The Australian and American navy as well as World War II couriers will be making a splash in Wagga this weekend for the annual Task Force 72 Carrier and Escorts Regatta.
The warships are built to a 1:72 scale and about 70 model demonstrations are expected at the Oasis Aquatic Centre over Saturday and Sunday.
Event coordinator Brian McCrowe said the majority of the fascination with model ships is the history behind them.
"The main interest is doing all the research on the vessels and then picking a year that you want to work on, because they vary and ships might go through three to four refits throughout their life," he said.
"I used to be in model model airplanes as a radio controller, then I got neck damage so the coordination wasn't there, but this way I can still make the boats I want and have a full display.
"Everybody has a different version of what they want to play around with."
Mr McCrowe said there are only a handful of members in the Wagga base fleet, but members across the country will be coming over for the event.
"We have something like 150 members Australia wide and overseas and members will come over from fleet bases in Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Victoria," he said.
"Task Force 72 is about 23 years old and this is about the 14th year we've been at the pool.
"There will be a lot of families in attendance as it's a draw card for the kids."
Mr McCrowe said majority of the models on show will be traditional warships.
"It won't all be warships, but that seems to be the main colour that comes out on the water," he said.
"There will be current serving ships there, like the Anzac Class 1 and a couple of American ones.
"You'll find that a lot of them are really interested in the styling and will tend to work on the older ones as the modern types just look like boxes, with virtually nothing to see."