Great models and very interesting comparisons - thanks for putting the pictures up Tim. I am looking forward to trying my luck with one of these new kits. With all the kit bashing possibilities I am sure some of the bits will end up in some other rods that I build and they will be cropping up all over the place when builders have built their '29s and are starting to look for other things to do with the parts.
Hi, This is a great idea! Is it possible to add me to the list of entrants? I started in the hobby building trucks - haven't built one in a while but this looks like just the motivation to build one of the trucks sitting in my stash. Any preference on what type of truck I should build to add some variety to what others are doing - or are we allowed to pick anything as long it is a tractor/trailer rig done in a clean building style?
Hi, I'm a member of the UK IPMS Hot Rod and Custom Car SIG. Andy Swindlehurst is a good source for American car kits, he can usually be found through our Facebook page (he's the person mentioned above in Matt's post who attends the Huddersfield show). Other good contacts for American kits are Form-u-lay and Widgetman (can be found on e-bay). A good source for second hand kits is Collectakit. I'm pleased to say that there are a lot more car models at shows these days - and traders to support car modellers. Where in the U.K. are you?
A reissue of the Scirocco kit would be fun. With some kit bashing using the Revell GTI and Cabriolet kits it could be updated quite nicely. The aftermarket - that wasn't really around the first time these kits came out already has a lot of stuff that would be good.
The rear suspensions that the early Golfs and Sciroccos had was very simple - but also very effective.
I would definitely say you need to add a build card. It also needs to be typed with good English so it is easy for people to read and understand. Adding a build card helps judges as it gives extra information (no one is going to know everything and they certainly weren't there when you built the model) and viewers get the opportunity to learn more about the model if they are interested in it.
Keep it brief, this may mean if you have done a lot to a model you'll just be mentioning the highlights (or, in other words, what makes the build different) as people don't want to read reams of information. Judges often don't have the time to read a lot anyway. Add a few photos, but once again, don't overdo it.
Entering competitions pushes you as a builder and I enjoy entering them. However, the same model will do well in one but not place in another (sometimes up against the same competition) and judges will have opinions so don't waste time getting frustrated when you do not place in the top 3 (or whatever you goal may be at a particular show). Be pleasantly suprised when you are successful - there are a lot of good builders around and judging shows is not an easy task.