Our Contest

This year’s contest at the South Carolina Scale Model Mega Show will be different than many of you may be used to. We have combined both the AMPS and IPMS contests into a single event, and modified the contest structure into an exhibition event similar to the Military Miniatures Society of Illinois (MMSI) events.

As always, we will need judges. Due to the nature of the show, we will be holding Judges Training courses prior to the show. In addition to in-person sessions for the Columbia area folks, we will also be simulcasting via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to the IPMS/USA and AMPS Regional coordinators, and will be posted here as well.


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

Check the website frequently. We will be offering dedicated judges training sessions for all who are interested in assisting with the model evaluations.

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

“Desert Storm”
“Sink the Bismarck!”
“Racing Around the Clock”
“The Wings of Man”
Eligibility criteria are available below, with the rules packages.

Entering 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)?


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.

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