Monthly Model Club Contests


Past Contest Entries & Winners

Pictures of recent contest entries & winners can be found on this unofficial blog site: IPMS Ottawa - Monthly Plastic Model Contests
created and maintained by Dr. John Clearwater, IPMS Ottawa Contest Coordinator.

Contest Rules

  • Monthly club contests are open only to IPMS Ottawa members in good standing.
  • Models must be at least 75% plastic-based, although the use of photoetch/metal/resin detail parts, etc. is allowed as those items are widely accepted as a part of modern building methods. Models made primarily of alternate materials — wood, paper, fabric, metal, etc. — are ineligible for the monthly club contests.
  • Partially-completed models are not eligible.
  • Model must be the sole work of the member that enters it.
  • Previously-entered models are not eligible, regardless if they placed.
  • Models should be appropriate and non-offensive by generally acknowledged standards of taste and acceptability.
  • Models must adhere to the contest theme.

ADHOC contest rules

Any type of plastic scale model is eligible.

OOB (Out of Box) contest rules


Any commercially-available plastic or resin kit may be used.

Aftermarket decals or decals other than those included with the kit may be used.



Fill seams and gaps

Sand off rivets, panel lines, and/or other surface detail

Re-scribe panel lines

Drill out guns and exhausts

Thin down trailing edges, flaps, fenders, hatch covers, and doors

Hand paint instrument panels and consoles in lieu of decals

Create seatbelts from tape


Vacuform, manufacture, or replace kit parts with ones not supplied in the kit

Cut or separate canopies, control surfaces, hatches, or doors. No surgery allowed!

Apply zimmerit

Apply rigging, masts, or antennae unless depicted in instructions or box art

Apply commercially-available items (for example, photoetch or metal parts) that are not included in the kit

Instruction Sheets
The kit instruction sheet(s) must be displayed with the entry.


Monthly Contest Entry Form