The Nat-Con Board has decided to forgo with a formal banquet dinner in 2021 and instead has opted for a cocktail hour followed the awards presentation. Considering the large number of resturants, buffets and snack bars located in the property, the board felt that our attendees will find this more affordable, thus leaving more money to be spent in the vendor room. The cocktail hour will feature a cash bar.
Feb 5, 2020 - One tour has been firmed-up so far, The Shelby Museum & Visitors Center. It's going to be very exciting and worth the time. We are discussing possible tours at Nellis Air Force Base and the Atomic Testing Site as of this date and will update everyone accordingly.
June 25, 2020 - We just learned that the 2020 National Convention in San Marcos has been canceled due Covid-19 concerns. Out best wishes and appreciation goes out the San Marcos Team for all their hard work and effort in giving us a great show. It was a tough decision made by a bunch of tough Texans.
June 29, 2020 - Visit us on our new 21' Nats Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270897917458272/
July 6th, 2020 - Reserved another 400 rooms for attendees should we exceed the 1600 rooms-nights originally contracted for. We have been assured by The Rio that they will be able to meet whatever our room demands are.
July 17th, 2020 - We sold out of our 1600 room-night block today at 13:00. Another 400 rooms have been secured but its highly recommended that anyone interested in booking a room for the Las Vegas Nats do so this weekend.
July 22nd, 2020 - We just added 600 room-nights to our previous 1,600 for a total of 2,200 room-nights. It is unlikely that we will be able to increase it again at the discounted room rate. Anyone interested in staying at The Rio please book your room as soon as possible, We will be reaching out to other resorts in the area as a back-up.
August 4th, 2020 - We are now officially SOLD-OUT of all 2,400 room-nights at the Rio. We were told that for a short time only, the Rio will honor the $89.00 discounted room rate for weekdays ONLY. We will be reaching out to other resorts in the area to see if we can secure a discounted room rate for those that missed out.
The fabulous City of Las Vegas awaits you!
Combine the incredible experience of a National Convention with a visit to one of the top-ten vacation destinations in the WORLD!
Experience world-class shopping, spectacular shows and concerts, as well as some the finest restaurants in the world. There are things to see and do all just minutes from
the resort, many of which are free or inexpensive. On a budget, no problem! There are inexpensive restaurants right in the resort or a short walk away.
Las Vegas is served by McCarren International Airport which is just 10 minutes from the Rio Resort. Airfares are direct from most major cities and inexpensive airfare can always be found.
If your driving, Las Vegas is served by 4 major interstate highways, one of which the I-15 runs right through the city and exits right at the door-step to the Rio Resort.
Experience the breath-taking views of the great outdoors such at Red Rock Canyon, Valley Fire State Park and Hoover Dam, all just a few minutes drive from the resort. Or, take a 10 minute helicopter ride to one of the true wonders of the world, the magnificent Grand Canyon.
Check out the video below or the drop-down menu for a quick look at what Las Vegas has in store for you!
Experience the Super Bowl of Model Shows!
Compete with the worlds finest modelers in over 160 categories plus special theme awards for the coveted
IPMS National Best Model Awards.
Be inspired by the work of the Master Modelers that raise the bar in the world of plastic modeling and see the
result of unbridled imagination and skill.
Hate long lines? So do we! That is why we encourage you to pre-register for the contest after as soon as possible.
We will not be taking any "pre-registration" forms for your models. However, we definitely encourage you to download the
forms you need, fill them out on your computer, print, and bring them with you to the convention. You'll save a lot of time
at the show and save everyone some eye strain trying to decipher your writing!
Pre-Registration Cost is $55
Pre-registration for juniors is $25
Pre-registration will begin on February 1st, 2021 and will close on July 31st, 2021.
We want everyone to save your extra money for the vendors so we are keeping the pre-registration site open
to the last minute. Please register early.
On-Site Registration Cost is $65
You can register at the show. Mail-in Registration must be received prior to August 1st to qualify for the Pre-registration discount.
Note - you MUST be an IPMS member (either USA or your home country) in order to register for the convention.
Immediate Family members of a registrant can also get Convention Badges allowing access to all regular convention
activities and areas.
General Admission is $15 per day
which includes admission to all seminars
Those pre-registered will have a convention package waiting for you containing a decal sheet, lapel pin and a Las
Vegas Fun Book containing things to see and do, attraction discounts and directions to everything Las Vegas.
Those registering at the show will receive those items listed above while quantities last. Pre-register or get there early!
We reserve the right to make changes and corrections prior to the Convention.