Gil Hodges (Login slowhandshodges) HyperScale Forums from IP address 220.127.116.11
If you're attending the Nats in Orlando this week, and have NOT ever judged, or attended this seminar, I want to encourage you to sit on on the "What Judges Look For" seminar on Friday morning. It's being presented by Aris Pappas, who was an Aircraft Head Judge and also IPMS Chief Judge for many years.
This seminar might surprise you as to what it takes for you to be more competitive! I have NO connection with this presentation. I just know what an eye opener it was for my building when I learned what the judges actually look for! Cheers!
I don't think you have to be a "competitive" modeler or a "trophy hound" to attend this one. I suspect that anyone who wants to improve their models should attend. Remember, the hobby is about your being happy with your models, not about competition.
As you recall I went to last years judging seminar in Omaha, and the same for several other IPMS Judging Seminar's. To say the least........they are real informative.
For the last 28 years I have been telling guys to become a local/regional and national judge. By being a judge, you see all the good-bad-and-ugly parts of being a model builder.
Last year I was a "team leader" and took notes of each model in a 48 scale prop category. There were 26 models in said division, and without taking notes, how do you pick the three top winners? One model had one flaw, while other's had two or more and some had over 5 flaws.
It would be nice if someday we could get all the builders in a certain category to stand around the table when we judge the models. I'll bet it would be an eye opener!!
Maybe we could start a special limited category and let 20 models in it and have the builders there when we judge.
I have collected up my models and wondered why I did not place and/or why I got a 3rd place instead of a second and/or a first place award.
In the 1980's and early 1990's we judges would go back to the category that we judged and answer any questions. When I showed a "modeler" what was wrong with his model, then he knew why it did not place where he though it should.....
Be a JUDGE and get involved, you will NEVER regret it.
Sad... but $$$ is holding me back from this years show in Orlando, hopefully I'll be up at the Denver, CO show next year.
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