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There are no rules excluding figures on a model from being judged as part of the model.

Rule 15 limits the number of figures you can have before the model becomes a diorama, but does not say those on the model cannot be judged as part of the model.

Dak

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Correct! However, the practice among IPMS National Judges is that a figure with a model (particularly in a/c categories) will NOT be judged. This in the same thought-line as bases for models.....they will NOT be judged unless the base is part of a diorama.

Despite many non-judge's accusations, models CAN be judged without any consideration of a figure beside them, or a base it's displayed on. Until you actually judge, and see it done, you probably won't believe it's possible, but it's actually pretty easy.

Whether or not bases and a single figure SHOULD be judged is another argument for another day. Many feel that they should because it's part of that project's work, and also that such model display's tend to be more "eye-catching" and therefore (seemingly) have some sort of advantage over their competition without figures or bases.

I'm NOT for changing the rules or the practice as it currently is done, simply because it greatly simplifies the judging process and CAN be done without the ancillary items around the model being judged.

In the end, unless the Chief Judge puts it to a vote among the judges, then HE alone gets to decide whether the policy changes or not.

 

Gil :cool:

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While I agree it is not hard to ignore the figures for judging and have plenty of experience doing so, I just don't see there is a genuine reason to do so. Figures are judged using the same basic criteria we use for all models. If seen as a simple thing like a bomb or bed roll, these permitted figures are no problem to judge and no more of an advantage than resin or photo-etch aftermarket.

We accept things as a polished finish on cars, metal foil, and Alclad which take skill. We even have come to expect them. We do not put them in special categories for judging. If you have the skill to paint an airplane cockpit, you certainly have the skills to paint the pilot. But you don't have to any more than you have to polish the paint on your car model. It seems simply judging one or two figures as part of the model simplifies the judging, too.

Dak

 

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Adding a figure for scale is something I may wish to do for a future car model as the kit is not the standard 1/25th scale.

I'll need to check with the chapters holding the contests for how they judge.

Thanks for the heads up!

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