Bronze Medal: The Bronze Medal reflects the modeler’s avoidance of any significant errors on the model. The model has no glaring flaws in finish or construction as seen from a casual viewing distance (about three feet). Basic craftsmanship is good, but realism or attention to details may be lacking. In general, the model demonstrates the modeler’s grasp of the basics: seams are taken care of; model is well aligned; paint work is good but not perfect; decals are good but not perfect; and weathering may be less than well-rendered.
Silver Medal: The Silver Medal Reflects a model exhibiting very few minor errors in construction and a better grasp of finishing techniques. The model has a higher level of craftsmanship in all areas: very few flaws; finishes are realistic; basic techniques have been used to improve appearance (exposed edges are realistically thinned, gun barrels or exhaust stacks are drilled out, etc.). The Silver medal is awarded to those models that demonstrate the modeler has mastered the basics but also has a command of more advanced techniques as well.
Gold Medal: The Gold Medal represents an exceptional level of craftsmanship with practically no flaws or omissions of basic techniques; a near perfect finish; and exhibits the use of “best practices” for assembly and finish. A Gold Medal model is close to perfect but a small error will not eliminate a model from a Gold Medal.
CASM encourages modelers of all skill levels to come to our contest to receive an honest appraisal of their work and receive an award consistent with their modeling abilities. If you are one of those people who are just learning and do not think your model is “good” enough for you to enter a contest, then this is the contest for you. If you are a modeler who wants to prove you are the best, then this is the contest for you. If you just want to display your model, let the chips fall where they do, and just gather and talk with fellow modelers, this contest is for you. If you enjoy talking with fellow modelers and want to learn and see how others do their craft then come to the 13th Annual Sproo-Doo contest on September 21st.