Our Contest

Before you do anything, please download and read the show rules–the link is below.


Adults (modelers 18 years old and up): $12
Juniors (modelers 17 years old and younger): $5

We offer a discount ($2 for adults, $1 for Juniors) for national IPMS and AMPS members with a valid membership card. AMPS members, you will need to log in to the AMPS website and download a current card.


The Judges Training session will be held on Saturday 22 May 2021 at the Flight Deck Restaurant in Lexington, SC starting at 2PM EDT. If you are local to the South Carolina Midlands, we would appreciate it if you planned to attend in person. The restaurant is observing current CDC protocol, and we strongly recommend that you come properly masked and leave your mask on unless you are eating, regardless of your vaccination status. Also, do your best to maintain social distance as best you can.

It will be simulcast on Zoom for those out of area modelers who would like to assist with the model judging, the meeting link is below.

We ask that everybody who joins via Zoom observes the following protocols:

  • Microphones are set to mute upon entry.  At the beginning of the presentation, they will be checked and muted again.  Please leave them muted throughout the presentation.
  • As you join the meeting, set the View (top right corner) for “Speaker View” so that the slideshow occupies the main frame. 
  • As questions arise, type them into the Chat box.  The Zoom host will then read the question to the Moderators and they will answer the question.
  • Please pay attention and take notes.

The basics of model judging will be covered, but the main point of the meeting is to explain how the 10-point scoring works.  It is similar, but not identical, to the AMPS scoring system. 

Topic: SC Scale Model Mega Show Judges Training
Time: May 22, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 852 5724 7623
Passcode: 314615


Entry forms and examples of how to complete them can be downloaded via the links below.

Each entrant will need to fill out one Master Form, one Model Entry Form, and one Model Judging Sheet (less the Judge’s Table at the bottom). Leave the ENTRANT # and TABLE # spaces blank, they will be completed by the Registrar. Ensure that the appropriate boxes are checked: Class, Skill Level, and Theme Awards.


The Special Awards are not included in the main contest registration and will be judged and administered separately from the contest scoring system (see below). If you have a model that is eligible for one of the five Special Awards, fill out a Special Award Eligible Model form for each eligible model and place it with the model. Ensure the judges can see it, especially if the eligible model is not the one model entered for contest judging.


Per the Rules Package, the Class, Best of Show, and Theme Award models will be selected from the eligible models that earned a Gold Medal during the evaluation phase, and will be judged against the other models that earned a Gold medal using a comparative method, i.e., “IPMS 1-2-3” judging. Therefore, the Theme Awards will be selected from the “entered” models only–that one model you enter for evaluation. So, if you want a shot at one of the two theme awards, you need to make that model the one you enter for medal consideration.

The Special Awards will be handled in the same manner as the USMC Armor award at the AMPS International show or the Skyhawk Association Award at the IPMS National Convention–the Special Awards will be selected from ALL eligible models on display as determined by the Special Award sponsor. Note that the Special Award-eligible models will not necessarily adhere to the stated contest judging procedures–it is up to the award sponsor to determine the format and criteria used to choose the Special Award winners.

THEME AWARDS (We have two this year):
“20/20: Reconnaissance through Time”
“When Bad Things Happen: First Responders and Disaster Relief”

SPECIAL AWARDS (Five available):
“Desert Storm”
“Sink the Bismarck!”
“Racing Around the Clock”
“The Wings of Man”

Eligibility criteria are available below, with the rules packages.

PAST WINNERS: While we don’t encourage it, since the format of this year’s show is new to pretty much everyone, this year we will allow models that have previously won awards at any level to be submitted to the judges for scoring.

Remember, however, that the intent of this show’s scoring system is to evaluate a model and reward the modeler for his or her demonstrated skills and craft. All that one might possibly gain by entering a previous winner is additional confirmation that the model in question is an example of good model building skills. Wouldn’t it be more rewarding if the modeler entered new work that hasn’t yet been seen by a show judge and received feedback (either implied–a trophy, plaque, or medal–or expressed in the form of a score sheet)?

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