[Starship Modeler's 8th on-line modeling contest: Departures]

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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:
  • What if Lee's orders were not inadvertantly discovered before Antietam and as a consequence, the Union lost the US Civil War. Would the South have developed a space program? Would the thus-fractured Union have reached the moon?
  • What if the Native American tribes had a technolgy base equal to the US government's? What if, then, Crazy Horse was a flying ace who eclipsed the Red Baron in popular mythology?
  • It's 2003 and there are no flying cars. But what if the dreams of the 50's really had come true?
  • What if the Soviet N-1 project had succeeded and they now dominated the world from orbiting battle satellites?
Any historical timetable is fair game for revision in this contest. So, you could also speculate:
  • What if the Federation had lost the Klingon War because the Enterprise-C did not return to fight at Narendra III?
  • What if Anakin Skywalker had never met Princess Amidala?
  • What if the Martians had not succumbed to terrestrial bacteria/viruses in War of the Worlds?
  • What if Apothis had succeeded in dominating the Earth and the SGC was a guerilla movement?

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.

Contest Rules

Prizes will be given in three categories:

  • Box Stock: A model built from a commercially available kit (it may be out of production). Your kit can be lighted and/or super-detailed.

  • Scratchbuilt: A model built from scratch or kitbashed from other components.

  • Diorama: Any model incorporated into a display with other models, figures, etc. that tells a story or presents a snapshot of an activity.

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.

  • We have no desire to nit-pick what "is" or "isn't" science fiction. Therefore, a model that depicts a P-51 license-built by the Germans and wearing Luftwaffe insignia is just as eligible as a WW2 German mecha. (However, if past contests are any guide, simply swapping decals - as in the case of the Luftwaffe P-51 - is unlikely to get many popular votes, and highly unlikely to get any Editor's Choice nods. Steam-powered Roman galley's or Viking airships, on the other hand ....)

  • Entries can be spaceships, shuttles, fliers, mecha, submarines, automobiles -- it doesn't matter. They must otherwise meet the eligibility rule.

  • If any doubt exists as to whether a design is eligible, Starship Modeler staff will ask for documentation proving the design meets contest criteria. All decisions of the Starship Modeler staff are final.

    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:

  • Your name
  • Your postal and e-mail address
  • Contest fee
  • Model description, including how you built the model. Fictional historical overviews are fine, but we'd rather hear what went into making the model. Long monographs covering every action in which the ship may have ever partcipated will be ruthlessly edited.
  • Up to six pictures. Three of the pictures must be a front view, top view, and side view. The remaining images are optional and can be used to show off specific details or just to shoot the model from some of its more attractive angles. If more than six pictures are sent, the Starship Modeler staff reserves the right to chose which, if any, additional images to include. You can send your submissions via eMail, or if you are unable to scan your photos, just mail them to: Starship Modeler, 1580 S. Milwaukee Ave Suite 415, Libertyville, IL 60048 (USA). Photos WILL NOT be returned unless a properly posted SASE is included. All entries will be posted, as long as they meet these Contest Rules.

    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!

    A link will bring you to the Vote Page, once it becomes active after May 19, 2003.

    Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring this contest should contact the Starship Modeler staff.

  • Meet Our Sponsors!

    We'd like to thank the following list companies for their support
    in sponsoring prizes for this event! Be sure to check out their wares!

    [Dream Pod 9]

    Dream Pod 9 is a Montreal-based entertainment properties design studio. In addition to publishing games based on their creations, they also work on a large number of special projects, creating worlds and stories to order for a variety of clients. They are best known for their Heavy Gear, Jovian Chronicles, Gear Krieg and Tribe 8 universes, which have generated many games, models and miniatures. The company can call upon the talents of a well-rounded team of more than 50 writers, artists, graphic designers and modelers.

    Prizes include:
  • Complete Luft Krieg Aircraft Game Set ( Rule Book, Luft Kreig Companion Booklet, and 8 sets of Luft Krieg aircraft minis)
  • Superscience Blueprint Files - each pack contains detailed 11" x 17" blueprints of P-55 Ascender. Horton Ho-229, Luftfortress, Rockettruppen, Valkurie Walker, M12A Longstreet, Maginot Line Turret, and T-45 Land Battleship)
  • Jay 'Cozmo' Curtiss has contributed resin Apollo upgrade sets to fit either Airfix or Monogram Saturn V kits.
    ACEng has contributed a Dueling Bee Resin Workbee shell for a Bit-Charge Racer.
    Starship Modeler will provide plaques for the first three places in each category.

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