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 March 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.

March 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!)

September 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 Marchl club meeting and take away the one assigned to you to build. Bring it back in October complete with the original box art.

2024 6 Month Challenge Entrants
Manufacturer Scale Kit Assigned Builder
Revell 1/48 F-15E Eagle Chris K
Airfix 1/72 Folland Gnat "Yellowjacks" John T
Airfix 1/72 RA-5C Vigilante Dave T
Revell 1/112 X-Wing Fighter Graham J
Tamiya 1/35 SAS Land Rover "Pink Panther" Marc P
Revell 1/130 Santa Maria Steve H
Italeri 1/87 Locomotive BR41 Seb T
Tamiya 1/35 Cromwell Mk.IV Richard W
Mistercraft 1/72 Super Lynx HMA8 Martin H
Revell 1/72 Lancaster B.III "Dambuster" Bob L
ICM 1/48 BQM-34A Firebee Arni W
ICM 1/72 U-2 / Po-2VS Graham C
Tamiya 1/35 Kubelwagen Type 82 Les C
Italeri 1/35 Marder III Self-propelled gun Mark I
Italeri 1/72 AV-8B Harrier Jake T
Novo 1/500 HMS Hero Destroyer Peter W
SMER 1/60 Vikingska Lod Drakkar Dave H
Hasegawa 1/48 AH-64A Apache Ian G *
Heller 1/48 SE-313 Alouette II David C
* Ian G was lucky enough to be the recipient of his own kit.
2023 Six Month Challenge
2023 88mm Gun & Tractor Flak
2023 Six Month Challenge Winner
2023 HMS Shannon
2023 AN-2 Colt
2023 Mini Cooper
2023 Jet Provost
2023 HMS Bounty
2023 Su-15UM
2023 B-17G
2023 Fennek
2023 Shuttle & Boosters
2023 Hawker Hunter
2023 B-52H
2023 Bristol F.2B
2023 Land Rover
Six Month Challenge 2022
Titanic 2022
SMC Winner 2022
SMC 2022 entries
Aston Martin DBR9
Shuttle & 747
Santa's sleigh
Gloster Whittle
Having a Giraffe
F4F-3 Wildcat
Vought Corsair
Subaru Impreza WRC
Avia Bk.534
Phantom Boy
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