The wait is over!! Starship Modeler is proud to announce the start of our eith online modeling contest. The subject: Departures (What If)! "What If .... " is the theme (call it "Alternate History" if you want). The premise is that some event - trivial or pivitol - happened differently along the way to change history as we know it.For instance:
There will be three categories: Kits,Scratchbuilds and Dioramas. Each of these categories will have three "Popular Vote" awards plus an Editors' Choice award.
Judging/voting will be done by the Starship Modeler readership, just as in the past. Every reader gets a single Popular Vote in each category. A simple (free) registration form must be filled out to qualify voters and prevent ballot stuffing. Once placed you may change your votes, but you can not vote a second time.
The deadline for entries is May 18, 2003. The voting feature will be activated the next day. However, please get your entries in as soon as possible. Lots of last minute entries means delays in getting the voting feature up and running. A five dollar fee is required for each contest entry (to offset event and site expenses). You may submit entries in advance of payment, but they will not be posted to the site until we receive the contest fee. Payment must be in the form of personal check or money order, made out to "Starship Modeler". Send your payment to: Starship Modeler, 1580 S. Milwaukee Ave Suite 415, Libertyville, IL 60048 (USA).
Please read the important Contest Rules, below, for further details.
Prizes will be given in three categories:
1) Eligibility. For the purposes of this contest, if the model/diorama depicts something that didn't happen - but could have happened (under some set of circumstances) then it is eligible for the contest.
2) For the purposes of this contest, Dioramas are defined as any collection of models and/or figures that tells a story, or presents a snapshot in time. Simply adding one or more figures to a model will not qualify it for this category. It must be placed in an environment/context, and some sense of action or activity must be conveyed. For example:
Example: An SF3D Gladiator model with a commander figure in the hatch, peering through binoculars, is not eligible for the diorama category. That model, placed on a base with ground cover, trees, or other signs of an environment, will probably be allowed. That model, placed on a base with groundcover and several figures refueling/servicing the vehicle, is definitely eligible.
3) You may enter as many models as you like. Each entry must be accompanied by a $5 entry fee. All payment must be made in a check or money order for US dollars, made out to "Starship Modeler". Send payment to: Starship Modeler, 1580 S. Milwaukee Ave Suite 415, Libertyville, IL 60048 (USA).
4) All entries must be received by May 18, 2003. Judging will take place between May 16-31, 2003. Voting will be performed online by registered members of the Starship Modeler readership, as well as the staff for Editors' Choice awards. Starship Modeler staff and relatives are excluded from the entering the competition. All judging is final. The Starship Modeler staff will determine the winner in cases of a tie.
5) Entries must include:
6) You can include as little, or as much, of a "back story" explaining the timeline from which your model springs. Lengthy stories will be set apart as a separate link. Please also include some descriptive text on how you built your model! Remember - this is a model contest, not a writer's symposium; tell us about the model.
7) Do not add or subtract detail from your submissions, digitally or otherwise. i.e., do not add starry backgrounds or laser fire. All photos should depict the model, showing off its features and workmanship. We suggest you photograph the model in natural light against a plain, monochromatic background for best results. Scans should be done AT LEAST 100% (200% is better) image size, and at 72 ppi. Do not send images with greater density than 72 ppi, as it dramatically increases download time and most browsers won't show the better image quality anyway.
8) Prizes will be delivered by mail and sent out within one month of completion of judging.
9) Starship Modeler reserves the right not to post images that are deemed distasteful. We're not going to be prudish, but all images should be presented in a tasteful manner. Any hull/nose/wing art, and the like, should forswear the depiction of genitalia, for instance.
10) In the Stock category, detail sets such as aftermarket lighting kits or decals are allowed. While such extra detail could increase your chances to win, quality and creativity of the work is still a major factor in judging.
11) Entries can be models which were completed prior to the contest, but can not be ones that have been previously submitted for publication on Starship Modeler.
12) Starship Modeler staff reserve the right to reject any entry we feel does not meet the guidelines published here, or the underlying spirit of our contest.
If you have any questions about these rules or other contest details, please ask us by dropping a note, or use the postal address given above.
Contestants: make sure we have your mailing address!
Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring this contest should contact the Starship Modeler staff.
We'd like to thank the following list companies for their support
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This page was last updated 2 June 2003.