International Shipmodelling Days in Hamburg

Auf Deutsch: Internationale Schiffsmodellbautage Hamburg
"Der Aufbruch" von Roland Klinger, im Museum auf Deck 2. Internationale Schiffsmodellbautage Hamburg Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg Modellbau Schiff Schifffahrt Maritime Geschichte Miniatur Ausstellung Segelschiff
„The Departure“, 1:1250 scale diorama by Roland Klinger, displayed on deck 2.

The International Shipmodelling Days in Hamburg
between September the 16th and the 18th 2022.


  • FLEET LOUNGE IN THE FOYER: Two large models of a British aircraft carrier and a German destroyer built entirely of brass.
  • DECK 1: Historical ship models, RC models, models of the SMBG-Beluga club, cardboard models and ships in bottles.
  • DECK 2: RC ship models from IG-Modellbau for DGzRS (Search and Rescue) units, SMC-Hamburg, Modellbau-Gemeinschaft Bad Schwartau e.V. and from individual exhibitors, large models such as the AIDAmar, a container ship, a ferry, ship models made of driftwood.
  • DECK 3: Naval models on a scale of 1:700, cardboard models, large-scale model of a tugboat, Maritime Gallery, brass ship models.
  • DECK 4: RC ship models from MBF Tornesch, historical ship models with a stand from the Crete Maritime Museum from Chania, cardboard models.
  • DECK 7: Focus on 3D printing in model making with demonstrations, micromodelling, RC ship models from individual exhibitors.
  • DECK 8: Large naval port facility on a scale of 1:100 as well as numerous naval models in various scales.


The lectures and tours are offered in German with the exception of »The Crete Maritime Museum«.

FRIDAY, September the 16th

  • 12:00 »Building a Ship-in-a-Bottle«
  • 13:00 »From the Plan to the Finished Model«
  • 14:30 »Santa Maria – The Large Unknown«
  • 16:00 »3D Printing in Model Making«

SATURDAY, September the 17th

  • 11:00 »Highlights Museum Tour«
  • 11:00 »The Crete Maritime Museum«
  • 12:00 »Building a Ship-in-a-Bottle«
  • 13:00 »3D Printing in Model Making«
  • 14:30 »From the Plan to the Finished Model«
  • 15:00 »Highlights Museum Tour«
  • 16:00 »Santa Maria – The Large Unknown«

SUNDAY, September the 18th

  • 11:00 »Highlights Museum Tour«
  • 12:00 »Building a Ship-in-a-Bottle«
  • 13:00 »Santa Maria – The Large Unknown«
  • 14:30 »3D Printing in Model Making«
  • 15:00 »Highlights Museum Tour«
  • 16:00 »From the Plan to the Finished Model«

Deck 1 „Floating Classroom“. Additional demonstrations and info in the museum’s model building workshop on deck 1.

The International Shipmodelling Days in Hamburg

The International Maritime Museum Hamburg is organising the „II International Shipmodelling Days in Hamburg“ between September the 16th and the 18th of 2022. Ship model makers and modelling clubs in all disciplines – from historical wooden ships to RC-models, from cardboard models to collectible miniatures in a scale of 1:1250 – are welcome to display their works in the event. This meeting is a great oportunity to show your creations to a wider audience and expand your network in the modelling scene.

During the first Shipmodelling Days in September 2018, over 45 modelling clubs and model makers from all over Europe displayed their first-class models at the Museum. Over 800 models built in all inmaginable materials and all possible scales were presented in the entrace hall and over four exhibihtion „decks“. The response of the audience went beyond our most optimistic expectations. Many of the model told us they had wish for a longer event. That’s why we have decided to make the show a 3-days event in 2022.

The International Shipmodelling Days in Hamburg 2022 will again take place over several „decks“ (floors) of the Maritime Museum Hamburg. The museum is housed in the Kaispeicher B, the oldest still-standing warehouse of the Port of Hamburg. It is placed between the UNESCO heritage site Speicerstadt (wharehouse district) and the spectacular HafenCity, at the heart of Hamburg. The museums displays the collection of Prof. Peter Tamm, which is the largest of her kind worldwide. Among other exhibits there are thousands of ship models. The museum offers a unique frame for a shipmodelling show.

Internationale Schiffsmodellbautage Hamburg Shipmodelling Days Maritimes Museum Helgoland Diorama
Heligoland 1890, a diorama by Heinz Peter Weiß in a scale of 1:1250 on deck 9.

As diverse as maritime history itself

The International Maritime Museum Hamburg (IMMH) will host the „Second International Ship Model Building Days“ from 16 to 18 September 2022. The application phase is closed and the interest of the model builders to show their works is overwhelming. 68 exhibitors – clubs as well as individual exhibitors – will present their models this year. At the first International Ship Modelling Days in September 2018, there were still 45 clubs and individual exhibitors taking part.

All branches of model shipbuilding will be represented, from historic wooden ships to remote-controlled models, from cardboard models to ship models made of plastic or cast resin. Multimedia models and ship models created using the ultra-modern 3-D printing process are also to be found. A total of more than 1000 ship models are expected. Among them are large models more than 3.50 metres long and delicate miniatures measuring barely more than a centimetre. The scales range from 1:10 to 1:1250 and, for the first time, excellently built ships in bottles will also be on display. In the foyer of the museum, a group of model builders will demonstrate their skills with remote-controlled driving models on a scale of 1:200 in a specially constructed basin.

The Model Building Days rightly bear their international reputation. In addition to numerous exhibitors from Germany, model builders from Austria, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, France, Greece and the Ukraine will be represented.

Due to the very high level of interest, the model building days will be extended by one day. And instead of the four decks on which the models were on display four years ago, this year there will be seven decks. In addition to the large number of ship models from a wide variety of sectors, the exhibition will be complemented by demonstrations of 3-D printers as well as lectures on various aspects of model shipbuilding over the three days.

The „Second International Ship Model Building Days“ are an excellent opportunity to get to know the fascinating hobby of model building in all its facets and to talk to real experts. The model builders themselves like to use the opportunity to deepen and expand their networks and to exchange professional ideas.  

Modellbaubogen Kartonmodell Schiffmodell Modellbauer Internationale Schiffsmodelbautage Hamburg Internationales Maritimes Museum Peter Tamm Hamburger Abendblatt HMV Schifffahrt Modelling Shipmodelling Days 2018 Kutter Fischkutter

Downloadable free paper model

For the occasion of the International Shipmodelling Days in Hamburg, the International Maritime Museum Hamburg has joined forces with the regional newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt and the cardboard modelling editorial HMV to publish modelling sheets for the construction of a fishing cutter. This little beauty can be picked up for free at the Museum or downloaded from our Website. Happy modelling!

Cardboard model sheet Download

Damián Morán Dauchez
Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg