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Regional Contest Rules

Effective as of January 11, 2017



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 16th, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday, June 17th, 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 before 10:00 pm on Saturday evening, unless previously approved by the Convention Chairman or Head Judge.  As with all previous Chile Con Regional Contests, plan ahead, thank you.  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.  However, Junior 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 "Regional" contests held prior to calendar year 2017 may not be entered in the 2017 Chile Con 4, IPMS Region X Contest.

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 on the designated tables 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 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 Vignette category. Vignettes may include non-motorized vehicles (ie., a bicycle).  Vignettes may not include more than 5 figures/subjects total.  A Vignette/Diorama with a "motorized vehicle" in it will be considered a "Diorama" and will be placed in the appropriate Diorama Category.  A Vignette/Diorama with 6 or more figures/subjects will be placed in the appropriate Diorama 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 of six divisions 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.  Collection entries must include a minimum five closely related subjects, (ie., one each of an F-4B, F-4C, F-4E, F-4G, and F-4S).  Judging will include consideration of how specific the 5 or more subjects are in comparison to how diverse and broad the subjects are.  The entry may include a maximum of one subject that is a previous Region X "Regional" contest and/or IPMS/USA Nationals award winner.

18.  Tri-Athlon entries will be placed in the MISC, "All Others" category.   These entries should include three samples from three different genre subjects, (ie., one each of an Aircraft, AFV, and Figure.  Or one each or a Submarine, Motorcycle, and Mercury Capsule).  The entry may include a maximum of one subject that is a previous Region X "Regional" contest  and/or IPMS/USA Nationals award winner.

19.  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.

20.  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.

21.  "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).

22.  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 4.

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

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






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