Categories 2013

Every model competition needs a few categories in order to display (and judge!) like with like.  Here’s ours:

Entry Categories Definitions
Military Jets: Aircraft & other flying machines in military markings or used by military or para-military forces whose primary means of propulsion is by the rearward venting of gases from one or more jet, rocket or turbojet engines. Covers all aircraft types e.g. tankers, bombers, fighters, trainers, etc. Includes “armed” civil aircraft, wing in ground effect, tilt-wing, VTOL & vector-thrust aircraft. Excludes helicopters, rotary winged aircraft, “turboprops” & “ducted fan” engines. Must be factual.
– Small Scale is 1/61 and smaller.
– Medium Scale is between 1/60 to 1/40.
– Large Scale is 1/39 and larger.
Military Props: Aircraft & other flying machines in military markings or used by military or para-military forces whose primary means of propulsion is by the rearward venting of gases from one or more jet, rocket or turbojet engines. Covers all aircraft types e.g. tankers, bombers, fighters, trainers, etc. Includes “armed” civil aircraft, wing in ground effect, tilt-wing, VTOL & vector-thrust aircraft. Excludes helicopters, rotary winged aircraft, “turboprops” & “ducted fan” engines. Must be factual.
– Small Scale is 1/61 and smaller.
– Medium Scale is between 1/60 to 1/40.
– Large Scale is 1/39 and larger.
Military Vehicles: Vehicles, artillery & equipment of a military & para-military nature. Includes amphibious vehicles, armoured police or railway vehicles & civilian vehicles being used by military or para-military forces. Excludes artillery or equipment on fixed or static mountings, small arms & personal equipment. Must be factual.
– Small Scale is 1/61 and smaller.
– Medium Scale is between 1/60 to 1/40.
– Large Scale is 1/39 and larger.
Helicopters: Military or Civilian rotary-wing aircraft or aircraft whose primary means of lift is by the downward thrust provided by either a propeller or movement of an avian-like wing. Includes ornithopters & autogyros (eg Fairey Rotodyne), aerojeep & Flying Platform. Excludes rockets, missiles, tilt-wing, VTOL & vector-thrust aircraft. Must be factual. All scales.
Civil Air: Aircraft and other flying machines of a civilian registered nature. Includes NACA / NASA craft and aircraft modified for movies. Warbirds (ex-military aircraft) can be entered as Civil Aircraft as long as it is modelled as such, including any appropriate markings and modifications. Excludes “armed” aircraft used by para-military forces, helicopters & auto-gyros. Must be factual. All scales.
Rockets and Space: Military or Civilian rockets, missiles, satellites, spacecraft & any equipment designed for and/or used in space. Includes V2, Corporal Missile, Saturn V, Vostok, Lunar Rover, Mars Rover & Space Shuttles. Excludes astronauts, missiles on launch or transport vehicles & dioramas. Must be factual. All scales.
Civil Cars:
– Street Vehicles used on any given day on normal streets. Includes “people movers”, vans, light utility vehicle and SUVs. Must be based on or customised from a real vehicle. Excludes vehicles MODIFIED for use in movies or TV series. All scales.
– Racing Vehicles used on race tracks or in rally competitions. Must be based on or customised from a real vehicle. Excludes vehicles MODIFIED for use in movies or TV series. All scales.
Civil Motorcycles: Motorcycles (including sidecars), minibikes, trikes, quad-bikes, scooters, bicycles and racing motorcycles. Must be based on or customised from a real vehicle. Excludes vehicles MODIFIED for use in movies or TV series. All scales.
Civil Trucks: Trucks, buses, prime movers (with or without trailers), detached trailers, fire engines, train engines and carriages, tractors, farming & construction machines, vehicles with heavy trailers, etc and includes racing trucks. Excludes “people movers”, vans, light utility vehicle and SUVs. Must be based on or customised from a real vehicle. Excludes vehicles MODIFIED for use in movies or TV series. All scales.
Fictional Vehicles / Craft: Organic or inorganic air, land or sea vehicles, spacecraft or equipment from fiction (e.g. cinema, TV shows, anime, manga, comics, mythology, art, literature or imagination). Includes “Gundams” and other giant robots and organic spaceships. All scales.
Historical Figures: A current or historical human or animal. Includes full figures, busts or flats. May be military or non-military, specific (W Churchill) or generic (German soldier). Includes actors (eg Bela Lugosi) but excludes the portrayed character (Count Dracula). All scales.
Fictional Figures: Organic or inorganic figure, creature or monster from fiction (eg cinema, TV shows, anime, manga, comics, mythology, art, literature or imagination). May be full figures, busts or flats. Includes “power suits” or armour but excludes “Gundams” and other giant robots and organic spaceships). All scales.
Vignettes: Vignette will consist of no more than three figures with a vehicle or six figures as a group. Anything bigger will be classed as a diorama but an entry within the Vignette guidelines may be entered as a Diorama if the modeller so wishes. Must be on a landscape base. All scales.
Dioramas: Is anything larger then a Vignette. Entries larger than 40cm x 40cm will not be accepted without prior approval and subject to available space (please contact the SSMS committee prior to the event if your entry is larger than this size). The diorama must tell a story. The entry must be on a single or joined landscaped base. All scales.
Open: Any entry not eligible for any other category. Such as buildings, pose-able figures, small arms, individual pieces of armour, personal military equipment, body parts, furniture, moulding machines or game console.

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