IPMS Boise, ID USA- Brian Geiger © 2015

IPMS Boise Mad Dog Modelers Contest Rules

      Aircraft Categories

a. ‘Small Prop’- wingspan of 60 feet or less

b. ‘Large Prop’ – wingspan of over 60 feet

c. ‘Small Jet’ - powered by jet or rocket engine wingspan (fully extended) of 60 feet or less

d. ‘Large Jet’ - powered by jet or rocket engines, wingspan (fully extended) of over 60 feet.

g. ‘Rotary Wing’– All helicopters, auto-gyros and tilt-rotors etc.

h. ‘Civil, Sport and Racing’- Commercial, Airliners, Homebuilt/Experimental, Air Racing

i. ‘Miscellaneous Aircraft/Spacecraft’ – includes all ‘Hypothetical Aircraft and Spacecraft’ and is open to entries depicting actual proposed aircraft, spacecraft of all eras that were never really built. (Science fiction aircraft and/or spacecraft are entered in the ‘Sci-Fi-Fantasy’ category and humorous hypothetical aircraft or spacecraft are entered in “Humor in Modeling’.)



Armor Categories

a. ‘Armor’ entries include all Armored Fight Vehicles (AFV’s) of the 20th and 21st century.

b. ‘Soft Skin/Artillery’ category are models depicting any unarmored vehicles, including trucks, maintenance vehicles, staff cars, jeeps, and motorcycle and artillery models depicting any non-self-propelled or towed artillery pieces, self-propelled artillery or missile launchers. Horse drawn vehicles and artillery are included if used after 1914 (military vehicles before 1914 are entered in the miscellaneous category).


Figure Categories

a. The figure categories, with the exception of wargaming armies, are open to entries depicting a single human figure, on foot or mounted--historical, science fiction, or fantasy (a mounted figure need not be astride the horse).

b. Science fiction and fantasy figure entries include all human, humanoid and human-sized figures, including ogres, monsters, man-sized robots. non-humanoid sci-fi or fantasy animals and creatures. (Actual animals such as dinosaurs and horses are entered in the ‘Miscellaneous’ category.)

c. The Small Scale Category includes any figures 50mm or less, including foot or mounted and historical, sci-fi, or fantasy subjects.

d. Entries in the wargames army category include groups of no more than 10 related figures, 50mm or less and are entered as a single entry in the wargames army.



Automobile Categories

a. ‘Box Stock’ - Model must be built exclusively from parts in the kit and built as depicted in the instruction sheet, and may not substitute parts from any other kit (including the aftermarket). However, the builder may use any metal foil product for chrome trim detailing. The hobbyist may drill out exhaust pipes, injectors, grilles and other parts for purposes of detailing. The instruction sheet must be provided.

b. ‘Commercial’ - This Class is for models of any job-specific pickup, van, public service vehicle, law enforcement, firefighting-related vehicle, medical or emergency equipment, construction equipment, medical equipment, military or similar vehicle, representing any vintage or era, with no restriction on gross vehicle weight. Models entered in this Class must display appropriate commercial or official markings, where required by its use and, if full size, could be used or occupied by a minimum of one person and have a minimum of two (2) hard rubber or pneumatic tires.

c. ‘Competition’ - This Class is for any model of a vehicle, representing any vintage or era, used in road course, circle track, IROC, NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-Am, used in straight-line acceleration or top speed competitions etc., and includes "monster trucks" configured for sanctioned competition. Vehicles must be constructed in accordance with applicable 1:1 competition rules of the sanctioning organization for the appropriate era or year(s).

d. ‘Curbside’ - All subject matter model vehicles, but chassis and engine compartment details are not required. While interior details are not required, a model with a full interior and clear windows will be preferred over a model with blacked out windows.

e. ‘Custom’ - This Class is for any model of a vehicle, of any vintage, description or style, where the primary modifications are aesthetic, and include changes in the shape of the body and/or other visual aspects of the entry, with the goal of creating a vehicle with a unique or personalized appearance. These modifications may range from minor work (trim removal, custom paint) that create a "mild" custom, to extensive effort (chopping, reshaping body panels, sectioning, frenching, molding, etc.) that create a "full" or "radical" custom. Models entered in this Class may represent any era or style of customizing, including "lowriders," but do not necessarily have to display so-called "street legal" equipment to be eligible for this Class if they are obviously a "show-type" vehicle.

g. ‘Miscellaneous’ - This Class is for all subjects reasonably related to the automotive focus of UMAG but which do not fit in any other Class. These subjects include auto engines of any vintage, motorcycles, automobile components, models of "T-shirt monster/car depictions" and cartoon vehicles, drag or hydroplane boats powered by "auto" engines adapted for marine use (but not boats powered by aircraft or other engines), futuristic/fantasy vehicles, and so forth. Each entry will be evaluated for a general automotive theme, in addition to the standard judging criteria.

i. ‘Hot Rod’ This Class is for any model of any vehicle that features a modified powertrain, suspension, interior, and/or other elements, and may include modifications to the body configuration. Models entered in this Class may represent any era or style of construction, from a vintage "hot rod," to a stock-bodied street or resto-rod style from the early Seventies, to contemporary "billet rods," "retro-rods," or "rat-rods." The entry must be a scale model of a vehicle that: (a) is capable of being street driven, and (b) is street-legal for its era with full exhaust system, brakes, all lighting, at least one license plate, and so forth.



Ship Categories

a. The ship categories are open to all water vessels, including boats, ships, and submarines, but excluding tracked or wheeled amphibious vehicles (which are entered in the armor category).

12. Spacecraft and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Categories:

a. The ‘Spacecraft/Sci-Fi/Fantasy’ class includes models depicting real and science fiction vehicles, including land vehicles and crawler/explorers.

b. ‘Actual Spacecraft’ category includes all real, historical or current spacecraft that have been actually built (though not necessarily actually flown). The category includes missiles, launch vehicles, capsules, satellites, LEMs, and crawlers, etc.

c. ‘Science Fiction/Fantasy’ is all vehicles from these genres whether they operate in space, in atmosphere, on land or in water. Examples include vessels from Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Gundams, etc. (Robots such as Robby, C3PO, etc are included in the figure categories).



Diorama Categories

a. A diorama or vignette is a model composed of vehicles and/or figures mounted on a scenic base and purposely arranged by the modeler to communicate a story.. The quality of the story line, scenic base, and composition are major criteria in judging and the judges shall take these factors into consideration in evaluating dioramas and vignettes. (The following definitions are included to provide a guide in the event the category is split.)

i. A vignette has one major vehicle, and no more than 5 figures, and no major scenery elements (like big buildings). A figure vignette is the same, but has no vehicles.

ii. A diorama has 2 or more major vehicles, or 6 or more figures, or major buildings or other scenery components. A figure diorama is the same, but has no major vehicles.



Miscellaneous Categories

a. ‘Miscellaneous’ category consists of any and all model entries that do not fit in another category, such as actual animals like dinosaurs, wagons and firearm replicas.

b. ‘Collections’ - depict 5 or more closely related models and may consist of vehicles, dioramas or figures, in any scale or any subject matter. The collection must be the work of one person. The closeness or uniqueness of the collection's theme is a significant criteria in judging and the judges shall consider this factor in evaluating an entry.