The idea behind the Six Month Challenge was simple. On the opening night of the competition, you get to play lucky dip by choosing a sealed envelope containing a kit from Tony's secret horde. You might get lucky and choose something you know, or you may not. After you open your envelope, you get to practise your full range of RADA-learned skills to show your delight / horror / surprise / disappointment (delete as applicable) now you find yourself the owner of a new kit. A bit like the TV series, Blind Date, you now get to decide what you will do with the kit, as opposed to choosing which one you want. Will you take option 1, and leave her in the box because she's too horrible? Will you take option 2, shower her with love, paint and after-market materials and turn an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan? Or option 3, do nothing for five months, 29 days and twelve hours and then see what you can do with a two minute quickie? These choices, and more, are yours for the deciding.
Six months fly by, as they always do, especially when you leave the model in the box for five of them! We bring our models back to the club for the day of judgement. More opportunities ensue for relating stories: comic; horror; fantasy; romance?; factual; for the build of the model. Blood, sweat and tears appear in equal measure. Tony selects a willing victim to be judge and jury of the models on display.
The result? We have a good laugh, we talk about the models and we learn more about the hobby, model making techniques and how your imagination can add even more fun to this engaging hobby. Does that sound too corny? Yes? Good, it's in tune with the rest of the article then.
As with all things, every dog has it's day and we no longer run the competition. Who knows, one day in might be resurrected.