ATLANTA: On June 26, 2010, the Atlanta Metro chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society will host the Region 3 competition at Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, Georgia. While much will remain the same, the club will use an “open” system of judging for the first time.
Traditionally, IPMS events are judged in terms of first, second and third place.
In contrast, the open system awards medals or trophies based on the merits of each individual kit based on gold, silver and bronze standards.
“The philosophical differences between the standard IPMS/USA Judging system (1/2/3) and an open system (GSB) are very basic,” said James Corley, the Metro Atlanta club representative.
“The 1/2/3 uses a negative approach to judging to eliminate models from competition, with ultimately just three winning. The GSB system takes a more positive approach and awards models that exceed a certain basic level of construction with their own reward. “
Corley said that by analogy, the 1/2/3 system is like awarding the top three students in a class an A, B, and C based on the order of their scores and failing the rest.
However, in the open system, if five auto models are judged to worthy of the gold standard, each is awarded a gold medal. If none are judged worthy, then no golds are distributed.
Another advantage of the open system is that it simplifies the current structure of categories and subcategories.
IPMS rules presently allow for 174 categories but not every category will get three entries while others may have several dozen.
As a result, a modeler would automatically earn a first place trophy in a category with only one entry without regard to quality, while in large category, deserving builders may be shut out.
Therefore, the Region 3 show will have only seven broad categories–aircraft, armor, figures, ships, automotive, space and sci-fi, and dioramas and miscellaneous.
“Best of Class” awards remain in each category and are awarded to recognize superior work.
Corley said that the change represents a very conscious experiment that may lead to changes in the national scoring rules.
“There is a group of IPMS/USA National Judges who favor this approach and our goal is to simply see if such a system might work on a scale of 2000 plus models,” said Corley, who expects at least 600 entries at the show.
“Only time will tell if it can work, and whether it would be appropriate or even desirable to implement on the national level,” he added.
The contest will open to the public at 9:30 and the entry fee is $10 for unlimited entries and $5 for general admission.
More details are available at http://ipmsmetroatlanta.org/