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2021's biggest show opens to the public

INTERMODELLBAU: Where experienced and aspiring model makers meet

The hissing of steam locomotives, the humming of engines in rattling excavators and tractors, the splashing of floating tugs and submarines in the miniature sea and the hum of aircraft overhead: The largest public trade fair of 2021 opens anything but quietly at Messe Dortmund on 17 November, presenting model makers – both actual and aspiring – with a wonderful miniature world spread across five exhibition halls until Saturday 20 November 2021. Around 325 international exhibitors representing all segments of the model making world don't want to miss the opportunity to present visitors with an unforgettable INTERMODELLBAU Winter Edition this year. If standing in line isn't your thing, pop along to our Ticketshop to buy your tickets in advance. Germany's '3G' rule (vaccinated, tested or recovered) applies to everyone throughout the show.

Dortmund, 16 November 2021 – Whether made of wooden blocks, plastic bricks or 'real' rolling stock – nearly everyone can picture a model railway under the Christmas tree! Some have found their enthusiasm for model making this way. Even in 2021, a host of amazing layouts of various sizes from various countries show just where such enthusiasm can lead. And who knows – maybe you'll find one or two gift ideas for this Christmas among the numerous traders and exhibitors.

Live again – at last

For years now, INTERMODELLBAU – the world's largest trade show for model building and model sports – has been a superb destination for families and for experienced model makers of all ages looking to experience the wide range of products from all segments of the model making world. The last show was two and a half years ago (indeed the pandemic broke out shortly before last year's show was due to get underway). “Once we got the go-ahead from the government, it was clear that the model making community had to be given the opportunity to experience products, trends and demonstrations live and in person once again at Messe Dortmund,” said Sabine Loos, Managing Director of the Westfalenhallen Group of Companies. A comprehensive hygiene masterplan ensures the greatest possible safety for everyone throughout the show. With its Winter Edition, INTERMODELLBAU also gives visitors an opportunity to do their Christmas shopping in a relaxed way before the last-minute rush in December.

This year, exhibitors from a total of 13 countries are once again presenting impressive and detailed products, models and the latest technology, offering tips on all aspects of model making and model sports, showing the latest trends and inspiring audiences with exciting competitions and daring demonstrations, races and hands-on activities. Joining a host of exhibitors from Germany will be businesses from nearly all neighbouring countries – Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Austria, Switzerland and Poland – plus suppliers from Great Britain, Italy, Sweden and Hungary, together making up 16% of stands at the show.

Experience the entire world of model making in 5 exhibition halls

Visitors can experience model making – literally – first hand at Messe Dortmund, as INTERMODELLBAU offers a wealth of hands-on activities, demonstrations and action shows covering every conceivable aspect of model making. Spread across a total of five halls, all exhibited models and programme highlights from international exhibitors are given the space they deserve to be appreciated to full effect.

With idyllic forest backdrops, epic mountain panoramas and picture-perfect railway lines, Halls 4 and 7 exude a real holiday atmosphere, because this is where the popular model railway layouts await their visitors. In fact, there are over 30 layouts on show this year, with 12 of them making their trade show début in Germany. For example, visitors can start an adventurous journey through the Steenbergen family's 'Fantasia Zoo' from the 'De Light-Zoo' station or travel back in time to 1968 with the 'Stolberger Spitzkehre' layout (SPIJKSPOOR Model Railway Club). Another eye-catcher – just perfect for INTERMODELLBAU Winter Edition – is the beautiful winter scene created by Ansgar Meyring of the DoWi model railway team complete with Christmas market, band and market stalls, creating a wonderful pre-Christmas atmosphere. And of course, no model show in Dortmund – at the heart of Germany's Ruhr conurbation – would be complete without industrial plant like Gerd Otto's, reflecting the region's heritage like hardly any other, complete with blast furnaces, steelworks and converters. If you want your eyes to light up in the truest sense of the word, you simply must drop by the funfair model makers in Hall 4.

Hall 5 at Messe Dortmund is also set to be a big attraction for model makers, as scaled down ships, boats and yachts join other specimens to brave the waters of the miniature sea. The water-borne demonstrations never fail to attract and inspire at every show! Another evergreen favourite: the 'European Offshore Scale Models' from Germany and the Netherlands, showing off their latest models complete with a wind farm installation platform – as ever with a host of amazing features. High-speed models will be able to be examined at the nauticus e.V. stand, and SMC Oberhausen is showing lighthouses in all conceivable variations. The 1:1250 scale models by Heinz-Peter Weiss, which his wife is presenting at the show, are hard to beat.

The model aircraft builders are flying high when a Zeppelin from the German Model Aviation Association (DMFV) suddenly soars over visitors' heads in Hall 5. The DMFV is bringing around a further 30 model aircraft to INTERMODELLBAU. The spectacular replicas are also housed in Hall 5.

Drones are the subject of attention at the stand of the DAeC/ MFSD (German Aero Club and German Model Leisure Aircraft Association). Drone balls (drones housed in plastic balls) are being demonstrated in flight and steered through various goalmouths. Drone balls are used in national and international competitions – like soccer, but in the air. The aim is to fly the drone ball through the opponent's goal in a given period of time during which the opponent tries to prevent this using his or her own drone balls. At the show, all visitors are welcome to try their hand at flying drone balls. Under the watchful eye of an instructor, nothing untoward can happen, and their design makes drone balls safe and easy to use by people of all ages, offering recreational fun and an ambitious hobby for anyone.

Model trucks, military vehicles and commercial vehicles in Halls 6 and 8 are again demonstrating their durability and the delicate technology that goes into these faithfully detailed replicas of their large counterparts. For example, Recklinghausen Mini-Truck Club is once again engaged in some serious excavating, digging, filling and levelling in its extensive display area. Remote-controlled construction machinery and trucks not only demonstrate the skills of their builders, but also ensure lively activity in the display area. This year, the crowd puller is once again conjuring up smiles – and sometimes astonishment – on the faces of young and old.

The remote-controlled cars from the German Minicar Club (DMC) are also thrilling visitors to Hall 8 while the club's 50th anniversary is celebrated at the stand with an exhibition of remote-controlled cars and a hands-on area where visitors can become actively involved in daredevil races themselves. Hall 8 is also the venue for cardboard model making. From entry-level to high-end models – around 30 cardboard model makers are showing interested visitors what works of art can be created using cardboard and paper.

Gift ideas and new products:

Dracula's castle, Unimogs and Schorsch the surprise locomotive

Nearly all the major model manufacturers and a host of small-series manufacturers, dealers and publishing houses are in attendance at INTERMODELLBAU 2021. Visitors will find everything to do with model making at the show – from model kits, finished models, tools and accessories to inspiring layouts for the next home project.

Exhibitors such as Märklin, Viessmann, Noch, Herpa and Faller could hardly wait for INTERMODELLBAU to open its doors again so they can present their new products to the public and finally share ideas with the community. For example, the Märklin stand is selling 'Schorsch' – a truly unique engine from the former East German rail operator Deutsche Reichsbahn. It pays to be quick, because the model is only available in limited numbers at the show. The same goes for this year's special INTERMODELLBAU coach with its connection to the region, produced especially for the show. An eerie beauty is descending over the Faller stand, as the manufacturer brings along its limited-edition 75th anniversary model: a fortified castle built in the 14th century in the municipality of Bran in Transylvania, Romania, and later converted into a royal residence – perhaps better known as the home of Count Dracula. Another feast for the eyes at this year's show is the special exhibition by hand-made model maker ScaleArt to mark the 75th anniversary of the UNIMOG. The fixed-body UNIMOG presented last October will be joined by a three-way tipper, an agricultural version and a wacky 6x6 UNIMOG that is sure to take people's breaths away.

Programme for tomorrow's model makers

A wealth of associations and exhibitors did not want to miss the opportunity of taking even the smallest fans of scaled-down models on a journey around the world and through all aspects of model making. Budding skippers can make a paddle steamer at the nauticus e.V. stand (Hall 5) and even obtain a sea captain's licence, and tomorrow’s train drivers will find activity areas for children and young people at the stands of the German Model Railway Association (MOBA) and the National Association of German Railway Friends (BDEF), where they can learn many interesting basics of model railway construction. In order to arouse interest among future model railway enthusiasts, the BDEF has founded Junior College Europa which is in attendance in Hall 7. A trip with NRW Steam Enthusiasts on a real miniature steam train is also a must for any visit to INTERMODELLBAU. Even the grown-ups have no reason to frown, because the steam train can transport even adults effortlessly and with ease through Hall 8.

Becoming a pilot doesn't have to remain a dream. For the first time at INTERMODELLBAU, the German Model Aviation Association is presenting the DMFV Junior Academy in Hall 5, with well-trained attendants providing the young participants with a basic knowledge of aviation in general, aerodynamics and model flying in particular. Theory aside, the practical part is not being neglected, and children are able to gain important knowledge for the ensuing flying competition by building and flying their own throw-glider. The workshops are held twice each day during INTERMODELLBAU and will last approx. 90 minutes each. Two IKARUS model flight simulators set up in the DMFV promotions area provide short breaks for relaxation. And at the German Minicar Club stand in Hall 8, school classes can assemble a remote-controlled car under expert guidance, and children and young people (10–18 years) have the opportunity to take part in a race as drivers during the Race of Champions. Places 1 to 3 receive a trophy, and the winner is even set to collect a remote-controlled car.

It is precisely these initiatives and opportunities that make the Dortmund trade show experience what it is – something that visitors and exhibitors have had to forego for the last two and a half years. As a result, the anticipation is great in all quarters – among current and future hobby modellers and professionals.


Getting there

Due to increased levels of traffic during the show, we recommend putting the destination address 'Maurice-Vast-Straße' into your satnav. Once at this destination, visitors will be directed to the appropriate parking spaces via signposting in the vicinity. Admission will be via the North Entrance ('Eingang Nord') to Messe Dortmund.

Our Safety & Hygiene Masterplan at a glance

We've developed a Safety & Hygiene Masterplan designed to ensure everyone is able to relax and look forward to an unforgettable event. This year's event is running subject to Germany's '3G' rule (vaccinated, tested or recovered). All information is available at intermodellbau.de/en/hygiene-concept.

New trade show WebApp

Exhibitor and product directories, hall plans, search functionality and much more await all users of the WebApp: webapp.intermodellbau.de.

More info

Updates on the exhibitors, the programme and the highlights of the INTERMODELLBAU Winter Edition are available on the trade show channels Instagram, Facebook as well as the exhibition website and via newsletter.



Once a year, the world’s largest exhibition for model making and model sports opens its doors to everyone interested in experiencing the world scaled down to miniature proportions. Here, a huge range of exhibitors, models, layouts and products from all over the world delight experienced model builders, new enthusiasts and entire families. Whether it is aircraft, railways, boats, ships or cars – either working models or cardboard modelling – there is something for everyone. Visitors can also experience model making – literally – at first hand at Dortmund Exhibition Centre, as numerous hands-on activities, demonstrations and feature shows await them at INTERMODELLBAU.

DATE: 17 – 20 November 2021 // 9:00 – 18:00 hrs

EVENT ORGANISER: Messe Dortmund GmbH


• Deutscher Minicar-Club e.V. (DMC)

• Deutscher Modellflieger-Verband e.V. (DMFV)

• Interessengemeinschaft Modelleisenbahnausstellungen (IGEMA)

• Modellbahnverband in Deutschland e.V. (MOBA)

• nauticus e.V. – Deutscher Dachverband für Schiffsmodellbau und Schiffsmodellsport e. V.


Experienced model builders, newcomers and families


Halls 4 to 8


Approx. 325 exhibitors


Railway modelling

• Over 30 demonstration layouts (Halls 4 and 7)

• Model Railway Expert Forum (Hall 4)

• Junior College Europa (JCE /BDEF) (Hall 7)

• Ride on a miniature steam locomotive (Hall 8)


• DMFV Junior Academy (Hall 5)

• Special exhibition with approx. 30 model aircraft (Hall 5)

• DMFV Flying Zeppelin (Hall 5)

• Flight simulator (Hall 5)

• Drone balls (Hall 6, DAEC/MFSD)

Model shipbuilding (Hall 5)

• Demonstration of model ships on the 500+ sqm water basin

• Sea captain's licence for children (nauticus e.V.)

• Make-your-own mini paddle steamers

• High-speed model exhibition (nauticus e.V.)

• Lighthouse exhibition (SMC Oberhausen)

• Naval painting artworks Olaf Rahardt

Vehicle modelling

• DMC Race of Champions – Race for teenagers (Hall 8)

• DMC hands-on track (Hall 8)

• Snow groomer course (Hall 6)

• Model truck and off-road courses (Halls 6 and 8)

• Military model course (Hall 8)

Other highlights

• Cardboard model making incl. workshops (Hall 8)

• Science Fiction & Fantasy Models (Halls 7 and 8)

• Fire fighting models and equipment (Halls 6)

• Police models and equipment (Halls 6 and 8)

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