Model World LIVE 2024

Join us for an unmissable weekend of railway and scale modelling

April 27/28 2024

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham


Brand-new for 2024, Model World LIVE is brought to you by the organisers of the Great Electric Train Show to bring together railway and scale modellers at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. The event will take place on April 27/28 2024 in Hall 12 and advance tickets are on sale now.

This new event combines modelling disciplines with the best model railways, the best scale modelling displays from IPMS groups and Special Interest Groups, demonstrations, presentations, manufacturer support and traders offering the best in both worlds. It is sponsored by Accurascale, Bachmann EuropeMCC (Model, Collect Create), House of Hobbies and TMC.

Highlights for the launch of the event include a second chance to see all three Making Tracks layouts joined together - and with a new extension to make this amazing award winning layout over 200ft long - together with layouts from travelling from far and wide as well as from the Warley Model Railway Club in Birmingham.

The latest show information will be published here on the dedicated Model World LIVE pages below and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the show on April 27/28 2024 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

The event will be open 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday with advance ticket holders being allowed entry from 9.30am each day. Parking is managed by the NEC with the option to pay for parking in advance and save £5. Advance parking pricing has been updated by the NEC as of January 25 2024. Parking on the day costs £18.95, advance parking costs £13.95 and can be bought through the NEC website now to save £5 versus on the day prices. See Visitor Information for full details.

We look forward to welcoming you to the first Model World LIVE show in April 2024.

Mike Wild

Publisher, Modelling



Model World LIVE is sponsored by Accurascale, Bachmann Europe, MCC, House of Hobbies and TMC.

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Model World LIVE layouts 2024

Beckwick - a Southern Region seaside terminus


See Beckwick - as featured in Channel 4's Little Trains and Big Names TV series in November 2023 - at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham.


Old Elm Park - an 'O' gauge steam shed


Old Elm Park models a Western Region steam shed in the final years of BR steam and offers a unique view inside a roundhouse in 'O' gauge alongside the busy yard outside.


Making Tracks: The Final Frontier


Pete Waterman and the Railnuts and taking on a new challenge to make the biggest portable 'OO' gauge model railway shown at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show even bigger! Making Tracks: The Final Frontier is under construction to debut at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.


Sparkel - Bavaria in the snow in 'HO'


Sparkel models a winter scene in Bavaria in the steam era in 'HO' scale and is one of a number of overseas model railway layouts joining the line up for Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.


Blair Atholl towards Drumochter in 'OO' gauge


Blair Atholl towards Drumochter is a scale replica of the Highland Perthshire Village of Blair Atholl and the railway northwards to Drumochter Summit built to 'OO' gauge. See it at Model World LIVE at the NEC in Birmingham on April 27/28 2024.


Click here to view all the layouts for Model World LIVE 2024.

Model World LIVE scale modelling displays 2024

IPMS: Kitmaker display for Model World LIVE


IPMS: Kitmaker are an online club formed from members of the kitmaker network, who being from many corners of the country wanted to get together to meet up and regularly display their work. See our latest model builds at Model World LIVE on April 27/28.


Chelmsford Model Club display for Model World LIVE


The Chelmsford Model Club (IPMS Chelmsford) is a friendly club who welcome modelmakers of all ages, abilities and interests. We will be displaying our latest kit built models at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.


Bolton IPMS display for Model World LIVE 2024


The Bolton IPMS group will be attending Model World LIVE at the NEC in Birmingham on April 27/28 with its latest model builds.


The Royal Spithead Review maritime history display


The Royal Spithead Review is a collection of around 850 1/1200 scale model ships covering over 5,000 years of history from Ancient Egypt to Present Day, all laid out as if at a fictional Spithead Review. See it at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.


West Norfolk IPMS Model World LIVE display


The West Norfolk Branch of the International Plastic Modeler's Society (IPMS-UK) will be attending Model World LIVE on April 27/28 with it latest builds.


Click here to view all the scale modelling displays for Model World LIVE 2024.

Model World LIVE special features 2024

Model World LIVE demonstrations 2024

Click here to view all the demonstrations for Model World LIVE 2024

Visitor Information


Hall 12, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT


April 27/28 2024, Doors open at 10am (9.30am for advance ticket holders) until 5pm on Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday.


Advance ticket holders receive entry 30 minutes earlier than the normal opening times.

On-the-door tickets will be available on each day the show is open from the Ticket Desk at the Main Entrance.

A child ticket is valid for children between 5-16 years of age.

Persons over 16 years of age will be charged an Adult ticket price and there are no concession tickets for persons over 60 years of age.

Adult VIP (advance only) £50 -
Adult                             £16 £19
Adult Subscriber £14 £19
Child (Saturday)  £9 £10
Child (Sunday)  FREE* FREE*

* 2 children max per paying adult

Buy Advance Tickets

Model World LIVE – Disabled Visitor Policy

Model World LIVE does not offer a special rate to disabled visitors, but does offer free admission for carers who are accompanying disabled visitors.

A maximum of one carer for each disabled visitor is permitted access to the Show free of charge to accompany and enable the disabled person to visit the exhibition.

Carer admission tickets are not available online and can only be collected from the Model World LIVE Ticket Desk situated inside the Main Entrance.

Visitors who have the following documentation are entitled to one free carer ticket, however, the visitor with the disability and any further members of their party will pay full price.

Visitors can use the following documentation as proof of disability:

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Attendance Allowance (AA)

Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Blind Persons Registration

Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

Visitors must show the relevant paperwork at the Ticket Desk when they buy or collect their ticket.

Getting to the Event

BY ROAD: The National Exhibition Centre is signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav to get to the NEC Site. Once on site please stop using your Sat Nav and follow the digital screens to direct you to the car park. The postcode will not take you to the car park for your event, so please ignore your Sat Nav and follow signage instead. 

Parking is available on site managed by the NEC. Parking prices have been updated by the NEC as of January 25 2024. On the day parking costs £18.95 per day. Pay for your parking in advance for Model World LIVE and save £5. Advance parking can be bought in advance of the event direct from the NEC now helping to spread the cost of admission.

Visit the NEC website to book your advance parking and SAVE!

BY RAIL: The National Exhibition Centre is connected directly to the main line railway network at Birmingham International station. Direct services run all day through the station with connecting trains available from Birmingham New Street for those travelling from further afield. New Street station is less than 15-minutes by rail and the location of Model World LIVE will be signposted through the venue to get you to the right hall.For more information, visit National Rail or call them on 08457 484950.

BY AIR: The National Exhibition Centre is located adjacent to Birmingham International Airport with regular flights arriving from across Europe and beyond. On arrival use the fast and free air-rail link to reach Birmingham International station from the upper level of Terminal 1 and you can then follow the signs to walk to Hall 12. The train runs every two minutes and only takes 90 seconds.

National Exhibition Catering Outlets.

Indoor catering will be available inside Hall 12 during the event. Opening times to be confirmed.

Exhibitor Information

Risk Assessment Form for Exhibitors and Traders

Event Rules & Regulations - coming soon.

Covid Regulations

Model World LIVE will adhere to Government regulations that may be in place in respect of COVID-19 at the time of the show.  For updates on this please refer to

Email communications

All marketing emails about Model World LIVE will be sent by Key Publishing or Key Model World. Please be aware that emails selling data related to modelling events are not from Key Publishing and are false offers.

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Event Contact Details

General Enquiries

Julie Hawes


Model Railway and Scale Display Enquiries

Mike Wild


Trader Bookings

Matt Sinclair

Tel: 01780 755131