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Knox Scale Modelers Assoc.


2017 Contest Categories, Rules and Show Theme

Contest Classes & Categories For The 2017 Show:
(To download entry form, click on Annual Model Show) 


A1. Prop-driven: 1/72 and smaller

A2. Prop-driven: 1/48 and larger

A3. Jet-propelled: 1/72 and smaller

A4. Jet-propelled: 1/48 and larger

A5. Large-scale: 1/32 and larger, all types

A6. Rotary-wing; all scales (helicopters, autogyros and similar)

A7. Novice aircraft: all subjects and scales


B1. All 1/48 and smaller fully tracked vehicles, any era

B2. All 1/48 and smaller semi-tracked & wheeled vehicles & artillery, any era

B3. Allied WW2 and earlier fully tracked vehicles: 1/35 and larger (as per national emblem)

B4. Axis WW2 and earlier fully tracked vehicles: 1/35 and larger (as per national emblem)

B5. Post WW2 fully tracked vehicles: 1/35 and larger

B6. Open top AFVs: 1/35 and larger (models with interior detail)

B7. Wheeled vehicles: 1/35 and larger (includes halftracks & artillery)

B8. Novice armor: all subjects and scales


C1.  Factory stock: all scales

C2.  Custom cars: all scales

C3.  Box stock: all scales (instruction sheet required)

C4.  Curbside: all scales

C5.  Street rods: all scales (1948 and earlier)

C6.  Street machines: all scales (1949 and later)

C7.  Straight line competition: all scales

C8.  Vintage competition: all scales (1948 and earlier)

C9.  Modern competition: all scales (1949 and later)

C10. Small trucks: less than 10,000 pounds

C11. Large trucks: 10,000 pounds and up

C12. Motorcycles: all scales

C13. Novice automotive: all subjects and scales


D1. Figures: all scales

D2. Ships: all scales

D3. Sci-Fi & Fantasy figures & vehicles: all scales

D4. Non-fiction missiles and spacecraft: all scales

D5. Dioramas: all subjects (fiction & non-fiction) and scales

D6. Vignettes: all subjects (fiction & non-fiction) and scales

D7. Other Miscellaneous subjects (anything not covered by the above categories)

D8. Novice: all subjects and scales

CLASS: 1967 (show theme)


Novice – contestants 17 and under

Note: The above list is subject to change at the show depending on the number of models submitted for each class.

2017 Show Theme: 1967 - 50th Anniversary

PLEASE NOTE - models entered in this class cannot be entered in another class at the same time, and vice versa.

Some ideas (basically, anything that can be linked 1967 is okay):

Vietnam War - military vehicles, aircraft, ships, figures, dioramas

Arab Israeli War - military vehicles, aircraft, ships, figures, dioramas

Autos manufactured in 1967, ships launched in 1967

Props from 1967 films (e.g. Bonny & Clyde, The Dirty Dozen)

Anything related to 1967 TV shows (e.g. Star Trek)


1. This contest is sanctioned by the International Plastic Modelers Society USA, and

is sponsored by the Knoxville Scale Modelers Association. Anyone may enter models

in the contest; you need not belong to IPMS/USA or KSMA.


2. This contest is strictly for static scale models constructed from unassembled, unfinished commercial plastic, resin, wooden or metal kits. The following are not eligible for awards, but may be brought for display purposes only:

a. Diecast, pre-assembled/pre-finished toys or replicas.

b. Models which are not the work of a single person.

c. Models winning a 1st place in class or category at a previous KSMA contest.

d. Models winning any award at an IPMS/USA National contest.


3. FUNDAMENTAL MODELING SKILLS COUNT MOST IN JUDGING: correct parts alignment; clean assembly; seam elimination, and smooth application of finish and markings are the primary items which are evaluated. The judges will also consider technical accuracy, added detail, and general effect.


4. ALL DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES ARE FINAL. Teams of three judges will determine 1st and 2nd Place trophy awards, and Honorable Mention ribbons for each category. Automotive judging will be done using the NNL style, with each category having a 1st, 2nd and an Honorable Mention.


5. Best Aircraft, Best Armor, Best Automotive and Best Miscellaneous trophies are determined by a consensus of all the judges in each respective class. 


6. Show officials will determine the competition category of each entry at registration. Judges may at their discretion merge or subdivide categories depending on the number of entries, or move entries to other categories when appropriate. All judging decisions are final.


7. Novice categories are for modelers aged 17 or younger who have never won any award in any IPMS-sanctioned competition, including previous KSMA Novice 1st Place awards.


8. Models eligible for awards must be displayed with completed entry forms. Entrants are encouraged to use the "other information’' area to document unusual color schemes or details, list appropriate handling precautions; and describe the techniques and materials used in construction. Supplemental materials may be attached.


9. A model on a base with simple 2-D terrain is considered an individual model. If there are 2 crew figures (1 can be off the vehicle) the entry is still counted as an individual model. A prime mover with trailer or towed artillery is counted as 1 vehicle.

An entry with 2 to 4 figures, or no more than 2 vehicles, low 3-D groundwork, and has no obvious theme or story, is considered a vignette.

An entry with high terrain features (trees, high walls, houses), or has an obvious theme or story, is considered a diorama.