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MSW's Community Build Contest

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"Announcing the Model Shipwrights Community Build Contest, our first year long, online model building competition to build any armed ship from the ironclad age to the present, in any scale!"



This new contest at MSW has been developed with our model community here in mind, helping it to develop and grow, and what better way to grow a ship modeling website than to build ship models together?

To make things even more interesting, we're offering some banner prizes for the jack-pot winners, although in the end, we'll all be winners with developing new friendships, and sharing the camaraderie of our hobby.

The contest will be divided up into two seperate competition sections, OOB (out of the box) and Full Build, respectively.



OOB Category Rules of Engagement
(i) All scales permitted.
(ii) Ship Model must have a plastic injection hull.
(iii) Ship Models that have inherent PE or turned barrels or any other multimedia parts are not allowed.
(iv) No rigging allowed.
(v) Ships may be placed on pedestals if the pedestals are part of the model. Completed waterline models may be photographed on a plain wooden base or on cardboard paper. No water effects allowed.
(vi) Aftermarket/alternate decals may be used.
(vii) The modeler will start a build blog on MSW (in the "Fleet Maneuvers" group build forum) at the start of the contest to display the progress of the build. At the end of each month, the builder must have between 5 to 10 photos which the staff will use to judge the entries.
(viii) First photo of the build blog must be of the model parts, still on their sprues and next to your selection of local newsprint, with the date fully visible… this is to ensure that no one starts with an advantage.
Note- Individual ship models only, no diorama's allowed.
Most Importantly, Have Fun!



Full Build Category Rules of Engagement

(i) All scales permitted.
(ii) Ship Models may be injection plastic, resin, or vacu-form. No scratch-builds, wooden ships or paper (cardboard) ships allowed.
(iii) Aftermarket additions allowed.
(iv) Rigging is permitted.
(v) Waterline ships may be presented on water effect bases and full hull ships can be shown on custom pedestals.
(vi) The modeler will start a build blog on MSW (in the "Fleet Maneuvers" group build forum) at the start of the contest to display the progress of the build. At the end of each month, the builder must have between 5 to 10 photos which the staff will use to judge the entries.
(vii) First photo of the build blog must be of the model parts, still on their sprues and any aftermarket parts along side, all next to your selection of local newsprint, with the date fully visible… this is to ensure that no one starts with an advantage.
Note- Individual ship models only-no diorama's allowed.
Most importantly, Have Fun Again!



Judging Criteria
Judging will be done on a monthly basis, a total of eleven progress votes will be added to a final completion vote. Progress votes will be based on a gold, silver, and bronze system worth... 5-3-1 points.

Each MSW staff member will be allowed to award a single gold, silver and bronze award per monthly voting session. Judges can base their votes on quality of build and progression of build. Historical accuracy will not be taken into account in this contest.

At the end of the contest, one final vote will take place within the staff, to be added to the monthly votes to determine the winner. This final vote will be worth 10-5-3 votes.



Contest Duration
One years length, from June 1st, 2008, to end date, June 1st, 2009.

Sign-up for the contest will begin on May 1st, 2008, and last one full month until June 1st, 2008, which will kick off the official start of the contest. There will be a special sign-up thread in "The Bridge" forum for sign-up only, where you will officially sign on for the contest.

This will give all modelers a month to plan and purchase necessary materials for your specific entry. Upon the official start date of the contest, progression of the contest will follow as below:
(Example)
June 1st to June 30th (inclusive),… 1st build session, photos must be submitted by July 01/08 (Eastern Standard Time)
July 1st to July 7th,… 1st judges vote (based on photos submitted within the month)

July 1st to July 31st, ,… 2nd built session, photos must be submitted by July 31/08
August 1st to August 7th,… 2nd judges vote

Continuing in this fashion until:
May 1st to May 31st /2009,… 12th build session, photos to be submitted by May 31st
June 1st 2009 to June 7th 2009,… final judges vote

Winners announced week ending June 13th 2009.



Note-All KitMaker Staff-members are exempt from participating!



Prizes
Each Category winner (OOB, Full Build) will be awarded a Grand prize of accomplishment, as well as recieve a Full Feature article covering his build entry. In addition to the Grand prize, the winner of each category will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from Battlefleet Models, good for anything in Harry's catalog, modelers choice! And, from Gator's Paint Mask, a prize package for each build category winner consisting of a bottle of his fantastic Gator Grip glue, precision applicator, and a paint mask of choice, custom or catalog stock.

Grand Prize, Full Build Category:

Trumpeter Models, "U.S. CVN-68 Nimitz aircraft carrier 1975"
1/350 Scale Model Kit

Model Kit Details




AND, White Ensign Models Full Photo-Etch Upgrade Set, 1/350 USS Nimitz - The Ship, #PE3538, 2 piece set.











Grand Prize, OOB Category

Revell Models, newly tooled 1/350 scale Bismarck Kit.

Click here for model details!









About the Author

About Mark R. Smith (Gunny)
FROM: PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES

I have been building models of all sorts all of my life, concentrating mainly on the coolest one's when I was younger, but now I focus directly on all military subjects, from armor to warships. After years of counting rivets, I put away the calipers, dial indicators, and micrometers and now just ha...