Think miniature models rather than the catwalk version. GoModelling offers the chance to view a plethora of scale models built by modelling aficionados, all in the imposing ambience of the Heeresgeschichtlches Museum (English: Museum of Military History).
- Features the work of numerous model makers and modelling clubs, as well as retailers and manufacturers
- Organised by the Austrian branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society
- 2021 dates: TBA
- See also: Events in Vienna
Models and their makers
The cornerstones of the annual GoModelling event are:
- The models (of course): several dozen modelling clubs, experts and hobbyists present their best works throughout the museum, whether as individual exhibits, multi-model arrangements or themed displays.
You might see the same military vehicle in original and miniature versions, for example. Or recreations of battles from history, military scenes, aviation displays, architectural models, naval panoramas, fantasy figures, science fiction vehicles…the exact range depending on the imagination and dedication of this year’s exhibitors.
- The kits and equipment: numerous retailers and manufacturers attend, too, so you have the chance to buy all you need to try and match the kind of models and layouts on display
- The activities: live demonstrations of the modeller’s art, and (possibly) workshops and lectures
Nor is this a national event only: GoModelling attracts participants from across Europe. In 2020, modellers and modelling associations from around nine countries were due to attend, and commercial organisations from around eight. (The event was cancelled, unfortunately, due to national Coronavirus measures.)
2021 dates and tickets
I don’t have dates for GoModelling 2021 yet. The 2020 event was planned for the weekend of March 14th and 15th. No ticket is required for the event per se. However, you do need one to get inside the Museum of Military History (or use a sightseeing pass).
Event opening hours match those of the museum (usually 9am to 5pm).
How to get to GoModelling
Just find your way to the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum and go inside.
Be sure to save some time for viewing the museum itself. It’s as much a history museum as a military one and includes some quite spectacular exhibits. I still can’t quite grasp the fact they have the car that Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in, thus setting off the chain reaction that led to World War I.
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