I can't believe that we are once again flagellating this, IMHO, very deceased equine. I have been judging model contests since the late 1970s, and I am skilled at using both the IPMS 1-2-3 system and the so-called "Open Judging" GSB method at Figure Shows. I will not belabor the now decades of arguments for and against each system. I see the advantages and disadvantages of both. I'm sure that plenty of responders will go into detail on each on this forum on their passionate stand for one, or the other. Three things I will mention are as follows:
Host Chapter will have a problem trying to figure out how many G,S & B awards they'll have to buy.
How will the GSB affect the categories we now have? At Figure Shows, they have bizarre categories, such as "Painters", "Open", etc., for which I never really got a clear definition. An IPMS National will be much more problematic.
Finally, I pity the the National Host Chapter, and the Judging Staff, at which a GSB system is first tested. Learning curves and chaos often go hand-in-hand. The seasoned judges and IPMS USA staff who perfected our IPMS USA 1-2-3 system, have streamlined the National Judging process to the point where most judging teams can finish before 11PM-12 midnight. I sure as hell don't want to go back to being in that judging room at 2:30AM anymore. If that happens, I want a hotel massage, prepaid by the GSB fans, scheduled for the Saturday of the Nats - at least the first 2.
I prefer the 1-2-3 system.
IPMS USA Senior Judge
NJIPMS Minister of Propaganda