January 4th, 2025. New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center.

ModelFiesta is the longest running annual modeling event in IPMS Region 6. The contest has grown in size and quality since its early days and now averages over 120 vendor tables and over 500 models entered in the contest each year. With a regular and strong international attendance by modelers from all over Latin America, ModelFiesta is one of the most unique, varied, and highly regarded IPMS events in the region.

More details will be made available on this web-site, so please return frequently to see what information has been added.


Vendor Setup: 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Doors open to Public: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Model Registration 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Judging 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Awards Ceremony 3:30 PM
Raffle drawings starts at 2:30 PM.
Tickets $5.00. Must be present to win!


Judging commences at 11:00 AM.

Model display area will be closed to
the public during Judging

See CATEGORY list.


General Admission: $5.00
Entry in contest waives general admission.

ADULTS (18 and over)
$10.00 first Model
$3.00 each additional model


JUNIORS (13 - 17 years)
$5.00 first Model
$2.00 each additional model

PRE-TEENS (12 and under)
$2.00 first Model
$1.00 each additional model

Layout of the Land


We want everyone to have a great time at ModelFiesta and we appreciate your help to manage this situation. Here are some important reminders..

1)      We strongly encourage that you pre-register  your entries. Our on-site registration will be done in the NBCC’s lobby this year, so pre-registration will help to minimize crowding.

2)     The contest room will be closed to spectators during judging. Only staff and judging personnel will be allowed access during those hours.


Food. There will be no food or drink sales at the venue. Restaurants and bakeries are within walking distance of the contest.

ATM The facility does not have an ATM machine, so plan your cash holdings accordingly.

Vendor setup. Vendors may set up on Friday evening, January 3rd, from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday, January the 4th beginning at 6 a.m. Club members will be available to help vendors unload their vehicles. More Information

Raffle. We have many model kits, paint sets, tools, and books in our raffle. Raffle tickets are $5 each. Must be present to win. The raffle drawings will start at 3:00 PM and continue until all items are taken from the tables.

Donations. Alamo Squadron is collecting kits, modeling supplies, and reference materials for US military veterans. Please consider a generous donation. A bin will be available for your donations for Help Heal Veterans (HealVets)


Thank you for your patience. Here are the results for Modelfiesta 42 (2024). Expect pictures of the show in the near future.

Results are in

Click to Download the RESULTS



Last few years our categories were space-constricted. Not anymore! Stay tuned for our expanded category list.



Young Modelers

I. Young Modelers


II. Aircraft


III. Armored and Military Ground Vehicles


IV. Automotive

Ships and Naval vehicles

V. Ships and Naval Vehicles

Jordan Ford

VI. Figures


VII. Science Fiction


VIII. Miscellaneous


General Note:

To be eligible for the theme award or any of the special awards, the entries must be logged in the appropriate folder on the table outside the contest room.

Best of Show Award

Best of Show Award

Lionheart Hobbies
Kyle, TX

Under the Union Jack - All things British

Theme Award
Under the Union Jack - All things British

Sponsored by Dibble's Hobbies
San Antonio, TX

Youth Modelers Award

Best Youth Modelers

Sponsored by Herb Scranton

Best Aircraft Award

Best Aircraft

Sponsored by Lee Forbes

Best Armor Award

Best Military Ground Vehicle

In honor of the 2nd Armored Division

Best Automotive Award

Best Automotive. Where the Great ones Run.

Sponsored by Will Winmill and Miquel Lopez IV

Best Ship Award

Best Ship

Sponsored by Lee Washburn

The USAF Award

Best Figure

Sponsored by Alamo Squadron and Herb Scranton

Best Miscelaneous Award

Best Miscellaneous Award

Sponsored by Lee Forbes

The Tamiya Award

Tamiya Award

Sponsored by Tamiya USA

Best Space and Sci-Fi Award

Best Science Fiction Award

Sponsored by Craig Gregory and Don Weaver

The USAF Award

United States Air Force Award

Sponsored by Adam David Stephenson

The Korean War Aircraft Award

Korean War Aircraft Award

Sponsored by Lee Forbes

The Korean War Aircraft Award

US Veterans Award

Sponsored by Thomas Zimdahl

This award seeks to recognize modeling excellence by active duty or retired US military veterans from all branches of the service. The subject may be entered in any category.

The In-Cinere Award

In Cinere -
from the Ashes Award

Sponsored by Richard Kern.

This award seeks to recognize modeling excellence in taking an older, more difficult kit and making it into an outstanding model. The aircraft subject must be entered in an aircraft class category or the miscellaneous class mechanical category (830).

Memorial Trophy

Alamo Squadron Memorial Trophy

Recognizes club members who have distinguished themselves with a lifetime of superior model building and service. More info


The price of tables will be $35 per 6' x 2.5' table. Table location will be assigned and adjusted by Alamo Squadron to maximize the number of vendors. Parking for vendors with trailers is $10. Vendor parking passes (if required) and vendor name tags will be distributed at vendor setup, Friday night and Saturday morning.

Tables that are not paid in full by December 2nd, 2024, will be offered to vendors on the waiting list. A full refund will be issued to all vendors should MF42 be cancelled and to a single vendor if their table(s) can be re-sold or at the discretion of the ModelFiesta steering committee.

No materials or services may be sold (monetary transactions or material trade) on New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center property (to inlcude vehicles in the parking lot) by any attendee unless from a paid vendor table.


Word document Download and fill out the Vendor Table Request Form.

PDF file Download and fill out the Vendor Table Request Form.

Mail the completed vendor request form along with a check payable to "Alamo Squadron of San Antonio" for $35 per number of tables requested to:

Alamo Squadron
ModelFiesta 43
PO Box 680652
San Antonio, TX 78268

All questions can be sent to our vendor coordinator via the CONTACT FORM.


Alamo Squadron is offering entrants the opportunity to pre-register their model entries for ModelFiesta 42. Download the Model Registration Summary Form and the Individual Model Entry Forms (one per entry). Once downloaded, information can be entered directly into text boxes on the forms and saved. You may refer to the Category List to help determine in what categories your builds belong.

The ONLY paperwork that needs to be returned via email is the Model Registration Summary Form. Upon completion, that form should be emailed to Receipt of your Summary Form will be acknowledged and additional instructions regarding what to do with all of your forms will be e-mailed to you a few days after receipt. Please feel free to ask questions about the Pre-Registration process, or about the event in general, by emailing those questions to

A discount of $3 on the total registration fee will be offered to those who take advantage of the Pre-Registration process

Pre Registration Closed!

Pre Registration Closed! See you at the event!



The first ModelFiesta was held in Wonderland Mall, now called Crossroads Mall, in 1982 and has been held each year since that first contest, with the exception of 2021 due to COVID-19.

Our ModelFiesta event has traditionally been scheduled for early to mid-February on a Saturday preceding or following Valentine’s Day. Another event is scheduled in the NBCC ballroom Saturday evening for ModelFiesta dates that are available at our usual February slot, but the ModelFiesta Planning Committee felt it important to maintain that tradition. The NBCC has graciously accommodated our request to hold the ModelFiesta event on that date in a reduced footprint from the last (2022) event. For that reason, IPMS/USA Alamo Squadron must conduct the contest segment of our event in the Garden/Meeting Room area of the NBCC. This area will accommodate sufficient contest tables for our average number of entries.

Model Registration Summary Form

ModelFiesta 30. February 2011
Live Oak Civic Center

Model Registration Summary Form

ModelFiesta 35. February 2016
San Antonio Event Center

Individual Model Entry form

ModelFiesta 40. January 2022
New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center


Looking for a previous Modelfiesta results? Click on the button and you can either select or type the Modelfiesta number or year held to download.

Alamo Squadron Memorial Trophy


The Alamo Squadron Memorial Trophy recognizes club members who have distinguished themselves with a lifetime of superior model building and service. The trophy is inscribed with their names as well as those of the recent winners of the Modelfiesta Best of Show award.

The criteria for memorial recognition includes:

  • A member of Alamo Squadron for a minimum of five years.
  • A reputation for excellence in modeling, evidenced by awards within IPMS Region 6 contests.
  • An avid teacher and coach for other builders.
  • A history of making significant contributions to Alamo Squadron.
  • Alamo Squadron members who have been honored with memorial recognition are:

  • Ruben Barrera
  • Bob Davies
  • Frank Garcia
  • George Holmes
  • Mike Picard
  • James Smith
  • Tom Ward
  • Lyn Julian
  • Recent ModelFiesta Contest Best of Show winners include:

  • ModelFiesta 34: P. Barena
  • ModelFiesta 35: A. Smischney
  • ModelFiesta 36: M. Schlachter
  • ModelFiesta 37: A. DeLeon
  • ModelFiesta 38: R. Morales
  • ModelFiesta 39: J. Rice
  • ModelFiesta 40: A. DeLeon


    New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center

    375 S. Castell Ave
    New Braunfels, TX. 78130

    Questions or Inquiries? Send us a message. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.