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Regional Contest Rules

Effective as of January 21, 2011


What's New on the Website?


Sweeps or No Sweeps!

You Decide!  Victory for Democracy!  Each person entering one or more models in Chile Con II will be given the opportunity to check a box on the entry form indicating a preference FOR sweeps (a single modeler may win more than one award in a single Category) or AGAINST sweeps (no modeler may be awarded more than one award in a single category).   A third option, indicating no preference, will also be available for those of you who Just Don't Care.

When registration is closed, the votes will be tallied, and the result will be posted for all to see.

In the event of a tie vote, the Head Judge will render a decision via arbitrary means (e.g., coin flip or some such).



INTRODUCING: New for 2011 and for the first time ever at a Regional Contest, a brand new category:  "Hangarside."

For those modelers that have always wanted to apply that special paint scheme to your favorite model, but didn't want to deal with the hassle of detailing everything else.

This aircraft-specific category borrows from the Automotive modelers' idea of "Curbside" and it focuses on the paint scheme and craftsmanship involved with the "finish" of the model, not the detailing of it.

The Rules:

1.  Judges will not look within the cockpit to judge. T he canopy (and doors) must be left closed, and clear parts may or may not be painted black or blue inside.  However, everything else about the outside will be judged, including the lack of fingerprints, glue marks, scratches, etc.

The judges cannot pick up the model to judge anything they cannot see as the model sits on the table.  Landing gear will not be judged.  Judges may touch models to shift them around only.

3  There will be no judging of wheel wells, gun bays, up inside exhaust cans, down into intakes, or any other opening of the model.  The model may not have the engine cowlings, gun bays, ammo bays, avionics bays, or access panels opened up.  This is meant to be an incentive to build specifically for this category.

4  All of the other rules of basic modeling skills still apply to the exterior, with concurrent emphasis on the originality of the paint scheme chosen, the paint application, and any appropriate "weathering."

Note: A split may be made if there are enough entries, most likely a split by scale, at the discretion of the Head Judge.


1.  The Albuquerque Scale Modelers (ASM) Chapter is sponsoring this contest under the auspices of the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS/USA).  This is an open contest, with no club affiliation or membership required for entry.  A separate entry form must be completed for each model entered.  Each model entered must be the sole work of the individual, except for entries in the Chapter/Group category.  Any model found to be the work of someone other than the entrant will be disqualified.

2.  Models will be entered at the registration table on Friday, May 20, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  In fairness to the judges and all entrants, late entries will not be accepted.  This will be strictly enforced.  No entrant will be allowed into the model area before the registration of the entrant's model(s).  No model may be removed from the display area until after all awards have been presented, unless approved by the Contest Chairman.  This will be strictly enforced.  Early removal of a winning model will result in forfeiture of the award.

3.  Junior Entrants are defined as entrants 16 years of age and younger.  At their own discretion, Juniors will be permitted to compete in Senior categories; entrants may not compete in both Junior and Senior categories.

4.  Winning model entries from IPMS National and Region X contests held prior to calendar year 2011 are not eligible for entry in the 2011 Region X Contest.  The noncompetitive display of previous winning models will be permitted and is encouraged.

5.  The entrant will be responsible for the correct Division and Category assignment of their models.  However, the Head Judge will have the final decision regarding the placement or eligibility of a model within the various divisions and/or categories and may disqualify entries deemed offensive or inappropriate.

6.  The Head Judge will decide on the expansion and/or combining of categories.

7.  Each model entry may have supporting written or photographic documentation that the entrant wishes to include for review or clarification of the judges.  The judges may require authentication of specific models.

8.  Primary crew figures may be displayed with a model entry to show scale relationships, so long as the figures are displayed as the operator or crew of the model.  Any use of additional figures, or use of figures or other items that intend to depict a specific story line shall cause the model to be placed in the appropriate Diorama class.

9.  Single entries may be displayed on bases.  Bases will be allowed in all categories and will not be considered in the judging except in the Diorama categories.  Bases should simulate natural surfaces on which the prototype would be found.  Due to space limitations, the base may not extend more than three inches beyond the model, except for Diorama categories.

   A Diorama is any model display that depicts a scene or activity which the model alone could not express.  A diorama may tell a specific story.  In addition to normal judging criteria, Dioramas, including bases, will be judged on their overall composition and ability to present a story line.  Table space cannot be guaranteed for very large dioramas.  If your diorama exceeds 24" x 35", please call ahead to the Contest Chairman to coordinate.

10.  Single figures may be displayed on small landscaped bases and remain in the appropriate Figure category.  However, two or more figures on a landscaped base of any size shall be considered a Vignette, and shall be placed in the appropriate category.

11.  A Conversion model is one in which a specific kit forms the basis for the finished model, but significant changes have been made to depict a variant other than that designed by the kit manufacturer.  Models constructed from a basic kit plus aftermarket conversion kits are included within this definition, so long as a different variant of the model is the result and significant changes have been made.  Any entry in this category must provide documentation including the original kit instructions plus parts, conversion kits, and materials used.  At the discretion of the builder, a conversion may be entered in a regular category.

12.  A Scratchbuilt model is one that is not built from a specific kit.  Parts from various kits may be used so long as the finished model bears no resemblance to the kit parts used.  Entrants must be prepared to furnish judges with descriptions of their work and a list of parts used in the construction.  Failure to provide adequate documentation will result in reassignment of the model or disqualification.

13.  A Stock Vehicle will appear stock with no changes which deviate from factory stock, including frame, body, engine, wheels or tires.  Aftermarket equipment is acceptable so long as it represents stock equipment on the original vehicle.

    A Competition Vehicle represents any vehicle used for time, speed or racing events.

    A Custom Vehicle represents any vehicle that has changes made to the frame, body, engine, wheels or tires which is not factory stock or used in competition events.

    A Low-Rider Vehicle may include functional hydraulic components; however, hydraulic components will not be judged.

14.  Out of the Box (OTB) entries will be governed by the following rules:

  A.  One Out-of-the-Box award will be presented for each division as specified on the reverse of this document.

  B.  Any commercially available kit may be used.

  C.  The natural plastic finish may be retained, or it may be foil covered or painted. Decals other than those included in the kit may be used.

  D.  The modeler may fill seams and gaps, sand off rivets, drill out gun ports or exhaust pipes, thin appropriate openings, and thin to scale such parts as trailing edges, flaps and doors.  The modeler may add rigging and antennas, and add simple tape or decal seat belts in aircraft cockpits or vehicle interiors.  No manufactured hardware (e.g., buckles, instruments, etc.) will be permitted.

15.  Models of a more mature nature (usually figures) will be allowed for entry, provided they meet the IPMS/USA "Official Policy" as it relates to the prohibition and screening of such subject matter outlined in the Journal Nov/Dec 2001. These rules will be strictly enforced by the Head Judge.

16.  Contest judging will be conducted according to IPMS guidelines in an ethical and professional manner.  All decisions by contest judges will be final.  Sponsored trophy awards will be judged and awarded by the trophy sponsor.

17.  During the judging process, no one but judges will be allowed in the display room.  Model entries handled by judges will be treated with care and caution, but as with any model contest, participants enter models at their own risk.

18.  Final interpretation and implementation of these rules shall be the responsibility of the Registrar, Head Judge and Contest Chairman.


Any further revisions to these rules will be annotated on this website and in the Chile Con 2 flyer and will be distributed as more info becomes known.



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