Last year, some of the best scale modelers in the southeast came to the Museum of Aviation for the seventh annual “ScottCon” model contest sponsored by the Museum and the Gen. Robert L. Scott Chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society. The contest was open to all modelers with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards given in categories for aircraft, armor, automotive, ships, science fiction, and more. This year there were special junior categories for modelers 16 and younger. The theme for last year was “The Good Old Days” emphasizing the fun and enjoyment of modeling. As part of celebrating the hobby, a special award was given for the best model using a kit that was first issued before 1975.
Over 130 first, second and third place awards given in 30 categories for aircraft, armor, automotive, ships, science fiction, and more. Other special awards included 60th Anniversary of the Corvette, Best Air Force Reserve, Best Museum of Aviation Subject, and Best in Show. This year’s show featured nearly 250 entries with entrants coming from as far away as Tampa, FL and Chicago IL.
Last year’s Commander’s Choice Award was selected and presented by Brig. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, Director. Air, Space and Information operations, Air Force Reserve Command, and was awarded to Greg Stankie for his 1/32 scale AV-8B Harrier.
Best of Show went to Walter Fryza of Jonesboro, GA for his WWII era Tiger I main battle tank that he built over a five year period. He started with a kit that was just a shell and added a complete interior including seats, engine and drivetrain. Each track link consisted of twelve pieces carved from styrene stock.
Detailed information about categories, special awards and contest rules can be found at http://ipmsrlscottcontest.webs.com/.
In addition to the models on display there was a vendor area with a wide variety of model kits, tools, and supplies available.