Wonderfest 2002 "How-To Demos"

Model Contests and Judging


June 25, 2002


Presented by John Lester,

Email: onezero@aol.com

Website: http://www.starshipmodeler.com/


1. Basics

      How is the alignment of your model's parts - Is everything square? Perpendicular and/or parallel? (How do the vertical tails, wings, landing gear, pylons, and nacelles look?)

      Are seams, pits, voids and other molding and/or casting flaws that may exist on your model cleaned up? (Did you do a good job, so your putty or filler, gaps and holes can't be detected?)

      Has the surface of your model been prepared? (Have possible scratches and/or dings been cleaned up?)

      Are you model's clear parts actually clear?


2. Finish

      Has your paint been smoothly applied? (Make sure your model has no over or underspray, no orange peal or "boulders" in it).

      Make sure your paint finish has not been contaminated - (i.e., there are no thumbprints, dust, cat or dog hair, stains, nor anything else that doesn't belong in it.)

      Is the weathering on your model appropriate and properly executed?


3. Decals

      Are they correctly applied? (Make sure there is no silvering, bubbles, nor stains with and on them.)


4. Accuracy

      In general, with sci-fi vehicular models, it is often difficult to determine if a model is actually "accurate." In addition, it's often the case that those judging these types of models won't know if a built up model of this type is actually accurate.

      You should still make sure that there are no obvious flaws on your model?


5. Presentation

      Does your model have a base? How is it displayed?

      The quality of the base shouldn't be less than the quality of the model.

      Mirrors for bases are helpful to show details underneath the model.

      Use figures to give a sense of scale.

      It's helpful to provide a context to put the model in, (i.e., show it in its environment doing it's thing, if possible).


6. Things You Can Do To Better Your Prospects of Winning Something

      Pay attention to Basics, pay attention to Basics, pay attention to Basics, and pay attention to Basics.

      Use a non-traditional display; (don't plot the model on the table).

      Write up a description of all the work that went into the model.

      Add detail.

      Display in context (see above).

      And, pay attention to Basics, pay attention to Basics, pay attention to Basics, pay attention to Basics!

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