How do Judges judge Ship models?





Basic Construction


1.      Flash should be removed.

2.      Seams should be filled.

3.      Mold, sink and ejector pins marks should be eradicated.

4.      Contour errors of the kit should be corrected.

5.      The configuration of the ship should be appropriate for the time frame modeled.

6.      The ship’s superstructure (platforms, cabins, funnels, etc) should be aligned vertically when viewed from stem to stern.

7.      The masts should be parallel to the vertical axis of the ship when viewed from stem to stern. The rake should be uniform, unless the real vessel had differently raked masts.

8.      Glue marks should be removed.




1.      All small parts including masts, bulwarks, splinter shields, railings and

rigging, should be as close to scale as possible.

       2.   Small details that are sanded off during construction should be replaced

with scratch built or aftermarket material.

       3.   Gun barrels and vents should be drilled out when possible.

       4.   Sailing ships should be rigged correctly for the era modeled and the lines


       5.   Deadeyes should be right side up and rigging lines and blocks should be

             in proportion to each other.


Painting and Detailing


1.      Paint should be of a matte finish, unless for special effect.

2.      Paint should be even and smooth, exhibiting no brush marks or “orange Peel” effect.

3.      Color schemes should coincide with the era being modeled.

4.      Weathering should be kept to a minimum due to the small scales involved.