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Starship Modeler's 24th Contest: Trek Wars

Contest Rules

Awards will be given to an overall "People's Choice" and in three categories:

  • Kit A box stock/limited conversion model built from any commercially available model kit that is recognizable as the stock subject. Your kit can be lighted, super-detailed, have a wild paint job or extensive battle damage, but at the end of the day, if it looks like what comes out of the box, then it fits the "Kits" category. Aftermarket and scratchbuilt additions (accurizing kits, cockpit details, photoetc, etc.) may be used as long as the bulk of the model came from a commercially available kit.

  • Kitbashed/Scratchbuilt: A Kitbashed model is one built from one (or two, or many) model kits that is not instantly recognizable as the subject from the box. A Scratchbuilt model is built primarily from raw materials or found objects. It may contain kit parts.

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

For examples and further clarification, please see the Discussion Board.

1) Eligibility. We're looking for models that feature in, or could feature in, the Star Trek universe, Star Wars pantheon, either one, or an unholy chimera born of the forbidden love of both genres. Your entry may depict a spaceship, ground vehicle, powered armor, figure or piece of hardware -- as long as it meets the rest of the guidelines below, of course. Your descriptive text should include an explanation of the entry's place in the Trek-Wars theme.

  • As long as you can plausibly describe your entry as fitting the theme of the contest in some fashion, we'll allow it in the contest.

  • We have no desire to nit-pick what "is" or "isn't" science fiction, canon/ non-canon or what belongs in the contest. As long as you can convince the contest staff that your entry meets the criteria, we'll accept it.

  • Kitbashed entries may be constructed from any other materials/components. These parts may be cut down, altered, sliced/diced/julienned. They must otherwise meet the eligibility rules. Take plenty of pictures of the construction phase, just in case!

  • If any doubt exists as to whether a design is eligible, Starship Modeler staff will rule in an imperious and heavy-handed fashion, sparing no feelings. 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; neither will adding a scenic base. It must be placed in an environment/context and some sense of action or activity must be conveyed.

    For examples and clarification, please see the Discussion Board.

    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 via PayPal through the StarshipModeler Store, by credit card (VISA or MasterCard), check or money order for US dollars, made out to "Starship Modeler". Send payment to: Starship Modeler, PO Box 549, Lake Villa, IL 60046 (USA).

    4) All entries must be received by midnight (CST - GMT -6.00) December 15th, 2020. Judging will take place between for approximately 10 days afterward. Voting will be performed online by members of the Starship Modeler readership, as well as the staff for Editors' Choice awards. Starship Modeler staff and relatives are not excluded from the entering the competition but cannot win any of the prizes. 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 (PLEASE!) how you built the model.
  • At least six pictures. Three of the pictures should 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 living in the late 90's still and unable to scan your photos, just mail them to: Starship Modeler, PO Box 549, Lake Villa, IL 60046 (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. Fictional historical overviews are fine, especially where they justify the entry as meeting the theme of the contest, 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 (and perhaps maliciously - depends on the day) edited.

    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 (we're going to downsample them anyway, so no need to go all 1200ppi on us). ALSO - please do NOT crop or trim your images. Send us the whole image, unedited, off-center, other-junk-in-the-frame, etc. It doesn't help us if you trim that stuff out - it just makes more work for us to adjust the oddball sized images that result.

    8) Awards will be delivered by postal mail (assuming the USPS is still alive) and sent out within one month of completion of judging.... more or less, depending on how organized we are this time around.

    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. Handy guide: "Would I show this to my mother?"

    10) In the Kits category, detail sets such as aftermarket lighting kits or decals are allowed. While such extra detail might provide some slight increase to your chances to win, quality and creativity of the work is still the 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 published anywhere on Starship Modeler. This includes reviews, features, Reader's Gallery entries and completed projects displayed on the forums, Facebook, Instacart, PintheTail, etc..

    12 Entries are to remain anonymous until the contest ends. Your name will not be attached to your entry(ies) until winners have been announced. This is intended to ensure the playing field remains as level as possible. Do not announce on the Facebook, LinkedIn, Instawhatsits, discussion forums (ours or anyone else's) or ANY OTHER PLATFORM living or dead which entry is yours - until after the voting has ended. Oh, and don't bother eMailing your mom, your siblings and your only friend to vote for Entry Number XX ... it's really, really obvious when that happens and those votes get thrown out.

    13 We use Windows machines with Photoshop and the other usual suspects loaded. This means we can take almost anything you want to send - but for the love of all that is holy, Mac users please PLEASE don't make us jump through hoops to decode your esoteric files. Come to think of it, don't anyone else make us jump through hoops either. Send your text description as a text file, PDF or a Word document or in the body of your eMail. Send your pictures as JPGs, PNGs or GIFs (JPG is the preferred format). Do NOT, under any circumstances, send us your pictures as part of a compressed Outlook file or your whole submission as a password-protected PDF. That's just asking for trouble. And by "trouble" we mean "rejecting the submission while drawing cartoon mustaches on all your pictures". Or worse.

    14 We make every allowance for people whose first language is not English (my own family has quite a number of such fine people). In almost every case, however, their written English skills are better than those of the average native English speakers - especially the English (though here's a special note to German writers: the first person pronoun "I" is always capitalized in English. Just FYI). Every computer has a [Shift] key - use it. Don't make us go back and capitalize every single word that should have been capitalized (proper nouns, the first letter of a sentence, etc. - c'mon, you learned this in the first grade). ENTRIES TYPED IN ALL CAPS WILL BE SUMMARILY REJECTED. Every word processing program and almost every eMail program has a spell check function - use it! We're not expecting post-graduate level prose - just don't make the editing job harder than it has to be, please.

    15) Starship Modeler reserves the right to reject any entry we feel does not meet the guidelines published here, or the underlying spirit of our contest. Don't make us go there.

    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. - we can't magick your (potential) award to you!

    A link will bring you to the Voting Page, once it becomes active after Decemberber 15th, 2020.

  • Awards

    Starship Modeler will provide plaques for the first three places in each category, as well as Editor's Choice.

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

    Many thanks to Robb Merrill for the contest masthead.

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    Last updated on 20 January 2021.