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˅ Exhibition Overview ˅

Programme Highlights 2021

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.


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.

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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.

RC Cars

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.


For kids

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.

Detailed model railway layouts with the latest technology

At INTERMODELLBAU 2021, model railroad enthusiasts can look forward to more than 30 model railroad layouts in all common gauges from N (1:160) to IIm (1:22.5), which the Model Railroad Association in Germany e.V. (MOBA) has "landed". The layouts come from Denmark, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Twelve layouts will even celebrate their German premiere in Dortmund at this year's INTERMODELLBAU.


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Seminars for INTERMODELLBAU 2021

Hall overview

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)