Midwestern Model Ships & Boats Contest and Display



Watch for registration materials for the 42nd annual model contest to be available here in winter 2018.  

Categories include scratch-built models, kit models, operational models, dioramas, and nautical crafts (which include cannons, anchors, figureheads, nautical decorations, maritime carvings-figureheads, fish, water creatures, waterfowl)--or crafts made from nautical items, etc.

Along with bronze, silver, and gold awards, special awards are presented for Best Great Lakes, Modelers' Choice, Best Miniature, Best Paint Finish, Best Novice Builder, Best Racing Class Sailboat, Best Maritime Carving, Best of Show, and People's Choice.

We welcome all levels of ability including youth, novice, intermediate, and advanced. You can even choose to display your model rather than enter it to be judged. 

We're looking forward to another fantastic weekend of fabulous models and renewed friendships. See you there!

Enjoy a recap of our 2017 event, written by Scottie Dayton. View photos from the event in an album on the museum's Facebook page.


A big THANKS to all our donors and sponsors for the model contest: Badger Air Brush, Nautical Research and Model Ship Society, Rocky Mountain Shipwrights, Midwest Model Shipwrights, Wisconsin Scale Boating Association, North Shore Deadeyes, The Nautical Research GuildRiver Bluffs Maritime Museum, Fritz Drexler, Scottie Dayton, Steve Wheeler, and Sam Parent.