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Regional Contest Rules

Effective as of March 10, 2014

D-Day Plus Seventy


Sword Beach
D-Day History


Sword, commonly known as Sword Beach, was the code name given to one of the five main landing areas along the Normandy coast during the initial assault phase, Operation Neptune, of Operation Overlord; the Allied invasion of German-occupied France that commenced on 6 June 1944. Stretching 8 km from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, the beach was the eastern most landing site of the invasion. Sword was divided into several sectors, and each sector divided into beaches; thus the British 3rd Infantry Division, assigned to land on Sword, assaulted a two mile (3 km) stretch of Sword codenamed Queen Sector - Queen Red, White and Green beaches.

Among the five beaches of the operation, Sword is the nearest to Caen, being located around 15 km from the ultimate goal of the 3rd Infantry Division. The initial landings were achieved with low casualties, but the advance from the beach was met with traffic congestion, heavily defended areas behind the beachhead and was met by the only armoured counterattack of the day, mounted by the 21st Panzer Division, that halted further progress towards Caen  Source:  Wikipedia.

For additional info click here:  Sword Beach-1     Sword Beach-2





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.  Any model found to be the work of someone other than the entrant will be disqualified.

2.  Models may be entered at the registration table on Friday, June 6th, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday, June 7th, 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 Convention Chairman.  This will be strictly enforced.  Early removal of a winning model without previous approval 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.  Previous award winning model entries (1st, 2nd, 3rd, OTB, or Honorable Mention) from any IPMS National or Region X contests held prior to calendar year 2014 may not be entered in the 2014 Chile Con 3, IPMS Region X Contest, (The only exception being those models entered into the “Best of the Best” Special Award categories, see information below).

Any model found (before, during, or after the completion of judging), to have been a previous IPMS Regional or National's award winner, will be disqualified.  In the case where an award has been issued to, and received by the entrant, a request will be made to return the award so that it can be forwarded to the next placing model's entrant.

The noncompetitive display of previous award 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 by 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 Convention Chairman to confirm the availability of space.

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 a description of the 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.  Tracked AFV's that are entered with "hatches" and/or "engine compartments" left in the open position AND that include interior detail(s), regardless of whether they are classified as an "Open Topped Vehicle" or not, will be placed in the "Open Top" Tracked AFV category for judging, per IPMS/USA National judging standards.  Models that have open hatches/engine compartments and the interior is either "blacked-out" or has a crew member placed in it, will be entered in its appropriate vehicle classification category, Closed Top or Open Top.

14.  A "Stock Vehicle" may not include changes which deviate from factory stock condition, including frame, body, engine, wheels or tires.  Aftermarket equipment is acceptable so long as it represents stock issue equipment on the original vehicle.

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

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

-      One Out-of-the-Box award will be presented for each division as noted by the "#" mark on the category list.

-      Any commercially available kit may be used.

-      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.

-      The modeler may fill seams and gaps, sand off rivets, scribe panel lines, drill out gun ports or exhaust pipes, "blank-off" openings to prevent any "see-thru", 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.), or any after market accessories will be permitted.

-      Canopies, doors, and hatches may not be cut open.  Control surfaces may not be cut off and repositioned.  No major surgery is allowed.

-      The kit instruction sheet must be placed with the model entry.

17.  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 IPMS/USA Journal Nov/Dec 2001.  These rules will be strictly enforced by the Head Judge.

18.  Contest judging will be conducted according to IPMS/USA 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 individual trophy sponsor.

19.  "SWEEPS" award winning will be allowed, up to two awards, (ie., one modeler may receive the 1st and 2nd, or the 1st and 3rd, or 2nd and 3rd awards in the same category, but not all three 1st, 2nd, and 3rd awards).

20.  During the judging process, no one but judges will be allowed in the display room.  Model entries handled by judges will be treated with the utmost care and caution, but as with any model contest, participants enter models at their own risk and ASM and its members will not be held responsible for damage inflicted on any model present at Chile Con 3.

21.  Final interpretation and implementation of these rules shall be the responsibility of the Registrar, Head Judge and Convention Co-Chairman.


For Chile Con 2 in 2011, Albuquerque Scale Modelers proudly presented for-the-first-time-ever-at-an-IPMS-Regional-Contest, the brand new category, "Hangarside.To continue this trial basis introduction, this category returns for the 2014 Chile Con 3, IPMS Region X Contest.

This category is for those modelers that have always wanted to apply that special paint scheme to their 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:

-    Judges will not look within the cockpit to judge.  The canopy (and doors) must be left closed, and clear parts may or may not be painted over.  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 only to shift them around.

-      There will be no judging of wheel wells, gun bays, inside exhaust cans, into intakes, or other opening of the model.  The model may not have the engine cowlings, gun bays, ammo bays, or access panels opened up.

-      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 by scale, at the discretion of the Head Judge.

The Best of the Best

 These four Special Award categories are designed to showcase excellence in the craft of plastic modeling and provide a venue where an otherwise forgotten or never-seen-before model may be appreciated once again.  Eligible models must:

-      Be a previous IPMS/USA Nationals 1st place award winner, at a minimum.

-      Be entered in one of the four "Best of the Best" categories for judging.

-      Be the sole work of the entrant.

These entries are not eligible for any other "Best of…", "People's Choice", or "Best of Show" awards.

IPMS/USA 50th Anniversary Special Award

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of IPMS/USA's organization, we are presenting the "Best 1963 or Older Kit" award.  The model must be built from a kit that originated in 1963 (or older).  It can be any year re-issue, but supporting documentation must be provided with the entry.  The model does not have to be built as "Out-of-the-Box" either.  It can have any decals or after-market accessories (scratchbuilt, resin, or photo-etch) added to it.


Models will not be allowed to leave the judging room until 10:00 P.M.- Please plan ahead.




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