Welcome to the home of The South Carolina Scale Model Mega Show

ARE YOU READY? There are only 4 days until showtime!

South Carolina Scale Model Mega Show Checklist

Are your models ready to go?

  • Look over your models, and fix anything that needs to be fixed, and make sure they are clean and free from dust and insect “crew members”.

If you plan to participate in the contest portion of the show, you might want to do a “hotwash” to make sure you’ve satisfied the basics of Model Building 101:

  • Alignment (The Three Kings: Straight, Square, and Plumb).
  • Elimination of flaws (Make sure all molding, assembly, and finishing flaws have been addressed).
  • The rules package has some good tips, you should read them.

Speaking of the contest rules, you have read them, haven’t you?  Now would be a good time to do so…

  • If you don’t want to compete, that’s fine—we would still love to see your models!  Simply enter as “Display Only”.

Don’t forget the Registration Fees:

  • Registration Fees:  Adults (18 and older): $12, Juniors (17 and younger): $5
  • We offer discounts ($2 for adults, $1 for Juniors) for active AMPS and IPMS national members, you need to present your Membership Card.
  • These fees apply whether you are entering the contest or just displaying models.

If you are participating in the contest, have you downloaded and completed the entry forms?

  • Go to https://scmegashow.com/our-contest/ and scroll down.  Download and complete a Master Entry Form, Model Entry Form, and Judging Form.  Print them out and bring them with you.  You only need to fill out these forms for the ONE model you want to enter for evaluation, you DO NOT need to fill them out for each model on your display.

Have you made sure your models will fit in a 30” X 40” (approximate) display space?

  • Measure out a space that large on your floor or dining room table, and arrange your models.  If they fit, they fit.  If they don’t, you’ll have to decide which ones you’re going to have to leave at home.
  • This year we have added a Best Display award, so some planning might net you an award.

Do you have cash with you?

  • The Armory does not have reliable WiFi, so we do not accept credit or debit cards for the registration fees.  We also do not have a P2P money transfer account, so you’ll have to have good, old fashioned American Greenbacks with you.
  • Some vendors may accept other methods of payment, but you should also have cash on hand to pay for your vendor room finds, too.
  • The armory does have an ATM on premises near the vending machines.

Do you want to help judge (and we hope you do)?  What do you need to bring?

  • We do not allow the use of magnifiers or measuring devices of any sort, but a small flashlight and cheap laser pointer are useful. 
  • Speaking of flashlights, while those 80-gazlllion candlepower, eyeball-searing “Tactical” LED flashlights are great as a survival tool, they really aren’t desired for model judging—you won’t be judging the model from ¾ mile away.  A small AA flashlight will serve the purpose.
  • If you are interested in judging (and again, we hope you consider lending a hand), please let the folks at the registration desk know, and they will direct you to the Chief Judge. 
  • Prior experience is NOT required to judge at a model show (ANY model show).  If you’ve never judged before, or if you’re not experienced in this type of judging, let the CJ know and he will pair you with an experienced judge who will show you the ropes.

Some helpful reminders:

  • Doors open to the public at 9 AM.
  • Judging begins at 9:30 AM and runs continuously until it is done.
  • Registration closes as Noon.
  • The awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 3PM, but as anyone who ever attended a model show should know, this is not set in concrete.
  • Raffle Ticket sales open at 9 AM and continue until noon.
  • Raffle ticket draws begin at 9:30 AM and end at 1 PM
  • The Raffle “Lighting Round” for unclaimed prizes begins at 2 PM.
  • Past experience shows that the show is usually wrapped up by 6 PM. 

Welcome to the South Carolina Scale Model Mega Show!

Hello, and welcome to our model show.  We hope you enjoy our event dedicated to our shared hobby of scale modeling!

Our show is first and foremost a model exhibition.  You can display your work without the stress and bother of worrying about how it will fare in a contest.  You will have a seat behind your exhibit, so you can answer questions and share your experiences with other modelers.  After all, there are no secrets in this hobby, so why not share?

In light of the current pandemic situation, please be aware that The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society, nor its Chapters, are liable for any potential transmission of illnesses.  Those planning to attend this event should (a) follow existing safe social distancing recommendations and (b) abide by any local or state regulations regarding gatherings.

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