Entering the Model Engineer Exhibition?
By BRIAN KING
To win any kind of medal at Naviga is very difficult. If you win a Gold medal you can say, without a doubt, that you are a first class model maker. When I have competed, sometimes I have won a medal when I thought I didn't deserve one and sometimes I lost out, but that's the name of the game. Obviously the model should look its best which leads me nicely on to the next part.
These should be simple as it is the model that should attract the attention. In the past some cases have been so ornate that they detracted from their contents. Under the same heading, the desire to cram into it other objects must be resisted, so keep it simple with perhaps just the ship's crest and little else. The case should also house a legend plate.
One further point seemingly unknown to the stewards and some competitors at the ME is that ships by tradition are exhibited starboard side on and not port side as many have been recently.
Notes and drawings
You will need to furnish a set of drawings to the scale of the model for comparative purposes and also a set of judge’s notes. I usually discuss the building of the model giving the materials and methods used. Reasons for anything which appears to contradict the drawings must be explained. Do not make these notes too long otherwise they will not be read. Where possible photographs of the full size vessel should be included and again any differences between pictures and the model should be explained.
ME Competition classes
Nearly all the models I have entered into the ME have been in Class C4 which is for non-working scale models (from any period) scale 1:49 to 1:384. In addition there are eight other marine classes that you can enter:
C1: Working scale models of powered vessels scale 1:1 to 1:48
C2: Working scale models of powered vessels scale 1:49 to 1:384
C3: Non-working scale models scale 1:1 to 1:48
C5: Working sailing ships and oared vessels
C6: Non-working sailing ships and oared vessels
C7: Non-scale powered functional models including hydroplanes
C9: Any model built from a commercial kit.
The next Model Engineer Exhibition will be 9th to 11th December 2011 at Sandown Park Race Course, Esher, Surrey. The three magazines that support the exhibition are Model Engineer, Model Boats and Model Engineer Workshop, each of which will publish entry forms. In the case of Model Boats, that commences with this issue.
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