Wonderfest 2002 "How-To Demos"
Model Contests and Judging
June 25, 2002
Presented by John Lester,
· 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?
· 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?
· Are they correctly applied? (Make sure there is no silvering, bubbles, nor stains with and on them.)
· 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?
· 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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