Plastic Modelling – Open

Open: Space Vehicles (Actual), Ships, Cars, Armour Vehicles, Science Fiction etc.

Entry Code Age Group
P11 8 – 11 years
P12 12 – 14 years
P13 15 – 17 years
P14 18 years and over

Overall Appearance

The overall appearance is judged on the first impression from approximately one arms distance. This takes into account the way the model is presented and the general appearance as would be seen by a casual observer.


The paintwork is judged on how the member has painted the model.  It takes into account the use of brush or airbrush. For brush: whether there are brush marks, cleanness of line, thickness of paint and authenticity. For airbrush: whether there is over spray, cleanness of lines, thickness of paint and again, authenticity. Overall: whether details have been painted, e.g. aircraft on an aircraft carrier or ship, engines (if included) on cars etc.

Attention to Detail

This judging criterion shall be based on how the member has assembled the model and whether the member has detailed the model beyond just putting the kit together.  Attention shall be given as to how the member has assembled all the small parts that are sometimes missed.


This judging criterion shall be based on how the decals are applied to the model, including correct alignment. Note: As some models may not have decals, Marks will not be deducted if none are present.

Overall Finish

This judging criterion takes into account the overall finish of the model.  This shall include how the joins are finished. It also takes into account how the model looks at closer inspection. This should be achieved without the need to pick up the model in order to inspect it thoroughly.


The ‘Glasswork’ marks have been deleted from the ‘Open’ category as depending on the subject, kits may or may not have glasswork. If however a kit does have glasswork, marks will not be counted for such, so all models will be marked evenly.