How do Judges judge Armor models?





Basic Construction


  1. Sink, mold and ejector pins marks should be removed.
  2. Seams should be filled.
  3. No glue marks should be visible.
  4. Gaps on tanks located around the hull between the idler and bogie wheels should be closed.
  5. Contours should be corrected, where necessary.
  6. All wheels and tracks should sit firmly on the ground.
  7. Motorization holes on the bottom of the chassis should be filled.
  8. There should be no gaps or overlaps where track lengths join.
  9. The model should sit squarely and not cant to one side.
  10. Tracks should not bow in or out when viewed from the front or back of vehicle.
  11. Road wheels should always suit flush on the track.
  12. Track cleats should face in the correct direction.
  13. Gun barrels should not be sanded flat where seams were filled and sanded.




1.      Machine guns, main guns and exhaust pipes should be drilled out.

2.      Parts that are unrealistic or out of scale, should be modified or replaced.

3.      Extra parts, like tarps, bedrolls, chains and fuel cans, should be added if practical, but they should be in accordance with references to justify them. If they are included, there should be a hook, rope or tie-down to hold the article in place on the vehicle.

4.      Small details like rivets, nuts and bolts should be added where appropriate.

5.      Simulated or molded on equipment should be replaced. Molded intake screen should be replaced with real screen.

6.      Tracks should demonstrate the sag between idler wheels that the real vehicle would demonstrate.

7.      Windshield wipers should be added where appropriate.

8.      Headlights and taillights should be drilled out and replaced with lenses.

9.      Cables and electrical lines should be added to lights and smoke dischargers.

10.  Valve stems should be added to tires.

11.  Instrument and dashboards should be detailed.

12.  Gas and brake pedals should be added where appropriate.

13.  The interior of the road wheels should be detailed.

14.  Molded-on grad handles and hatch levers should be replaced with wire or stretched sprue.

15.  If the underside of the model can be viewed, it should have the same level of detail as the top. It should be painted, weathered and finished in a manner consistent with the rest of the model.


Painting and Finishing


1.      Weathering should be appropriate for the model and not overdone.

2.      Any decals used should not demonstrate silvering or bubbling.