How do Judges judge Automotive models?





Basic Construction


  1. Mold lines should be removed. Any door, hood, trunk, fender or other lines visible on real cars should be visible.

            Any flash should be removed.

  1. Modifications to the body should appear as a natural part of the vehicle.
  2. Clear parts should be free from fogging, glue marks and fingerprints.
  3. All wheels should be aligned with each other when viewed from the top or the side. They should also contact the

            ground in a prototypical manner.

  1. No glue marks should be visible.




  1. Exhaust pipes should be drilled out.
  2. The wheel should have valve stems.
  3.  Lenses like side marker lights and taillights should be represented by colored tint rather then by opaque paint.
  4. Chrome, represented by paint, aluminum or foil, should have sharp edges and consistent shine.
  5. If appropriate, the tires should be lettered.
  6. The dashboard and instruments should be detailed.
  7. The doors should have locks plates and stems, where appropriate. Seats should have adjustment levers,

      where appropriate.

  1. The door handles and other interior details should be painted.
  2. Details such as brake lines, fuel lines and parking brake cables should be added where appropriate.
  3. Engine details, such as ignition wiring, electrical wiring for the headlights, starter and battery. Throttle linkage

      and water hoses should be added.

  1. Any working parts should look real and operate realistically.


Painting and Finishing


1.      The paint finish should have no “orange peel” or “egg shell” effect to it. It should be free of runs/sags, fingerprints,

      dust and fibers. The model should have a uniform level of glossiness to the finish.

  1. If decals are used, the decals film should not be readily visible. Decals need not have the same level of glossiness

            as the rest of the model.

  1. The interior should be painted in a manner that looks like fabric (flat) or vinyl/leather (semi-gloss).
  2. If the model has carpet in the interior, it should de differentiated from the seat and door panels by a different color,

      shade or texture.

  1. Insulation on the inside of the hood should be represented by paint or by material.
  2. Appropriate decals should be added to the engine components like the battery and the oil filter