14.30

Live Boat Display – D-Day Landings

See the iconic D-Day landings in miniature – including pyrotechnics! – with Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team.

Outside Museum
14.30 - 15.00

Airbrushing Techniques: Masking

Get tips for perfect masking with Model Inspirations.

Education Room
15.00 - 15.30

Q&A with the Daleks

What have you always wanted to ask a Dalek? Find out what to exterminate with the Charity Dalek Squad.

Kuwait Arena
15.30 - 16.00

Airbrushing Techniques: Have a go

Try out your airbrushing skills with Model Inspirations.

Education Room

South West Model Show

The biggest model show in the south west.

Getting Here

How to get to the Museum by car, train or plane.

Tickets & Prices

Buy in advance to save!