Six Month Challenge
Be afraid be very afraid the Six Month Challenge has been resurrected. For those of you who don't know it's history - here's the story of the 6 month challenge ... Tony Horton, a former Chairman, used to obtain some kits at knockdown prices. They were vintage - vintage rubbish mainly. But they were complete with all parts, instructions and decals and a good reminder of the types of kits we used to build. For the challenge, these kits were then assigned / randomly chosen and allocated to the challenge entrants. The builders returned 6 months later with completed models. You were free to build them how you liked - or not at all as the case may be. You could indulge your creative side or simply follow the prescribed build as per the instructions. Parts,decals and scratch built items could be added.
First off, the challenge is optional. No problem if you don't want to participate. Challenge Start = April Club Night, Challenge End = October Club Night, If you don't bring a kit on April club night you will not be entered in the competition.
Before April Club Night - You must acquire / select a kit, The kit value should NOT exceed approximately £10.00 (today's value). It can be from your stash or purchased for said sum (excluding postage). It should be plastic - not resin or vacform! Any genre, any scale, any age. It should be complete: parts, decals and instructions.
April Club Night - Bring your kit. Your kit will be entered into the pool of kits in the challenge. Once all kits are in, they will be randomly assigned to all entrants - you will not be building the kit you brought in. Take your new kit away! You can choose what to do with your kit - including adding parts from other kits / scratch building, but the original model must be the focal point of the completed model (i.e. not part of a 10 model diorama!)
October Club Night - Bring back your completed entry. Bring back the box cover - the judge wants to see the original "plan" for the model to compare against the result.
The winner will be judged by our barmaid on the night. Her decision is final. The basis of her decision is completely within her remit - no need to discuss IPMS judging criteria with her in advance as it will be water off a duck's back. There will be a prize for the winning entry along with the fame and celebrity that naturally goes with winning such a prestigious competition.
In summary then - If you want to be in it to win it, bring a cheap kit to the April club meeting and take away the one assigned to you to build. Bring it back in October complete with the original box art.
6 Month Challenge Entrants
Kit Scale Manufacturer - Assigned Builder
Avia BK354 Graf Zeppelin 1/72 - Eduard Martin H
Aerosam RF-8/GAZ-98 1/35 - Trumpeter Dave T
German Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.F/G Panzer II 1/35 - Tamiya Steve H
X-Wing Starfighter 1/72 - Bandai Mark I
Space Shuttle & Transporter 1/288 - Academy Bob L
Spad XIII 1/28 - Revell Chris R
RMS Titanic 1/1200 - Revell Jake T
Westland Wessex HU5 1/72 - Matchbox Graham J
Swordfish Mk.I 1/72 - Novo Chris K
Subaru Impreza 1/43 - Airfix Marc P
F4F3 Wildcat 1/48 - HobbyBoss Ian G
Phantom Boy Egg - Hasegawa Peter W
Glostor Whittle E28/39 1/72 - Frog Graham C
F4U-1 Corsair 1/72 - Heller John T