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      Post #75445, posted on 05-09-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      With Airliners International postponed until 2021 and modelers hard at work with the group build I figure doing an online "contest" would be a great idea. Ahmed has given his blessing.

      Some details definitely still need to be worked out. Where to submit/display photos of the completed models? Stay tuned. I tweaked the Airliners International rules/categories and think I have come up with something workable. At first glance I think limiting the contest to 3 entries per person is reasonable. I don't want to be swamped with hundreds of models and think best that people share/display their most recent work.

      No fees, no awards, just good model airliner vibes. Honestly more of a display than a contest as I don't see how photos of models can be judged objectively.

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      Airlinercafe 2020
      Online Model Contest
      Entries are limited to models of commercial aviation.

      The deadline to submit entries into the model contest is 2400 hrs midnight Pacific Time Friday July 10th. Judging will take place Saturday July 11th.

      Scale Model Airliner Contest Categories
      Awards 1st, 2nd, 3rd places
      • Large Prop & Jet (1/100 scale and larger)
      • Small Prop (1/100 scale and smaller)
      • Medium Jet (1/125 to 1/149 scale)
      • Small Jet (1/150 scale or smaller)
      • Diorama/Collection
      • Major conversion
      • Vacuform / Scratch-built
      • Flights of Fancy
      • Youth
      Clint Groves Memorial Judges Best of Show
      Most Popular
      Group Build Airliners of Arizona


      Scale Model Airliner Contest Rules
      Big 3 rules
      Each entrant may enter up to 5 models. Each model entry may consist of up to 3 photos. Share/enter something new.

      The craft of scale model building is a hobby of individual achievement and significant artistic content. Modelers take great pleasure in displaying their work to fellow enthusiasts. The Airlinercafe online model contest is designed to provide a place for modelers to display their models and to include a measure of competition for feedback and acknowledgement of their skills.
      1. All works must be the sole work of the person whose name appears on the entry form as the “Modeler”.
      2. The Lead Judge shall exclude or remove from competition or display any entry considered by the Contest officials to be inappropriate or offensive to generally acknowledged standards of decency and acceptability.
      3. An aircraft that has won an award in a previous AI model contest is ineligible unless it has become part of a diorama or collection that has never won an award in a previous AI model contest. Likewise, an aircraft that won an award as part of a diorama or collection in a previous AI model contest may enter individually.
      4. Any material may be utilized for construction. This includes but is not limited to polystyrene, epoxy, rubber, wood, paper and metal.
      5. Entries are restricted to models of aircraft employed in airline operations. The term aircraft refers to any flying machine. An airline operation refers to a company whose primary source of revenue is derived from the air transportation of goods or passengers. Aircraft include those operated by the airline for transportation, research, route survey, aerial spraying, fire fighting or training. Aircraft in military operations are not allowed. Examples of eligible aircraft: A) A civil cargo DC-8 without markings based on its airliner transport type in obvious airline operations, B) A Beechcraft 18 in SMB Stage Coach markings based on its notable airline markings. C) The Hindenburg airship based upon its obvious airline operation. D) An American Airlines Stinson Reliant based upon its notable markings and airline route survey operations. E) A Delta Air Lines C-130/L-100.
      6. The Lead Judge will decide any question concerning model eligibility or category placement.
      7. Every modeler’s work is a creative work of art. Because the contest seeks to rate these works of art, the results are strictly subjective. However, judges will strive to evaluate each model in five key areas: A) Craftsmanship, B) Authenticity, C) Finish, D) Detail, and E) Realism.
      8. Bases or stands are allowed only to the extent necessary to display the model in its proper stance and shall not be considered in the judging process. The term Base or Stand does not apply to the diorama category. Judges may handle models to the degree necessary for evaluation and thus, the model must not be secured to a base. The base or stand must not be the predominant feature of the entry and must be of a size proportionate to the model. The Lead Judge may exclude any oversize base. A base may include one figure and/or one piece of ground equipment. Additional figures, equipment or any structure such as a dock, fence, or building constitutes a diorama.
      9. Scratch-built category entries may incorporate parts from other kits, but these parts should be unrelated to their original identity, except for minor items such as wheels, propellers, spinners, etc.
      10. Conversion category entries must contain significant structural changes to a kit to produce a different version of the basic aircraft. Significant changes include any change in fuselage length, wingspan or nacelle area that requires splicing in or cutting out a section(s). A minor change in dimensions achieved by changes to nose, tail cone, wing tips or tail height is a not a conversion. Any change in dimensions that is meant to correct a kit’s error and not to produce a different version of the aircraft is not a conversion. Examples: Reducing the fuselage of the Heller DC-6B kit to produce a DC-6 is a conversion. Splicing in a section of fuselage on the Revell DC-7C kit to correct the kit’s fuselage length error is not a conversion. Splicing in a section of each nacelle area of the Revell L.1049G kit to correct the kit’s error is not a conversion. However, splicing in the nacelle areas of the Revell L.1049G kit and modifying the window pattern and nose cone to produce an L.1049 (sometimes referred to as an L.1049A) is a conversion. Re-engining the Revell DC-8-10 with fan engines to produce a DC-8-50 is not a conversion.
      11. A diorama is a combination of model(s) and a believable setting. Diorama category entries shall be judged for technical merit in all areas of construction. The model components of a diorama will be judged to the same criteria of craftsmanship, authenticity, finish, detail and realism that individual categories are subject to. In addition, the diorama shall be judged for how well the presentation combines individual elements to form a realistic and/or plausible setting for the primary model(s). A diorama should also attempt to tell a story, set a mood or create an atmosphere that sets it apart from a model that merely rests on a base. Models in a diorama may be secured to the base.
      12. A collection shall be judged with a diorama but does not have to meet the requirements of a believable setting. A collection is normally a group of related aircraft and should have a particular theme. Examples: A collection of all the variants of Lockheed Constellations operated by TWA, or a collection of all the Douglas airliners, DC-1 through DC-10.
      13. Flights of Fancy category entries may be either factual aircraft with liveries of airlines that never operated that type or hypothetical aircraft in either fact-based or purely imaginative liveries. These entries shall be judged for craftsmanship, finish and detail as well as imaginative qualities. The criteria of authenticity and realism do not apply.
      14. No “sweeps” of awards will be allowed (i.e. no person shall win 1st, 2nd, 3rd awards in a category). It is possible for a person to win two awards in a category or other awards in other categories.
      15. All competition entries shall be accompanied with an entry form.
      16. There shall be no badgering of any judge. Any concerns must be addressed to the Lead Judge. Contestants who desire a critique of their work may approach the Lead Judge.
      17. The Contest Chairperson or Lead Judge may waive any rule if circumstances warrant.

      Judging Criteria and Procedures
      CRAFTSMANSHIP: Basic building qualities. Seams filled (wing root, leading edges, fuselage halves, pylons, engine cowlings/intakes, etc.)? Are wing trailing edges thin? No fingerprints, glue marks or sanding marks. Dihedral and stance correct?
      • AUTHENTICITY: (Not applicable to Flights-of-Fancy): Correct version of aircraft? Are the markings correct? Are the props and engines correct? Have kit errors been corrected (shape of nose, cowlings, etc., size of tires, windows, props, etc.)? In other words, is everything as it should be?
      • FINISH: Quality of paint job (no runs, orange peel, fingerprints, etc.). Quality of metal areas (foiling job, metalizing, etc.). Decal placement. Hand lettering. Overall sheen. Note on weathering: Judges shall not penalize a model for its weathering effects or lack of. Aircraft may be finished as a clean brand new look or a weathered, in-use example.
      • ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Antennas, lights, doors, wheel wells, vents & scoops, wheels & tires, control surfaces, pitot tubes, drains, probes, fan blades, exhaust stacks, engine accessories, cowl flaps, interior of cockpit and cabin, windows (clear), etc. Size of the model dictates how much detail should be reasonably added. Generally, the bigger the model, the more detail. Small models will not be penalized. In other words, has the builder paid a proper amount of attention as can be reasonably expected?
      • REALISM (Not applicable to Flights-of-Fancy): This is sort of a combination of all of the above. Simply put, does the model or diorama look like a miniature version of the real thing?
      • IMAGINATION: (Applies only to the Flights-of-Fancy category): Imaginative qualities of the subject.
      • THEME: (Applies only to Diorama/Collection category): A diorama should have a believable setting that attempts to tell a story, set a mood or create an atmosphere that sets it apart from a model that merely rests on a base. A collection should have a theme that is unified and complete.

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      Post #75460, posted on 05-09-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for setting this up! Guess I need to get moving!!

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      Post #75466, posted on 05-09-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Great idea Ken! Count me in. I had better get a move on!

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      Post #75468, posted on 05-10-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Rats! Just when I thought I had an extra year to finish my AI entries! Great idea, Ken. I will try to have mine completed by then.

      Never put off for tomorrow what can dry overnight

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      Post #75473, posted on 05-10-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm happy to see the interest. As I said in my original post all the details still need to be worked out. Give me a few weeks. In the meantime people have a goal and deadline of mid July to finish and share something. I'll edit and add to the original post that a group build for Airliners of Arizona is also appropriate since Airliners was supposed to be in Tempe.

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      Post #75634, posted on 05-23-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Anyone out there with some knowledge of working through Flickr for organizing albums and collections? I know what I want to do but an getting pretty frustrated setting it up. My thoughts were to set up collections of photos in the various contest categories. So far I'm just getting ticked off and givng myself a headache.

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      Post #75661, posted on 05-24-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Ken, happy to hop on a call and brainstorm.

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      Post #75715, posted on 05-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Pretty much good to go. I will store/organize the photos on Flickr. We did a test with the 2019 Airliners Contest and things worked well.

      Only "glitch" I have now is that I need photos to set up the individual category albums so I can't set up the framework just yet or share the link either.

      Lets try submitting photos here in the thread or to my gmail address: bac707gray(at)gmail.com.

      What I need with the photos are:

      Who you are
      Scale of model
      Type of plane and airline
      Kit and decal manufacturer
      Any modifications/added detail
      Anything else you think significant about the build
      What category you believe the model should go in.


      Who will get the "shout out" for submitting the first photos??






      Once I have some submitted photos I'll set up the Flickr page and share the link.

      Same for the Surveymonkey link to vote for your favorite model.


      Deadline to submit will be Friday July 10th.

      Categories will be:

      Scale Model Airliner Contest Categories
      Awards 1st, 2nd, 3rd places
      • Large Prop & Jet (1/100 scale and larger)
      • Small Prop (1/100 scale and smaller)
      • Medium Jet (1/125 to 1/149 scale)
      • Small Jet (1/150 scale or smaller)
      • Diorama/Collection
      • Major conversion
      • Vacuform / Scratch-built
      • Flights of Fancy
      • Youth
      Clint Groves Memorial Judges Best of Show
      Most Popular
      Group Build Airliners of Arizona


      Scale Model Airliner Contest Rules
      Big 3 rules
      Each entrant may enter up to 3 models. Each model entry may consist of up to 3 photos. Share/enter something new.

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      Post #75719, posted on 05-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for setting this up Ken! We appreciate your efforts. Everyone, please send your photos to Ken and let's get this started.

      Regards,

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      Post #75734, posted on 05-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Please count me in for:

      Medium Jet (1/125 to 1/149 scale):
      1/144 Ilyushin IL-62M Air Koryo P-881 landing at PEK, 2013

      Diorama/Collection:
      1/144 Boeing 737-300 CAAC 80s scheme

      Thanks.

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      Post #75737, posted on 05-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Whoo hoo!!

      I got some nice emails from Marco Coldoway with some great looking models.

      Link to the contest on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/17926316@N05/collections/72157714476503706/

      Thanks too to Yufei Mao for posting/entering as well. I do want to limit the photos to 3 of each model though. I can pick for you but would prefer that the modelers choose. Limiting submissions to 3 photos of each model will help even the bar for everyone.

      People can either post photos on this thread or email me at bac707gray(at)gmail.com

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      Post #75738, posted on 05-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Share/enter something new.


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      By "new" do you mean newly/recently built, something built a few years ago but never shared online yet, or both? BTW, I see this is going to be a tough contest going by the absolutely jaw-dropping beauties Yufei submitted!

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      Post #75739, posted on 05-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      No real hard or fast rules other than if it's won at a prior Airliners International Show or IPMS Nationals then definitely not.
      My .02 is I'd prefer to enter/see new models entered to recognize people's new work especially under the recent Covid-19 shelter in place challenges.

      Not saying it happens here but I've seen certain people enter finished winning models built years ago seemingly just to collect another trophy/award. I think that is tacky.



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      Share/enter something new.


      Ken



      By "new" do you mean newly/recently built, something built a few years ago but never shared online yet, or both? BTW, I see this is going to be a tough contest going by the absolutely jaw-dropping beauties Yufei submitted!


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      Post #75745, posted on 05-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Ken! I was contemplating submitting two entries: one that I finished just last month and another done a few years ago but not entered in any contest outside of my local scale model club. But for fairness sake I'll defer choice to you since you're the organizer.

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      Post #75750, posted on 05-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Please enter both. The more models the better.


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      Post #75751, posted on 05-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Gosh, but

      I see a v slight Problem with the CA 733

      Love that JS? IL62 and the CA 733. Awesome work, skill detail and panel lines and the ground workers add a great human touch too. But on the CA 733 an you please please just shave an mm or 2 off the crown immediately above the centre post of the flight deck window. Too angular and likely a Daco (looks like a Daco) flaw rather than yours. Just needs rounding off. A bit like having an early BMW E30 320i or 323i on 195/65/14 tyres when they should be 195/60. Tiny detail but once you know the imperfection's there well err um.

      Otherwise gorgeous detail on your IL6 and 733 and lovely to see this detail and passion. Those panel lines, fan blades and centre spinners, ducts, antennae pitots etc etc really bring the shape out of your models Yufei.

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      Post #75756, posted on 05-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Please enter both. The more models the better.


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      Done! My entries are in your inbox. Thanks!

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      Post #75773, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      In the words of Bob Hoover....

      "Gentlemen you have a race!"


      Models entered, sorted, and posted on Flickr...

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/17926316@N05/collections/72157714476503706/

      Keep them coming. I'll get some descriptions/information posted with the photos soon.


      A short note on contest etiquette.... We all know that building models takes an incredible amount of time and effort. Finishing a model is a huge accomplishment. Entering a model into any contest takes courage too where one acknowledges that your personal work will be judged compared to others.
      Everyone who finishes a model and enters a contest deserves a shout out for doing so.

      Discussing the models posted here is good. Judging them and pointing out flaws as part of the discussion is not good or OK. Come July all of the models will be judged and the results announced.

      I think back to my first Airliners Contest at Seattle in 1998. I was a "newbie" and brought a handful of models to enter. Gerry Cole was the contest director. He kindly greeted me by name, helped me with the registration process, complemented me on my work, and thanked me for entering. A class act and one that I try to continue to emulate.

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      Post #75788, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I have no reason to add to this, except, I will add mine soon. And this thread needs to be stuck on the front page! Great work submitted so far!

      Keep em separated!
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      Post #75859, posted on 06-06-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      A few more models added to the albums. I've also added a folder for models if people just want to display them and/or submit past Airliners winning models. Tom Kalina's beautiful Electra won first in the conversion category at Atlanta in 2015.


      I'd love to see people email photos of their recently finished models that they have shared from the group build post.

      Submit photos to bac707gray(at)gmail.com.

      Link to the albums

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/17926316@N05/collections/72157714476503706/

      Rules and fine print are at the beginning of this thread.

      Deadline to submit is Midnight Friday July 10th. 5 weeks away...

      Curious how many others are "rushing" to finish something like I am? Still priming/filling/sanding etc....Did flap track fairings on a 737-100 and -200 today. 50/50 chance of me finishing. I won't have the "luxury" this year of being in solitary this time in a hotel room a few days before the contest

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      Post #75862, posted on 06-06-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for the nudge, Ken! I've had a number of setbacks, but I'll try to get my 747 done by then!

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      Post #75899, posted on 06-13-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Another nudge...
      By my math its t-minus 4 weeks and counting from today to the entry deadline. There have been a few more beautiful entries submitted in the past week. I don't know if people are interested but I think bumping up the entry limit to 5 a person is reasonable. My initial concern to limiting it to 3 was so I wouldn't be swamped with people taking photos of all of their old models and submitting them. It hasn't happened yet so I think it will all be good. Tom Kalina submitted his past winning Electra model for the past winner file and I have a couple of favorites that I plan on sharing.

      Good luck to all working to finish and submit something in the next few weeks. I think I'm almost done with the white primer which is a good thing.

      Submit photos to bac707gray(at)gmail.com.

      Link to the albums

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/17926316@N05/collections/72157714476503706/

      Rules and fine print are at the beginning of this thread.


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      Post #75920, posted on 06-15-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I plan on submitting...just not sure what yet. If there is a category for “half-finished models” I may make multiple entries.

      Love the idea, maybe if successful we could keep it as a regular thing.

      Thanks for putting it together!

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      Post #75923, posted on 06-16-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Still tracking for that week, I'll get it in before the deadline....

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      Post #75924, posted on 06-16-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Added a category for unfinished models....



      Scale Model Airliner Contest Categories
      Awards 1st, 2nd, 3rd places
      • Large Prop & Jet (1/100 scale and larger)
      • Small Prop (1/100 scale and smaller)
      • Medium Jet (1/125 to 1/149 scale)
      • Small Jet (1/150 scale or smaller)
      • Diorama/Collection
      • Major conversion
      • Vacuform / Scratch-built
      • Flights of Fancy
      • Youth
      Unfinished

      Clint Groves Memorial Judges Best of Show
      Most Popular
      Group Build Airliners of Arizona



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      Submit photos to bac707gray(at)gmail.com.

      Link to the albums

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/17926316@N05/collections/72157714476503706/





      I was wondering if anyone would ask/mention about a half finished/unfinished category?? I've added it to the categories.
      I'm 99% certain I won't get mine finished.

      Pinholes, chips, divots etc.... What a PITA :-)

      I plan on submitting...just not sure what yet. If there is a category for “half-finished models” I may make multiple entries.

      Love the idea, maybe if successful we could keep it as a regular thing.

      Thanks for putting it together!

      -Scott

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      Post #75925, posted on 06-16-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Details again....

      Deadline is Friday July 10th.

      Submit photos to bac707gray(at)gmail.com.

      Link to the albums

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/17926316@N05/collections/72157714476503706/



      Airlinercafe 2020
      Online Model Contest
      Entries are limited to models of commercial aviation.

      The deadline to submit entries into the model contest is 2400 hrs midnight Pacific Time Friday July 10th. Judging will take place Saturday July 11th.

      Scale Model Airliner Contest Categories
      Awards 1st, 2nd, 3rd places
      • Large Prop & Jet (1/100 scale and larger)
      • Small Prop (1/100 scale and smaller)
      • Medium Jet (1/125 to 1/149 scale)
      • Small Jet (1/150 scale or smaller)
      • Diorama/Collection
      • Major conversion
      • Vacuform / Scratch-built
      • Flights of Fancy
      • Youth
      Unfinished

      Clint Groves Memorial Judges Best of Show
      Most Popular
      Group Build Airliners of Arizona


      Scale Model Airliner Contest Rules
      Big 3 rules
      Each entrant may enter up to 5 models. Each model entry may consist of up to 3 photos. Share/enter something new.

      The craft of scale model building is a hobby of individual achievement and significant artistic content. Modelers take great pleasure in displaying their work to fellow enthusiasts. The Airlinercafe online model contest is designed to provide a place for modelers to display their models and to include a measure of competition for feedback and acknowledgement of their skills.
      1. All works must be the sole work of the person whose name appears on the entry form as the “Modeler”.
      2. The Lead Judge shall exclude or remove from competition or display any entry considered by the Contest officials to be inappropriate or offensive to generally acknowledged standards of decency and acceptability.
      3. An aircraft that has won an award in a previous AI model contest is ineligible unless it has become part of a diorama or collection that has never won an award in a previous AI model contest. Likewise, an aircraft that won an award as part of a diorama or collection in a previous AI model contest may enter individually.
      4. Any material may be utilized for construction. This includes but is not limited to polystyrene, epoxy, rubber, wood, paper and metal.
      5. Entries are restricted to models of aircraft employed in airline operations. The term aircraft refers to any flying machine. An airline operation refers to a company whose primary source of revenue is derived from the air transportation of goods or passengers. Aircraft include those operated by the airline for transportation, research, route survey, aerial spraying, fire fighting or training. Aircraft in military operations are not allowed. Examples of eligible aircraft: A) A civil cargo DC-8 without markings based on its airliner transport type in obvious airline operations, B) A Beechcraft 18 in SMB Stage Coach markings based on its notable airline markings. C) The Hindenburg airship based upon its obvious airline operation. D) An American Airlines Stinson Reliant based upon its notable markings and airline route survey operations. E) A Delta Air Lines C-130/L-100.
      6. The Lead Judge will decide any question concerning model eligibility or category placement.
      7. Every modeler’s work is a creative work of art. Because the contest seeks to rate these works of art, the results are strictly subjective. However, judges will strive to evaluate each model in five key areas: A) Craftsmanship, B) Authenticity, C) Finish, D) Detail, and E) Realism.
      8. Bases or stands are allowed only to the extent necessary to display the model in its proper stance and shall not be considered in the judging process. The term Base or Stand does not apply to the diorama category. Judges may handle models to the degree necessary for evaluation and thus, the model must not be secured to a base. The base or stand must not be the predominant feature of the entry and must be of a size proportionate to the model. The Lead Judge may exclude any oversize base. A base may include one figure and/or one piece of ground equipment. Additional figures, equipment or any structure such as a dock, fence, or building constitutes a diorama.
      9. Scratch-built category entries may incorporate parts from other kits, but these parts should be unrelated to their original identity, except for minor items such as wheels, propellers, spinners, etc.
      10. Conversion category entries must contain significant structural changes to a kit to produce a different version of the basic aircraft. Significant changes include any change in fuselage length, wingspan or nacelle area that requires splicing in or cutting out a section(s). A minor change in dimensions achieved by changes to nose, tail cone, wing tips or tail height is a not a conversion. Any change in dimensions that is meant to correct a kit’s error and not to produce a different version of the aircraft is not a conversion. Examples: Reducing the fuselage of the Heller DC-6B kit to produce a DC-6 is a conversion. Splicing in a section of fuselage on the Revell DC-7C kit to correct the kit’s fuselage length error is not a conversion. Splicing in a section of each nacelle area of the Revell L.1049G kit to correct the kit’s error is not a conversion. However, splicing in the nacelle areas of the Revell L.1049G kit and modifying the window pattern and nose cone to produce an L.1049 (sometimes referred to as an L.1049A) is a conversion. Re-engining the Revell DC-8-10 with fan engines to produce a DC-8-50 is not a conversion.
      11. A diorama is a combination of model(s) and a believable setting. Diorama category entries shall be judged for technical merit in all areas of construction. The model components of a diorama will be judged to the same criteria of craftsmanship, authenticity, finish, detail and realism that individual categories are subject to. In addition, the diorama shall be judged for how well the presentation combines individual elements to form a realistic and/or plausible setting for the primary model(s). A diorama should also attempt to tell a story, set a mood or create an atmosphere that sets it apart from a model that merely rests on a base. Models in a diorama may be secured to the base.
      12. A collection shall be judged with a diorama but does not have to meet the requirements of a believable setting. A collection is normally a group of related aircraft and should have a particular theme. Examples: A collection of all the variants of Lockheed Constellations operated by TWA, or a collection of all the Douglas airliners, DC-1 through DC-10.
      13. Flights of Fancy category entries may be either factual aircraft with liveries of airlines that never operated that type or hypothetical aircraft in either fact-based or purely imaginative liveries. These entries shall be judged for craftsmanship, finish and detail as well as imaginative qualities. The criteria of authenticity and realism do not apply.
      14. No “sweeps” of awards will be allowed (i.e. no person shall win 1st, 2nd, 3rd awards in a category). It is possible for a person to win two awards in a category or other awards in other categories.
      15. All competition entries shall be accompanied with an entry form.
      16. There shall be no badgering of any judge. Any concerns must be addressed to the Lead Judge. Contestants who desire a critique of their work may approach the Lead Judge.
      17. The Contest Chairperson or Lead Judge may waive any rule if circumstances warrant.

      Judging Criteria and Procedures
      CRAFTSMANSHIP: Basic building qualities. Seams filled (wing root, leading edges, fuselage halves, pylons, engine cowlings/intakes, etc.)? Are wing trailing edges thin? No fingerprints, glue marks or sanding marks. Dihedral and stance correct?
      • AUTHENTICITY: (Not applicable to Flights-of-Fancy): Correct version of aircraft? Are the markings correct? Are the props and engines correct? Have kit errors been corrected (shape of nose, cowlings, etc., size of tires, windows, props, etc.)? In other words, is everything as it should be?
      • FINISH: Quality of paint job (no runs, orange peel, fingerprints, etc.). Quality of metal areas (foiling job, metalizing, etc.). Decal placement. Hand lettering. Overall sheen. Note on weathering: Judges shall not penalize a model for its weathering effects or lack of. Aircraft may be finished as a clean brand new look or a weathered, in-use example.
      • ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Antennas, lights, doors, wheel wells, vents & scoops, wheels & tires, control surfaces, pitot tubes, drains, probes, fan blades, exhaust stacks, engine accessories, cowl flaps, interior of cockpit and cabin, windows (clear), etc. Size of the model dictates how much detail should be reasonably added. Generally, the bigger the model, the more detail. Small models will not be penalized. In other words, has the builder paid a proper amount of attention as can be reasonably expected?
      • REALISM (Not applicable to Flights-of-Fancy): This is sort of a combination of all of the above. Simply put, does the model or diorama look like a miniature version of the real thing?
      • IMAGINATION: (Applies only to the Flights-of-Fancy category): Imaginative qualities of the subject.
      • THEME: (Applies only to Diorama/Collection category): A diorama should have a believable setting that attempts to tell a story, set a mood or create an atmosphere that sets it apart from a model that merely rests on a base. A collection should have a theme that is unified and complete.

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      Post #76049, posted on 06-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      How goes things? Two weeks to go. Are people managing with the deadline? Any requests to bump it out a week or even more for people who are "struggling" to finish for the deadline? I'm on my plan B model project as there was no way to finish any of my 737's. If it had been an away show where I could work in the hotel room for days I might have managed but I have no need/desire to go though misery to enter something online.

      I'll post the poll for favorite model next week.

      Let me know people's thoughts on extending out the deadline.

      I also just read that the US IPMS Nationals are cancelled/postphoned for this year as are the Reno Air Races.

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      Post #76090, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm down for the original date, I'll e out of town the next weekend. I'm still on track, should get a bunch of work done tomorrow.

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      Post #76101, posted on 06-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Working on a Zvezda A321 in Spririt Platinum markings. I hope to get it done within two weeks. We shall see!

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      Post #76138, posted on 07-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Less than a week to the Friday July 10th deadline to enter. I have some things happening at the end of the week and will be off-line for a few days. Deadline and judging may get pushed back a day or so. We'll see.

      I set up the surveymonkey poll so people can vote for their favorite model in the contest. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5M9DKTZ

      Not necessarily the best model but your favorite. Most popular has been a fun category historically as the winner hasn't always been the same as Judges Best of Show.

      Models in past winners/display folder are not eligible so a vote for one of them will not count.

      There is an incentive to get entries in now so people will see and be able to vote for them. There is also an incentive to wait to vote until just before the Friday deadline so all models are on display.

      Models are on display at https://www.flickr.com/photos/17926316@N05/collections/72157714476503706/

      Still time to enter. Mail photos to bac707gray(at)gmail.com


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      Post #76139, posted on 07-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Still waiting on the decals to arrive so I may not make the deadline. Argh...

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      Post #76140, posted on 07-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Aptivaboy and anyone else...

      If interested I can also add a category for unfinished models

      I've seen it before in local contests.

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      Post #76143, posted on 07-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks, that's VERY generous of you! I was able to find a copy of Liveries Unlimited Air 2000 decals in the stash, so I'm using those instead. Hopefully, I can finish this beastie in time!

      Bob

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      Post #76189, posted on 07-09-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Days are ticking away. I finally managed to finish something and will upload photos tomorrow. Slight schedule change I will be offline starting tomorrow until Sunday due to some family stuff. So we'll likely judge on Monday and I'll announce results soon afterwards. Thanks to everyone who has submitted models already.

      I am slightly underwhelmed by the responses though. I would have though that EVERYONE who finished something in the group build would have also sent me a photo for the contest. So be it....

      The most popular vote category has been underwhelming with no votes cast yet. At Airliners that category was one of the most fun to have as no one really knew what would win until the votes were tallied. Sometimes it was the same as judges best of show and sometimes not.

      Is everyone waiting for the last entries before placing their vote? Is there a glitch with Surveymonkey preventing people from voting? Are people just not interested?

      I realize I'm blowing my own horn here but this is likely our one chance this year to "get together" and celebrate airline modelling. I'm enjoying the process and hope that others are too.

      Models are on display at https://www.flickr.com/photos/17926316@N05/collections/72157714476503706/

      I set up the surveymonkey poll so people can vote for their favorite model in the contest. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5M9DKTZ

      Send model photos to bac707gray(at)gmail.com

      If you choose not to vote for your favorite model on Surveymonkey drop be an email at the bac707gray(at)gmail.com and I'll tally it from there.

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      Post #76191, posted on 07-09-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Ken,

      Entry sent!

      Hopefully I will have the DC-10 done in time as well.

      Thanks for doing all of this for us!

      Cheers,

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      Post #76195, posted on 07-09-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Will try to get some pics submitted in the morning! If the date was 2030 I still wouldn’t be ready! Thanks for putting this together, I’ll cast my votes tomorrow too most likely. I haven’t built any possible winners but I’m excited to participate. I’ve never been to any of the “real life” contests so this may be as close as I ever get.

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      Post #76196, posted on 07-10-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Ken, I'm planning to enter the survey, just waiting until all fellow procrastinators have submitted their builds as well

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      Post #76211, posted on 07-11-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Things are winding down. I still have a few entries in the hopper to post to Flickr hopefully tonight. So today will be the deadline to email entry photos to bac707gray (at)gmail.com. I'll leave the favorite model poll up till Sunday night so that will be the deadline to vote. Thank you to everyone that has entered and thank you to be everyone that has voted for their favorite. As always if someone has a last minute "issue" getting something finished/photo'd let me know.


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