Model Contest

The 2018 O Scale National would not be complete without a model contest/display room.  Everyone is welcome to bring your best models to either just show off on our display table or be judged by a panel of judges in the model contest.  Models that will be judged will compete with other models in the same category in order to win bragging rights, a plaque, a individualized certificate, and an additional prize.  All of these goodies are being provided by the fine folks at White River Productions and O Scale Trains Magazine. If you can join us, you will definitely want to compete in this contest.

The panel of judges will be headed by an expert volunteer with experience judging NMRA contests for over 10 yearsMartin Brechbiel.

Model Contest AND Display Table Forms:

We highly suggest you fill out the required forms for your models before the show. Note that the contest entries require both pages, while display models only require page 1. They are available in one of two formats:

SONC2018 Model Contest Forms in .PDF Format

SONC2018 Model Contest Forms in .DOC Format  (.DOC allows you to type your answers before printing.)

 

Model Contest Room Hours:

Models for contest room will be accepted from Friday at 8am up until the judging at 8am Saturday.

The model contest and display room will be open for viewing during the following hours:

  • Thursday – Bruce Blackwood will have contest room key and will accept models for deposit into room as needed.
  • Friday      –  12-5PM
  • Saturday –  8-11AM and 12-4PM*    *Model Contest room may close between 12-2PM for judging.

Because we have both display and contest tables, below are two individual sections regarding the rules for each.  We encourage everyone to bring models for both the contest and display.  It’s time to let the world see what you have to share.

 

Information and Rules for the Model Contest:

Contest Categories

  • Steam
  • Diesel
  • Traction
  • Freight Car
  • Passenger Car
  • Non-Revenue
  • Caboose
  • Structure
  • Diorama (something with scenery…)
  1. Due to timing constraints, judging will begin before the entry into the contest closes.  This means that the model contest will start on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 8 AM, but all models must be entered into the contest by Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 9 AM. Models can be entered as early as Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12 noon.  This includes any other material (photos, descriptions, etc.) that the model owner wishes to leave with their entry form. Those materials remain property of the owner after the contest.  Judging should begin promptly at this time, but the judges have the final say.
  2. By entering into the contest, you agree that the model competing is your own work.
  3. Models entered into the contest need to be judged and cannot leave the model contest room until Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2 PM.  All judging should be completed by this time.
  4. All models in the contest room must be picked up by Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 4 PM.
  5. All models in the model contest (competing models) can only be setup and touched by the judges and their owners.
  6. Judging – A panel of judges will be using NMRA-based judging guidelines to provide objective judging for each model in the categories listed above.
  7. Awards will be presented by Nadean EuDaly of White River Productions on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 6 PM, shortly before Tony Koester’s Saturday presentation.
  8. By entering the contest, you release SONC, LLC., the NMRA, the NMRA Mid Eastern Region, White River Productions, O Scale Trains, and all volunteers associated with the contest or convention from any liability due to any damages or losses of any model entered.
  9. By entering the contest, you grant photo reproduction rights to White River Productions and O Scale Trains Magazine for inclusion in their magazine(s) and/or website.

 

Information and Rules for the Display Table:

  1. Models may be setup on the display table in the model contest room starting on Friday, August 25, 2018 at 8 AM.
  2. Any model is allowed as long as it has appropriate documentation. (See Display Table forms above.)
  3. Display models may be removed from the display table in the model contest room starting Saturday, August 25, 2018 at anytime the model contest room is open and as long as proof of ownership (see forms) is proven.  For simplicity, once removed, we ask that the removed models not be brought back into the model contest room.
  4. All models in the contest room must be picked up by Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 4 PM.
  5. All models in the model contest room (display models) can only be setup and touched by their owners.
  6. By displaying your model in the model contest room, you release SONC, LLC., the NMRA, the NMRA Mid Eastern Region, White River Productions, O Scale Trains, and all volunteers associated with the contest or convention from any liability due to any damages or losses of any model entered.
  7. By displaying your model, you grant photo reproduction rights to White River Productions and O Scale Trains Magazine for inclusion in their magazine(s) and/or website.

The model contest is graciously sponsored by: