I have entered contest since 2010 when I really got back into modeling, I have won my fair share from the contest I have entered, I have won Plaques and medals, Which I much prefer over a trophy as to me they would be easier to display, which one day I eventually will. I have a dedicated space in my hobby room for the awards I do have, just have yet to get around to displaying them, they are currently all stacked up.
As nice as awards are, I have to 100% agree with this one, I like the feeling of placing at a contest, but the one time I have had my model in a magazine is better than all of my awards combined.
My last order from him took some time to come in, but it did and everything was great. I know he has been having internet issues which is hindering his communication as well as running his business I am sure. I have only had one instance of the paint peeling up including the primer, I think that had more to do with my surface prep than the quality of his paint.