A Judging Guide for Space and Science Fiction Models
For modelers who are looking for that extra advantage to help them win a
trophy, and to provide some guidance to judges who have to evaluate space and
science fiction categories, I put together the guidelines in this article.
Because these categories are so unique, and because they encompass so many
types of models (airplane-like vehicles, robots, figures, boxy satellites,
sleek science fiction ships, real space capsules, etc.), it is difficult to
come up with general guidelines that cover all possible entries. Additionally,
when it comes to judging, there are no rigid standards or hard criteria that
can never be violated. Therefore, I will first provide some general
suggestions on workmanship, followed by hints on more specific areas. I
certainly welcome any comments and additions that readers may have on this
These general ground rules are the most common, and they apply to space modeling
as much as they do to aircraft, armor, ships, or cars.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Vehicles
About the Author
Mike Mackowski is an engineer in the space industry and an avid modeler and
space historian. He is also editor of the `Space In Miniature' publications,
the Head Category Judge (Space and Science Fiction) for IPMS/USA, and has a
column (`The View From Space City') in the IPMS Journal. He can be reached
on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org.