Central Arkansas Scale Modelers - Judging Criteria For Gunpla*
*The judging criteria for Gunpla was adopted from “Those Gundam Guys (https://thosegundamguys.org/general-judging-criteria/)”. Central Arkansas Scale Modelers have edited portions of the criteria to best suit our needs.
Judging First, Second, Third, and Merit (1, 2, 3, and 4)
First, one must realize that all the possible permutations and rankings of flaws are impossible to define for IPMS Judging. All we can do is set out guidelines. From those guidelines, the judges will be expected to fairly use their judgment, common sense, and experience when applying the guidelines to a model.
We use a point system with a maximum of 50 points. The first two sections award a build up to 40 possible points with Construction and Finish. Therefore a perfect out of box build can win 40 points and earn a 1st place in its category. The final category is Technical/Modifications which allows other categories to either earn the final 10 points or additional points to increase their chances of winning a place in the contest. These final 10 points award builders whom go the extra mile in their builds to show off ingenuity and creativity.
Also, constructive feedback is a very important part of what we are trying to achieve. Please take a few moments while judging each model to indicate where a modeler might improve their efforts. We will be making the scoring sheets available to the modelers, so while the comments need to be honest, they also need to be constructive and fair.
Construction: 20 Points Total
If seamline and/or nub removal is completely ignored, your model will likely be out of the competition, and will not be judged further. Otherwise you can earn up to 20 points with the following:
- Glue marks of any kind (Up To 5 Points for how well hidden/removed)
- Uneven sanding, surface scratches (Up to 5 Points for how well part is polished)
- Visible nubs (Up to 5 Points on how well removed)
- Visible seams/gaps (Up to 5 Points where hiding them was obviously attempted, execution was lacking to perfect)
Finish: 20 Points Total
If the model is not painted/finished overall, your model will likely be out of the competition, and will not be judged further. If you use a non-paint finishing technique, make sure the finish covers/hides nubs, sanding marks, seam line work, etc:
• Paint/Clear Coat (Up to 5 Points dependent on how uneven or messy paint/clear coat is. Visible brush strokes, runs, drips, orange peel, etc.)
• Decals (Up to 5 Points dependent on silvering, placement, matching weathering, matching scale)
• Finger prints/smudges (Up to 5 Points on how well/fingerprints and smudges are avoided)
• Putting model in a dynamic pose/pose makes since in diorama (Up to 5 Points)
After the above two judging criteria an Out of Box Build is completed. The following points can be earned for a Custom Build and a Diorama. Starting with 0 points, an additional 10 points can be gained following the guideline below. Again, the exact point values will vary from judge to judge.
Technical/Modifications: 10 Points Total
Modifications and other advanced techniques are how a Custom Build and Diorama can stand apart from the rest. If executed poorly, they can hurt your score based on the above criteria; however, successful use of some advanced techniques can give you the needed points to win:
• Electronic modification (lights, sounds, moving parts) (2 points)
• Physical modification (structural changes, adding panel lines, extra layers of armor) (2 points)
• Building a resin kit or using a resin/plastic conversion kit (2 points)
• Working on a pre-2000 kit, instruction book required for proof (2 points)
• Well done weathering/damage (2 Points)