Think miniature models rather than the catwalk version. GoModelling offered 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).
- Featured 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 (IPMS)
- Unfortunately, the latest info I have is that the event will no longer take place
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Models and their makers
The cornerstones of the annual GoModelling event were:
- The models (of course): several dozen modelling clubs, experts and hobbyists presented their best works throughout the museum, whether as individual exhibits, multi-model arrangements or themed displays
You might have seen 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 that year’s exhibitors.
- The kits and equipment: numerous retailers and manufacturers attended, too, so you had 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, workshops, and lectures
Nor was this a national event only: GoModelling attracted participants from across Europe. In 2020 (before cancellation), modellers and modelling associations from around nine countries were due to attend, and commercial organisations from around eight.
Dates and tickets for 2021 and beyond
The event was usually held mid-March. Unfortunately, I read recently that the event will not be held again. See the IPMS website for an explanation.
No ticket was required for the event per se. However, you did need one to get inside the Museum of Military History (or use a sightseeing pass).
Event opening hours matched those of the museum (usually 9am to 5pm).
How to get to the museum
Just find your way to the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum and go inside. 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.
Address: Arsenal, Objekt 1, Ghegastraße, 1030 Vienna