(Updated 2/13/13) We
2013 IPMS/USA Competition Handbook
for a more in-depth look at IPMS rules and the judging process.
contest is open to all modelers. Membership in IPMS/USA is not
required for entry, but is encouraged.
(Updated 3/23/13) 2. The
contest is open to all models except those placing 3rd or higher at an
IPMS Region IV Convention or IPMS National Convention (except for
Category 81 "Ace of Aces"). National or
Regional Premier or Out-of-Box winners are eligible. Previous award
winners are eligible as part of collection, group, and parent/child
Entries may be made of any material, i.e. plastic, wood, metal, paper
or any combination thereof.
Pre-painted entries are allowed in Junior and Youth categories only.
Entries depicting nudity or other inappropriate topics for a “PG-
rated” audience will be permitted. No exceptions. The Contest
Chairman may decline to accept entry of a subject that may be
considered offensive, lewd, or in poor taste. The decision of the
Contest Chairman will be final.
Absentee entries accepted if registered under builder’s name.
Registration fees apply.
Contestant will determine the Group of each Entry. The Head Judge
reserves the right to move Entries to another Group if such move is
clearly warranted. All such moves will be made following reasonable
effort to notify the Contestant.
a model is qualified for more than one category, the Registrars shall
assist in determining which category the model should be entered. In
the event of questionable placement, the Head Judge’s decision will be
Contest categories may be expanded or combined, at the discretion of
the Head Judge, based on the number of entries in a given category or
Judging shall be conducted using the guidelines set forth by
IPMS/USA. Entries will be judged using the following criteria: Basic
Construction, Overall Finish, Overall Accuracy, Additional Detailing,
and Degree of Difficulty. Scratchbuilt detail will be favored over
commercially available detail if quality is comparable. A great amount
of added detail will not make up for poor basic construction. A copy
of the IPMS/USA Judges Handbook will be available for review.
Models will not be picked up during the judging process, unless deemed
necessary by the Head Judge to determine final category or special
award ranking. Reasonable effort will be made to contact affected
contestants prior to handling of their affected entries. Models may
be gently repositioned to allow access to entry forms, visibility of
other entries, or to facilitate category splits.
12. NO SWEEPS ALLOWED. A modeler will
be awarded the single highest award earned in a particular category,
unless the modeler is the only entrant in the category.
13. All judges' decisions are final.
Any attempts to influence judges will result in immediate
disqualification of all the contestant's entries.
14. Reasonably sized bases are allowed
in all categories, but are not judged except in the vignette/diorama
categories. Display bases must not exceed a 30in x 30in footprint as
contest space is limited.
15. All dust covers MUST be removed
prior to judging. Models with dust covers on will not be considered
16. Conversion entries must
contain significant structural changes to the basic kit involving
extensive changes in contour or configuration, such work having been
accomplished by the modeler. Entries using aftermarket parts as the
majority of the conversion will be placed in the appropriate regular
category. Entrants in this category should be prepared to provide a
list of parts and materials used.
17. Scratch-built Entries must
be more than 50% Contestant supplied parts. Scratch-built models may
incorporate parts from other kits, but these should be generally
unrelated to their original identity, except for minor parts such as
wheels, guns, etc.
18. Classic Kits: Entries may be any kit
whose UNMODIFIED molds are of pre-1980 origin. Entrant must provide
instructions from each model entered in this category to confirm
origin of kit. Models from classic molds are not required to compete
in this category. Minor upgrading of kit parts such as replacement
wheels and vac-formed canopies are permitted.
(Clarified 2/13/13) 19. Out of Box entries must be
constructed solely from the contents of the kit (including any PE,
resin, wire or other materials included in the kit), with the exception of
finishes and decals. Weathering, filling seams and molding flaws,
adding simple paper or tape seat beats, and antennae/rigging are
allowed. Gun barrels, vents and door handles may be drilled out as
well. No cutting/separating/opening of hatches, control surfaces,
canopies, or doors is permitted. Scribing of panel lines is permitted
only when restoring recessed detail damaged or obliterated during
construction. The use of aftermarket accessories
(except decals) will be cause for disqualification from the Out-of-Box
category. Instructions MUST accompany the model and entry form.
Categories: Models to be considered for these "Special
Awards" must be entered in the appropriate "Special" Category, and not
a Standard Category (1-100). Traditional 1-2-3 judging will
apply, with special trophies for 1st place winners, and standard
awards for 2nd and 3rd place winners. Modelers may enter their
subjects in the standard category, but they will not be considered for
the Special Award.
The builder shall build the Revell P-51D 1/48 model kit (#85-5241)
or ANY older Monogram boxing of this same kit (#5101). This molding of
the P-51D kit has the removable gun bay cover and removable lower
engine cowling. Out of Box rules will apply.
22. Open/Closed Top Vehicles:
All entries: interiors subject to judging if hatches/doors/canopies
are open. If a figure is in an open hatch/cockpit, the interior and
figure are not judged, and the model will be considered as having a
23. Dioramas & Vignettes:
Vignettes are defined as scenes containing 5 or fewer figures and no
vehicle(s). Dioramas are defined as scenes containing 6 or more
figures and/or vehicle(s). Vehicles include aircraft, tanks, ships,
cars, and trucks.
24. Parent/Child Build: Parent (or
significant adult) and Child (under age 13) each build a kit of
similar subject (e.g. P-51 Mustang, or M4 Sherman), but may be in
different scales and may have different markings. All entries must be
under adult’s contest registration.
IPMS/WRIGHT FIELD SCALE MODELERS, to include its members, agents, or
officers assume no liability or responsibility in case of accidents
involving attendees, equipment, merchandise, models, or displays or
for property lost, stolen, or damaged during the show.