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Contest Rules

1. JUNIORS. Junior division categories are limited to members 17 years and younger.   Junior members may, at their own discretion, enter any or all of their models in senior divisions; however models entered in senior divisions will not be eligible for special junior award.

2.  Models that have placed in any Regional after 01 Jan 17 are eligible to compete.  However, models that have won First, Second, or Third place, or Out-Of-The-Box awards in any category of any IPMS/USA National Convention Model Contest or Regional Contest before January 1, 2017 may not be entered.  Models that have won an award as part of a collection, triathlon or group entry may be entered individually in the contest. Models that have won individually may be entered as part of a collection, triathlon or group entry.

3. The Chief Judge will exclude/remove from competition any entry considered by Contest officials to be inappropriate or offensive to generally acknowledged standards of taste and acceptability. A. The following are prohibited in competition and may not be placed on display at any IPMS event: i. There shall be no depiction of excretory functions depicting any human being or animal. ii. There shall be no depiction of sado-masochistic activity, equipment, settings or situations, to any degree, regardless of whether there are figures in the model and regardless of whether any figures present in the model are clothed. iii. There shall be no depictions of explicit sexual conduct, bilateral or autoerotic, regardless of degree and regardless of the clothing-status of the participants,  that involves the touching of the breasts or genitals or other erogenous zones of any depicted figure. iv. There shall be no depiction of any nude human male or female figures where the genitalia of the figure is exposed where the clear intent of the same is to portray a sexual scene. B. The following may be entered in the competition or put on display but can be presented only behind opaque screens or similar visual barriers and only where visitors are provided with a fair description, in written format, of the contents of the models behind the screen. This screened presentation covers competitors and the general public, but no person younger than 18 will be admitted except in the presence of an adult responsible for the young person, subject to the provisions of governing local law: i. Depictions of any nude human male or female figure, subject to the provisions of 5A, above. ii. Models or dioramas of historic events (e.g., general dioramas or specific depictions of the result of the activities of the communist Cambodian Pol Pot regime, a Soviet Gulag, or a Nazi death camp) where the suffering of human beings, or the result of a pogrom, is depicted. Where the theme, content or subject matter of presentations is graphic or would violate any provisions cited above, then the presentation is prohibited in any setting.

4. Modelers entering pieces that exceed three feet in either width or length, or that require special power support or special placement, must notify the Contest Chairman at least one month in advance. The limited space for the Contest requires pre-planning for such entries. Failure to provide advanced notification for such models could result in their being unable to compete or inadequate special support.

5. Contest entrants/exhibitors are encouraged to leave their models in the display room until the awards presentation is over and the attendees have had the maximum opportunity to view them.

6. Contestants are responsible for indicating eligability for any and all special awards on their entry forms.  Failure to do so may cause their entry to excluded from cosideradion from any special award it may otherwise be entitled to.

Contest Definitions and Judging

1. JUDGING.   Models will be judged for skill in construction, finish, realism, scope of effort, and accuracy. Additional criteria are considered for special categories such as dioramas, collections, conversions, and triathlon. Models are judged as three-dimensional objects and are examined in all aspects. Entries may be handled, by judges both for proper table placement and for judging, as required. Models in the Contest Room may be covered by cases while on general public display, but such cases must be removed from models for judging. Judges will not remove cases from models unless the modeler has given explicit, written, approval in advance. Models in cases will not be judged. The following is an exception to this rule: In instances where removal of a case could cause damage, and in the judgment of the respective Head Judge the case would not impede effective judging, the case may be left on for judging. This arrangement must be made prior to judging and noted in writing on the entry form by the Head Judge. The Head Judge will have the final and exclusive authority to allow or deny this exemption.

2. COMPOSITION.   The use of plastic is encouraged; however, the use of other modeling materials is allowed as the builder sees fit. Judging standards of finish, attention to detail, and authenticity will be the same, regardless of the materials used.

3. FIGURES   Class entries will not be classified as dioramas by the inclusion of figures or accessories supplied in the kit.

4. MARKINGS.   In eligible for the aircraft and military vehicle Classes, markings will determine the category in which a model is entered. For example a C-47 in military markings would normally be placed in the Multi-Engine category, but if in airliner markings it would be placed in an Airliner category. A Shuttle, either by itself or attached with fuel tank and booster, goes in Real Spacecraft, while a Shuttle on the back of a NASA Boeing 747 goes in civil Aircraft.

5. MISSILES.   When the missile's transport vehicle or launcher is the predominant portion of the system, (e.g., SCUD, Patriot), the model will be entered in the appropriate Armor category. Military launch vehicles (e.g., V-2, ICBM, IRBM), civilian launch vehicles (e.g., Scout, Saturn), and military launch vehicles modified for civil missions (e.g., Atlas/Agena, Jupiter C) will be entered in the Real Spacecraft category.

6. JETS.   Jet Aircraft categories include manned, rocket-powered aircraft if primarily designed for military use (Me-163, XF-91, I-270 etc) will go to the aspirate aircraft category. Those designed as research vehicles (X-1, X-15 etc) will be placed in the Real Space category.

7. BASES/DIORAMAS.   Bases will be allowed in all categories and will not be considered in the judging except in the Diorama classes. A base may be a piece of undecorated wood, plastic or glass or it may simulate the natural surface on which the prototype would be found; however, nothing other than that surface may be used. Aircraft and military vehicles may rest on simulated ground or paving, and aircraft that need beaching gear or dollies may be so equipped. Ships may be displayed in water (no dry docks). The base must not be the predominant feature of the entry and must be of a size proportionate to the model. The Contest Chairman and Judges reserve the right to exclude oversize bases. The model may include primary crew figures. The addition of any other figures or equipment outside or not attached to, the model (e.g., support equipment, shell splashes, or buildings) will make the model a Diorama, which must then be entered in the proper Diorama category. Dioramas are judged not only on the technical merit of their construction but also on the strength of the theme or story they present, so that if two dioramas were technically equal the one having the stronger theme or story would win. A previous national contest winner may be used as part of a diorama as long as it not the primary focuses of the diorama.

8. JUDGES.   A Chief Judge must be chosen and he must brief all judges before the contest judging. Juniors may not serve as voting judges, but may be assigned to judging teams as participating observers. Judges may not judge a category in which they are entered. Judging teams will be composed of multiple judges, preferably representing different locations. Strict impartiality will be observed, and violators will be removed from judging. Any judges disqualified for cause may not assume any role related to the contest and may not be present in the room during the judging for any reason. This will include, but not be limited to, administrative, scoring, photographic and other support responsibilities. Judges will be provided with a special ribbon or other device to allow their easy identification. Specially designated judging teams will monitor the contest room prior to judging to ensure models are in the proper categories for judging. They will also move models to accomplish “splits” or placement of a model in the proper category as needed.

9. ALL JUDGES' DECISIONS ARE FINAL.   Contest registrars will help determine proper entry categories for models during registration, but final category placement is at the discretion of contest judges. Judges may split categories during final judging as they see fit.

10. IPMS/USA Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott Chapter is solely responsible for the creation, modification, addition, and deletion of all Rules and Categories for this contest.

11. No liability for loss or damage to contest entries is assumed by IPMS/USA, Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott Chapter, Museum of Aviation, or any of the contest judges.

12. A “No Sweeps” rule will be in effect. Any one who wins an award in a category cannot win a lesser award in the same category. That is, if a contestant wins a first place award is not eligible for a second or third place award in the same category. The contestant will still be eligible for any special awards the model qualifies for.

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