I'm a born again modeller & I'll be attending SMW for the second time in November. This time I want to enter a couple of my kits, but from the comp rules I can see that they need to be on display from 1130 Saturday, which isn't a problem as I'm staying at the university on Friday night, until Sunday afternoon.
Are there any processes to allow an entry to be judged & then allowed to leave before the end of the day on Saturday, I cannot stay for Sunday due to a regular family birthday commitment (always falls on SMW weekend).
Your advice would be appreciated.
Armour modeller, currently building anything from the IDF. Slow builder (animals evolve faster than I build) & by no means an expert - keen amateur is a good description.
I've raised this unfortunate issue before; that IPMS excludes many (possibly most?) members from entering their premium competition due to some odd rule about having to be in attendance for both days. This is a shame as in my opinion it devalues the competition, and to some extent the point of being a paid up member (which I have been for a number of years now).
The competition attracted 1100 entries this year from across the world - I'd hardly call that a 'devalued' event.
The competition is a major draw for the event and we want to ensure that they get to see all the models that were entered and have a chance to admire them. I think you'll also find that virtually every other two day event also expects competition entries to be left on the tables for the whole show, so it's not an 'odd' rule at all and not unique to IPMS.
Most IPMS members actively choose NOT to enter the competition. It typically runs at around 5% of the membership who do. That has been true for many years, despite the membership increasing steadily. We've doubled our membership in the past 13 years (it now exceeds 3,500) and yet the proportion of entrants/non-entrants has remained stable.
It is the model that needs to be on the competition tables for both days - there is no rule that states the modeller must be in attendance for both days. We have competition entrants who can only attend on one day and as long as they arrange with a friend or colleague to collect the model (or indeed to deliver it if they can't be there on the first day) then that doesn't raise a problem. Equally, if you do have problems with attending both days, then contact the Competition Secretary and see whether you can be granted an exemption.
Turning your argument on its head for a moment - If I can only attend the show as a visitor on one day (out of two) should I not expect to see and admire the same breadth and quality of models on display on either day, especially if I'm paying to get into a major public event?
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